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DePaul University

How this student rated the school
Educational QualityA Faculty AccessibilityA+
Useful SchoolworkA- Excess CompetitionA
Academic SuccessA- Creativity/ InnovationA
Individual ValueA+ University Resource UseA
Campus Aesthetics/ BeautyA FriendlinessA-
Campus MaintenanceA Social LifeA
Surrounding CityA+ Extra CurricularsA-
Describes the student body as:
Friendly, Afraid, Arrogant, Approachable, Snooty

Describes the faculty as:
Friendly, Helpful, Unhelpful

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Date: Jul 16 2014
Major: Music - Performance (This Major's Salary over time)
DePaul is definitely a cool, urban, challenging place to go to college. Chicago is awesome at all times of the day. Favorite times include being at the lakefront on a cool fall night, or at dawn to watch the skyline glisten in the sunrise. Another is being downtown at night when the streets are empty, and during the busy day when they are packed. And of course the bar/club-hopping in Lincoln Park/Wrigleyville/River North.

DePaul has top programs in Music, Theatre and Business, but all programs seem to be solid from what I see. DePaul and Chicago are places that allow you to create yourself into a person that you want to be. The experiences of being independent in the city and at a big city school truly push, pull and shape you into a more well-rounded and wise person, and forces personal development and invaluable life experience. Classes are challenging but are not full of busywork, which is something I love about this place; things are practical and geared toward real-world application.

There is not much school spirit on an athletic level at the moment, because of the fact that our basketball team was top-20 year after year in the seventies and eighties, however there is school spirit on an academic and institutional level. There are definitely positive vibes among the student body about simply being a DePaul student for the school itself, as well as being a Chicago college student.

Job and internship opportunities here in Chicago are stellar when compared with a typical college town. Myself, as well as many of my friends, have jobs/internships during the year that will surely lead some of us to a long-term career. These employment opportunities are certainly easier to find in this type of environment.

The social scene here is great, but is for a certain type of person. This person is independent, resourceful, diverse and open-minded. In terms of parties, fraternities have parties and sororities and GDIs show up to them. There are also regular house/apartment parties, which when not hosted by Greeks are generally tamer, however, good times can always be found with the right people and in the right setting. The bars around campus and nightclubs in certain neighborhoods short trips away are always a fun time. There are countless non-alcoholic things to do around the city of course, including world-class museums, the CSO, Lyric Opera, tons of concerts and festivals, Chicago's sports teams, and simply taking trips on the CTA to many of Chicago's unique neighborhoods. If you're looking for the quintessential college experience, you won't typically find it here, because of the fact that DePaul is an open and urban campus and students generally prefer to live off campus in apartments in surrounding neighborhoods. However, if you love the excitement and opportunity of the city, the urban beauty that Chicago is, and the idea of being independent in this type of atmosphere, you might just find your heart stolen by this place.

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