Spring Updates from DePaul University (IL)

Scroll down to read the newsletter from DePaul University located in Chicago. Just like Boston and Philadelphia, Chicago represents a large college population. The newsletter highlights include several program updates, including an undergraduate transition to graduate and professional opportunities.  You may be familiar with DePaul from college basketball hoops and its presence at fair and open house events. 


Caution:  Do not confuse DePaul with DePauw University, which is located in Indiana.





New! Early Opportunity Program Offered Through DePaul and Rosalind Franklin

DePaul University and Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science (RFUMS) are pleased to announce the newest component of their Alliance for Health Sciences: the Early Opportunity Program. This program, available only to Pathways Honors students, allows DePaul freshmen, after two successful quarters, the opportunity to apply and interview for a seat at RFUMS in the fields of medicine, podiatric medicine, pharmacy, physical therapy, pathologists’ assistant or physician assistant. This program is unique because it gives students the flexibility to choose from among these six professional programs, giving them time to explore various career options with RFUMS faculty during their freshman and even into their sophomore year, rather than forcing them to make a decision as a high school student.

Students who are offered a seat in the program of their choice, must maintain solid marks while at DePaul and fulfill the shadowing requirements. They will have a seat at RFUMS available to them in an accelerated (three-year) or traditional (four-year) time period. Students will not be required to take the MCAT, PCAT or GRE if offered a seat through the Early Opportunity Program.

Strong candidates for the Pathways Honors program typically have a cumulative high school GPA of 3.5 or higher, an average ACT composite score of 27 or higher, or a combined SAT score of 1200 or higher on the critical reading or math sections, and they are automatically considered for this program during their initial DePaul University application review. Once they come to DePaul, Pathways Honors students are provided dual advising from both DePaul and RFUMS, priority registration for their courses, unique shadowing opportunities, research, and the opportunity to interview for the Early Opportunity Program.

We are thrilled to continue the partnership with Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, and we are eager for your students to take part in this exciting, innovative, and student-focused initiative as we prepare the future of health care.

Campus Updates

Special Education Major for Undergraduate Students

DePaul began offering a bachelor’s degree in the special education program in fall 2014 through the College of Education. The program prepares undergrads to teach students with exceptionalities in kindergarten through 12th grade in a variety of private, public, urban and suburban educational settings.

After completing the special education program, students are eligible for the Illinois Learning and Behavior Specialist I (LBS1) license, provided they complete the additional state requirements. As a special education major, students learn to

  • Apply specific strategies needed to teach exceptional learners
  • Consult and co-teach in general education inclusion classrooms
  • Modify content for exceptional learners in reading, math, natural and social sciences
  • Teach small groups of exceptional students in a resource room
  • Teach students with more significant disabilities in a self-contained classroom

DePaul Colleges Offer Combined Bachelor’s/Master’s Degree Programs

A number of departments within DePaul’s College of Business, College of Communication, College of Computing and Digital Media, College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, and College of Science and Health offer combined bachelor’s-master’s programs. These programs offer current undergraduate students the opportunity to complete both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree within five years. Students apply in the spring of their junior year; in their senior year, admitted students take three graduate-level courses that double-count toward undergraduate and graduate requirements.

Visit go.depaul.edu/catalog for a list of combined degree programs and to view course requirements and degree mapping.

DePaul Hires New Men’s Basketball Coach

DePaul announced on March 29, 2015, that Dave Leitao was selected as head coach for the men’s basketball team. Leitao is returning to DePaul after leading the team to three postseason appearances during his first stint from 2002-05.

During the announcement, Leitao said, “This is a special day for my family and me. I underestimated what a special place DePaul University and the city of Chicago are when I left here in 2005. The dedication and support here to the growth of student success is second to none, not only for a basketball program but also for the entire student body. I’m proud and our team will be proud to represent this great institution in one of the world’s great cities. We will exude the work ethic that drives Chicago and the region every day and look forward to everyone joining us next season.”

We look forward to our annual Counselor Basketball Game and what we anticipate will be a very exciting basketball season!

Admission Updates

Early Action and Regular Notification Deadlines

DePaul’s Office of Admission encourages students interested in applying to meet one of two established deadlines. The Early Action Program (EAP) deadline requires materials to be postmarked by November 15, 2015. Students who meet this deadline will be notified of an admission decision by January 15, 2016. The Regular Notification application deadline is February 1, 2016. Students who apply by this deadline will receive notification no later than March 15, 2016. Applications received after the February 1 postmark deadline will be reviewed on a space-available basis.

All materials must be received by the established deadlines. To be considered for admission, the student must submit an application, official high school transcript and test scores (unless he or she chooses the test-optional alternative that includes supplemental essay questions), a counselor recommendation and a completed essay question. Applicants may be required to submit additional materials upon request.

The application deadline for those interested in applying to the School of Music is December 1, 2015, and The Theatre School is January 15, 2016.

Upcoming Visit Days for Your Students

Summer Snapshot: Monday, June 22, 2015

Fall Visit Day: Saturday, October 24 & Saturday, November 7, 2015

Admitted Student Visit Days: Friday, March 4 & Saturday March 5, 2016

Visit Days are an overview of everything DePaul has to offer. Visitors can learn about the admission and financial aid processes as well as talk with current students and faculty from all of our undergraduate colleges. To register, visit go.depaul.edu/visit.


DePaul Homepage

Applying for Admission

Financial Aid


DePaul University

DePaul is the largest Catholic university in the nation, with just under 25,000 students. DePaul also is one of the nation’s 12 largest private universities and the only institution on that list with a primary emphasis on teaching. Founded on the Vincentian principle of access, DePaul remains committed to providing a quality education through personal attention to students from a wide range of backgrounds.


Counselor Visit Day: Save the Date

Please consider joining us for our annual Counselor Visit Day tentatively scheduled for Friday, December 2, at the Lincoln Park Campus. Save-the-date postcards will be sent in October.


Information Sessions and Campus Tours

We offer regularly scheduled information sessions and tours of the Lincoln Park Campus Monday through Saturday. Our information sessions, led by an admission counselor, provide an opportunity for prospective students and their families to learn more about academics, student life and the admission process at DePaul. Each Lincoln Park information session lasts one hour and is followed by a campus tour. We also offer Loop Campus tours Monday through Friday. To register, visit go.depaul.edu/visit or call our office at (800) 4-DePaul, extension 57500.


FUN FACT Housing Services sponsors “Demon Swap,” an annual end-of-year sale of residence hall and student-donated furniture, appliances and other goods that can be purchased by other students and staff. Proceeds from all sales benefit local food pantries and other charitable programs. Leftover goods are donated to shelters. This program keeps all of these types of goods from being discarded and sent to landfills.

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