- DePaul is the ninth largest private, not-for-profit university in the nation. Of the 10 largest private universities, all except DePaul are classified as “research extensive” universities, making DePaul the nation’s largest university with a primary mission of teaching and service.
- U.S. News & World Report ranked DePaul No. 132 among almost 1,400 national universities surveyed in its 2012 rankings. The exclusive rankings are based on categories created by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and evaluation of colleges countrywide.
- U.S. News & World Report included DePaul among universities with “hot” college majors for its computer game design program at the College of Computing and Digital Media.
- The 2012 Fiske Guide to Colleges notes that “DePaul gets the nod as the best Roman Catholic university in Chicago. DePaul’s Lincoln Park campus is like a Midwestern version of New York’s Greenwich Village or Upper West Side.” One student told the publication, “Chicago is the ultimate college town.”
- The 2011 edition of the Princeton Review’s “Best 373 Colleges,” recognized DePaul in three categories of “Great Schools for 15 of the Most Popular Undergraduate Majors”—accounting, finance and communication. Princeton Review also recognized DePaul as one of the top 20 “Great College Towns,” the only Illinois college or university receiving that distinction.
- DePaul students were ranked among the happiest in the United States in a nationwide survey of thousands of students by the Princeton Review for its 2003 and 1999 “Best Colleges” publications. DePaul also ranked among the top 20 in this category in 2002 and 2005.
- The Princeton Review survey ranked DePaul's campus setting No. 11 among the nation's top 20 in the "Great College Towns" category for 2010. It's the eighth straight year DePaul has appeared in the top 20. DePaul's outstanding community relations also have been repeatedly ranked among the nation's top 20 in the category of "Town-Gown Relations are Good."
- DePaul’s doctoral program faculty was the most productive in the country among universities with fewer than 15 doctoral programs, according to the Faculty Scholarly Productivity Index issued in January 2007. The index rates scholarly contributions—such as faculty books and articles published, journal citations, awards, honors and grants—at more than 7,000 doctoral programs across the nation. DePaul, which offers doctoral programs in clinical psychology, philosophy, computer science and education, was ranked first among universities in its category. Harvard University was ranked first among universities with 15 or more doctoral programs.
- Diverse Issues in Higher Education recognized DePaul for its diversity in 2011, citing it as being among the top 100 institutions that confer degrees on minority students in 40 disciplines.
- Diversity MBA magazine ranked DePaul 19th in the its 2012 Best Places for Diverse Managers to Work national survey.
- Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education magazine’s “Top 100 Colleges for Hispanics,” released in May 2011, ranked DePaul No. 53 for awarding 30 doctoral degrees, No. 63 for awarding 2,648 master’s degrees and No. 73 for awarding 3,324 bachelor’s degrees to Hispanics among the nation’s top 100 four-year colleges to award each of these degrees in 2010.
- Princeton Review’s 2011 survey of the nation’s top 376 colleges ranked DePaul 15th nationally for having “lots of race/class interaction.”
- DePaul’s Director of the Center for Intercultural Programs Katrina Caldwell and School for New Learning Adjunct Professor Eileen Timmins were named among the “2011 Top 100 Under 50 Diverse Executives & Emerging Leaders” by Diversity MBA Magazine, an internationally distributed publication targeting women and multicultural professionals.
- DePaul’s clinical psychology doctoral program won the American Psychological Association’s Richard M. Suinn Minority Achievement Award for excellence in ethnic minority recruitment, retention and training in 2007.
- DePaul was recognized among the 100 best campuses in the nation for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered students by “The Advocate College Guide for LGBT Students” in 2006.
- DePaul enrolled 543 students who are military veterans as of fall 2011.
Community Service and Sustainability
- The Princeton Review’s Guide to 322 Green Colleges 2012 named DePaul to its list of the nation’s greenest colleges for the third year in a row. The guide cited DePaul’s “significant strides toward becoming more environmentally sustainable through green building initiatives, conservation efforts, use of alternative energy sources and academic programs.”
- In 2011, Sierra Magazine ranked DePaul 46th out of 118 colleges and universities reviewed for its annual “Cool Schools” survey, which examines a wide range of sustainability efforts of schools across the nation.
- DePaul was admitted in spring 2012 to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for its strong institutional commitment to service and campus-community partnerships. It was the sixth time that DePaul earned federal recognition for its commitment to service learning and civic engagement.
- In 2011, DePaul was named one of the nation’s top 25 schools for service learning programs in U.S. News & World Report’s annual higher education ranking. It was the seventh time DePaul has received that honor in recent years.
Business and Law
- DePaul’s part-time MBA program at the Kellstadt Graduate School of Business has been ranked in the top 10 nationally 14 times by U.S. News & World Report. DePaul’s part-time MBA program was ranked No. 37 in the America’s Best Graduate Schools 2013 guidebook.
- DePaul’s College of Law is ranked among the 100 best law schools in the nation by U.S. News & World Report, which placed the school at No. 89 in its America’s Best Graduate Schools 2013 guidebook.
- In Bloomberg Businessweek’s 2012 undergraduate business program rankings, DePaul’s Driehaus College of Business program ranked 67th overall nationally. In the magazine’s part-time MBA rankings, DePaul was ranked 43rd and the program earned an A+ for teaching quality and an A for curriculum.
- Entrepreneur magazine and The Princeton Review ranked DePaul’s undergraduate entrepreneurship program 17th and the graduate program 11th nationally among more than 2,300 schools surveyed for its Best Schools for Entrepreneurs 2011.
- The Theatre School at DePaul was named among the top 25 drama schools in the nation in 2012 by The Hollywood Reporter, one of the most influential publications covering the entertainment industry.
- The School of Music’s performance management program was named one of the 23 best cross-discipline programs in Fortune Small Business’ review of entrepreneur education programs, “America’s Best Colleges for Entrepreneurs,” in September 2007.
- The School of Music was named one of the “Schools That Rock” in the 2005 Rolling Stone guidebook that evaluated collegiate music schools nationally. The book noted opportunities for DePaul music students to gain practical experience performing with Chicago professional music ensembles and lauded the school’s performing arts management and sound recording technology programs.
- Animation Career Review ranked DePaul’s College of Computing and Digital Media among the top 100 schools in animation in 2012. The publication commended DePaul, ranked No. 69, for its business of games courses and said those with an entrepreneurial spirit do well after graduation.
- In 2011, select College of Computing and Digital Media (CDM) students teamed with students from Japan’s Trident College of Computing and became the first academic institutions to work on an international, remote and collaborative game development project.
- Teams of students from CDM’s game development program that created the popular free computer games Devil’s Tuning Fork and Octodad were chosen as showcase winners in the Independent Games Festival’s international 2010 and 2011 competitions for university and trade school students.
- CDM was one of only six schools nationwide (and the only one in the Midwest) selected by Sony Pictures Imageworks to take part in the inaugural Imageworks Professional Academic Excellence (IPAX) program. The program is a collaboration to educate faculty and structure curricula in an effort to develop future artists, designers, animators and engineers who will help the visual effects industry grow.
- CDM is a recognized national leader in computer network security and information assurance education, according to the National Security Agency and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. DePaul was named a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance by the two agencies in early 2005 and was redesignated with the honor in 2008, which currently stands.
- The Princeton Review awarded DePaul an honorable mention among the top national programs for video game design in 2011 and 2012.
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