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DePaul University

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Introduction

DePaul is one of the oldest institutions of higher learning in the U.S. with a history going back to the 19th century. It is also the largest Catholic institution of higher learning in the country with a student enrollment of over 23,000.

The university is named after the 17th century French priest St. Vincent de Paul who belonged to the Congregation of the Mission or Vincentian order and whose teachings inspired the creation of the institution.

To cater for its huge number of students, DePaul University has six campuses. Lincoln Park Campus, which is built on 40 acres in the neighborhood of Chicago’s Lincoln Park, is the largest and most active of the six. Other campuses are located in Naperville, Illinois, Loop, downtown Chicago, Oak Forest on the south side of Chicago and the suburban location of Rolling Meadows. The O’Hare campus, which relocated to the Triangle Plaza, Chicago, has been in existence since 1977.

Academics

In its long history, DePaul University has continued to increase the number of academic programs that graduate and undergraduate students can enroll into. Today, the university runs over 270 undergraduate and graduate programs covering very diverse areas of study.

The university has nine schools and colleges. Of the nine, the one college that sticks out is the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (LA&S). It is not only the largest college but was also the first to be established and it offers both graduate and undergraduate programs. That the college is large is perhaps best illustrated by the fact that it employs over 430 full-time faculty in a university where the student-faculty ratio is 17:1.

LA&S is divided into a number of academic centers. These include the Center for Community Research, the Humanities Center, Center for Latino Research and the Center for Black Diaspora.

The college’s graduate study program covers subjects such English, history, liberal studies, international studies, physics, chemistry and applied mathematics. Other traditionally popular disciplines that are taught include social work and sociology as well as psychology and writing and publishing. In total, this college has over 20 departments which offer master’s degrees and certificates. The college also offers doctoral degrees in philosophy and psychology.

The undergraduate college is equally diverse and has over 6,000 students pursuing studies in over 30 different areas of study.

A college that deserves special mention is DePaul’s University College of Law. This college offers various law degrees such as the Juris Doctor (JD) degree. A student enrolled for JD can acquire it by studying full-time for three years – part-time students take four years. Students enrolled full-time have the option of transferring to part-time status after the first year. This arrangement has been put in place to take care of adult working learners who are the main target of the majority of the college’s programs.

The college of law also offers Mater of Laws (LL.M.) degrees in four areas – Health Law, Intellectual Property Law, Property Law and Taxation. As these programs target working attorneys, they can be taken either full-time or part-time.

Students in the college of law who desire to obtain an additional qualification are able to so through the college’s Joint Degree Program. This opportunity is open to full-time students enrolled in the JD degree program.

To join the joint degree program, the applicant is required to complete the first year of study and to earn 31 law credits achieving a grade point average of 3.0 or more. In addition, the student is required to fulfill the qualification requirements set by the college offering the additional degree. Some of the joint degrees a student could apply for include Masters in Business Administration, Master of Science in Computer Studies, Master of Arts in International Studies and Master of Science in Public Services Management.

DePaul law graduates are respected and over 200 judges serving in Chicago are graduates of the University.

Other schools and colleges include the College of Computing and Digital Media, the School of Education, the College of Commerce, the School for New Learning and the Theatre School.

DePaul University is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Moreover, some of its programs have been accredited by various professional organizations. Some of the accrediting professional bodies include the American Bar Association, the American Psychological Association, the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.

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Admissions

DePaul University has varying admission requirements depending on the kind of education the applicant wishes to pursue. To be admitted as a freshman, the applicant has to be 24 years or younger and should have completed six semesters of high school. Applications should be sent by February 1st (this is known as the Regular Notification) or by November 15th (the Early Action Plan).

Some schools (such as the School of Music) have different application deadlines and it would be wise to check each school’s website before applying. The application should be accompanied by the student’s ACT or SAT scores. Students applying as freshmen but who have obtained their education via alternative learning such as Home School are required to present an official transcript showing courses taken and a standardized test score.

To be admitted as a Graduate Student, the applicant must have acquired or be in the process of acquiring an undergraduate degree. Different schools have different application requirements. Students applying to the Graduate Psychology Program, for example, are required to submit three letters of recommendation, official transcripts from every institution attended, graduate record examination scores (verbal, writing, quantitative) and a resume.

Many study programs at DePaul are aimed at adult learners and those applying as adult students are required to be at least 24 years old. Adult learners who hold an associate degree benefit from the University’s Adult Accelerated Degree Completions Programs which enable the learner to earn a bachelor’s degree in 24 months by attending classes one night per week. These programs can also be taken online.

The university charges a non-refundable fee of $40 for paper applications and $25 for online applications.

Financial Aid

Students attending DePaul University have many sources of financial aid. Gifted students with financial need stand a good chance of obtaining one of the ten scholarships provided by external sponsors.

The Emma Nylen Trust Scholarship Program assists students who are under 30 years of age and have at one time been residents of Ventura County, California. Students pursuing careers in an accounting-related field could apply for the AICPA Scholarship for Minority Accounting Students. Female and minority students pursuing degrees in computers or degrees that will lead to a career in video games could apply for the ESA Foundation Computer and Video Game Scholarship Program.

Other scholarships include the Polish Women’s Civic Club Scholarship (for graduate students permanently resident in Illinois), the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship and the WyzAnt College Scholarship.

Several grants are also available to students attending DePaul. Undergraduate students benefit from the Federal Pell Grant which is awarded to needy students through the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) program. The State of Illinois operates the Illinois State Monetary Award Program (MAP) which awards grants of varying amounts to needy students attending Illinois schools.

To supplement the grants awarded by other organizations, DePaul University awards the DePaul University Grant to undergraduate students whose financial needs are considered significant. Other grants available include the Federal Supplemental Grant (SEOG) and the Academic Competitiveness Grant (ACT).

Students with the ability to repay borrowed money could apply for either the Federal Subsidized Direct Loan or the Federal Unsubsidized Direct Loan. Students also have access to private loan givers such as educational financing institutions and banks. While private lenders are an option, a student should take advantage of federal loans as the interest rates are lower and the repayment terms flexible.

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Athletics

Athletic students who choose DePaul University have a huge variety of athletic activities to choose from. The university competes in the Big East Conference and its teams participate in varying athletic activities including basketball, softball, soccer, tennis, golf, volleyball, cross country and a host of track and field sports. Some of the sporting teams have gained recognition. For the 2011 season, for example, the DePaul’s Men’s tennis team earned the fourth seed in the Big East Championship.

The DePaul Women’s basketball team, the Blue Demons, had a 19-game winning streak during the 2010-11 season and in a poll of coaches conducted by USA Today/ESPN, the team was ranked tenth nationally.

On its part, the Men’s soccer team had by 2010 qualified for five consecutive Big East Championship tournaments. Recent achievements that indicate the quality of the university’s track and field teams include their sterling performance at the Indiana State University Dual Meet, 2011, where six of its athletes finished first. The college’s athletes won in women’s 800m, men’s 3,000m steeplechase and men’s javelin.

Additional School Information

The campuses of DePaul University have students from allover the world and in the institution’s long history over 140,000 students from over 55 countries have graduated. In appreciation of the need for students to interact with people from different cultures, the university has a Study Abroad Program which enables it students to spend a term or more in another country. The locations abroad are diverse and include Europe, Asia and South America.

Bibliography

“About DePaul: Key Facts”. DePaul. 25th Apr. 2011

“DePaul University”. Chicago Tribune (Apr. 25, 2011). 25th Apr. 2011

“DePaul University”. US News, Education. 25th Apr. 2011

Information Summary

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Campus Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault 14 0.06
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 1 0.00
Rape 6 0.02
Robbery 23 0.09
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 12 0.05
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft 41 0.16
Arrest 21 0.08

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 12,408 0.46
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 431 0.02
Forcible Rape N/A N/A
Robbery 13,975 0.52
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 26,420 0.98
Larceny 72,373 2.68
Vehicle theft 19,446 0.72

Student Enrollment Demographics

Student Graduation Demographics

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Chicago, IL 60604
Surrounding communityLarge city (inside urban area, pop. over 250,000)
Total Population78 (78 urban / N/A rural)
Households33 (2.24 people per house)
Median Household Income$31,250
Families19 (3.11 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Doctoral/Research Universities
UndergraduateBalanced arts & sciences/professions, high graduate coexistence
GraduateComprehensive doctoral (no medical/veterinary)
Undergraduate PopulationFull-time four-year, selective, higher transfer-in
EnrollmentMajority undergraduate
Size & SettingLarge four-year, primarily nonresidential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringDoctoral degree
Calendar SystemQuarter
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationRoman Catholic
Congressional District1705

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees


Ranks 278th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $33,390 $33,390 $33,390
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $600 $600 $600
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $550 $550 $550
FT Graduate Tuition $17,880 $17,880 $17,880
FT Graduate Required Fees $350 $350 $350
PT Graduate per Credit Hour $745 $745 $745
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $49,367 $49,367 $49,367
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $49,367 $49,367 $49,367
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $39,064 $39,064 $39,064

Student Tuition Costs for Professional Fields

  In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Law Degree — Tuition $44,515 $44,515
Law Degree — Required Fees $324 $324

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $30,618 $32,295 $30,618 $32,295 $30,618 $32,295
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,134(N/C)
On-Campus – Room & Board $11,335 $11,717
On-Campus – Other Expenses $2,531 $2,394
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $11,335 $11,717
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $2,531 $2,394
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $4,331 $4,194

Admission Details

Effective as of 2014-09-19
Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application Fee$40
Graduate Application Fee$40
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 19,957 (8,012 male / 11,945 female)
Admitted 11,948 (4,621 male / 7,327 female)
Admission rate 60%
First-time Enrollment 2,425 (1,014 male / 1,411 female)
FT Enrollment 2,422 (1,014 male / 1,408 female)
PT Enrollment 3 (N/A male / 3 female)
Total Enrollment24,414

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record  /   / 
College Prep. Completion
Recommendations
Formal competency demo
Admission test scores
TOEFL
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NCAA
NCAA Basketball Conference Big East Conference
NCAA Track & Field Conference Big East Conference

ACT Test Admission

306th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting ACT results 86%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 23 / 29
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 22 / 27
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 23 / 28

SAT Test Admission

293rd for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting SAT results 20%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 530 / 630
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 520 / 630
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 1050 / 1260

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm Capacity2,677
Meals per WeekN/A
Room Fee$8,734
Board Fee$3,369

Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

 
Total 406 516 745 517 10 3,638 634 6,630
Accounting 61 12 39 69 199 20 405
Accounting and Business/Management 1 1
Acting 3 2 1 27 1 34
African-American/Black Studies 2 2
American/United States Studies/Civilization 1 1 5 1 8
Animation, Interactive Technology, Video Graphics and Special Effects 5 3 5 32 3 50
Anthropology 2 5 9 3 19
Applied Mathematics, General 3 1 9 3 16
Arabic Language and Literature 1 1
Architectural History and Criticism, General 1 23 2 27
Art History, Criticism and Conservation 5 1 17 5 29
Art Teacher Education 1 2 6 1 10
Bilingual and Multilingual Education 1 8 4 13
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 1 6 13 9 1 49 10 95
Business Administration and Management, General 10 16 21 14 93 30 188
Business Administration, Management and Operations, Other 1 3 1 3 18 26
Business/Commerce, General 4 2 4 17 8 35
Business/Managerial Economics 2 5 6 2 34 2 52
Chemistry, General 1 1 5 2 18 3 30
Chinese Studies 1 1 1 3
Cinematography and Film/Video Production 5 11 15 3 1 91 8 141
Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist 1 1
Clinical Psychology 1 2 5 8
Communication and Media Studies, Other 3 12 5 38 6 68
Communication, General 1 7 8
Community Psychology 1 2
Computational Mathematics 4 1 2 1 8
Computer Graphics 3 3 1 10 18
Computer Programming, Specific Applications 3 2 1 3 3 12
Computer Programming/Programmer, General 3 2 7 3 40 4 64
Computer Science 9 5 6 16 64 10 116
Computer Software and Media Applications, Other 1 5 10 1 18
Computer Systems Analysis/Analyst 2 3 4 16 1 26
Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications 14 3 5 2 23 6 55
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services, Other 3 5 8 4 33 3 58
Computer and Information Systems Security/Information Assurance 10 2 7 7 37 4 68
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services 1 9 5 58 8 81
Creative Writing 1 1 1 2 26 9 41
Curriculum and Instruction 1 11 4 16
Data Modeling/Warehousing and Database Administration 1 2 10 2 15
Directing and Theatrical Production 1 1 2
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General 2 3 1 6
E-Commerce/Electronic Commerce 15 4 4 23
Early Childhood Education and Teaching 1 3 4 1 1 14 4 29
East Asian Studies 1 3 1 7
Economics, General 2 6 6 16 2 32
Educational Leadership and Administration, General 6 2 1 19 2 30
Elementary Education and Teaching 12 17 5 87 19 142
English Language and Literature, General 1 5 7 5 108 8 139
English/Language Arts Teacher Education 1 2 4
Environmental Science 1 1 1 25 3 32
Experimental Psychology 1 1
Family Practice Nurse/Nursing 2 2 3 3 19 2 31
Finance and Financial Management Services, Other 1 8 26 35
Finance, General 106 17 35 61 226 45 495
Financial Planning and Services 1 1 26 1 30
Fine and Studio Arts Management 1 4 5
Foreign Language Teacher Education
French Language and Literature 1 4 5
General Merchandising, Sales, and Related Marketing Operations, Other 1 4 5
General Studies 1 110 54 5 1 194 80 462
Geography 2 12 1 16
German Language and Literature
Graphic Communications, General
Graphic Design 1 7 1 9
Health Communication 2 1 3
Health Law 1 1 2
Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other
Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences, General 4 5 5 11 2 30
History, General 8 3 42 4 58
Hospitality Administration/Management, General 1 4 5 3 27 40
Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General 15 3 2 9 36 11 76
Industrial and Organizational Psychology 3 1 4
Information Resources Management 1 1 1 3 1 1 10
Information Science/Studies 41 24 8 33 51 26 185
Information Technology 2 1 5 6 14
International Business/Trade/Commerce 1 1 9 12
International Law and Legal Studies 6 2 6 14
International Marketing 1 1
International Relations and Affairs 1 7 16 3 1 48 3 81
International and Intercultural Communication 1 3 4
Italian Language and Literature 1 1
Jazz/Jazz Studies 1 1 13 2 17
Journalism 5 14 8 3 46 16 97
Kinesiology and Exercise Science
Latin American Studies 5 5
Legal Research and Advanced Professional Studies, Other 1 1
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies 2 1 3
Management Information Systems, General 7 8 15 4 35
Management Science 2 7 27 26 1 93 11 169
Marketing Research 2 2 4 22 1 31
Marketing, Other 15 1 1 6 23
Marketing/Marketing Management, General 8 6 30 24 107 19 198
Mass Communication/Media Studies 7 16 3 76 5 110
Mathematics Teacher Education 6 3 4 23 11 49
Mathematics and Computer Science 1 1 4 6
Mathematics, General 2 2 3 9 16
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other 1 1 4 1 7
Music Management 1 1 2
Music Performance, General 1 2 25 2 30
Music Teacher Education 1 11 1 13
Music Theory and Composition 13 1 3 2 34 4 58
Music, Other 3 3
Non-Profit/Public/Organizational Management 2 2 2 18 2 27
Nurse Anesthetist 1 3 13 5 22
Operations Management and Supervision 1 1 2 18 2 25
Organizational Communication, General 1 2 2 4 9
Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution 2 7 1 10
Philosophy 1 5 4 16 6 32
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching 1 1 11 3 16
Physics, General 1 1 1 11 14
Playwriting and Screenwriting 2 4 1 7
Political Science and Government, General 14 24 8 1 85 7 142
Psychology, General 1 23 76 15 146 18 283
Public Administration 1 33 18 11 1 66 6 140
Public Health, General 1 3 2 11 17
Public Policy Analysis, General 1 4 4 20 1 31
Public Relations, Advertising, and Applied Communication, Other 1 13 46 23 2 154 13 268
Reading Teacher Education 1 4 1 36 14 56
Real Estate 3 4 1 1 17 4 30
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 1 8 7 17 59 9 104
Religion/Religious Studies 10 1 12
Rhetoric and Composition 2 11 3 16
Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education 2 4 2 8
Secondary Education and Teaching 1 5 25 12 118 15 178
Social Work 4 4 1 16 1 27
Social and Philosophical Foundations of Education 1 1 1 3
Sociology 14 26 2 50 7 105
Spanish Language and Literature 1 1 7 1 10
Speech Communication and Rhetoric 1 6 4 56 6 76
Statistics, General 3 2 2 4 8 1 20
Tax Law/Taxation 1 1 3 3 8
Taxation 2 5 43 1 51
Teacher Education, Multiple Levels 2 4 1 5 4 16
Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language/ESL Language Instructor 1 1 2
Technical Theatre/Theatre Design and Technology 1 1 20 1 24
Theatre Literature, History and Criticism 1 1
Theatre/Theatre Arts Management
Urban Studies/Affairs
Women's Studies 2 3 15 3 24

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 307th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $94,547 ($100,126 male / $81,272 female)
Number of FT Faculty 975 (535 male / 440 female)
Number of PT Faculty 1,937
FT Faculty Ratio 0.5 : 1
Total Benefits $39,244,000

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