International Admission > Apply to DePaul > Types of Admission > Freshman
A freshman applicant directly enters university after secondary school (high school). If this is not your situation, review the
How to Apply webpage to determine your applicant type.
You are considered an international freshman applicant if you have been
educated outside of the U.S. at any time during secondary school (high school).
DePaul University recognizes that educational systems are different across the world. Review the required secondary school documentation and English proficiency requirement needed for admission by your home country below.
Apply by submitting the Common Application.
* Applications will be considered on a space-available basis after February 1st. This excludes programs in the School of Music and The Theatre School.
Official Transcripts and/or Secondary School Exams - Review "Requirements by Country" section to determine the required secondary school documentation by country.
Word-for-word English Translations (if applicable) - If the official transcripts/secondary school exams are issued in a language other than English, then submit word-for-word English translations for all pages submitted.
Final Transcripts/Proof of Degree Completion - Admitted students are required to submit final secondary school (high school) transcripts and/or proof of degree completion (A-Levels, WAEC, CBSE, High School Certificate, etc.) before enrolling at DePaul.
Official transcripts, secondary school exams and English translations can be submitted by any of the following methods:
Naviance or Parchment Exchange - If your secondary school (high school) uses Naviance or Parchment Exchange, then your school can upload transcripts and/or secondary school exams electronically through the Common Application. Documents received electronically through Naviance or Parchment Exchange are considered official.
SCRIP-SAFE - Official transcripts submitted through SCRIP-SAFE should connect with the "DePaul University Undergraduate Admissions" account on the website.
Mail - Official transcripts can be mailed directly to International Admission. Transcripts are official if they have the school's original stamp and/or seal on the document. Transcripts must be mailed in a sealed envelope that also has the school's original stamp and/or seal on the envelope.
Scanned, faxed, photocopied transcripts will not be accepted.
Send all materials to:
International Admission1 East Jackson Boulevard, Suite 9300Chicago, Illinois 60604 USA
If you mail original documents to DePaul University, they can be returned to you if you specifically make the request in a cover letter at the time of submission.
If you bring original documents to the International Admission office, photocopies can be made and the original documents can be returned immediately during the visit.
Unless specifically requested back at the time of submission, all documents become property of DePaul University and will not be returned at a later date.
Students participating in AP, CLEP, IB and/or International A & A/S Level exams, may earn college credit at DePaul.
Official scores must be sent directly to DePaul. Scores will not be accepted from high school transcripts. Learn which exams DePaul accepts, the scores required and course credits on the Credit Given By Exam webpage.
Students educated outside the U.S. for secondary school (high school) are required to submit an exam score that meets our English proficiency requirement.
If your English proficiency scores are below the minimum requirement, you might be considered for Conditional Admission.
Students can demonstrate proof of English proficiency by one of the following:
Institutional TOEFL: To take an Institutional TOEFL at DePaul's English Language Academy (ELA), please contact the ELA office at +1 (312) 362-6455 about the next available test. If a test space is available, you will need to register and complete a FERPA release form. The cost of this paper-based TOEFL is $50 USD. Please note that scores on the Institutional TOEFL can only be reported to DePaul University.
TOEFL, IELTS Academic and PTE Academic exam scores are valid for two years. SAT and ACT exam scores are valid for five years. Scores that are older will not be accepted.
Exception: Students whose secondary education (for all years of secondary/high school) took place in one of the countries below are exempt from the English proficiency requirement. Students born in one of these countries, yet educated elsewhere for secondary education, are required to satisfy the English proficiency requirement.
Antigua & Barbuda, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Canada (English speaking provinces), Cayman Islands, Dominica, Fiji, Ghana, Grenada, Guam, Guyana, Ireland, Jamaica, Kenya, Leeward Islands, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, New Zealand, Nigeria, Solomon Islands, St. Kitts & Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, Trinidad & Tobago, Turks & Caicos, United Kingdom (including Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland), Vanuatu, and Windward Islands.
Submission of SAT or ACT Scores is not required for admission if you are applying from outside the United States. However, if you choose to submit SAT or ACT scores, we will accept self-reported test scores beginning winter quarter, 2018-19. You can list test scores on your Common Application. You will also have the option to add self-reported test scores through your Blue Demon Domain portal throughout the application process.
If you choose to enroll at DePaul and you self-reported your SAT or ACT scores, you must submit official test scores prior to the start of your first term. These can be sent directly from the testing agency.
DePaul's School codes are:
Students that studied all four years of secondary school (high school) at either a U.S. accredited or International Baccalaureate (IB) secondary school located in and/or outside of the U.S. may be eligible to apply Test Optional. Contact International Admission to determine eligibility.
More information can be found on the Test Optional FAQs webpage.
If your English proficiency scores are below the minimum requirement, you might be considered for
Conditional Admission. Conditional admission can be offered to students that meet the academic qualifications for admission, but whose English proficiency, as measured by the IELTS or TOEFL, is lower than admission requirements.
In order to be conditionally admitted, students must apply, meet all the international admission requirements, and meet the minimum English proficiency language requirements, which are shown below:
Freshman applicants for the Fall, Winter and Spring terms are automatically considered for academic scholarships based on their academic record at the time of admission. Scholarships range from $10,000 - $24,000 per year and are renewable for three additional years. DePaul does not offer need-based scholarships to international students.
U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents are considered for need-based financial aid upon filing the
Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).