Location: Chicago, IL
Percent Women: 54%
Tuition (one year): $33,990
Most Popular Majors: Business (General), Speech Communication and Rhetoric, Liberal Arts and Sciences, Social Sciences, Psychology
Greek Life: Yes
Acceptance Rate: 62.3%
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Why Choose DePaul
"There’s always something to do. My friends in college towns are starting to complain about being bored, but that’s not an issue here. There are so many cool restaurants and famous sights to see, take advantage of being in Chicago while you can!"
"The majority of my classmates have internships, while school is in session, at some pretty amazing corporations. Can’t get that in Farmville, USA."
"I transferred here, so I honestly can't say that I chose it for a specific reason, other than the fact that I didn't want to go to a state school anymore. I'm so glad that I ended up here though because now I can't imagine being anywhere else!"
"I transferred here from Miami of Ohio, and it was one of the best decisions I have ever made. The DePaul transfer community is so large that I felt like part of the majority rather than a minority."
"I decided to go to DePaul because of all the opportunities that would be available to me. Not only could I get a really good education and study business, but I could also have a really good internship and a job in an amazing city."
"I was worried about being too far from family since I get homesick easily. Being from the suburbs of Chicago makes a weekend trip home easy!"
"I picked DePaul because my brother went here as well, and I was always super jealous of how much fun he was having!"
"They have a good business school with good connections to jobs."
"We may not have a football team, but the basketball games are fun."
"Greek Life is something that is getting bigger and bigger every year. It's definitely doesn't have an enormous presence, which is nice because it doesn't make students feel like they have to be a part of a sorority or fraternity to be involved, but it is growing every year."
"Try rushing, even if you don’t think you’ll like it. A lot of my sisters are girls that were ‘forced’ to rush by someone and now they couldn’t imagine not being in a sorority."
"DemonTHON is something that I think our school holds a lot of pride in. It's a 24-hour Dance Marathon event that was started at DePaul just 3 years ago and we were able to break the record for first-year fundraising and raise even more money in our second year!"
"Students are really into service and helping others here. Whether they decide to go on a medical brigade to a developing country or volunteer in the city regularly, there's a strong sense of student involvement in the community."
"Finals creep up on you really quickly, but getting burnt out in class happens much less than the semester system."
"It's cool to have two campuses. Lincoln Park gives you that college town feel, but the Loop is right in the heart of the city so it's the best of both worlds."
"Ventra is a real pain, but it's been getting better lately."
"Everything is sooo expensive."
"I wish we had better school spirit or a better sports team to cheer on."
"It would be really cool if there was more than one dining hall."
"Sometimes I wish there was more resources available to students. I feel like my friends who go to state schools have a lot more available to them and they are paying less in tuition than I am."
"Winter is hard. No one is around campus because everyone stays in due to the freezing weather and snow. I’d recommend having all your classes in Lincoln Park in the afternoon so you don’t have to wake up when it’s dark outside and you don’t have to freeze on the el platform."
"The buildings are old, but not in the pretty, majestic way...just in the boring, ugly, outdated way."
"Tuition is a little steep in price, but when you think about it you’re getting the best education and real life experience right in the city."
New Collegiette on Campus
"If you miss Taco Bell, take the red line north to Addison, there’s one right by Wrigley Field… I’ve done it a few times."
"Take your difficult classes during Winter Quarter! People don't tend to go out as much because it's so cold, so it's easier to stay in and study on the weekends if you have to."
"It's kind of a shock to balance everything, but if you're smart about it you can handle it!"
"Go out and make friends!"
"Devil Dawgs cheese should be a part of your blood by the end of the year."
"All the hottest boys on campus are found at the Ray and the library during midterms and finals."
All About Academics
"The quarter system is nice because you get a refreshing new class schedule every 10 weeks, so you dont get tired of the same old classes with the same crappy teachers."
"Third floor library by the windows and staircase is a nice place to study because the lighting is perfect and everyone is quiet but you can still sit with friends."
"The psychology and business programs are really popular here."
"My favorite place to study is Arts & Letters. It can be hard to find a table in there, but I feel like I'm at Harvard when I'm in that building."
"DePaul has many great connections and programs designed to help students find internships. Many majors even require students to hold two internship positions before graduating."
"Signing up for classes can be a nightmare. You have to make sure that you're ready to add your classes right when your registration time is, but even if you do that, classes still tend to fill up before you can get a spot, especially if you're an underclassman."
"My teachers are my biggest fans, and they have so many connections in Chicago."
"Take wine class as an elective your senior year. Best decision I ever made!"
"I wish the library was open 24 hours a day every day and not just during midterms and finals. And I also wish that that library had a coffee shop that was open late."
"Use RateMyProfessor.com and never take a class that has the professor listed as 'Staff'...that's usually bad news."
"When you find a professor you love, keep up a relationship with them even once their class is over. You never know when you might need a letter of recommendation or something that they could help you with."
Learn From the Best
"I've had a lot of courses with adjunct professors, which means that they have another job in addition to teaching. This allows us to learn from people with current, real-world experience and it gives me a different perspective than what I would get from reading a text book."
"Take an MCS course with Kelli Marshall, she teaches the coolest ones!"
"Michael Devlin for Communications 102 was my favorite professor. He’s young, fun and loves what he teaches. I looked forward to that class!"
"Go to office hours. It shows your professors that you care about your grade and if you do poorly on something, they'll be more forgiving."
"If you can take any PRAD class with Professor Ingle, do it. He's the best."
"Get a planner and a backpack. You’re not going to want to carry all your books, and you’ll forget everything if you don’t write it down. And you actually have to do the reading; this is college, you can’t get away with that anymore."
Interests & Involvement
"There's a ton of student organizations on campus, whether it's something that's related to your major, like PRSSA, or something that you just like to do for fun, like DePaul Dance Company."
"I met a lot of my friends through rushing a sorority my freshman year here. I wouldn't say that Greek life is that big on campus, but it's definitely gaining more awareness. I recommend it to everyone because I would have never thought of myself as the kind of girl who would be in a sorority, but now I can't imagine college without it."
"Talk to as many people at the Involvement Fairs as possible. The big one is in fall, and there's another one in winter. You never know who you’ll meet or what clubs are out there."
"There's an Involvement Fair every fall where every student organization has a table in the quad to promote themselves. It's usually during the first week of Fall Quarter, so it's a great way to catch up with friends while learning about the different groups and clubs at DePaul."
"I’ve been in my sorority for around a month now and I love hanging out with the actives and the girls in my pledge class. You can find some amazing friends within a sorority."
"Club sports and intramurals are super fun to be involved with. Especially if you played a sport in high school, but didn't want to be completely committed to it in college."
"Basketball is the biggest sport here."
"Although we don’t have a football team, the best basketball team, or even a hockey team to get us in the DePaul spirit we do have the Bears, Bulls, and Blackhawks 10 minutes away from us to go enjoy."
"I wish we had a football team so I could experience tailgates like my friends at state schools."
"Our girls basketball team is always really strong."
"Girls aren't clones of one another here. There's so much diversity and everyone is unique."
"There's great opportunities for women on campus."
"Women in different Greek life chapters are all supportive of one another."
Food & Drink
"There's only one dining area in the Student Center and it's pretty good for the most part. The selection isn't that great, but you can get burgers, salads, pasta, Mexican food and pizza. There's also ETC. which is like a mini (really mini) grocery store, but unless you have a meal plan, it's pretty expensive to buy food from there."
"Brownstones just started carrying Glazed and Infused donuts, so I'm really excited about that!"
"Deliver Wow is the best. Thats all."
"If you get sick of eating on campus, there's so many restaurants around Lincoln Park, or you can even take the El and go anywhere else in the city pretty easily."
"GrubHub and Insomnia Cookies will save your life, especially around midterms and finals when you're stick in the library until the sun comes up."
"Toro Sushi is amazing and affordable!"
"The sushi in the student center is surprisingly good..."
"The grilled cheese from the Student Center is a necessary staple in your freshman year diet."
"I love to grab a coffee from Brownstones or the Bean before class, but you have to make sure to go early because the line between classes gets out of control and you can end up waiting for like 20 minutes."
"You need an ID otherwise you will have no social life."
"A lot of the bars were getting raided this year, so be careful going out with a fake."
"You can do homework on Sundays. Go out every other night."
"People go on Lincoln Street and Clarkes is always the bar of choice for freshmen."
"The freshman floor in 1237 gets busted a lot for drinking unless you live on an end unit. The rest of the floors are pretty lenient"
"It gets so much better and easier to go out when all of your friends have apartments and apartment parties. No more randos around."
"Turn up or transfer."
"Lincoln for Life"
"Living in a dorm isn't required for freshmen, but it's a good way to meet a ton of people when you're new on campus."
"Most people live off campus in apartments, unless you're a freshman."
"Munroe is either really social (especially in terms of partying) or really shy. It’s really what you make of it."
"Most of the dorms are suite style and you only have to share a bathroom with three other people, which is so much better than a community bathroom."
"UHall was so social when I was a freshman that at the end of the year, a lot of people opted to live in on-campus housing the next year and arranged to be on the same floor in a different building."
"Corcoran is the residence hall for you if you’re looking for the typical dorm experience. We’re known as the most communal residence hall, and everyone on my floor became friends within the first day we moved in."
"I still talk to a lot of the friends I made in Clifton during freshman year."
"I lived in 1237 my freshman year and I loved having my own kitchen to cook in. No freshman 15 for me. You get a room to yourself which I liked because I could decorate however I wanted. Only negative is that the walls are really thin so you can hear everything - and everyone - your roommates do."
"I DO NOT recommend living with a completely random roommate. I could tell you horror stories. Look for people on your class page on Facebook and get to know them a little bit before you put in your housing request."
"The Grand stop has great food! Definitely go to Eataly if you can indulge for a meal, it’s so worth it. There’s also the two AMCs, a Portillos, the two-story McDonald’s, and an Ed Debevics."
"Lincoln Park has TONS of things to do, so you're not stuck on campus all the time. You can eat any kind of food you can imagine, go see a movie, shop at North & Clybourn or go to classes at Core Power or The Daily Method."
"North Ave beach is definitely a bumpin place in the summers. You can even go to the beach at night with friends and just hang out and enjoy the skyline and the city."
"Jellyfish in River North has SUCH good sushi and drinks."
"It's still surreal to me that we're only a 10 minute train ride from Michigan Avenue."
"My friends and I love to research trendy restaurants and then go spend way more money than we should on a meal."
"Lake shore drive is my go to running spot because why not workout with a beautiful view of the city and lake. Plus everyone else around you is usually working out so it motivates you to do more."
"For spring quarter, schedule all your classes either in the morning or take night classes so that you can go to the beach during the day. Trust me."
HC's Complete College Guide: DePaul University
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