DePaul University: Acceptance Rate and Admissions Statistics

DePaul University in Chicago

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DePaul University is private Roman Catholic university with an acceptance rate of 68%. Located in Chicago, with a total enrollment above 22,000, DePaul is the largest Catholic university in the county. DePaul was founded by the Vincentians in 1898, and the school remains committed to providing educational opportunities for students from a wide range of social and economic backgrounds. The university has one of the highest rated service-learning programs in the country. In athletics, the DePaul Blue Demons compete in the NCAA Division I Big East Conference. Popular sports include soccer, basketball, track and field, and tennis.

Considering applying to DePaul University? Here are the admissions statistics you should know, including average SAT/ACT scores and GPAs of admitted students.

Acceptance Rate

During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, DePaul University had an acceptance rate of 68%. This means that for every 100 students who applied, 68 students were admitted, making DePaul's admissions process competitive.

Admissions Statistics (2017-18)
Number of Applicants 26,169
Percent Admitted 68%
Percent Admitted Who Enrolled (Yield) 15%

SAT Scores and Requirements

DePaul University is test-optional. Applicants may submit SAT or ACT scores to the school but they are not required. During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, 58% of admitted students submitted SAT scores.

SAT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
ERW 550 650
Math 530 640
ERW=Evidence-Based Reading and Writing

This admissions data tells us that of those students who submitted scores during the 2017-18 admissions cycle, most of DePaul's admitted students fall within the top 35% nationally on the SAT. For the evidence-based reading and writing section, 50% of students admitted to DePaul scored between 550 and 650, while 25% scored below 550 and 25% scored above 650. On the math section, 50% of admitted students scored between 530 and 640, while 25% scored below 530 and 25% scored above 640. While the SAT is not required, this data tells us that a composite SAT score of 1290 or higher is competitive for DePaul.

Requirements

Note that DePaul University does not superscore SAT results; your highest composite score will be considered. DePaul does not require the SAT writing section or SAT Subject tests.

ACT Scores and Requirements

DePaul University is test-optional. Applicants may submit SAT or ACT scores to the school but they are not required. DePaul does not provide data about the number of students who submitted ACT scores during the 2017-18 admissions cycle.

ACT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
Composite 23 28

This admissions data tells us that of those who submitted scores during the 2017-18 admissions cycle,, most of DePaul's admitted students fall within the top 31% nationally on the ACT. The middle 50% of students admitted to DePaul received a composite ACT score between 23 and 28, while 25% scored above 28 and 25% scored below 23.

Requirements

Note that DePaul does not superscore ACT results; your highest composite ACT score will be considered. DePaul does not require the ACT writing section.

GPA

In 2018, the average high school GPA of DePaul's incoming freshmen class was 3.67, and nearly half of admitted students had average GPAs of 3.75 and above. These results suggest that most successful applicants to DePaul University have primarily A grades.

Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph

DePaul University Applicants' Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph.
DePaul University Applicants' Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph. Data courtesy of Cappex.

The admissions data in the graph is self-reported by applicants to DePaul University. GPAs are unweighted. Find out how you compare to accepted students, see the real-time graph, and calculate your chances of getting in with a free Cappex account.

Admissions Chances

DePaul University, which accepts just over two-thirds of applicants, has a competitive admissions pool. However, DePaul also has a holistic admissions process and is test-optional, and admissions decisions are based on much more than numbers. A strong application essay and glowing letters of recommendation can strengthen your application, as can participation in meaningful extracurricular activities and a rigorous course schedule. Note that the personal essay is recommended, but not required by DePaul. Students with particularly compelling stories or achievements can still receive serious consideration even if their grades and scores are outside of DePaul's average range.

In the graph above, the blue and green dots represent accepted students. You can see that the majority of successful applicants had high school averages in the "A" or "B" range, combined SAT scores of about 1000 or better (ERW+M), and ACT composite scores of 19 or higher. Note that DePaul has a test-optional admissions policy, so grades are the most important factor in the admissions process.

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