Based in the heart of downtown Chicago, Illinois on a 36-acre campus in Lincoln Park, DePaul University is a private higher learning institution that is affiliated with the Roman Catholic faith. First established by the Vincentians in 1898, the university is named in honor of the 17th century priest Saint Vincent de Paul from France. Due to its founding traditions, the university places a special importance on enrolling first-generation students from underprivileged and disadvantaged socioeconomic backgrounds. As of 2013, DePaul University is nationally recognized as the largest Catholic University in the entire nation. In addition to the main campus in Lincoln Park, DePaul extends its reach at the Chicago Loop, O'Hare, Oak Forest, and Naperville campuses throughout the suburbs of the metropolitan area.
Fully accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, DePaul University offers nearly 300 undergraduate and graduate programs with numerous concentrations. According to the U.S. News and World Report survey, the university has been distinguished as the 121st best college in the United States within the top tier. Undergraduate students at DePaul have been ranked 1st in terms of overall satisfaction with their college experience twice. With a primary focus on experiential learning, DePaul University has been named among the top ten schools in the country for service learning and community-based volunteer work.
Nicknamed the Blue Demons and represented by the mascot DIBS, athletics are a vital component of student life on the campus of DePaul University. Intercollegiate sports teams compete within Division I in the Big East Conference of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). The university is perhaps best known for its men's basketball program, which has made the trip to the NCAA Tournament 22 times in its history and won its way to the Final Four twice. DePaul has also played in the National Invitation Tournament (NIT) 16 times and won the National Championship in 1945.
DePaul University is currently home to more than 16,500 undergraduate students, 8,000 graduate students, and 1,800 faculty members. Not only does this make DePaul one of the top ten largest universities in the nation, it is the largest private institution within the state of Illinois. Within the vast number of members in the network of successful past graduates, notable alumni include CEO Richard Driehaus, U.S. Representative Frank Annunzio, NBA player George Mikan, author Christian Picciolini, actress Gillian Anderson, actress Judy Greer, and Grammy Award-winner Jim O'Rourke.
Total undergraduate enrollment: 12436
Total institution enrollment: 20548
School type: 4-year private, not-for-profit
School classification: Doctoral/Research Universities--Intensive: These institutions typically offer a wide range of baccalaureate programs, and they are committed to graduate education through the doctorate. They award at least ten doctoral degrees/1 per year across three or more disciplines,2 or at least 20 doctoral degrees per year overall.
1 E Jackson
Chicago, IL 60604
Male undergraduate population: 41%
Female undergraduate population: 59%
Undergrad visible minorities: No Data
Degrees Offered: Two but less than 4 years, Bachelor's, Postbaccalaureate certificate, Master's, Post-Masters certificate, Doctor's, First-professional degree