DePaul University  

Student Success

Excel in Preparing All Students for Global Citizenship and Success

In an interconnected globalized society, a quality educational experience will reflect the complexity of cultural and social issues, the diversity of opinions and ways of thinking, and appreciation of difference. DePaul undergraduates deserve a rich educational foundation that exposes them to the diverse disciplinary perspectives and practices that the liberal arts cultivate. As technology and globalization transform our world, DePaul graduates will succeed by drawing on critical-thinking skills, intercultural and multilingual competence, and disciplinary breadth as well as the practical, problem-solving mindset that experiential learning instills. By fostering these skills and dispositions and better supporting student degree progress and career exploration, we will bolster students' academic and professional success.


First- and Second-Year Retention, Four- and Six-Year Graduation Rates
1996-2017 New Freshman

All first-time, full-time freshmen are identified each fall and subsequent enrollments tracked by cohort. First-year retention indicates the percentage of the cohort of new freshmen who return for their sophomore year. Second-year retention indicates the percentage of the cohort who return for their junior year. Four- and Six-year graduation rates indicate the percentage of the original cohort who received their degree by the end of their fourth or sixth year, respectively.

Graduation is Ultimate Measure of Student Success

DePaul fulfills its goal of preparing students for global citizenship and success by empowering them to thrive on their self-designed paths and find personal enrichment as positive contributors in today's multicultural society. Encouraging students to define success on their own terms is one way the university fosters retention and persistence to graduation.

DePaul students flourish when they put their passion into action, like these recent alumni:

Sydney Sewell

a Double Demon who graduated in 2019 with a master's in human resources, parlayed an experience coaching contestants to present their best selves at a student organization's pageant into a career helping new employees find their niche in the world of health care insurance.

Baylee Ritter

who became coordinator at The Ocean Project after graduation, was already on a mission to eliminate plastic pollution in global waters when she placed her confidence in DePaul's Public Relations & Advertising undergraduate program to help her build the skills necessary to succeed as a conservation and environmental activist.

Jessica Zalewski

who received a bachelor's degree in industrial/organizational psychology last June, found her calling after a rewarding research opportunity under a faculty member's close tutelage. She is currently pursuing a PhD in the field.

For first-year and transfer students whose paths are not as evident, DePaul introduced success coaches during the 2018-19 academic year. These near-peer advocates met with new DePaul students to help them explore their potential futures and create a vision, goals and an action plan.

Forty-one ambitious DePaul students chose to pursue paths outside the United States in 2018-19, with the help of seven prestigious international programs for specialized study, including the Fulbright program and the Boren Awards. As a result, 11 students secured highly respected scholarships in these fiercely competitive programs.

Fluency in a non-native language is a first step in developing multicultural capabilities. Students also must be able to work seamlessly on diverse teams operating in different time zones, navigate various business protocols and adapt to unfamiliar perspectives. Study abroad programs are a popular way to develop such skills, yet low-income students, first-generation students and students of color study internationally at lower rates than other students. DePaul's Identities Abroad scholarship program exposed about 50 underrepresented students to the high-impact practice of studying outside their home country. This and other innovative approaches to enhancing students' multicultural perspectives have expanded not only the demographic of those who participate but their fields of study as well.

DePaul considers multicultural competencies so important that it has created a new Global Fluency designation that appears on students' official transcripts. Now, students who infuse their college careers with transformative global learning activities, such as an international internship or service trip, an extensive in-class global learning experience or other qualifying purposeful actions, can showcase their multicultural capacity to potential employers. Hiring managers who value these skills will know they are gaining a DePaul graduate who is prepared to propel their new organization forward from day one. It's one of the ways DePaul graduates stand apart.

International Student Enrollment

Source: IRMA Fact File. International students are defined as those currently enrolled as non-resident aliens, most of whom are attending on F1/J1 visas. The enrollment data reflected above are for the fall term of the respective academic year. International enrollments vary by term due to the wide range of academic calendars used in foreign countries, which affect when international students are available to enroll.