LOCATION: Greencastle, Indiana
FUNDING: Private University
SIZE: 2,200 undergraduate student
PERCENT WOMEN: 54%
MOST POPULAR MAJORS: Biology, Biochemistry, Communication/Theatre, Creative Writing, and Economic
GREEK LIFE: 68% of the school is Greek affiliated
ACCEPTANCE RATE: 61.5%
For more information about financial aid, scholarships, majors, study abroad, and average test scores, visit DePauw's website at http://www.depauw.edu/admission
Why Choose DePauw?
Well, why not? With all DePauw has to offer, it really can be challenging to put a list together. I mean, where to even begin? The ladies here at Her Campus love our school, and we're not afraid to show it. So we put together at little list of the top 10 reasons why you should chose DePauw University, in our humble opinion the best school on earth.
Academics: The reason we are in Greencastle in the first place. There is something so great about a liberal arts education, and we here at Her Campus truly believe that the academics here are the best around.
Size: The amazing academics has a lot to do with this school's size. With only 2,300 students, it is not hard to get that one on one attention in the classroom. It is not uncommon to have a class of less than ten, and lecture hall classes taught by TA's are simply non-existent. The small size really creates some amazing opportunities here at DePauw. (More on that later).
Location: Greencastle is a great place to be at school. The small town in Indiana is the best of both worlds, really. The isolation in the cornfields creates a great school atmosphere, allowing students to get closer to each other. At big school people spend their weekends in the city or at home, but DePauw is not a suitcase school in the slightest. People never want to leave Putnam County, because we are simply having too much fun here. A visit to Plainfield for Panera and Target is always welcome, but students run back to Greencastle for various activities.
Living on Campus: As mentioned, DePauw is not a suitcase school. It's not a commuter school either, because everyone has to live on campus. Don't worry…that doesn't mean a dorm for four years, though you can do that if you wish. While Freshman year will be spent Bishop Roberts, College Street, Hogate, Humbert, or Longden, there is a plethora of options for upperclassmen. Greek houses, duplexes, apartments, you really cannot go wrong. And why would you want to live anywhere else but campus, who wants to miss any of the fun?!
Opportunity for Involvement: The small size is not just a positive for academics. With fewer students than some people's high school, it is not hard to get involved. DePauw students are notorious for being involved in numerous extra-curriculars. Be sure to visit the Activities Fair to see what catches your eye! Don't forget to say "hey" to the Her Campus ladies!:
Greek Life: One of the ways that many students get involved at DePauw is with Greek Life. There are TWENTY-SIX chapters at DePauw: (big breath) Alpha Chi Omega, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc., Alpha Phi, Alpha Tau Omega, Beta Theta Pi, Delta Gamma, Delta Sigma Theta, Delta Tau Delta, Delta Upsilon, Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc., Kappa Kappa Gamma, Lambda Sigma Upsilon Fraternity Inc., Omega Phi Beta Sorority Inc., Phi Delta Theta, Phi Gamma Delta, Phi Kappa Psi, Pi Beta Phi, Psi Lamba Xi, Sigma Chi, Sigma Lambda Gamma, Sorority Inc., Sigma Nu, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc., Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc. That is a lot of Greek Life! Fraternity and Sorority life is special at DePauw. With a rich history (two Panhellenic and one local sorority were founded here!), DePauw Greek Life is truly like no other.
Study Abroad Opportunities: As much as we love DePauw, a lot of people do leave for a semester. And when the school makes studying abroad so easy, not many students can pass it up. DePauw continuously ranks in the top colleges for studying abroad according to the Institute of International Education. DePauw makes it easy and affordable to include a semester in a foreign country as part of the college experience.
Alumni: People love their experience here, and they are also willing to pay it forward. Countless seniors find employment with a fellow Tiger, and many underclassmen gain real world experience with internships with professionals who were once in their shoes. When you go to such a small, tight-knit school, meeting a fellow DePauw alumnus or alumna can be an amazing thing.
Preparedness for after college- the fabulous alumni network is not the only reason why that DePauw is worth it. That liberal arts degree truly gets students places. As the #51 best Liberal Arts Colleges in America, people are realizing the academic rigor of our school. And employers will too.
The People: The students, the faculty, the staff, everyone loves it here. We all came to a small school in Indiana for a reason: because we feel at home. And you will too. Go Tigers!!
Don't believe this list?? Here are what some fellow DPU Tigers said about DePauw!
"I visited several schools, and I was committed to a different one before I visited DePauw, but after I visited, I realized that what sets DePauw apart from other school is the people; people were genuinely happy here, and even more than that, they wanted me to come here and be happy, too."
"When I visited my junior year of high school, the minute I stepped on campus, it felt right. I visited five other schools that same week, and nothing else even compared."
"DePauw was smaller than some of the other schools I was looking at, and I loved that it was Liberal Arts because I thought I could get a lot out of it."
"I hadn't done any college visits before deciding to attend DePauw. I actually just applied becasue a family friend told me I would probably love it. But when I stepped on campus the summer before freshman year, I never expected to love it in that moment. But three years later, I still can't believe the opportunities DePauw has offered me, the amazing teachers, and the people. I wouldn't be nearly as happy without the people here."
"There are so many opportunities at DePauw...from studying abroad for a semester, to becoming a member of so many different clubs and things, to landing a really cool semester long internship, there's just a lot of exposure to some really great opportunities."
"Greek life is really a big part of DePauw, and because it is, the school is really about inclusiveness and finding your niche. The culture of DePauw really revolves around strength in any student organization, whether it be Greek or other, and so you can get into as many things as you want."
"Everything is always moving, improving, and changing. The administration is always looking for ways to improve the campus for the students. We just got a new fitness center (which is absolutely amazing), dorms are getting new furniture, a new dining hall is being built, so many things are happening. It's exciting to watch the creation of DePauw that students in the future will see."
"The campus is beautiful. In any season, East College looks majestic, and it's central to campus, and it just makes you feel like you're part of something special."
"DePauw inspires everyone to find something they love and go after it. The support and encouragement from the faculty, staff, and student body is unlike any place I've ever encountered."
"Although I still love my school and think it's perfect, there needs to be more choices in restaurants in the town. Because it's such a small town, there aren't many healthy options off campus."
"DePauw's Greek system is great, but sometimes it can sometimes lock you into one social group that doesn't allow you to get to know a lot of different people."
"DePauw is not super involved with the Greencastle community, and the shops and restaurants in town don't have a ton to offer to the students."
"I don't like that there isn't a strong sense of unity among different communities of people on campus."
"Campus is always under construction. It takes away from the beauty of campus, and I know it's going to be awesome when it's done, but it's just awful now."
New Collegiette on Campus
"The 'First Year Experience' at DePauw really pushes freshmen to get involved. The entire first week on campus is devoted to expanding first-year students' horizon and show them all DePauw has to offer. With the combination of the mentoring program and the amazing RAs on campus, first years get a lot of exposure to a lot of different things from people who have already gone through that first year of college."
"All the first year dorms are on one end of campus, really creating a freshmen environment so the class bonds with each other. Since Greek life is so big on campus, it was fun to have to wait until October to step foot on Greek property, and then get to know as many people as you can before recruitment in the Spring."
"Some of the first year guided activities and social events may not seem like the cool thing to do, but they are SO worth it. Awkwardness really brings people together."
"I always felt very welcomed by the DePauw community. I'm 12 hours away from home, in a whole new environment, and I haven't felt homesick once because everyone is so friendly and happy here."
"I loved the First Year Experience at DePauw. You can tell the administration really works hard to make the transition into college easy and fun. You really get to know your classmates easily through mentor groups, events, and living in the dorms."
All About Academics
Its why we're here, right? So it has to be good. And don't worry, it is. Here are some stats that will surely get you excited to learn at our school.
"DePauw is ranked as one of the best schools in the nation, and in the top 20 schools in the Midwest. You know you're getting a good education when Forbes holds our institution at such a high esteem."
"The student-teacher ratio keeps classes small. The ability to connect with professors and build relationships with them really improves the classroom environment. You don't disappear as a student just because you sit in the back of the classroom, or if you don't like speaking in class. All the professors know your name and genuinely care about you and your education. I've never had a class with more than 25 people, and that keeps the learning environment focused."
"There are a lot of majors offered, and because it's a Liberal Arts school, you get a lot of exposure to different fields of study before you declare, which really helps when basically deciding what to do for the rest of your life!"
"All the departments are amazing. Whether you're interested in Political Science, Biology, or Music, each student is guaranteed an excellent eduation, with professors who are passionate about what they're teaching."
"Professors really care about us, and small classes make you more motivated to hold yourself accountable because people notice when you're not in class, but it also presents a really cool opportunity to stand out."
Academics at DePauw University are unlike any other. We're here for a reason, and if you strive for success this is the place to be.
Learn from the Best
One of the things that sets DePauw apart from other college is the awesome, personable, and engaged faculty. In every department, you can find professors who are not only intelligent and hepful in the classroom, but who are also willing to put in the extra time and effort outside of class to help you grow as a student and as a person. It's hard to name just a few, but here's a list compiled from students in various majors stating their favorite professors and why. Check out this list before you schedule your next semester--these girls know what they're talking about.
Tom Chiarella, English Writing: "he doesn't put up with any crap, and he knows how to teach you to be a good writer. He's a regular contributor to Esquire magazine, so you know he knows his stuff. He isn't just teaching what he knows, he's living it."
Jamie Stockton, Education Studies: "she's the most charasmatic person and always makes class fun and interesting. She not only cares about your work and improvement in class, but also about your growth outside the classroom as a person. She's always more than willing to meet with you to talk about your studies, or even just your life!"
Angela Castaneda, Anthropology: "she's very nice and understanding. and she makes learning fun. Even at 8:20am. And she brings doughnuts sometimes."
Dana Dudle, Biology: "really cares about her students and helping them learn. She's another one who puts in the extra mile to push her students to be the best they can be inside and outside of class. "
Kevin Moore, Psychology: "makes students feel comfortable participating in class. Even quiet students tend to participate more and become talkative due to his accepting nature. He's extremely knowledgable and explains concepts in a way that makes you question yourself and reevaluate your beliefs prior to taking the class."
Deepa Prakash, Political Science: "she's incredibly engaging and uses humor to connect with her students. When it comes down to it, her ability to convey her knowledge in a way that students can understand is incredible. "
Jeff McCall, Communication Studies: "there is no better way to learn about anything related to communication than to take a class with Dr. McCall. He believes strongly in hands-on learning, so you will be doing anything from writing news stories for WGRE to putting together video packages for D3TV. He always cares about his students and their wellbeing, and his high standards will push you to be a better student."
Jeff Kenney, Religious Studies: "he has very high expectations, and will definitely call you out if he thinks you aren't paying attention. But taking one of his classes is so worth it. He incorporates his immense knowledge of religion and dry humor to keep his lectures interesting, and you'll leave there knowing more than you ever thought you could learn in a semester."
Rebecca Bordt, Sociology and Anthropology: "if you need an extra class to take, take one with Professor Bordt. Especially if it's criminology or anything related to prison. She takes classes to visit Putnam County Prison, and you will be surprised how much you can learn about this section of society that relates to larger societal issues. She's also hepful outside of the classroom and is very funny."
Interests & Involvement
“Everyone should go to the activities fair at the beginning of the year. It might seem overwhelming with all the things going on around this campus, but you just have to sign up for everything that interests you and then decide what the best fit is for you is.”
"There are so many things...maybe even too many things that you can get involved in. It's impossible to only do school work on this campus. Whatever day it is, there's something going on, which is really cool. Especially because DePauw is such a small school, you get to know a lot of different people through organizations on campus, and you can gain genuine connections with them based on the commonalities between you. It's a cool dynamic."
“Since Greek life is a huge part of DePauw it can kind of limit your friends. Joining different clubs and community service groups is a good way to get to know people who aren’t in your house or people who aren’t in a house.”
“Intermural sports are a really fun part of DePauw especially when you played a sport in high school, but don’t in college. I play on my house’s team, but freshmen shouldn’t feel weird about making a team, the more the merrier!"
"Whether you want to be a cheerleader, a radio DJ, a TV anchor, a member of student government, or just someone who does a few things on campus, everything about DePauw revolves around the students. There are some really unique opportunities for students here because of the amazing programs the school has to offer. Not only is it fun, but it's an easy way to build your resume."
"The Tiger Pride around athletics at DePauw creates a really enthusiastic environment for the players to compete in."
"The Monon Bell Classic is the single greatest football game, and the only D3 sporting event broadcasted on national television. No other small D3 school can say it has an athletic history that strong. It's fun being able to wear yellow and black with pride like that!"
"We get to watch our athletes play their game, and then celebrate their wins and losses afterward. Gotta love the Tiger Pride!"
"I think ultimately what is truly the best part about the athletics at DePauw is the fact that once you're a tiger, you're always a tiger. Alumni come back all the time for the games, for any sport, because supporting the sports teams is something that's so fun and stands still when everything else on campus is changing. It's really cool to know that I'll be coming back once I graduate for games like Monon, and I'll be able to tell students about what it was like when I was here."
"There are so many other ways to get involved with the athletics...you can manage a team, play intramurals, or just be in the first row cheering on the players. It's great for people who love sports, but have decided the student-athlete life isn't for them."
"Being an athlete at DePauw has really been a fun experience for me. I don't think a lot of people realize that even though the school is in rural Indiana, and it's small, the athletics here are amazing. We have really talented and passionate individuals on all the teams, and the coaches and athletic directors are incredible people who do nothing but support the athletes. The school rallies around sporting events, and I get to represent that on the court. I couldn't imagine a better experience as an athlete at a school, and I'm lucky to be able to say that, because some people really don't get that when they decide to play a sport in college."
"In only one semester, I've met the greatest group of girls who I know I'll be friends with for such a long time."
"I think being a girl on campus is great. Girls definitely have a open voices on campus and there are plenty of things for females to get involved in. There's a pretty strong women's study program at DePauw, and there's the Women's Center which is a really awesome establishment for the women on this campus. Not to mention the Greek life opportunities for women as well."
"Organizations like Her Campus, sorority recruitment, and athletics have all helped me connect with other women on campus. Rush isn't perfect, but it always works itself out in the best way. You can be yourself as a woman on this campus, and open yourself up. I do, however, think there could be more guys who have a general respect towards women, though. But there are movements/organizations going on, like Femin!sta, to try and confront issues like that."
"I feel like feminism is absolutely promoted at DePauw. Sure, every college will have its slut shaming, catty girls, and sorority stereotypes. But at DePauw, there's this really open dialogue about things like that. Someone everywhere is always raising issues and challenging opinions."
"The Greek system has been a great experience for me, and I think it brings women together on this campus. There are also so many opportunities for women to be leaders at DePauw, and they genuinely make a positive impact. I feel empowered here."
Food & Drink
“I love the cafés at the GCPA and Roy, the workers are always so nice and the coffee, maybe even a cookie every once in a while, is exactly what I need when I have a long night of studying ahead of me.”
“I think it’s really cool that Bon Appetite uses the vegetables and produce from the campus farm, I love the movement to use local and fresh ingredients!”
“I LOVE Myer’s Market, it has the best sandwiches and soups, but unfortunately there aren’t that many local restaurant options, but you learn to love the few that we have. Casa Grande, great Mexican and Number 1 Chinese for the best Chinese.”
“You can’t go to DePauw without going to Marvin’s. It may be one of the unhealthiest options, but it is a late night staple. A GCB, cheese fries, and mac bites are my go to”
"The social scene is obviously one of the things that makes DePauw so different. There is literally something to do every single night of the week. You would think that being in Greencastle, it would be easy to get bored on campus, but it's actually the opposite. People don't want to leave for the weekends because they'll be missing out on the fun."
"I love DePauw's huge social life. It's a definite 'work hard, play hard' mentality. Yeah, you'll see kids at the fraternities until the early hours of the morning, but you'll see those same people in the library all day Sunday getting their work done. It's a balancing act, and we have the best of both worlds."
"Campus is definitely defined by the Greek life. With about 70% of students being Greek affiliated, the parties are almost exclusively fraternity parties. But it's really okay, because unlike at some bigger schools where the parties are really closed off and exclusive, they're all open here. If Phi Psi has a party on Friday night and the Delts don't, you'll se them there. It's a thing that makes us really different."
"As far as drinking goes, I think it's a big part of campus. Especially as a freshman. While I don't think you'd be judged for not drinking, I do think it might be a little more difficult to resist because eveyone around you is doing it two or three nights a week."
"It's cool that Greek life is really inclusive at DePauw as far as parties go. As an independent, you wouldn't have to feel uncomfortable going to a frat party or anything like that. Or even as a guy in another house, you could still go to a fraternity you don't belong to. I don't think that's the case at bigger schools. There are definitely some nice things about our small size."
"My favorite thing about going out is that there's always someone I know there. I've gone to parties at IU or Purdue where there are a ton of people there and I talk to the same five people the whole time because they don't know anybody else. I just don't think that's as much fun. It's cool that I can go to a fraternity by myself and feel safe, and feel like once I get there I can always find some people I know to spend time with. I love knowing everyone, but then you also have to keep in mind that if you make a bad decision, everyone is going to know about it."
"We have enough events that there's always something to look forward to! The Monon Bell football game in the fall and Little 5 [the bike race] in the spring are the best two weekends of the year. And there's awesome stuff in between, like Deltmas and St. Patrick's day, and sorority and fraternity formals and informals."
"DePauw does a great job of creating a whole freshman community. You have a chance to meet so many people because all the first year dorms are in south quad. You're never more than a 3 minute walk from your friend's room."
"Some dorms are definitely better than others. The newer ones have bigger rooms, and the singles are just tiny. But because everyone's so close on the floors, if you have a small room, you and your friends accommodate and hangout in another room, and you just sleep in yours."
"The dorms are awesome. All the freshman dorms on one side of campus make for a really tightly-knit community. The RAs in the buildings really help make the building feel like home, and the floors are always so good. But some dorm buildings are definitely better than others."
"Realistically, it's nice that all the first year dorms are in one area of campus...but you can get anywhere on campus in about 12 minutes. So even though we're separated, we have the ability to get anywhere really fast."
"Some of the dorms were built as dorms, and other ones are converted fraternity houses. It's not exactly equal, but it makes for a unique experience."
“Not every day do you get to go to a schools that offers free movies. Just a short walk and you can be watching a movie with friends binge eating popcorn that only cost you 2 dollars.”
“Starbucks is my go to coffee destination in Greencastle. It is the perfect atmosphere for studying, relaxing, and catching up on weekend stories with some of my closest friends.”
“The Nature Park and Prindle are by far to of the most amazing hidden gems in Greencastle. It feels like you are in a totally different part of the world. It is a great place to go if you need a break from the stresses of school work and college life.”
“Dairy Castle is home of the most amazing ice cream you have ever tasted. My friends and I go there almost daily during the beginning of the school year. There is just so many options to choose from and honestly who doesn’t love a tasty treat”
“After an exciting weekend my friends and I always get late breakfast at Fairways. It is the cheapest, fastest and tasiest way to spend your Sunday morning breakfast.”
HC's Complete College Guide: DePauw University
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