International Admission > Resources > For Counselors and Advisors
We appreciate the vital role high school counselors play in helping students consider their options for continuing their education. This website provides information regarding admission to DePaul and an array of tools and resources to help you guide your students toward a successful transition to university life.
Admission decisions at DePaul are based on a strong academic record, as well as personal and occupational achievements, ambition, energy, resourcefulness and leadership. We recognize that each individual brings unique abilities to the DePaul community, so we perform a holistic review of a student’s application.
Transcript (and English translation, if applicable)
Personal Essay (recommended)
Audition/interview (for School of Music and The Theatre School)
Creative Portfolio and Statement (for Animation majors)
Here is a summary of the high school records of the last four admitted and enrolling freshman classes:
One quarter of students were above 3.68 GPA
The middle half of students fell between 3.1 - 3.67 GPA
One quarter of the students were below 3.1 GPA
* The average GPA for admitted and enrolling test-optional applicants was 3.7
For international students in F1 status educated outside the United States, SAT/ACT are not required for either admission or scholarship consideration.
US citizens and permanents residents may have to submit an SAT or ACT test score for scholarship consideration if:
They are studying in an institution outside the US
Their high school is NOT US accredited or IB accredited or they have not completed all four years of high school at a US accredited or IB accredited institution
*** If the above two criteria do not apply, then they may be considered for admission/scholarships as a test-optional applicant.***
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 a student's English proficiency scores are below the minimum requirement, they might be considered for Conditional Admission.
Students can demonstrate proof of English proficiency by one of the following:
English Proficiency Requirement
Conditional Admission English Language Requirement
Send Scores to DePaul
80 on the IBT TOEFL with no subsection lower than 17
60 - 79 on the IBT TOEFL
ETS TOEFLSchool Code: 1165
6.5 on the IELTS Academic
6.0 on the IELTS Academic
Duolingo English Test (DET)
110 on the DET
90 on the DET
minimum evidence based reading and writing score of 540
CollegeBoard SATSchool Code: 1165
minimum reading score of 18 and English score of 20
ACTSchool Code: 1012
minimum English academic score of 53
42 on the English academic score
Revised TOEFL Paper-delivered Test
59 on the PdT overall with no subsection lower than 17
45 - 58 on the PdT TOEFL
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.
Receive an admission decision that is non-binding
Be notified of an admission decision by January 15
Get the strongest consideration for academic scholarships
Be able to apply early for on-campus housing
Receive infromation about orientation, advising and registration before Regular Decision applicants
School of Music Application Deadline
The Theatre School Application Deadline (Acting & Stage Management Majors)
Early Action Application Notification Date
Regular Decision Application Deadline
The Theatre School Application Deadline
Regular Decision Application Notification Date
Music & Theatre Decision Notification Date
Tuition Deposit Deadline
Guaranteed Housing Application Deadline
If not, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org including your full name, your email address and the name, city and country of your institution. We would love to add you to our mailing list and keep you informed on our counselor-focused news and events.
Each year, a group of top Chicagoland universities organizes a fly-in tour for high school counselors and EducationUSA advisors following the International ACAC summer conference. The event is organized by Columbia College Chicago, DePaul University, IIT, Loyola University, Northwestern University, School of the Art Institute, University of Chicago, and University of Illinois at Chicago. The fly-in is a great opportunity to familiarize yourselves with the city of Chicago and its many institutions and attractions. This year, the tour is going remote! Please visit our website for updates and to register for the event.
Here are the virtual ways you can experience DePaul while campus visits are on hold.
We know that students do much of their university research on social media platforms. With that in mind, you can help your students connect with our current students via these accounts:
Find your student's DePaul Admission Counselor
Credit given by exam (AP/IB/A-levels)
Update Info Form (for students who need to change important information on their application)
We are here to help and support you! Contact us if you have any questions or concerns. We can provide you with recruitment/marketing materials, conduct in-person or virtual visits (view our schedule here), or any other questions you have about DePaul.
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