See what students say:


Serious-minded students are drawn to DePauw University for its “small classes,” “encouraging” professors, and the “individual academic attention” they can expect to receive. Academically, DePauw is “demanding but rewarding,” and “requires a lot of outside studying and discipline” in order to keep up. Professors’ “expectations are very high,” which means “you can’t slack off and get good grades.” Be prepared to pull your “fair share of all-nighters.” Fortunately, DePauw professors are more than just stern taskmasters. Though they pile on the work, they “are always helpful and available” to students in need. When things get overwhelming, “they are very understanding and will cut you a break if you really deserve” it. As a result, students come to know their professors “on a personal level,” making DePauw the kind of school where it is “common [for students] to have dinner at a professor’s house.” Beyond stellar professors, DePauw’s other academic draws include “extraordinary” study abroad opportunities and a “wonderful” alumni network great for “connections and networking opportunities.” Alums also “keep our endowment pretty high, making it easy for the school to give out merit scholarships,” which undergraduates appreciate. Student opinion regarding the administration ranges from ambivalent to slightly negative. One especially thorny issue is class registration; you “rarely” get into all the classes you want.

Student Body

Students feel their typical classmates are “upper middle class,” “a little preppy, a little athletic,” and “hardworking”; students “[party] hard on weekend,” and “usually become[s] involved with the Greek system.” Students describe their peers as “driven” and wearing “polos and pearls.” They “have all had multiple internships, international experience, and [have held] some type of leadership position.” Though these folks may seem “overcommitted,” they “always get their work done.” For those who don’t fit this mold, don’t fret; most students seem to be “accepting of the different types” of people on campus. Diversity on campus is augmented through the school’s partnership with the Posse Foundation, which brings in urban (though not necessarily minority) “students from Chicago and NYC every year.” These students are described as “leaders on campus” and “take real initiative to hold their communities together.”

Campus Life

Few schools are as Greek as DePauw, but students are quick to point out that “it is by no means Animal House.” The Greek system here is more holistic than that. It “promotes not only social activities but also philanthropic events.” That’s not to say there aren’t lots of frat parties here. There are. But “the administration has cracked down big time” on the larger frat parties, and “now there are just small parties in apartments and dorms.” One recently issued rule is that freshmen “will not be allowed on Greek property until after rush, which is the first week of second semester.” In addition to administrative regulation, students exercise their own self-restraint; for the typical undergraduate, “the week is mostly reserved for studying.” Beyond the frats and sororities, “there is always a theater production, athletic event, or organization-sponsored event going on,” and popular bands occasionally perform on campus. It’s a good thing so much is happening at the school because off-campus entertainment options are scarce: “If there is really any fun to be had, it’s not in Greencastle.” The situation could be greatly improved if there were just a few “more restaurants and stores in the town or a nearby town.” As things stand, however, students “have to go to Indianapolis (forty-five miles) to go shopping, watch a good movie, eat at a good restaurant, etc.”

Contact & Visit

Campus Visits Contact

Anna Logan
Admission Program and Visit Coordinator

Office of Admission
101 East Seminary St.
Greencastle, IN 46135



Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
DePauw University School of Music
Roy O. West Library, Music Library, and the Prevo Science Library
Cafe Roy coffee shop
Welch Fitness Center
Bowman Park

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Cagles Mill Lake
Turkey Run State Park

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Monday-Friday; September-April open Saturday
8am-4:30pm; 8am-4pm

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: Varies
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews

Information Sessions

10 a.m. and 2 p.m. M-F; 11 a.m. on Saturdays

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available

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Advance Notice
2 weeks

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

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Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays

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Available to high school seniors only; Sun-Thurs night; not during exam periods


Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Indianapolis International Airport is 45 miles from campus. The admissions office will provide transportation to campus for students traveling alone; call 800-447-2495 10 days to 2 weeks in advance to arrange for this service.

Driving Instructions to Campus
From I-70, exit to State Road 231 N. and proceed 7.5 miles into Greencastle. Turn left on Seminary Street. Travel 3 city blocks. The admission office is located on the north side of the road with visitor parking to the east of the building.

Local Accommodations
The Walden Inn (2 Seminary Sq.; 765-653-2761) is a small hotel adjacent to DePauw's campus (within walking distance of the admissions office). Prices are moderate. Ask about the Gourmet Get-Away package, which includes dinner and champagne. You will also be able to use the university's athletic facilities, including an indoor swimming pool and tennis courts. The inn's dining room, the Different Drummer, is known throughout the state. Another lovely spot near campus is the Commercial House Bed and Breakfast,(765)-653-6579. The moderate price includes a full breakfast, full work-out facility, and cable TV in each room.


Applicants: 5,173
Acceptance Rate: 67%
Average HS GPA: 3.78



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