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If you want to know more about DePaul University, such as what majors does it offer, how diverse it is, how well it ranks, and more, this is your one-stop resource. If you're interested in learning more about a particular stat, just click on its tile to go to a new page that covers the topic more in-depth. Also, you can jump to any section of this page by clicking one of the links below.

How Well Is DePaul University Ranked?

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2021 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 105 badges in the 2021 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is liberal arts general studies.

Overall Quality

DePaul is ranked #270 out of 1,715 schools in the nation for overall quality on College Factual's 2021 Best Colleges list.

DePaul is also ranked #11 out of 61 schools in Illinois.

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Is It Hard to Get Into DePaul?

Acceptance Rate

When it comes to admittance, DePaul University is somewhat selective. Its acceptance rate is 72%, which means you'll face some strong competition during the admissions process. Do what you can to make your application stand out.

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DePaul University Faculty

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 16 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

Freshmen Retention Rate

DePaul University has a freshmen retention rate of 84%. 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  84 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 56%, which is better than the national average of 33.3%.

On-Time Graduation Rate  56 out of 100

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

Excellent Overall Diversity at DePaul

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 14,214 undergraduates at DePaul with 12,784 being full-time and 1,430 being part-time.

DePaul Diversity Score

College Factual computes an overall diversity score for each college and university that takes gender, ethnicity, geographic location, and age into account. Schools with the best mixtures of students with respect to these factors are ranked the highest, and those that cater to just one or two student groups are ranked the lowest.

With an overall score of 96.93 out of 100, DePaul is one of the most diverse schools in the nation.

Overall Diversity Score  96.93 out of 100
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How Much Does DePaul University Cost?

The overall average net price of DePaul is $28,410. 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 +
$24,170 $25,457 $25,607 $29,629 $33,989

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 62% of students took out student loans averaging $6,816 a year. That adds up to $27,264 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at DePaul is 4.1%. 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?

The pay for some majors is higher than others, but on average, students who graduate with a bachelor's degree from DePaul make about $53,300 a year during their first few years of employment after graduation. That's great news for DePaul students since it is 34% more than the average college graduate's salary of $39,802 per year.


See which majors at DePaul University make the most money.

Location of DePaul University

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

During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 92 majors graduated from DePaul University. Of these students, 3,518 received undergraduate degrees and 2,882 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
Liberal Arts General Studies 280 $57,600
Public Relations & Advertising 267 $36,900
Finance & Financial Management 254 $53,800
Accounting 247 $58,300
General Psychology 193 $29,600
Health Sciences & Services 180 $32,500
Marketing 175 $43,900
Film, Video & Photographic Arts 170 $24,500
Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods 159 $40,900
Communication & Media Studies 154 $30,900

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

Online Learning at DePaul

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 2017-2018, 6,441 students took at least one online class at DePaul University. This is an increase from the 6,278 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2017-2018 6,441 1,835
2016-2017 6,278 1,892
2015-2016 6,089 1,877
2014-2015 5,562 1,786
2013-2014 5,093 1,759

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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