DePauw University: Acceptance Rate and Admissions Statistics

Depauw University campus

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DePauw University is a private liberal arts college with an acceptance rate of 63%. Located in Greencastle, Indiana, about 45 minutes west of Indianapolis, DePauw's campus features a 520-acre nature park. DePauw boasts of a 9-to-1 student/faculty ratio, a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, and five honors programs that focus on different areas of knowledge: the Honors Scholars, Management Fellows, Media Fellows, Environmental Fellows, and Science Research Fellows. The Green Center for Performing Arts is a state of the art facility that includes the Kresge Auditorium, the Moore Theatre, and the Thompson Recital Hall. DePauw has a 4-week winter term for study abroad and independent work. In athletics, DePauw is a member of the NCAA's Division III North Coast Athletic Conference.

Considering applying to DePauw 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, DePauw University had an acceptance rate of 63%. This means that for every 100 students who applied, 63 students were admitted, making DePauw's admissions process competitive.

Admissions Statistics (2017-18)
Number of Applicants 5,476
Percent Admitted 63%
Percent Admitted Who Enrolled (Yield) 18%

SAT Scores and Requirements

DePauw University has a test-optional standardized testing policy. Applicants to DePauw may submit SAT or ACT scores to the school, but they are not required. During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, 67% of admitted students submitted SAT scores.

SAT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
ERW 560 660
Math 560 680
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 DePauw's admitted students fall within the top 35% nationally on the SAT. For the evidence-based reading and writing section, 50% of DePauw's admitted students scored between 560 and 660, while 25% scored below 560 and 25% scored above 660. On the math section, 50% of admitted students scored between 560 and 680, while 25% scored below 560 and 25% scored above 680. While the SAT is not required, this data tells us that a composite SAT score of 1340 or higher is competitive for DePauw.

Requirements

DePauw does not require SAT scores for admission. For students who choose to submit scores, note that DePauw participates in the scorechoice program, meaning that the admissions office will consider your highest score from each individual section across all SAT test dates. DePauw does not require the essay section of the SAT or SAT Subject tests.

ACT Scores and Requirements

DePauw University has a test-optional standardized testing policy. Applicants to DePauw may submit SAT or ACT scores to the school, but they are not required. During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, 59% of admitted students submitted ACT scores.

ACT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
English 23 32
Math 23 29
Composite 23 29

This admissions data tells us that of those who submitted scores during the 2017-18 admissions cycle, most of DePauw's admitted students fall within the top 31% nationally on the ACT. The middle 50% of students admitted to DePauw received a composite ACT score between 23 and 29, while 25% scored above 29 and 25% scored below 23.

Requirements

Note that DePauw University does not require ACT scores for admission. For students who choose to submit scores, DePauw participates in the scorechoice program, meaning that the admissions office will consider your highest score from each individual section across all ACT test dates. DePauw does not require the ACT writing section.

GPA

In 2018, the average high school GPA of DePauw University's incoming freshmen class was 3.83, and 45% had an average GPA of 3.75 and above. These results suggest that most successful applicants to DePauw University have primarily A grades.

Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph

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

The admissions data in the graph is self-reported by applicants to DePauw 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

DePauw University, which accepts fewer than two-thirds of applicants, has a competitive admissions pool. However, DePauw 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. The college is looking for students who will contribute to the campus community in meaningful ways, not just students who show promise in the classroom. While not required, DePauw strongly recommends interviews for interested applicants. Students with particularly compelling stories or achievements can still receive serious consideration even if their grades and scores are outside of DePauw's average range. Note that students interested in the School of Music will also need to audition.

DePauw offers both an Early Action and an Early Decision application program. Applying through one of these options can improve your chances of admission, for they help demonstrate your interest in DePauw.

In the graph above, the blue and green dots represent students accepted students. Most had SAT scores of 1050 or higher (ERW+M), an ACT composite of 21 or higher, and a high school average of a "B+" or better. Your chances improve if your grades and test scores are above these lower ranges. You can see that many admitted students had grades in the "A" range.

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