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DePaul University

DePaul University

DePaul University is a private institution of higher education and research in Chicago, Illinois. Founded by the Vincentians in 1898, the university takes its name from the 17th century French priest, Saint Vincent de Paul, who valued philanthropy. The student body consists of about 25,150 students (approximately 16,000 undergraduate and 9,100 graduate/law), making DePaul the largest Roman Catholic university and one of the 10 largest private universities in the United States; it is the largest private university in Illinois. DePaul is a member of the Big East Conference.

DePaul University emphasizes a primary focus on pedagogy and has been recognized for excellence in experiential and service-based learning. US News & World Report has listed DePaul’s service learning program at the top of the “America’s Best Colleges” rankings since 2004. The university has a strong emphasis on recruiting first-generation university students and those from disadvantaged backgrounds while striving for academic rigor. The Princeton Review, in its 2007 survey of the best colleges and universities in the United States, ranked DePaul #1 in the nation in the “Diverse Student Population” category. For the seventh year, U.S.News also recognized DePaul as one of the top schools in the nation for service learning in which community-based volunteer work is utilized as an instructional strategy.

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DePaul University Tuition and Fees

Undergraduate Tuition

Full-Time (12-18 credit hours) Per year
Package rate*
College of Commerce
College of Communication
College of Computing and Digital Media (CDM)
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
School of Education
College of Commerce and College of Computing and Digital Media students who
have at least Junior standing, who entered DePaul in 2010
The Theatre School full-time package $30,665.00
School of Music full-time guaranteed package rate 12-18 credit hours* $30,665.00
Part-Time (1-11 credit hours) Cost per credit hour
College of Commerce
College of Communication
College of Computing and Digital Media (CDM)
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
School of Education
School for New Learning $480.00
School of Music $685.00
The Theatre School $685.00

*Credit hours over 18 are charged at the part-time rate
Tuition rates for students enrolling at DePaul prior to Fall 2010, click here.
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Graduate Tuition

Full-time, Part-time and Tuition per credit hour
Please note: Graduate Students are assessed tuition according to their academic program. Exceptions do exist for College of Computing and Digital Media (CDM) and Kellstadt courses. Graduate students who are not enrolled in CDM and/or Kellstadt, may want to contact Student Accounts Office, at 312-362-6628, for details before enrolling in the CDM and Kellstadt courses.

College/School Cost per credit hour
College of Communication $600.00
College of Computing and Digital Media (CDM) $680.00
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences $570.00
Kellstadt Graduate School of Business $860.00
School of Education $540.00
School of Music $690.00
School for New Learning $530.00
The Theatre School Cost
Graduate, per hour (1-11 credit hours) $690.00 per credit hour
Guaranteed package, 2010 Class $29,025.00 per year
College of Law Cost
2010 Class, full-time day
guaranteed 3-year package (12-16 credit hours)
$38,900.00 per year
2010 Class, part-time
evening/day package (9-12 credit hours)
$25,280.00 per year
All other $1,275.00 per credit hour

Tuition rates for students enrolling at DePaul prior to Fall 2010, click here.

Schools and Colleges of DePaul University

College of Commerce
DePaul’s College of Commerce encompasses the university’s undergraduate business program and the Kellstadt Graduate School of Business, whose part-time MBA program continues to be highly respected, has received numerous top-10 rankings by U.S.News & World Report. The College of Commerce began offering classes in 1913. It was one of the first 10 business colleges in the United States, as well as the first business school in downtown Chicago and the first business school at an American Catholic university.

College of Communication
Established in 2007, the College of Communication is home to more than 1,400 students pursuing professional or traditional academic courses of study in journalism; public relations and advertising; media studies; radio, television and film; relational, group and organizational communication; and culture and communication. Coursework in the college’s graduate and undergraduate degree programs is supplemented by a range of comprehensive pre-employment training opportunities, including Radio DePaul, The DePaulia, and a top-rated internship program.

College of Computing and Digital Media
With more than 3,000 students enrolled in its undergraduate and graduate programs, the College of Computing and Digital Media (CDM) – formerly the School of Computer Science, Telecommunications and Information Systems – is one of the largest colleges of its kind in the nation. The college has received numerous national honors in recent years, including being one of the inaugural six universities selected to participate in the Sony Pictures Imageworks IPAX program. The program develops future artists, designers, animators and engineers who will help the visual effects industry to grow. In addition, the college was named a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance by the National Security Agency and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security in 2005.

CDM is organized into two schools: the School of Cinema and Interactive Media and the School of Computing.

School of Cinema and Interactive Media
The School of Cinema and Interactive Media (CIM) features digital arts majors such as digital cinema, computer games development, animation and interactive media.

School of Computing
The School of Computing (SoC) incorporates traditional information technology majors such as computer science, security, information systems, networking and software engineering.

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (LA&S) is the oldest and largest college at DePaul,
DePaul's faculty-to-student ratio is 16:1with 431 full-time faculty in more than 36 undergraduate and 28 graduate degree programs. Courses are offered in the day, evenings and on weekends, primarily on the Lincoln Park Campus. The College of LA&S includes several key academic centers, including the Humanities Center, Center for Latino Research, Center for Black Diaspora and the Center for Community Research.

School of Public Service
The School of Public Service, the largest graduate program in LA&S, was established in 1970 and became its own school in the summer of 2007. Faculty members teach leaders of nonprofit and government organizations critical thinking and policy analysis as well as practical management skills valued in the public and nonprofit sectors.

College of Law
DePaul’s College of Law has been a unique institution since its founding in 1912. It was one of the first law schools in Illinois to admit Jewish and women students and was among the first law schools to introduce such educational innovations as the study of negotiation techniques, courses in international criminal law and pre-trial courses in skills techniques. And in its 2009 rankings of graduate programs in America, U.S.News & World Report ranked the College of Law’s health law and intellectual property programs among the best in the country.

School for New Learning
Our School for New Learning (SNL) was created in 1972 to serve the learning needs of adult students. It is one of the first university-wide efforts in the United States that caters to older students through a separate college. SNL’s innovative approach to teaching the adult student, which gives students credit toward degrees for life experience, has earned it international acclaim as a leader in the field of education for adults.

School of Education
The School of Education offers degree programs in early childhood, elementary and secondary education and physical education; bilingual/bicultural education; social and cultural foundations in education; curriculum studies; educational leadership; human services and counseling; and various programs in special education and reading. Currently engaged in partnerships with more than 150 Chicago area schools, the School of Education is Chicago’s education partner. It sponsors or is involved in a host of programs and projects designed to improve Chicago schools.

School of Music
The School of Music was founded in 1912 and is located on DePaul’s Lincoln Park Campus. Dedicated to excellence in music teaching and performance, the school offers high-caliber, challenging programs of musical and academic study.

The Theatre School
The Theatre School was founded as the Goodman School of Drama in 1925 and is the Midwest’s oldest theatre training conservatory. Known for its highly structured program, the school has stood as a standard of excellence in American professional theatre training for more than 80 years.

DePaul University has received both institutional and specialized accreditation by numerous associations and organizations.

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