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DePaul University is a private institution founded in 1898 by the Vincentians. We are the nation's largest Catholic university, as well as the 13th largest private university. DePaul is located in the great city of Chicago. There are over 300 degree programs across various majors including, business, sciences & health, computer science, music, communications - allowing students to thrive with a strong liberal arts education at its core.
DePaul operates on a quarter system. Unlike semesters, quarters are 10 weeks in length, occurring in the fall, winter, spring and summer. The University's Academic Calendar includes official start and end dates of quarter terms. A typical schedule of academic terms can be found below:
Fall Quarter - September to November
(Note: There is four week "December Intercession" break between Fall and Winter Quarters.)
Winter Quarter - January to March
Spring Quarter - March to June
Summer Quarter - June to August
There are several advantages to a quarter system including students taking internships or travel home during December Intercession, flexibility to add a 2nd major or minor, and getting involved in service projects.
DePaul is set in the heart of
Chicago - the 3rd largest city and one of the most vibrant and exciting in the U.S. In Chicago, there are hundreds of corporations - including headquarters for 30 Fortune 500 companies such as Walgreens, McDonald's, Boeing, and United Airlines. It is also home to 50 museums, 200 art galleries including the world-renowned Art Institute of Chicago, 7,300 restaurants and seven professional sports teams. DePaul, rooted in Chicago, has connections to nearly every industry. This allows our students to gain access to internships during the academic school year and in summer quarters.
At DePaul, the "college town" is the entire city of Chicago. We are unique in that we have two campuses, Loop and Lincoln Park, in the city of Chicago. DePaul students receive a "U-Pass" at orientation, which gives them
unlimited rides on Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) buses and trains throughout the entire city while classes are in session.
Our virtual campus tour explores both the Loop and Lincoln Park campuses and showcases transportation stops, restaurants, residency halls, academic buildings and many more places relevant to students. An aerial tour is also available online.
While rankings do not tell the whole story, they do point to important aspects of who we are and what makes DePaul unique.