President Robert L. Manuel > Notes from Rob > 2022-23 > DePaul affirms commitment to diversity
By Rob Manuel /
June 29, 2023 /
Engaging in a holistic review of applicants to increase access: DePaul performs a holistic review of each candidate's application for admission, enabling us to see the whole student and to welcome those whose potential might otherwise be overlooked. More than a decade ago, DePaul became a national leader as one of the first colleges to offer test-optional admissions. This evidence-based approach has encouraged a wider range of high-achieving students to consider DePaul.
Connecting with the vibrant, global city of Chicago: Since our founding, DePaul has opened its doors to serve the rich mosaic of populations in Chicago and beyond. Our undergraduate admissions office cultivates strong partnerships with Chicago Public Schools and Illinois' Catholic schools to ensure pathways for minority populations.
Financially assisting students: In 2021-2022, DePaul awarded more than $169 million in need-based, institutional financial aid. About one third of DePaul students are Pell-eligible and face exceptional financial need. DePaul streamlines financial aid to assist all students.
Supporting diverse students on campus: Nearly half of our undergraduates are students of color. We create and foster programs that support diverse students, including Generation Success for first-generation college students, the STARS peer mentor program, and the Arnold Mitchem Fellows program. DePaul also is on the path to achieving the distinction of being a Hispanic Serving Institution and is poised to apply for federal designation to become an Asian American, Native American, and Pacific Islander Institution.
Fostering an understanding of the importance of diversity: Our faculty are driving academic innovation that bolsters understanding of diversity and furthers social justice, including the Social Transformation Research Collaborative.