Direct Admission

The start of Your Future

Direct admission means that you enter your degree program immediately upon arrival to the University. This sets you on course to graduate on time with other DePaul University students. You will take courses with domestic and international students who are studying the same degree program.

Key facts
  • Intakes
    Fall, Winter, Spring, & Summer
  • Program Options
Entry requirements

Check our academic and English language entry requirements


Visit the Fees page for full details.

What will you study?

Undergraduates will take liberal arts and sciences courses to gain a broad understanding of many academic subjects, from mathematics and science to writing and history. You will then choose your major and focus your studies on this subject. Graduate students will study classes related to their area of focus.

Program structure

DePaul uses a quarter system for its academic terms, with students taking courses in Fall, Winter, and Spring, and then optional courses in Summer. Each quarter lasts 11 weeks, including final exam week. DePaul courses carry 4 quarter hours of academic credit. Undergraduates must complete a minimum of 192 credits, and graduate students must complete a minimum of 45 credits beyond their bachelor's degree.

Outside of classes

While you study at DePaul, you will be part of the University and involved with organized activities, societies and clubs where you will meet other students, both American and international.

#127 National University
(U.S. News & World Report, 2022)

One of the Best 387 Colleges
(The Princeton Review, 2022)

30+ Fortune 500 Companies
in the Chicago area

Exceptional Education

Earn a highly respected degree from a top-ranked University in the USA, providing you with a foundation for many exciting career opportunities.

Improve Your English

Enhance your skills and strengthen your vocabulary to support your academic coursework with English language classes built into every program.

Cultural Assistance

You will receive constant support during your transition to American life, from your first grocery shop to learning cultural traditions .

Gain Work Experience

Depending on your chosen Major, you can apply for an internship at one of the many world-class companies based in Chicago after completing the GGP. Optional Practical Training (OPT) may also be an option upon graduation.

Graduate on Time

During the GGP you will earn credits towards your degree so you can graduate alongside your U.S. classmates (on average, an undergraduate degree takes four years to complete).

Find out how to apply and what fees are involved.