Spotlight on DePaul University: Resources for Undocumented Students


Screen Shot 2016-01-07 at 10.52.17 AMDePaul University is the largest private university in Chicago, Illinois with almost 25,000 students. The university is deeply committed to supporting undocumented students:

“DePaul University takes a strong, public position for supporting undocumented students and DREAM Act legislation. We believe supporting undocumented students is smart policy that will yield significant benefits for our university, city, state, and nation. We also know these young people who enter our doors are part of the next great generation who will build our collective future. It is for this reason that DePaul admits students regardless of their undocumented status.”

In addition to supporting undocumented students, DePaul also draws many first generation students. Over one third of all freshman students at DePaul are the first in their family to go to college.

Screen Shot 2016-01-07 at 10.47.33 AMAdmissions instructions and financial support: Undocumented applicants follow the same admissions procedures as all other students. DePaul provides both need-based and merit-based institutional scholarships to undocumented students. They have a very helpful and detailed resource guide specifically for undocumented students with information about financial aid, admissions, and offices on campus that support undocumented students. If you live in Illinois, be sure to check out eligibility for the Illinois Dream Act.

Person of Contact for Undocumented Students: All admissions Screen Shot 2016-01-07 at 10.47.39 AMcounselors are qualified and trained to assist undocumented students.

Majors: DePaul has over 100 majors including Chemistry, Costume Design, Early Childhood Education, Finance, History, International Studies, Japanese Studies, Jazz Studies, Latin American and Latino Studies, Marketing, Music, Philosophy, Playwriting, Public Policy, Real Estate, and Spanish

Student Life: DePaul has over 300 student clubs and organizations. Students have the option to live in dormitories, campus-affiliated apartments, or commute to school.

Deadline to apply: For Incoming freshman, transfer students, and adult students over the age of 24, the suggested deadline is February 1. The admissions office highly recommends submitting your application as soon as possible (before Feb. 1st) because they consider students on a first come basis. They will also consider applications submitted after February 1st if they still have spots available.

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For more information, please visit their website or call 312-362-8000.

Rachel is currently pursuing a PhD in Social Sciences and Comparative Education at UCLA’s Graduate School of Education and Information Studies. She has worked closely with undocumented youth activists in several states, the Bhutanese refugee community and LGBT community in Oakland, California. Rachel taught in two public high schools in Okinawa, Japan for two years and has worked in the community college and higher education sector for Bunker Hill Community College, MassBay Community College, Harvard’s Graduate School of Education, Achieving the Dream, and Jobs for the Future. She received her Masters in Higher Education from Harvard’s Graduate School of Education and her Bachelors in Philosophy from the University of Chicago.


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