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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
Explore ways to connect with us in virtual and limited on-campus visits. Learn more about our campuses, student life and the admission process.
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
Phone(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