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DePaul Admission Partnership Program

Our Community College Partnerships office helps facilitate the transfer process for students interested in transferring to DePaul from a Chicagoland community college.

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DePaul Admission Partnership Program (DAPP)

The DePaul Admission Partnership Program (DAPP) is a transfer preparation program designed for students beginning their college education at a partner community college. It is a great way to make sure that you are taking the right courses for your degree by mapping out a path to your selected major.

By participating, you’ll be able to:

  • Plan ahead. Map out courses at your community college and DePaul for a smooth transfer process.
  • Pay lower tuition rates. Take advantage of the lower tuition rates at your community college for up to two years (66 semester hours).
  • Work with our admission counselors now. Receive guidance, meet them on your community college campus and attend special events.
  • Earn two degrees. Earn an associate degree from your community college and a bachelor’s degree from DePaul.
  • Attend special events and workshops.
  • Have early access to customized visits. Make your campus visit your own. Observe a class, speak with current DePaul students, tour our campuses and meet with different departments.

How to Join DAPP

  1. Complete the DAPP participation form. Indicate your intended date of transfer and major. If you have not decided on a major, you may join DAPP by identifying yourself as an “undeclared major.” Your degree requirements will not be able to be locked in until your major is declared.
  2. Schedule an appointment to meet with a DePaul University transfer counselor at the Loop Campus or at your local community college within a month of submitting the DAPP form.
  3. Confirm that you meet the DAPP participation requirements at your scheduled appointment.

Participation Requirements

  • Meet the required deadline:
    • Planning to enroll at DePaul for Summer or Fall Quarter 2020? You must be approved for DAPP by January 1, 2020.
    • Planning to enroll at DePaul for Winter or Spring Quarter 2021? You must be approved for DAPP by September 1, 2020.
  • Begin your participation in the DePaul Admission Partnership Program (DAPP) as early as possible in your college experience, prior to completing 30 semester hours/45 quarter hours of college level credit.
  • Notify both your community college and DePaul University of your intent to participate in DePaul Admission Partnership Program, your intended date of transfer and major, if known. Notify both schools if your intent, date of transfer or major changes.
  • Follow counseling provided by DePaul Transfer Admission Counselor.
  • Maintain continuous enrollment of at least two courses per term, not including summer, in a transfer degree program.
  • Maintain satisfactory academic progress. A cumulative GPA of 2.0 is required to maintain your eligibility for admission to DePaul and the program of your choice. DePaul’s College of Education requires a cumulative transfer GPA of 2.5. Animation does require a portfolio requirement.
  • Submit your updated transcripts at the completion of each term to the Office of Undergraduate Admission. A final official transcript from your transfer community college must be submitted for your formal admission decision at the time of transfer.
  • Enroll as a transfer student at DePaul within three academic years of initial participation in DAPP.


Yes, or very close to full-time in order for you to complete your associate degree within the three-year limit.

Students interested in our School of Continuing and Professional Studies, Theatre School, and School of Music are not able to participate in DAPP due to their unique admission requirements.

All DAPP students who meet the eligibility requirements can receive up to a $12,000 DAPP Scholarship. Additional scholarships that can be stacked would include the Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Scholarship, and the Chicago Star Scholarship if requirements are met. More information can be found at our scholarship page.

Yes. For further information on financial aid, please contact DePaul Central.

You can schedule an appointment to meet with a transfer counselor at your community college or at our Loop Campus.

Contact DAPP Staff

Contact us with questions at 312-362-8300 and