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We understand the important role you play in helping your students apply to college—and we know how busy you are. Here, you’ll find important information for students considering DePaul.
Admission decisions at DePaul are based on a strong academic record, as well as personal and occupational achievements, ambition, energy, resourcefulness and leadership. We recognize that each individual brings unique abilities to the DePaul community, so we perform a holistic review of a student’s application.
We require the following:
ACT vs. SAT
We have no preference of one test over the other. Beginning with applications for the Winter 2018-19 quarter, we will accept self-reported test scores from freshman applicants. Freshman applicants can list test scores on their Common App, 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 Blue Demon Domain, the students’ application portal, throughout their application process.
All freshmen that are admitted and ultimately choose to enroll at DePaul, including test-optional applicants,* will need to submit official test scores prior to the start of their entry term. These can be sent directly from the testing agency, on an official transcript, or sent from you, their school counselor.
*Scores from test-optional students are used for research purposes only.
Test optional: Who should consider this application process?
Students who have a strong academic record demonstrated by above average grades in challenging courses such as AP, IB and Honors level, but don't feel their test results are a good reflection of their academic performance, can choose
not to submit them. Once a student submits their application, however, they will be unable to change to the other option. Learn more about
Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) opens
Early Action Application deadline
Music School Application deadline
Theatre School Application deadline – Acting and Stage Management Majors
Early Action Application notification date
Regular Decision Application deadline
Theatre School Application deadline
Regular Decision notification date
Music and Theatre decision notifications
Tuition Deposit deadline
Guaranteed Housing Application deadline
To give you a sense of what DePaul will be like for your students, we offer opportunities for you to meet us in person.
Learn more about the opportunities available for your academically high-achieving students. Representatives from our University Honors, Pathways Honors, Strobel Honors Accountancy, and BA/JD Combination programs will be available to discuss and answer questions about the benefits of becoming a member of their community. The program will also include a student panel, an overview presentation on DePaul, and an optional Lincoln Park Campus Tour.
Join the Undergraduate Admission staff for a pre-game reception prior to cheering on our Blue Demons Men’s Basketball team at Wintrust Arena. Registration will be available closer to the event date.
If you will be in Chicago and are interested in learning more about DePaul, attend an information session and campus tour at our Lincoln Park Campus to learn about academics, student life and the admission process. We also offer tours of our downtown (Loop) campus.
Lincoln Park tours and information sessions are offered Monday through Saturday and Loop Campus tours are offered Monday through Friday.
Register for an
information session and tour today!
DePaul, in a partnership with Harold Washington College (HWC), will offer the DePaul Harold Washington Academy—an exciting new path for Chicago Star Scholars to earn their undergraduate degree from DePaul.
Students will take associate degree classes taught by HWC faculty at DePaul’s downtown campus, and earn an Associate of Arts degree from HWC. They’ll also 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.
If you have questions, suggestions or feedback, please contact us:
Office of Undergraduate Admission DePaul Center 1 E. Jackson Blvd. Chicago, IL 60604
(312) 362-8300 or toll-free
(800) 4DePAUL outside Illinois
The School of Music Office of Admission804 W. Belden Ave. Chicago, IL 60614
The Theatre School Office of Admission2350 N. Racine Ave. Chicago, IL 60614