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DePaul University is a private, not-for-profit, comprehensive institution of higher education located in Chicago, Illinois. Named in honor of the 17th-century French priest Saint Vincent de Paul, DePaul is the largest Catholic University and one of the 10 largest (by enrollment) private universities in the nation. Originally called St. Vincent’s College, DePaul was established in the late-1800’s by the Congregation of the Mission (Vincentian priests and brothers) to serve the local children of immigrants. The college grew steadily in enrollment and academics throughout the subsequent decades, adding an MBA program in the 1940’s and doctoral programs in the 1960’s.

Today, DePaul University boasts an enrollment of approximately 25,000 undergraduate and graduate students. Its academic program is organized into 10 distinct colleges and schools offering nearly 300 courses of study. DePaul places a strong emphasis on pedagogy and claims to be the only top-10 private university whose primary faculty priority is teaching. DePaul also places a strong importance on service learning providing its students with educational opportunities through community-based internships and employment. Other DePaul academic programs include an active continuing education department and Online Learning department, through which students can take courses and earn one of a number of bachelor’s and master’s degrees entirely online.

DePaul University operates on two main campuses in Chicago, one located in Lincoln Park, one in the downtown Loop district, as well as three smaller suburban campuses in Naperville, Oak Forest and O’Hare. Primarily a commuter school, only about 17 percent of DePaul students live in campus-sponsored housing. As one would expect from a university of its size, DePaul offers an abundance of extracurricular activities to its student body, including over 300 clubs and organizations, and a thriving Greek community with 9 fraternities and 16 sororities.

DePaul’s varsity sports teams, famously known as the Blue Demons, compete on the NCAA Division I level as members of the Big East Conference.

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