DePaul University
Chicago, IL, USA

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DePaul University
3.77 Average Rating

Ashley from Chicago, IL

a current student here
30 people found this review useful
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Am learning a lot
I have just recently transferred to DePaul University in June of this year. I have taken 3 summer classes and found I am able to graduate almost 6 months early due to the University's flexible and accomodating class requirements. In three months I have been able to get a jump start on my education. Despite the larger classes, the professors provide ample time to get in touch. I feel like they are just as dedicated to my success as I am.
Am enjoying being here
The campus was incredibly easy to navigate and I immediately felt like I was a part of the community. The concept of freshman is non-existent at DePaul. Everyone is on the same page and the instructions and steps to success are mapped out perfectly to get students on the right path.
Bang for the buck
Because it is a private university, I feel as though prices are escalated for the name. It is hard for me to get my head wrapped around the idea of paying 400/course for a required Liberal Arts course that does not apply to my major. However, the quality of professors and education is hard to beat.
Tips for prospective students
DePaul University has such a high-quality alumni connection, and finding a job is almost inevitable. My current employer was a graduate of DePaul looking to help out a fellow student. I highly recommend jumping into the city life head first and embracing all the networking available.
Great for these types of students
This college is the ideal place to complete your education. In the center of Chicago, the opportunities are endless. It is exciting to be fully indulged in the business/professional life from the start of your higher education. So, if a student is pursuing business, arts, or technology, DePaul has the connections and city involvement to make your future flourish.
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Ashley from Hickory Hills, IL

a current student here
19 people found this review useful
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Am learning a lot
Going from AP classes in High School to Honors Accounting classes here was rather similar. If you were a strong student in High School, you will do well here if you keep up the same work ethic. Most of the things I have learned here have been from outside the classroom.
Am enjoying being here
I never doubt that I made the absolute best decision when I chose DePaul. I love the city life, the students, and the classes. The classes are great because the teachers are amazing (as long as you check them out on RateMyProfessor!) and the class sizes are small. You are forced to participate in many of your classes because they are not lecture halls.
Bang for the buck
Face it: DePaul is not a state school. The price for a private school is competitive, and you must also keep in mind that it's in downtown Chicago. You are definitely paying a premium for the city, but it is worth it. Better value than other private schools in the city.
Tips for prospective students
Realize that there is a lot to be learned not only in the class room, but from the university and the city. Make your experience worth it and get involved, explore the city (safely) and take advantage of every opportunity- remember you are only here for 4 years, and this is your chance.
Great for these types of students
People who love fast-paced city life. DePaul's business school is by far the most popular on campus, and arguably the highest quality of all the colleges within the University.
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Gwendolyn from Chelsea, MI

a current student here
16 people found this review useful
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Am learning a lot
I have found DePaul to be just challenging enough, but not so difficult I barely have time to sleep. What I really love about DePaul is that it seems as if there is enough down time to spend hours at the library, get all of your work done, and still have time to hang out with friends. The honors program is also a really good way to add a little bit more of a challenge to your education.
Am enjoying being here
I wouldn't want to be anywhere else for college. Chicago is an amazing place to live, and DePaul really incorporates the city well, using it as an effective learning tool. Aside from Chicago, DePaul is in an AWESOME neighborhood, with plenty to do, no matter what you're into, and a gorgeous setting.
Bang for the buck
DePaul is expensive. But don't let that stop you from applying! They tend to be very generous with scholarships for students who challenge themselves and have worked hard in high school. DePaul also offers a lot of financial aid for students in need. The ticket price of DePaul is often much higher than what you end up paying.
Tips for prospective students
Apply as early as possible, for everything! DePaul bases their academic scholarships on a first come, first serve basis. Also, if you make your decision early, applying for housing early gives you your best chance at getting the dorm you want, since there is limited housing for students. Apply for financial aid (FAFSA) as early as you can too, because DePaul may give out additional financial aid, even if you do not qualify for federal aid.
Great for these types of students
Independent, confident, outgoing students who are looking for a non-traditional college experience. DePaul doesn't offer the typical frat party, tailgating college life that many state schools do, but that can get old quickly. What doesn't get old is living in a fantastic, exciting city with so many different opportunities. DePaul is far from typical, however the experiences that you have are so much more unique than any other school.
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Brian from Angola, IN

a current student here
15 people found this review useful
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Am learning a lot
The prerequisite classes are terrible! Any WRD class or anything like that is just garbage. I suggest that if you attend here and have any desire to learn anything you didn't in high school you apply and try as hard as possible to get into the honors classes.
Am enjoying being here
The campus is great (it's Chicago). I will say that it was a really strange transition coming from such a small town going to such a big city. But once I got used to the public transportation and everything, I couldn't have been more happy.
Bang for the buck
DePaul is pretty expensive, but it has a good name. People usually recognize it and almost immediately credit it with a good name. As far as I know, that means it's worth it.
Tips for prospective students
Make sure you take advantage of everything that Chicago has to offer. There are so many opportunities that you may drown in them, so keep your head above water and your eyes on your goals.
Great for these types of students
Business bound. Party go-ers. Future bar frequenters. City folk. Non-traditional students.
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Felicia from Atascosa, TX

a current student here
5 people found this review useful
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Am learning a lot
The education I have received thus far here at DePaul far exceeded my expectations. I knew coming into the school that I would receive an education far superior to that of any other school I applied to. Since we are on the quarter system (10 weeks plus a finals week), courses are jam packed with information. However, the professors know the right way to teach all of the vital information to students and are always willing to help struggling students outside of class. I never wanted to miss a class because there was always something new to learn each time. I will admit, the courses I have taken/am taking are extremely challenging but they are honestly helping to make me a well rounded student. The courses that are required for a degree from DePaul educate students not only in their major but in various other subjects that will help them be more versatile and knowledgeable about the rest of the world as well.
Am enjoying being here
If I could rate this 20 stars I would! I am loving being here at DePaul and in Chicago. Coming from a small town like Atascosa, Texas I was unsure what to expect when I came to the big city, but everyone at DePaul has been so helpful in acquainting me and the other non-Chicagoan students with the city. First year students are required to take an explore or discover Chicago course in which they study one particular aspect of Chicago by taking class trips and independently researching their topics to make them more familiar with the history and amazingness that is Chicago.
The staff and faculty at DePaul are very helpful and have an honest desire to see all students succeed. There is an endless amount of resources open to any and all students, and as previously mentioned professors are always willing to help.
As far as activities on campus, there is a myriad of different groups, activities, and events. From basketball games to gospel choir to workout dance parties at the Rey, there is something for everyone at DePaul and there is always something going on, there is never a dull weekend around here.
Bang for the buck
I absolutely love DePaul but it is of course a little pricey to attend because it is a private school. There are various scholarships that the school offers and you are automatically entered when you send in your application and if you do receive them they are extremely helpful.
While I worry about how to pay back my loans, I know that the education I am receiving here is one of the best and is something that I could not have received if I stayed home in Atascosa. The experience I am gaining by being here and the knowledge I am earning that will be able to help me in my future makes every dollar I have spent worth it.
Tips for prospective students
1. Apply early for everything, aside from your application for the school, remember to apply for FAFSA, housing, and your courses because the good classes always go first.

2. Don't be afraid to ask questions. Ask the school about the program they offer for your major, or ask other students their opinions on the school.

3. Take a school tour if you wish. I did not and I still loved it, but it may be helpful so that you know more of less about the area and know which buildings you can have class in, find food, or meet with advisors.

4. Keep on top of your work at all times. 10 weeks will fly by quickly and with everything going on in the city and on campus it is easy to get distracted. However, there is always time for you to get back on track and there are people who will help you when you are struggling.

5. Have fun! There is too much going on at DePaul and in Chicago for you to not enjoy yourself and get the most out of your college experience. DePaul is a great place to be and is filled with happy and helpful people.
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Patrice from Sauk Village, IL

a current student here
5 people found this review useful
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Am learning a lot
The DePaul University professors are incredibly generous people that try their best to help out. Any professor that I have encountered is eager to provide help or advice to those who need it. It's just a very nice school that is well worth the price, and the education levels are diverse, but everyone learns the same; it's very easy to get good grades here.
Am enjoying being here
DePaul is one of the funnest schools to be at. Not only is it near Chicago (party central), but Lincoln Park has many different venues that can pique anyone's interest. There are so many clubs to join, and I have met many nice people that I can't imagine not talking to.
Bang for the buck
Going to this school is well worth the money. If you are looking to really learn even while taking prerequisite courses, this school's for you. Another plus is having fun while you learn, there are no huge or gigantic classes with a millions students. You can get your professor's attention.
Tips for prospective students
For those who are thinking of attending DePaul sometime in the future, my advice is to enjoy yourself, and not take everything too seriously. It truly is a fun and laid-back school where you can find yourself and your interests, and you will also find others who share that same interest. Also, attend on-campus events; it makes the college experience much more fun.
Great for these types of students
DePaul is a great college for students who enjoy learning about many different things and who are not always focused on one subject.
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Genie from Bolingbrook, IL

a current student here
4 people found this review useful
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Am learning a lot
DePaul is an amazing University. The professors care a LOT about your experience while you are here. If you are having trouble in a class, they are willing to meet with you and help you with whatever you need help with. Also, one of the BEST things about DePaul, is the writing center. It honestly helps you become a better writer along with giving you ideas with your paper.
Am enjoying being here
There is never a night where there isn't something to do on or off campus here. The DePaul Activites Board, offers numerous free events throughout the year. Another thing about DePaul, is the location its located in; its a 15 minute el ride away from the heart of Chicago!
Bang for the buck
This school is a bit pricey, but you will enjoy every minute of it. One of the things I've noticed about private universities compared to public universities, is that professors have spend more time with the individual student. Instead of being in HUGE lecture halls, the maximum amount of students in your class will most likely be 40 students.
Tips for prospective students
DePaul is on the quarter system, meaning you would have finals 3 times a year instead of 2 times. It takes time to get used to but it's not so bad. Also, take advantage of your resources! From things like the writing center, to your Chicago Quarter Mentor, all these things are there to help you succeed at DePaul!
Great for these types of students
I think the students who love DePaul the most are those who love the Urban lifestyle that it has to offer! Also, those who love to give back to their community. :)
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Stephen from Chicago, IL

a current student here
3 people found this review useful
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Am learning a lot
Depaul University is providing a wide range of classes dedicated to your major. As an added bonus they send you alerts about other classes you may be interested in to make your job career even better.
Am enjoying being here
Being at Depaul University is wonderful experienec.
Bang for the buck
Depaul University may be an expensive school, but every dollar put in is completely worth. The education there is amazing.
Tips for prospective students
Use every tutor you can get your hands on and jin a few clubs.
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Joanna - Olmsted Falls, OH

a current student here
2 people found this review useful
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Dorm Life
I lived in Belden with 3 other girls in a jack and Jill style suit! I absolutely loved it. The rooms were spacious and if you get lucky and live on the first or fifth floors you could end up with high ceilings which make the room feel that much bigger! Only downfall was having to clean your own bathroom, but I loved being able to have a shared bathroom with 3 girls rather than sharing with the whole floor. I’m returning to Depaul in the fall and I cannot wait to be back on campus! I love love love campus life at this school!
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Gina from Edina, MN

a current student here
2 people found this review useful
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In three sentences
If I were to describe DePaul in three sentences i'd have to say, it's very unique, as in location, religion, as well as culturally. There are so many different kinds of people here, ones you wouldn't expect to have similar interests, and ones that are all the way from across the country. If you're looking for a wild ride and adventure, DePaul is the place to be.
Tips for prospective students
A few tips for prospective students would be, your high school years are what you make it, so get more involved, strive for good grades, test scores aren't everything so if thats not your thing don't worry about it too much, you have the option not to send it in. DePaul has about 15 different merit or activity based scholarships, keep working hard and theres no reason why you shouldn't receive one.
Academic Rigor
I'd say its about average, college is college, it's going to be hard. I'd also add that it really depends on what it is you want to major in. A communication major's academic rigor is going to be different then a physics major.
Dorm Life
Dorm life i'd say is great! DePaul goes by an open door policy, if your door is open, people are free to walk right in and say hey. If your door is closed, it's a polite way of letting people know you're busy. DePaul's dorming halls do a great job in leading events that will bring the people living in the dorms together as a whole. For example, Clifton likes to hold dodge ball tournaments against each floor as well as community dinners. Events very between dorming halls.
Food and Dining
The student center is where it's at! DePaul's food as a whole gets a full 5 stars, there is lots of variety, more than any school I've visited. Not only is there variety, but the quality of food and the politeness each worker has is outstanding.
What to do for fun
What not is there to do?! You're in the city, when DePaul mentions in the brochures that the City is your classroom they really mean it. Go downtown and see a random free show with your demon discounts. DePaul is located 15 minutes away from the lincoln park zoo as well as the lake. If you hop on the L you're about 5-7 minutes outside downtown Chicago. DePaul has a variety of partnerships that give DePaul students discounts. For example, UGGS, the Apple store, Dairy Queen are only a few places that DePaul gives discounts to, check out a DePaul Sports game with free tickets, don't forget about the DePaul art museum, or a live theatrical performance put on by your fellow peers. Not only does DePaul give discounts to stores, but recently, within the last month, every DePaul student is now a member of the Natural history museum of Chicago!
Bang for the buck
GO WHEREVER THE FREE FOOD IS. DePaul because it is in the city is surrounded by many many restaurants with cheap price tags for college students. Devil Dogs, and Allende's are only 2 examples of great late night eats that are pretty cheap especially if you have a midnight snack attack.
Great for these types of students
Are you involved in theater? If so DePaul is the place for you! DePaul's new theater school is in the process of being built. This gorgeous building should be done within the next year!
Clubs and Activities
The amount of activity, and involvement fairs that occur through out the school year are ridiculous. There are so many clubs, activities, job& internship fairs through out the course of the year to help you get involved. From Multicultural fraternities & sororities, cheerleading, dance to acapella groups, club sports, intramurals, pre med/law clubs, science clubs, anime clubs, art clubs, book clubs, jazz music clubs etc. DePaul literally has it all.
Greek Life
Although it might not be obvious, DePaul surprisingly has a strong greek life community. Due to the fact that DePaul does not have housing, it's hard to tell. For instance, this year (2012) during rush week 400 girls participating in the rushing for sororities. About 1/5 of DePaul is involved in some sort of greek life.
Campus Safety
Campus safety definitely deserves a 5 stars. Scattered through out campus are tall blue lights with an emergency button on them that should be used only incase of an emergency. When pressed, police will report to the scene of the crime. From every blue emergency call station you stand at, you can see another emergency call station. Not only are these emergency call stations located all through out campus, but campus security is constantly driving about campus to make sure everything is indeed safe. Lastly, DePaul for all dorming halls has a swiping system. Everything is constantly locked when it comes to dorming halls and not accessible to those who are not residents within those dorming halls. Students must swipe in order to unlock the front door, show their id to the front desk, swipe in, and then swipe once more to unlock the doors to either the stairwell, or the elevator. Although in the city DePaul does an excellent job in making sure students are and feel safe.
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