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Getting admitted to DePaul means putting your best foot forward. Review admission requirements and help your application stand out.
What You Need to Know to Apply
|Regular Decision Deadline||February 1|
|Early Decision Deadline||N/A|
|Early Action Deadline||November 15|
Here's What Academic Factors This College Cares About
|Secondary School Record||Required|
|Standardized Test Scores (SAT, ACT, etc.)||Recommended|
|Formal Demonstration of Competencies||Recommended|
|TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)||Required|
|Other Tests (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)||Not Required|
Credits Accepted By This College
|Advanced Placement (AP) Courses||Yes|
|Dual-Credit Classes||Implied No|
|Life Experience Credits||Yes|
Get in Touch With the Admissions Department
|Admissions Department Website||website|
|Address||1 E. Jackson Boulevard Chicago, IL 60604|
Important Questions to Ask
If you want to get in, the first thing to look at is the acceptance rate. This tells you how competitive the school is and how serious their requirements are.
The acceptance rate at DePaul University is 72%. For every 100 applicants, 72 are admitted.
This means the school is lightly selective. The school will have their expected requirements for GPA and SAT/ACT scores. If you meet their requirements, you're almost certain to get an offer of admission. But if you don't meet DePaul University's requirements, you'll be one of the unlucky few people who gets rejected.
Many schools specify a minimum GPA requirement, but this is often just the bare minimum to submit an application without immediately getting rejected.
The GPA requirement that really matters is the GPA you need for a real chance of getting in. For this, we look at the school's average GPA for its current students.
The average GPA at DePaul University is 3.56.
(Most schools use a weighted GPA out of 4.0, though some report an unweighted GPA.
With a GPA of 3.56, DePaul University requires you to be around average in your high school class. You'll need a mix of A's and B's, and very few C's. If you have a lower GPA, you can compensate with harder courses like AP or IB classes. This will help boost your weighted GPA and show your ability to take college classes.
If you're currently a junior or senior, your GPA is hard to change in time for college applications. If your GPA is at or below the school average of 3.56, you'll need a higher SAT or ACT score to compensate. This will help you compete effectively against other applicants who have higher GPAs than you.
Each school has different requirements for standardized testing. Most schools require the SAT or ACT, and many also require SAT subject tests.
DePaul University recommends that you take the SAT or ACT. This means the test might be optional, but submitting a good SAT/ACT score will boost your application chances, especially since most other students will be submitting their scores.
DePaul University SAT Requirements
Many schools say they have no SAT score cutoff, but the truth is that there is a hidden SAT requirement. This is based on the school's average score.
Average SAT: 1190 (Old: 1120)
The average SAT score composite at DePaul University is a 1190 on the 1600 SAT scale.
On the old 2400 SAT, this corresponds to an average SAT score of 1120. (According to our records, this school requires only Reading and Math, so this score is out of 1600.)
This score makes DePaul University Competitive for SAT test scores.
DePaul University SAT Score Analysis (New 1600 SAT)
The 25th percentile New SAT score is 1080, and the 75th percentile New SAT score is 1290. In other words, a 1080 on the New SAT places you below average, while a 1290 will move you up to above average.
Here's the breakdown of new SAT scores by section:
|Section||Average||25th Percentile||75th Percentile|
DePaul University SAT Score Analysis (Old 2400 SAT)
The 25th percentile Old SAT score is 1010, and the 75th percentile SAT score is 1230. In other words, a 1010 on the Old SAT places you below average, while a 1230 puts you well above average.
Here's the breakdown of old SAT scores by section:
|Section||Average||25th Percentile||75th Percentile|
SAT Score Choice Policy
The Score Choice policy at your school is an important part of your testing strategy.
DePaul University has the Score Choice policy of "Contact School."
This means that the school wants you to contact them to learn more about their Score Choice policies. Keep reading - we may have extra notes about this from our own expert research.
Download our free guide on the top 5 strategies you must be using to improve your score. This guide was written by Harvard graduates and SAT perfect scorers. If you apply the strategies in this guide, you'll study smarter and make huge score improvements.
DePaul University ACT Requirements
Just like for the SAT, DePaul University likely doesn't have a hard ACT cutoff, but if you score too low, your application will get tossed in the trash.
Average ACT: 25
The average ACT score at DePaul University is 25. This score makes DePaul University Moderately Competitive for ACT scores.
The 25th percentile ACT score is 22, and the 75th percentile ACT score is 28.
Even though DePaul University likely says they have no minimum ACT requirement, if you apply with a 22 or below, you'll have a harder time getting in, unless you have something else impressive in your application.
ACT Score Sending Policy
If you're taking the ACT as opposed to the SAT, you have a huge advantage in how you send scores, and this dramatically affects your testing strategy.
Here it is: when you send ACT scores to colleges, you have absolute control over which tests you send. You could take 10 tests, and only send your highest one. This is unlike the SAT, where many schools require you to send all your tests ever taken.
This means that you have more chances than you think to improve your ACT score. To try to aim for the school's ACT requirement of 22 and above, you should try to take the ACT as many times as you can. When you have the final score that you're happy with, you can then send only that score to all your schools.
ACT Superscore Policy
By and large, most colleges do not superscore the ACT. (Superscore means that the school takes your best section scores from all the test dates you submit, and then combines them into the best possible composite score). Thus, most schools will just take your highest ACT score from a single sitting.
We weren't able to find the school's exact ACT policy, which most likely means that it does not Superscore. Regardless, you can choose your single best ACT score to send in to DePaul University, so you should prep until you reach our recommended target ACT score of 22.
Download our free guide on the top 5 strategies you must be using to improve your score. This guide was written by Harvard graduates and ACT perfect scorers. If you apply the strategies in this guide, you'll study smarter and make huge score improvements.
SAT/ACT Writing Section Requirements
Both the SAT and ACT have a Writing section that includes an essay.
DePaul University considers the SAT/ACT Writing section optional and may not include it as part of their admissions consideration. You don't need to worry too much about Writing for this school, but other schools you're applying to may require it.
SAT Subject Test Requirements
Schools vary in their SAT subject test requirements. Typically, selective schools tend to require them, while most schools in the country do not.
We did not find information that DePaul University requires SAT subject tests, and so most likely it does not. At least 6 months before applying, you should still doublecheck just to make sure, so you have enough time to take the test.