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College Access Services

A group of College Connect students after 2016 graduation
College Access offers specialized services that address the unique needs of first-generation college students, low-income students and students of color. Examples of services we offer year round include:

Campus visits for special groups

College Access staff works in partnership with DePaul Undergraduate Admission to host special group visits to our Lincoln Park Campus. Our office works with middle and high school counselors, college coaches and nonprofit organization leaders to widen college access for traditionally underrepresented populations.

Due to our small staff and minimal resources, we have a limited capacity for hosting group visits. Please complete the Visit Request Form, providing as much detail as you can, and a College Access staff member will contact you about your request. Please note:
  • Our office will host visits from high schools and middle schools, non-profits, or TRiO-affiliated organizations within the city of Chicago only;
  • All visit requests must be submitted at least 2 full weeks ahead of your preferred visit date;
  • All students visiting DePaul must be grades 6 and up;​
  • Students should be adequately prepared for their college visit prior to arriving on campus to maximize their engagement;
  • We cannot accommodate groups larger than 50.
If you have any questions, please email us at CollegeAccess@depaul.edu

Essay editing for high school seniors

The College Access office employs DePaul students to work as peer guides who assist with our mission. Our peer guides are proficient in college-level writing and are trained as editors by the DePaul Writing Center.  They work one-on-one with high school seniors on their personal statements for college applications and scholarship essays. Our essay editing services are FREE, fast and helpful to students looking for practical assistance with their college essays.

How to use our FREE essay editing service:
  • Go to our online form and follow the instructions
  • Make sure to complete all required fields
  • You'll be assigned an editor and get feedback from them within 1-2 business days
  • You can submit multiple essays (but one at at time)
  • Download our flyer for more info
  • If you have questions, contact our peer editors at DePaulPeerGuides@gmail.com

For more information about College Access services, contact:
College Access
DePaul Welcome Center
2400 N. Sheffield Ave.
Chicago, IL 60614
(773) 325-8902 I CollegeAccess@depaul.edu
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