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For School Counselors


Information for your DePaul applicants

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.

Freshman Application Guidelines

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:

  • Common Application
  • Transcript
  • Counselor Recommendation
  • Personal Essay (recommended)
  • Audition/interview (for School of Music and The Theatre School)
  • Creative Portfolio and Creative Statement (for Animation majors)

Test Scores


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 applying Test-Optional.

Advantages of Applying Early Action

If a student applies Early Action to DePaul, he/she will:
  • receive an admission decision that is non-binding
  • be notified of an admission decision by December 15
  • get the strongest consideration for academic scholarships
  • be able to apply early for on-campus housing (allowing them to give their preference of residence hall and roommate if they wish)
  • receive information about orientation, advising and registration before those who apply Regular Decision

Important Dates

Oct. 1

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) opens

Nov. 15

Early Action Application deadline

Dec. 1

Music School Application deadline

Dec. 1

Theatre School Application deadline – Acting and Stage Management Majors

Dec. 15

Early Action Application notification date

Feb. 1

Regular Decision Application deadline

Feb. 1

Theatre School Application deadline

Mar. 15

Regular Decision notification date

Apr. 1

Music and Theatre decision notifications

Jun. 1*

Tuition Deposit deadline

Due to the 2024 FAFSA delays from the Department of Education, and to make sure everyone has enough time to consider their options, DePaul has pushed back this year’s decision deadline to June 1, 2024.

Campus Visit and Tour

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

Community College Advisors

If you’re a transfer advisor at an Illinois community college, learn what you need to know about helping students transfer to DePaul.

New Partnership. New Path Forward.

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.


Here is some additional information to help you guide your students:

Contact Information

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 Admission

804 W. Belden Ave.
Chicago, IL 60614

(773) 325-7260


The Theatre School
Office of Admission

2350 N. Racine Ave.
Chicago, IL 60614

(773) 325-7999