Why choose DePaul University?

DePaul University combines the advantages and resources of a large private university with the student-focused attention of a smaller institution, all within one of America’s greatest cities.

Founded in 1898, DePaul’s 2 campuses in the heart of Chicago offer students a wealth of learning and work placement opportunities. The University immerses students in the city, connecting them through innovative courses; internship opportunities at Fortune 500 companies; and service-learning programs that provide meaningful assistance to local communities. The city’s extensive public transportation system allows students to take advantage of the incredible culture, sports and dining options.

As the largest Catholic university in the USA, DePaul is also widely known for welcoming students from all ethnicities, religions and backgrounds. And even with its large enrollment, it has a student-to-faculty ratio of just 17:1, with an average class size of under 40 students.

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DePaul at a glance:

  • Private university
  • Founded in 1898
  • 25,000 students
  • 1,859 international students
  • Located in Chicago, Illinois
  • Campus setting: urban – large city

Reasons to love DePaul:

  • AACSB-accredited business school
  • NCAA Division I sports teams
  • Over 300 student organizations
  • Top 15 Best Undergraduate Entrepreneurship Program, Princeton Review 2018
  • INSIGHT into Diversity magazine Higher Education Excellence in Diversity award winner
  • 88% of bachelor’s degree recipients employed or in graduate school 6 months after graduation
  • Professors, not assistants, teach 98% of the classes.

Student experiences at DePaul University

Choosing to attend DePaul University has been one of my best decisions. I really like big cities; they are full of opportunities and challenges. In addition, DePaul has a regular Job and Internship Fair, which connects students to great on- and off-campus work experience opportunities. I was able to get my current job with the Global Ambassador Program in DePaul’s Office of Admission after applying and interviewing there. This job has taught me a lot and looks really good on my résumé; it will be very helpful for me in my career.

Li Zhu

BS in Computer Science

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DePaul is a beautiful urban university. It has excellent resources for learning. I have a hard time choosing a favorite class at DePaul because I seem to discover a new one every term! And Chicago, with its mix of diverse cultures and people, is a great place to study art. The city is filled with public art sculptures and home to one of my favorite museums, the world-famous Art Institute of Chicago!

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Zeshu “Yuri” Tam

BA in Art, Media and Design

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I chose DePaul University because it is located in Chicago. It’s really beautiful, with amazing architecture and lots of delicious food. Even though it’s the 3rd largest city in the USA, the public transportation system makes it really easy to navigate.

Ebitari Kemefa

BS in Accountancy

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University location: Chicago, Illinois

Chicago is important to DePaul’s identity, and extends into the University classrooms. Undergraduate courses will introduce you to Chicago’s unique history and immerse you in the city’s vibrant and diverse culture. DePaul’s two main campuses – in historic Lincoln Park and the downtown Loop – provide convenient access to so many professional, art, dining, sports and recreational opportunities.

As America’s 3rd largest city, Chicago blends urban energy and Midwestern friendliness, with plenty of destinations worth exploring. Visit the landmark Art Institute of Chicago and dozens of other culture, science and industry exhibitions. Sample Chicago-style deep dish pizza and check out the city’s famous food scene. Or enjoy a bird’s-eye view of the surrounding skyscrapers from the top of the Willis Tower.

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DePaul University USPP students describe why Chicago is a great place to live and study.

DePaul’s Loop campus is located next to Magnificent Mile, home to some of Chicago’s most famous cultural, architectural, dining and shopping venues.

DePaul location features:

  • Top 25 Best Student City in the world for employer activity, QS Best Student Cities 2016
  • 31 Fortune 500 companies – including United Airlines, Walgreen’s, Kraft Foods and McDonald’s
  • Professional basketball, hockey, soccer, American football and 2 Major League baseball teams