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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)

Test Scores


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 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

Important Dates

Oct. 1

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) opens

Nov. 15

Early Action Application deadline

Dec. 1

Music School Application deadline

Jan. 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

May 1

Tuition Deposit deadline

May 1

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!

School Counselor Visit Day

Register for our annual Counselor Visit/Blue Demon basketball event – to be held on Sunday, January 28.

Located at South Indiana Avenue and East Cermak Road, Wintrust Arena is adjacent to McCormick Place, where parking is available. It's also a couple blocks east of the CTA Green Line Cermak Road stop. This year’s reception will be held at Pizano’s Pizza & Pasta, across the street from the arena, from 1:00 – 3:00 pm. Tipoff for the game against the Seton Hall Pirates is at 3:00 pm.

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:

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