The DePaul Harold Washington Academy offers an exciting new path for Chicago Star Scholars to earn their undergraduate degree.
Interested students must apply to DePaul as a freshman. DePaul then refers eligible candidates to Harold Washington College.
The Best of Both Schools
Harold Washington College (HWC) and DePaul University are coming together to offer a new
program to Chicago Star Scholarship winners. The DePaul Harold Washington
Academy, just under five blocks away from Harold Washington College, combines the best of
both Harold Washington College and DePaul – allowing students to take advantage of all that
both institutions offer.
Earn Your DePaul Degree on Our Campus – From Start to Finish
Students will take associate degree classes taught by HWC faculty at DePaul’s downtown campus, and earn an Associate of Arts degree from HWC. Here, they’ll have full access to a wide range of DePaul student perks, including the
Student Center, libraries, career and advising services, and tutoring. Once students have
earned their Associate of Arts degree from HWC, they’ll then get accepted to DePaul to
complete their bachelor’s degree.
How it Works
The DePaul Harold Washington Academy is for:
- Students who are interested in pursuing a bachelor’s degree at DePaul
- Students who graduate from a Chicago Public School (CPS) in 2019 or later
- Students who are STAR Scholarship eligible
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the DePaul Harold Washington Academy?
Starting in Fall 2019, a new collaboration called the DePaul Harold Washington Academy (DHWA) will enable select CPS Star Scholars to complete an associate degree offered by Harold Washington College on DePaul’s Loop Campus. While working on their associate degree, Academy students will have access to many DePaul services, including tutoring, career counseling, financial literacy, the libraries, and student organizations. Upon successful completion of their associate degree, these students are considered for admission to DePaul. Our hope is that Academy students will be able to make a seamless transition to the next step in their college career with no debt and be well on their way to earning a DePaul bachelor’s degree.
How do I apply?
Any interested student must apply to DePaul University as a freshman. DePaul will then identify and notify candidates for the DePaul Harold Washington Academy. Students must also apply to Harold Washington College and apply for the Star Scholar Program.
Let us know you’re interested by filling out this interest form.
How much does it cost per year?
As a Star Scholar at Harold Washington College, tuition for the first two years is free. DePaul University guarantees admission to students who successfully complete an associate degree and wish to pursue a bachelor’s degree at DePaul. Students who transfer to DePaul will be eligible for state, federal and institutional financial aid to complete their degrees.
Is this a dual enrollment program?
No. DePaul Harold Washington Academy students are Harold Washington College students, but they attend classes on DePaul’s campus in the Loop and have access to many of the same resources as all DePaul students.
How does the program work (who teaches the courses, who holds the credits, what does the transcript say, etc.)?
This initiative is for students interested in earning a degree from DePaul University but who are seeking an alternate path to a degree based on their educational preparation or financial situation. The DePaul Harold Washington Academy courses are taught by Harold Washington College faculty and the associate degrees earned are awarded by Harold Washington College and the City Colleges of Chicago.
Once a student completes the associate degree and becomes a DePaul transfer student, they will be taught by DePaul faculty, and when they complete the bachelor’s degree, it will be from DePaul University. The program combines the best of both Harold Washington College and DePaul University, and allows students to take advantage of all that the institutions offer.
When DePaul Harold Washington Academy students complete their associate degree, are they automatically enrolled at DePaul to continue pursuit of bachelor’s degrees?
Students in the Academy who successfully complete an associate degree and who are in good standing at the Academy will be admitted to DePaul as degree-seeking undergraduate students.
Although admission of such students is guaranteed, applicants must complete all requirements for admission to their intended college, which may include, but is not limited to, minimum grade point average requirements or satisfactory performance or talent auditions, for example in DePaul’s School of Music or The Theatre School programs. Admission to DePaul’s School of Music or The Theatre School is extremely competitive and few credits will transfer and apply to these degrees.
Are students in the DePaul Harold Washington Academy required to enroll at DePaul?
No. Students who graduate from Harold Washington College with an associate degree will be able to apply to any college or university in the country, just as any student who earns an associate degree can. There is no obligation to apply to or attend DePaul, although students who want to do so will find that process streamlined.
Are DePaul Harold Washington Academy students considered DePaul students? How are they different?
DHWA students are enrolled as students of Harold Washington College and are eligible for all of the resources, benefits and programs offered to Harold Washington College students by the Chicago City Colleges. When they graduate in two years, their associate degree is conferred by Harold Washington College. While enrolled in the DHWA program, students will also have access to many DePaul services (see first FAQ answer).