Innovative School Award

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Ranked Among the Top 25 Most Innovative Schools

DePaul University is one of the country’s “most innovative schools,” according to the 2016 college rankings published by U.S. News & World Report.

In this new category, higher education leaders — college presidents, provosts and admissions deans — were asked to nominate up to 10 colleges or universities making “the most innovative improvements with curriculum, faculty, students, campus life, technology or facilities.”

DePaul made the list.

What makes DePaul innovative?

  • Cinespace Chicago Film Studios Alliance. Students in the School of Cinematic Arts work on an active studio lot and students cross paths daily with professional directors, lighting technicians, filmmakers, set designers and actors. Their classroom is a dedicated soundstage.
  • The Alliance for Health Sciences. The Pathways program provides participating undergraduates with a comprehensive curriculum that prepares them for admission to highly competitive health care professional programs.
  • Innovative Mapping Techniques. Students in urban geography work with innovative mapping techniques to examine how Chicago’s cultural and urban landscapes have developed historically and are continuing to change.
  • Innovation Lab. Designed to prepare the next generation of social media practitioners, the iLab provides hands-on experience in listening, analytics and insights across social platforms.
Read more about DePaul’s approach to innovation