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Access & Attainment at DePaul

Black Arts Movement students tour Third World PressDePaul is distinctive among private, selective universities for its mission-based commitment to student access and outcomes. It is a commitment that is embodied in the university's partnership and pre-college programs, in its transition and first-year programming, in its culture and teaching, and in the day-to-day work of staff and faculty across campus.

It is a commitment, by extension, that finds concrete expression in its enrollment mix, retention and graduation rates.

Of the 2,425 freshmen who entered DePaul in the fall 2013:
  • 33 percent were first generation college students
  • 33 percent were Pell-grant eligible
  • 35 percent were students of color traditionally underrepresented in higher education
  • 298 freshmen are Chicago Public Schools graduates
Of the 1,698 transfer students who enrolled at DePaul in 2013:
  • 39 percent are students of color
  • 60 percent came from public community colleges in Illinois
Access to higher education means little without real attainment. Against national trends, DePaul's retention and graduation rates have improved steadily over the past two decades. Additionally, the graduation rates for first-generation students, low-income students and students from Chicago Public Schools track very closely with overall institutional rates.
  • The six-year graduation rate at DePaul is 70.5 percent.
  • The six-year graduation rate gap among racial/ethnic groups has closed to a ten percentage point difference between the highest and lowest groups.
  • There has been a sharp increase in the six-year graduation rate for African-American males, up from 45 percent for those entering in 2004 to 68 percent for those entering in 2008.
  • The latest six-year graduation rate for low-income and first-generation students in the TRIO Student Support Services program is 82 percent.
  • Graduation rates for students enrolled in the TRIO McNair Scholars program is close to 100 percent. More than 80 percent of McNair graduates go on to graduate school.

To learn more about DePaul's enrollment profile, visit the Enrollment Management website.​