Freshman Student Admission Process

Freshman Student Admission

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Application Steps

  1. Apply by November 15 for the Early Action Program or by February 1 for Regular Notification using the Common Application.
    • Applications will be considered on a space-available basis after February 1.
    • Early Action applicants will receive a decision by January 15.
    • Regular notification applicants will receive a decision by March 15.
    • Music and Theatre applicants will receive a decision by April 1.

  2. All applicants are required to submit official high school transcripts. Send your official high school transcripts to:
    Office of Undergraduate Admission
    1 E. Jackson Blvd.
    Chicago, IL 60604

    Email your transcripts or test scores to

  3. The following curricular requirements are strongly recommended:
    • Four years of English
    • Three years of mathematics (minimum course work equivalent to Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II)
    • Three years of science (two of which must be lab science)
    • Two years of social science
    • Two years of language study other than English

    Applicants must have earned a high school diploma or its equivalent at the time of enrollment.

  4. We are a test-optional university. Decide whether or not you would like to have your ACT or SAT test scores submitted as part of your application. If you choose to submit your test scores and they do not appear on your high school transcript, request the testing agency to forward a score report to DePaul using our college code numbers: 
    • ACT: 1012
    • SAT: 1165
    If you would like to discuss further the test-optional application option, please contact your admission counselor.

  5. Invite your high school counselor to submit the Common Application School Report. If you wish to submit additional letters of recommendation with your application, you can invite other recommenders through the Common Application as well. We recommend submitting no more than three additional letters of recommendation along with your application.

  6. If you have earned college credit while in high school, request the college, International Baccalaureate or Advanced Placement service which granted you credit to forward your official record to DePaul. Learn more about how DePaul awards college credit for IB and AP exams.


Application Type Deadline Classes Begin
Early Action Program November 15 September
Regular Notification February 1 September
School of Music December 1 September
The Theatre School February 1 September

DePaul's Office of Admission has been closely watching the destruction caused by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria. We know that many of our prospective students have been impacted by these storms. If you need flexibility in meeting the deadlines, please contact your admission counselor.

Updating Your Application

Please use the following guide if you need to change any important information (e.g., major, admit term).

Date of Application Submission
Have you received an admission decision? Yes Before August 15, 2016
On or after August 15, 2016
No Before August 15, 2016 On or after August 15, 2016

Early Action Program

DePaul's Early Action Program (EAP) requires that you apply by November 15. You will be notified by January 15 of the year you expect to enroll at DePaul. If you are admitted under EAP, you will receive strongest consideration for academic scholarships and priority consideration for advising and registration.

Advanced Course Work Credit

If you've taken advanced course work in high school (Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, College Level Examination Program or specific advanced credit equivalencies), we offer credit for demonstrated prior learning at the college level.

For detailed information, visit our Test Credit and Placement site.

Additionally, we offer credit to satisfy undergraduate general education, major field and elective requirements for dual (high school - college) enrollment programs. For these dual enrollment programs, credit is evaluated by the Office of Admission. Send an official transcript from the institution awarding credit.

Music and Theatre School Applicants

DePaul's School of Music and The Theatre School require additional application steps, including auditions, interviews and application fees.

Visit the School of Music for detailed application processes and requirements.

Visit The Theatre School for detailed application processes and requirements for your intended major. Using the link above, select your intended major and "How to Apply" at the bottom of the page for more information.

Music and Theatre School applicants are not eligible to participate in the Early Action Program and will be given strongest consideration for academic scholarships if they meet their respective application deadlines.

Home School Applicants

Students who have been home schooled through high school will need to submit the following materials with the application for admission consideration:

  • An official transcript showing courses taken and credit earned
  • Standardized test scores (ACT or SAT)
  • Official community college transcripts for any courses taken

Optional materials that we recommend submitting include textbooks used, specifically for math and science.

International Applicants

Visit our Office of International Admission for detailed application and admission requirements.

Contact Information

Lincoln Park Campus
Welcome Center
2400 N. Sheffield Ave.
Chicago, IL 60614

Loop Campus
DePaul Center
1 E. Jackson Blvd.
Chicago, IL 60604

(312) 362-8300 or toll-free (800) 4DePAUL outside Illinois


Apply Now Using The Common App Find Your Admission Counselor