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Freshman Enrollment

DePaul welcomed a class of 2,459 new freshmen in fall 2016, a small decrease from last year's class of 2,519 students.  Enrollment increased by 3 percent in CDM, the second-largest college for freshman enrollment, 10 percent in CMN and 6 percent in Theatre. BUS continues to enroll the largest proportion of freshmen at 26 percent.

By Academic Profile

The freshman class of 2016 is strong on all measures of academic preparedness. The average high school GPA—the best predictor of academic success at DePaul—is 3.55, comparable with 3.56 in 2015 and down slightly from a record of 3.65 in 2013. About 11 percent of the freshman class, or 267 students, enrolled in the Honors Program in fall 2016, up from 238 students in 2015.

In 2016, the average ACT composite score of all DePaul freshmen is 25.3,* a slight increase over last year's average of 25.2 . The middle 50 percent of the class scored between 22 and 28. Nationally, the average ACT composite score is 20.8. 

*ACT average includes scores for students who applied through the test-optional pilot program and submitted scores post-admission for research purposes.

Fall 2016 Freshman Enrollment by College
College
Students
Driehaus College of Business 630
College of Computing and Digital Media
507
College of Science and Health 467
College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
427
College of Communication 239
College of Education 70
The Theatre School
74
School of Music
45

Enrollment in the colleges of Computing and Digital Media and Communication was up compared to 2015. These increases offset double-digit declines in the colleges of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences and Music.

By Gender, Ethnicity and International Status 

The fall 2016 freshman class is 42 percent male. Thirty-eight percent of the freshman class are students of color. 

DePaul's fall 2016 freshman class included: 
  • 445 Hispanic/Latino students (18 percent) 
  • 180 African-American students (7 percent) 
  • 186 Asian students (8 percent) 
  • 114 students from multiracial/non-Hispanic backgrounds (5 percent) 
  • 80 students from other/unreported backgrounds (3 percent) 
  • 3 Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander students (<1 percent) 
  • 1,372 Caucasian students (56 percent) 
In addition, 74 freshmen (3 percent) are international students. 

By Geography 

In fall 2016, 44 percent of freshmen came from suburban Chicago or elsewhere in Illinois, 40 percent from out of state or out of country, and 15 percent from the city of Chicago. 

DePaul's five top feeder states for enrolled out-of-state freshmen are Michigan, California, Ohio, Wisconsin and Minnesota. The 982 out-of-state freshmen come from more than 700 high schools throughout the nation. 

First-Generation Freshmen 

Enrolling fall 2016 are 789 freshmen from families where neither parent has a college degree. First-generation students represent 32 percent of the freshman class. A total of 47 percent of this year's first-generation students come from suburban Chicago.