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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.​

Connect with us! 

​We offer online appointments by region and virtual information sessions for all prospective students. Please share these opportunities to learn more with your advisees:

Information Sessions​

One-on-One Appointments: Asia/Pacific 

One-on-One Appointments: Europe/Africa/Middle East

One-on-One Appointments: The Americas

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.

We require the following:

Common Application

Transcript (and English translation, if applicable)

Counselor Recommendation

Personal Essay (recommended)

Audition/interview (for School of Music and The Theatre School)

Creative Portfolio and Statement (for Animation majors)

Admitted Freshman Profile:

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

Testing Policy

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.***

English Language 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 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:

Test Exam

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

School Code: 1165

IELTS Academic

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 SAT
School Code: 1165


minimum reading score of 18 and English score of 20


School Code: 1012

PTE Academic

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

School Code: 1165

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.

If a student applies Early Action to DePaul, he/she will:

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



1 August Common Application Opens
1 October Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) Opens (US Citizens/Residents ONLY)
15 November Early Action Application Deadline
1 December

School of Music Application Deadline

The Theatre School Application Deadline (Acting & Stage Management Majors)

15 January

Early Action Application Notification Date

1 February

Regular Decision Application Deadline

The Theatre School Application Deadline

15 March

Regular Decision Application Notification Date

1 April

Music & Theatre Decision Notification Date

1 May 

Tuition Deposit Deadline

Guaranteed Housing Application Deadline

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If not, please send an email to 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.

Chicagoland Counselor Fly-In Tour

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.

Campus Visit Opportunities

Here are the virtual ways you can experience DePaul while campus visits are on hold.

View and download our e-brochure!

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:




Unibuddy (live chat!)

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)

Enrollment Summary


Career Outcomes



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.

Our office contact information is as follows:

International Admission

1 East Jackson Blvd

Suite 9300

Chicago, Illinois 60604 

+1 312-362-6542