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Freshman Student Admission Process

Freshman Student Admission

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Application Steps

  1. Apply by November 15 for the Early Action Program or by February 1 for Regular Notification using the Common Application.
    • Applications will be considered on a space-available basis after February 1.
    • Early Action applicants will receive a decision by December 15.
    • Regular notification applicants will receive a decision by March 15.
    • Music and Theatre applicants will receive a decision by April 1.

  2. All applicants are required to submit official high school transcripts. Send your official high school transcripts to:
    Office of Undergraduate Admission
    1 E. Jackson Blvd.
    Chicago, IL 60604

    Email your transcripts or test scores to

  3. The following curricular requirements are strongly recommended:
    • Four years of English
    • Three years of mathematics (minimum course work equivalent to Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II)
    • Three years of science (two of which must be lab science)
    • Two years of social science
    • Two years of language study other than English

    Applicants must have earned a high school diploma or its equivalent at the time of enrollment.

  4. We have been a test-optional university since 2012. Decide whether or not you would like to have your ACT or SAT test scores submitted as part of your application. We have a long history of evaluating test-optional candidates for both admission and academic scholarships. If you would like to discuss further the test-optional application option, please contact your admission counselor.

    If you choose to submit your test scores, we will accept self-reported test scores from freshman applicants. Freshman applicants can list test scores on their Common Application, and these will fulfill the test requirement for those students submitting test scores. Students also will have the option to add self-reported test scores through their Blue Demon Domain portal throughout the application process.
  5. Invite your high school counselor to submit the Common Application School Report. If you wish to submit additional letters of recommendation with your application, you can invite other recommenders through the Common Application as well. We recommend submitting no more than three additional letters of recommendation along with your application.
  6. 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.


Application Type Deadline Notification by Classes Begin
Early Action Program November 15 December 15 September
Regular Notification February 1 March 15 September
School of Music December 1 April 1 September
The Theatre School December 1 (Acting, Stage Management)
February 1 (all other Theatre majors)
April 1 September

Updating Your Application

  1. Go to your Blue Demon Domain account and log in. (If you have multiple applications on file, please select the one you want to check and then click the “Open Application” button.)
  2. Review your checklist; any items listed as “Awaiting” still require action on your part.
  3. If you need to make an update to your term of entry, major, or other important details from your application, click on the “Update Application” button under “Account Tools.”

For any issues accessing your Blue Demon Domain account, please contact the Office of Undergraduate Admission at (312) 362-8300 or

Early Action Program

DePaul’s Early Action Program (EAP) requires that you apply by November 15. You will be notified by December 15 of the year you expect to enroll at DePaul. If you are admitted under EAP, you will receive strongest consideration for academic scholarships and priority consideration for advising and registration. Learn more about the Early Action Program.

Advanced Course Work Credit

If you’ve taken advanced course work in high school (Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, College Level Examination Program or specific advanced credit equivalencies), we offer credit for demonstrated prior learning at the college level.

For detailed information, visit 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. Send an official transcript from the institution awarding credit.

Music and Theatre School Applicants

DePaul’s School of Music and The Theatre School require additional application steps, including auditions, interviews and application fees.

Visit the School of Music for detailed application processes and requirements.

Visit The Theatre School for detailed application processes and requirements for your intended major. Using the link above, select your intended major and “How to Apply” at the bottom of the page for more information.

Music and Theatre School applicants are not eligible to participate in the Early Action Program and will be given strongest consideration for academic scholarships if they meet their respective application deadlines.

Animation and Film & Television Applicants

New, first-time students applying to enter the Animation (BA or BFA) and Film & Television (BA or BFA) degree programs are required to submit additional materials to be considered for admission. Learn more about what to include and how to submit these materials.

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
  • Official community college transcripts for any courses taken

Optional materials that we recommend submitting include textbooks used, specifically for math and science.

International Applicants

Visit our Office of International Admission for detailed application and admission requirements.

Contact Information

Lincoln Park Campus
Office of Admission
2400 N. Sheffield Ave.
Chicago, IL 60614

Loop Campus
DePaul Center
1 E. Jackson Blvd.
Chicago, IL 60604

(312) 362-8300 or toll-free (800) 4DePAUL outside Illinois


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