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.