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Freshman Enrollment

DePaul welcomed a class of 2,575 new freshmen in fall 2018, the second-largest freshman class in DePaul's history and an increase of 33 students, compared with 2,542 students in 2017. Enrollment increased in CDM, LAS and Theatre, with LAS and Theatre growing by more than 10 percentage points over 2017. BUS continues to enroll the largest proportion of freshmen at 25 percent.

By Academic Profile

The freshman class is strong on all measures of academic preparedness. The average high school GPA—the best predictor of academic success at DePaul—is 3.67, the highest in university history and up from 3.60 in 2017. About 12 percent of the freshman class, or 310 students, enrolled in the Honors Program in fall 2018, compared with 247 students in 2017. 

In 2018, the average SAT composite score of all DePaul freshmen is 1184*. The middle 50 percent of the class scored between 1090 and 1280. Nationally, the average SAT composite score is 1060.   
*SAT average includes scores for students who applied through the test-optional program and submitted scores post-admission for research purposes. Due to the transition of Illinois high schools from ACT to SAT, the DePaul average represents students with SAT scores and does not include 870 students who provided only ACT scores.

Fall 2018 Freshman Enrollment by College

Driehaus College of Business 632
College of Computing and Digital Media
College of Science and Health 504
College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
College of Communication 168
The Theatre School 88
College of Education
School of Music

By Gender, Ethnicity and International Status 

The fall 2018 freshman class is 40 percent male. Forty-four percent of the freshman class are students of color. 

DePaul's fall 2018 freshman class included: 
  • 557 Hispanic/Latino students (22 percent)
  • 243 Asian students (9 percent)
  • 164 African-American students (6 percent)
  • 168 students from multiracial/non-Hispanic backgrounds (7 percent)
  • 45 students from other/unreported backgrounds (2 percent)
  • 2 Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander (<1 percent)
  • 3 American Indian/Alaska Native (<1 percent)
  •  1,342 Caucasian students
In addition, 51 freshmen (2 percent) are international students. 

By Geography 

In fall 2018, 47 percent of freshmen come from suburban Chicago or elsewhere in Illinois, 35 percent from out of state or out of country, and 18 percent from the city of Chicago. California is the top state for freshmen (other than Illinois), sending 118 new freshmen this fall. DePaul's five top feeder states for enrolled out-of-state freshmen are California, Michigan, Ohio, Minnesota and Wisconsin.

First-Generation Freshmen 

Enrolling this fall are 846 freshmen from families where neither parent has a college degree. First-generation students represent 33 percent of the freshman class. Forty-seven perfect of this year's first generation students come from suburban Chicago.