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DePaul University Data & Information Overview

532 awards Ranking Badges
Great Price Value for Your Money
70% Acceptance Rate
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How Well Is DePaul University Ranked?

#229 Best Colleges in Nation
#7 Best Colleges in IL
General Graphic Communications Highest Ranked Major
Quality Badge

2023 Rankings

In its yearly rankings, College Factual analyzes over 2,000 colleges and universities to determine which ones are the best in a variety of categories, such as overall value, quality, diversity, which schools are the best for each major, and much more.

DePaul University was awarded 532 badges in the 2023 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is general graphic communications.

Overall Quality

College Factual ranked DePaul as #229 out of 2,241 colleges and universities in the country on its 2023 Best Colleges list. This puts it in the top 15% of all schools in the nation. This is an improvement over the previous year, when DePaul held the #593 spot on the Best Overall Colleges list.

DePaul is also ranked #7 out of 87 schools in Illinois.

See all of the rankings for DePaul University.

Is It Hard to Get Into DePaul?

70% Acceptance Rate
61% Of Accepted Are Women

Acceptance Rate

DePaul University has an acceptance rate of 70%, which makes it somewhat selective. Make sure it's not the only school you apply to, even if it's your school of choice. Whether you get in or not will largely depend on how you compare to other applicants.

Learn more about DePaul University admissions.

DePaul University Faculty

17 to 1 Student to Faculty
49% Full Time Teachers

Student to Faculty Ratio

The student to faculty ratio is often used to estimate how much interaction there is between professors and their students at a college or university. At DePaul University, this ratio is 17 to 1, which is on par with the national average of 15 to 1. That's not bad at all.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

When estimating how much access students will have to their teachers, some people like to look at what percentage of faculty members are full time. This is because part-time teachers may not have as much time to spend on campus as their full-time counterparts.

The full-time faculty percentage at DePaul University is 49%. This is comparable to the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  49 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at DePaul University

83% Freshmen Retention
59% On-Time Graduation Rate

Freshmen Retention Rate

DePaul University has a freshmen retention rate of 83%. That's a good sign that full-time students like the school and their professors enough to want to stick around for another year. It's also a sign that the admissions team did a good job in choosing applicants who were a good fit for the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  83 out of 100

Graduation Rate

The on-time graduation rate for someone pursuing a bachelor's degree is typically four years. This rate at DePaul for first-time, full-time students is 59%, which is better than the national average of 33.3%.

On-Time Graduation Rate  59 out of 100

Find out more about the retention and graduation rates at DePaul University.

DePaul University Undergraduate Student Diversity

12,776 Full-Time Undergraduates
44.5% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
53.9% Percent Women

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 14,145 undergraduates at DePaul with 12,776 being full-time and 1,369 being part-time.

How Much Does DePaul University Cost?

$31,174 Net Price
54% Take Out Loans
$29,928 Total Student Loans
The overall average net price of DePaul is $31,174. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for DePaul

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$27,123 $27,252 $28,577 $32,328 $36,445

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of DePaul, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At DePaul, approximately 54% of students took out student loans averaging $7,482 a year. That adds up to $29,928 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at DePaul is 3.7%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

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How Much Money Do DePaul Graduates Make?

$63,489 Avg Salary of Grads
High Earnings Boost
Although some majors pay more than others, students who graduate from DePaul with a bachelor's degree go on to jobs where they make an average salary of $63,489 in their early years. This is good news for future DePaul graduates since it is 49% more than the average college graduate's salary of $42,485 per year.


See which majors at DePaul University make the most money.

Location of DePaul University

Illinois State
12,776 Full-Time Undergraduates
Large City Campus Setting
Located in Chicago, Illinois, DePaul University is a private not-for-profit institution. The location of DePaul is great for students who prefer living in an urban area.

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Contact details for DePaul are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 1 E Jackson Blvd, Chicago, IL 60604
Phone: 312-362-8000

DePaul University Majors

103 Majors With Completions
3,333 Undergraduate Degrees
3,026 Graduate Degrees
During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 103 majors graduated from DePaul University. Of these students, 3,333 received undergraduate degrees and 3,026 graduated with a master's or doctor's degree. The following table lists the most popular undergraduate majors along with the average salary graduates from those majors make.

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
Finance & Financial Management 235 $55,552
Accounting 228 $61,704
General Psychology 199 $30,341
Film, Video & Photographic Arts 191 $24,417
Public Relations & Advertising 189 $38,478
Marketing 158 $48,012
Communication & Media Studies 156 $31,913
Health Sciences & Services 154 $33,464
Computer Programming 154 $51,868
Business Administration & Management 137 $40,729

Learn more about the majors offered at DePaul University along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

Online Learning at DePaul

99% Take At Least One Class Online
90% Take All Classes Online

Online courses area a great option for busy, working students as well as for those who have scheduling conflicts and want to study on their own time. As time goes by, expect to see more and more online learning options become available.

In 2019-2020, 21,594 students took at least one online class at DePaul University. This is an increase from the 6,568 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2019-2020 21,594 19,809
2018-2019 6,568 1,892
2017-2018 6,441 1,835
2016-2017 6,278 1,892
2015-2016 6,089 1,877

Learn more about online learning at DePaul University.

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Notes and References


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.


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