Application Timeline and Requirements

1. Apply by November 15 for the Early Action Program or by February 1 for Regular Notification using the DePaul application or by submitting the Common Application​. Either application method is acceptable, but only one application per student will be considered.

Applications are considered on a space-available basis after February 1. Early Action applicants will be notified of a decision by January 15. Regular notification applicants will receive a decision by March 15. Music and Theatre applicants will be notified of a decision by April 1.

2. Send your official high school transcripts. You will be required to submit an official final high school transcript upon graduation.

3. DePaul has implemented a test-optional policy for students applying for freshman admission. You can choose to apply with or without ACT or SAT scores. If you choose to submit your test scores and they do not appear on your high school transcript, request the testing agency to forward a score report to DePaul, if you have not already done so. Our college code number for ACT is 1012 and for SAT is 1165. If you choose to apply test optional, you are required to submit answers to several short essay questions. Learn more about applying test-optional. 


4. Request that your counselor complete the High School Counselor Recommendation Form​.

5. If you have earned college credit while in high school, request the college, International Baccalaureate or Advanced Placement service which granted you credit to forward your official record to DePaul. 

Learn more about how DePaul awards college credit​ for IB and AP exams.
6. Send all materials to: 

Office of Undergraduate Admission

1 East Jackson Boulevard
Chicago, IL 60604
  • You can also arrange to have official electronic transcripts and test scores sent to​. If you are submitting transcripts via SCRIP-SAFE, please be sure to connect with the DePaul University Undergraduate Admissions account.
Please note: If you have ever enrolled in another college or university (regardless if you earned any credit) after high school graduation, please fill out the online application as a Transfer Student. 

Application Deadlines

​Application Type
​Deadline ​Classes Begin
​Early Action Program ​November 15 ​September
​Regular Notification ​February 1 ​September
​School of Music ​December 1 ​September
​The Theatre School ​January 15 ​September

​​Common Application​

DePaul University is a member of the Common Application, a not-for-profit organization that supports colleges and universities that promote access by evaluating students using a holistic selection process. The Common Application and supporting documents can be submitted to any one of the 400 participating member institutions. 

Application Fee

DePaul does not require an application fee for undergraduate applicants. 


Early Action Program (EAP)

DePaul's Early Action Program (EAP) requires that you apply by November 15. You will be notified by January 15 of the year you expect to enroll at DePaul. If you are admitted under EAP, you will 

(a) receive strongest consideration for academic scholarships (see scholarships for more information) 

(b) receive priority consideration for advising and registration 

Please note: Music and Theatre School applicants are not eligible to participate in the Early Action Program. Music and Theatre School students will be given strongest consideration for academic scholarships if they meet their respective application deadlines. School of Music applications are due December 1 and applications for the Theatre School are due January 15. 


Music and Theatre School Applicants

Music School Applicants:
 An entrance audition will be scheduled prior to rendering an admission decision. 

Theatre School Applicants: 
All additional application materials should be sent directly to: 
The Theatre School

2350 N. Racine Avenue
Chicago, Illinois, 60614 

As a Theatre School applicant, you are asked to submit one photo for identification purposes. In addition to the general freshman application instructions, the following requirements must be met: 
Applicants for Acting Program (Autumn Quarter only) 
• Submit three recommendations 
• Send $40.00 audition fee 
• Schedule an audition 
Applicants for Design, Technical, or Theatre Studies Program 
• Submit three recommendations 
• Send $40.00 interview fee 
• Schedule a portfolio review or interview 

Home School Applicants

Students who have been home schooled through high school will need to submit the following materials with the application for admission consideration: 

• An official transcript showing courses taken and credit earned 
• Standardized test scores (ACT or SAT) 
• Official community college transcripts for any courses taken 
We also recommend submitting the following optional materials: 

• Listing of the textbooks used, especially for the academic areas of math and science

International Student Applicants

For international student admission information, visit our Office of International Admission​.


Recognition for Advanced Course Work

We encourage students to take advanced course work in high school and offer credit, where appropriate, for demonstrated prior learning at the college level. Students may earn Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB) or College Level Examination Program (CLEP) credit. Further information, as well as specific advanced credit equivalencies, may be obtained from our Test Credit and Placement site. 

Additionally, we offer credit to satisfy undergraduate general education, major field and elective requirements for dual (high school - college) enrollment programs. For these dual enrollment programs, credit is evaluated by the Office of Admission and students need to send an official transcript from the institution awarding credit. 

Information for High School Counselors

Here is the High School Counselor Recommendation Form​​ for high school counselors to fill out for prospective students. 


Updating Your Application

Applicants who need to update their application for admission (e.g., changing a major or admit term), please use our Information Update Form.

Undergraduate Admission Locations:

Lincoln Park Campus 
Welcome Center

2400 North Sheffield Avenue
Chicago, IL 60614 
Loop Campus
DePaul Center

1 East Jackson Boulevard
Chicago, IL 60604 ​

For More Information

Contact a DePaul Admission representative to receive more information or to schedule a campus tour:

1. Online: Complete the Contact Us form.

2. Call: (312) 362-8300 or toll-free 1-800-4DePAUL (outside Illinois) 



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