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Freshman Admission Process

Freshman Applicants 

​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)

Application Process 

Apply.

Apply by November 15 for the Early Action Program or by February 1 for Regular Notification by submitting the Common Application.

  • Applications are considered on a space-available basis after February 1.
  • Early Action applicants will be notified of a decision by January 15.
  • Regular notification applicants will receive a decision by March 15.
  • Music and Theatre applicants will be notified of a decision by April 1.

Submit Official Transcripts.

What to Submit:

Official Transcripts - Submit official transcripts, in the original language, from all secondary schools (high schools) attended, for all years attended.

Secondary School Exams (if applicable) - Students educated in an educational system in which grades are based on comprehensive national exams (GCSE, O-Levels, SPM, etc.) must submit the official exam certificate.  The final exam certificate or diploma must show all coursework completed and grades received.

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.  

How to Submit Transcripts:

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 Admission
1 East Jackson Boulevard, Suite 9300
Chicago, Illinois 60604 USA

Reminders:

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. 

College Level Examinations - Credit By Exam

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.​​

English Proficiency.

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:

Test Exam English Proficiency Requirement  Conditional Admission English Language Requirement Send Scores to DePaul
TOEFL 80 on the IBT TOEFL with no subsection lower than 17 
60 - 79 on the IBT TOEFL
ETS TOEFL
School Code: 1165
IELTS Academic​ 6.5 on the IELTS Academic 6.0 on the IELTS Academic​ IELTS ​
SAT minimum evidence based reading and writing score of 550 N/A CollegeBoard SAT
School Code: 1165
ACT minimum reading score of 18 and English score of 20 N/A ACT
School Code: 1012
PTE Academic minimum English academic score of 53 42 on the English academic score N/A

Official TOEFL, IELTS Academic and PTE Academic exam scores are valid for two years.  Official 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.  In these countries, English is recognized as the official "native" language.  Students born in one of these countries, yet were educated elsewhere for secondary education, are required to satisfy the English proficiency requirement.

U.S., 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.

Test Optional - How do I determine if I am eligible?

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.

 Application Deadlines 

Priority Application Filing Period ​ ​Deadline ​Classes Begin
Early Action Program  November 15 September​
Regular Notification February 1 September
School of Music December 1​5 September​
The Theatre School February 1​ ​September 

Conditional Admission

​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:

​Test Exam ​Minimum Score
​TOEFL  ​60 on the IBT TOEFL 
​IELTS Academic ​6.0 overall score
PTE Academic 42 on the English Academic Section 

​​Scholarships and Financial Aid

​Incoming fall freshman students that submit SAT or ACT scores will be considered for academic scholarships​. Freshman scholarships are merit based, awarded on academic achievement and standardized test scores (SAT or ACT).  Priority is given to students who submit their applications by November 15th.