About

Teaching and learning are our priorities at DePaul. That might seem obvious, but we’re the largest private university whose faculty members’ priority is teaching. We’re also the nation’s largest Catholic university — and we’re committed to an educational experience that weaves together mind, place, people and heart.

Academic Excellence

DePaul has more than 300 undergraduate majors and graduate programs, so chances are good we have what you’re looking for. Many of our professors work in Chicago as consultants, researchers and entrepreneurs, and incorporate their experiences in the classroom.

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In the Heart of Chicago

DePaul has one campus in Chicago’s business district and another in Lincoln Park. Chicago itself is an ideal classroom — and we take full advantage of it.

  • Thousands of internship opportunities
  • More than 118,000 alumni in the metro area
  • Connections that impact your education and career opportunities

Professors Who Focus on You

You’ll actually get to know your professors — more than 98 percent of all classes are taught by faculty members, not teaching assistants.

  • Fewer than 40 students in the average class
  • Faculty will know your name, concerns and goals
Learn more about distinguished faculty

Distinctively Diverse

Everyone isn’t the same here. And that’s good. By nurturing diversity and intentionally incorporating multiple viewpoints into academic and student life, you’ll have a learning experience that better reflects — and prepares you for — the world.

Our students come from all 50 states and 114 countries

14,507

Undergraduate
Students

+ 7,930

Graduate
Students


22,437

Total
Students

1 in 3

undergraduates are first-generation college students

98%

courses taught by professors

15:1

Student-to-faculty ratio

Study abroad programs in more than

30

countries
10

Colleges and Schools

15

NCAA Division 1 athletic teams

3,400+

students complete service-learning courses annually

Founded in 1898 by the Congregation of the Mission, which follows the teachings of St. Vincent de Paul

Learn more about DePaul’s history

Student Success

More than 90 percent of 2017 undergraduate and graduate degree recipients were employed, continuing their education or not seeking employment within six months of graduation. See the breakdown for 2017 below.

89% of undergraduate students employed 
88% of graduate students employed