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)
- Creative Portfolio and Creative Statement (for Animation majors)
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 applying Test-Optional.
Fall 2017 Freshman Student Profile
- Average GPA: 3.60
- ACT (middle 50% scores): 23-28
- SAT (middle 50% scores): 1060-1260
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
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
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:
Counselor Visit Day
Join us for the annual Counselor Visit Day on Friday, December 7th when we will spend the day with our school counselors starting at the Lincoln Park Campus. The agenda will include Jon Boekenstedt presenting on DePaul’s enrollment, highlights of academic programs, and staff on hand to answer the most frequently asked questions. Follow this link to register.
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 through Saturday and Loop Campus tours are offered Monday through Friday.
Register for an information session and tour today!
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:
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