Adult Undergraduate Student

Adult Undergraduate Student

Find the degree that fits your needs

We're focused on your needs as an adult student. DePaul will help you leverage skills you already have and prepare you to hit the ground running.

Whether you have some college credit or are starting from scratch, we have the programs and flexible formats to meet your needs. Tailored to your goals and learning preferences, we offer a variety of degree options for adult students.

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Degree Options for Adult Students

The School for New Learning Customized Degrees

The School for New Learning provides a distinctive approach to learning for adults through its competence-based programs. You'll design your own customized program that builds upon the abilities and experience you already possess. This program allows you to add new knowledge and develop innovative skills to help you achieve your personalized career goals.

Program Guidelines

BA with an Individualized Focus Area

BA in Computing

BA in General Business

Students may enter with or without previous college credit.

Students transferring college credit must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0.

Exceptions may be made if transcripts are older than three years.

BA in Early Childhood Education

Students may enter with or without previous college credit.

If you have earned fewer than 12 semester (16 quarter) hours of college credit, please submit an official copy of your high school transcript or GED score report.

Students transferring college credit must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5.

Adult Accelerated Degree Completion Programs

If you have an associate degree and are ready to complete your education, then the accelerated adult degree completion programs are for you.

Earn your Bachelor of Arts Degree in 24 months in Leadership Studies or Applied Behavioral Sciences by attending class on campus one night a week (other courses are available online). All admitted students qualify for a scholarship and flexible payment options are available to those who are eligible.

Program Guidelines
BA in Leadership Studies*

BA in Applied Behavioral Sciences

*We offer the BA in Leadership Studies at our Loop and Naperville Campuses.
Associate of Arts (AA) or an Associate of Science (AS) from Illinois or 66 semester hours applicable to the degree program based upon review

Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0

Traditional Programs

DePaul's traditional programs combine liberal studies with majors in more than 150 areas. Find traditional degree programs here.

College/School Guidelines
College of Communication
College of Computing and Digital Media
College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
College of Science and Health
The Theatre School
Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0
12 semester (16 quarter) hours of transferable credit completed*
Driehaus College of Business
College of Education
School of Music
Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 
 12 semester (16 quarter) hours of transferable credit completed*

*If you have earned fewer than 12 semester hours (16 quarter) hours of college credit, please submit an official copy of your high school transcript or GED score report.

Continuing and Professional Education

Through DePaul's Office of Continuing and Professional Education (OCPE) you may benefit from high-quality certificate programs for adult learners seeking new skills for professional development and certification for career advancement. The Institute for Professional Development — a unit of the College of Computing and Digital Media — offers certificate programs in computer science. These programs are geared towards working professionals in information technology who would like to update a skill, or who are seeking career advancement.

Learn more about continuing education

Admission Steps

Adult Undergraduate Student Applicants

Apply

Submit a completed application online.​

Submit Official Transcripts

Send official transcripts from all colleges and universities you've attended — regardless of the amount of credit earned or grades.

Students applying to the School for New Learning with no previous college coursework or applying to traditional degree programs with fewer than 12 semester (16 quarter) hours of transferable credit from another college or university will also be required to submit official high school transcripts or GED score report.

For information on requesting official transcripts, please visit the website of your previous institution's records office or office of the registrar.​

Send Materials

Office of Undergraduate Admission
1 E. Jackson Blvd., Suite 9000
Chicago, IL 60604

Electronic transcripts and test scores may be sent to electronictranscripts@depaul.edu. If you are submitting transcripts via SCRIP-SAFE, please be sure to connect with the DePaul University Undergraduate Admissions account.​

Tell Us About Classes You're Taking Now

If you are currently taking college courses, please send a list of courses you will be enrolled in for the current term or for a future term to admission@depaul.edu. (Example: Eng 101/English Composition I — 3 semester hours.)​

Updating Your Application

Please use the following guide if you need to change any important information (e.g., major, admit term).

Date of Application Submission
Have you received an admission decision? Yes Before August 15
On or after August 15
No Before August 15 On or after August 15

International Student Applicants

If you're an international student or received credit for high school or college courses outside the U.S., review International Admission's application information for additional instructions. Contact International Admission at (312) 362-8376 with additional questions.​​

Application Deadlines

Priority Application Filing Period Deadline Classes Begin
Fall Quarter — January 1 to April 1 August 1 September
Winter Quarter — June 1 to October 1 November 1 January
Spring Quarter — November 1 to February 1 March 1 March/April
Summer Quarter — February 1 to April 1 May 1 June (Session I)
July (Session II)

Students who apply for admission after the deadline will have their application considered on a space-available basis until the first day of class.

Adult Enrollment Center

We understand your time is precious — that's why we have an adult enrollment center that centralizes everything you need to enroll at DePaul. Our counselors specialize in serving adult undergraduate students and can assist you with the entire admission process, including:

  • Evaluating your degree options
  • Transferring existing college credit
  • Applying for financial aid
  • Earning credit for life experience
  • Enrolling in programs like employer tuition reimbursement or veteran's assistance
  • Connecting you with the other adult student services

(312) 362-8300
admission@depaul.edu

Register for an info session

DePaul's Adult Enrollment Center location:

Loop Campus
DePaul Center
Joan H. Wish Center, Room 101
1 E. Jackson Blvd. 
Chicago, IL 60604