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
- Counselor Recommendation
- Personal Essay (recommended)
- Audition/interview (for School of Music and The Theatre School)
ACT vs. SAT
We have no preference of one test over the other, and we'll always consider a student’s highest composite score from one test date for either test.
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.
Fall 2016 Freshman Student Profile
- Average GPA: 3.55
- ACT (middle 50% scores): 23-28
- SAT (middle 50% scores): 1140-1320
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 January 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
Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) opens
Early Action Application deadline
Music School Application deadline
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
School Counselor Events
To give you a sense of what DePaul will be like for your students, we offer opportunities for you to meet us in person:
Campus Visit and Tour
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 – Saturday and Loop Campus tours are offered Monday – Friday.
Register for an information session and tour today!
Theatre School Event for School Counselors
Register for our Night Out with The Theatre School – to be held on Friday, November 10
School Counselor Visit Day
Register for our Counselor Visit Day – to be held on Friday, December 8
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.
Here is some additional information to help you guide your students:
If you have questions, suggestions or feedback, please contact us:
Office of Undergraduate Admission
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
The Theatre School
Office of Admission
2350 N. Racine Ave.
Chicago, IL 60614