Best Colleges in America 2022
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Overall Score: 72.88

DePauw University

Greencastle, IN http://www.depauw.edu/
Small class sizes and a solid graduation rate helped DePauw University, which sits an hour outside Indianapolis, earn a reputation as a top liberal arts school. Its about 2,000 students are active in a variety of extracurricular activities, and the university's popular Winter Term in Service program sends many of them to developing countries for community service. The social sciences, especially economics, are popular majors, but students are fairly spread out among the university's more than 45 degree programs. While DePauw doesn't have a journalism degree program, the college does have a rich history of graduating future journalists. That's unsurprising given the college's history: The Society of Professional Journalists, known then as Sigma Delta Chi, was founded there in 1909, and The DePauw is the oldest college newspaper in Indiana. More than 85% of students graduate within six years, a mark that puts DePauw slightly above schools with similar student populations. Students go on to earn a median salary of about $62,400 in their first several years out of college. DePauw is home to the first sorority in the nation, and Greek life remains an important part of the social scene. About 60% of all students are in sororities or fraternities. Almost all students live on campus throughout their time as undergraduates.

Costs

Est. full price 2022-2023
$70,800
% of students who get any grants
96%
Est. price for students who receive aid
$31,900
Average price for low-income students
$19,500

Admissions

Acceptance rate
64%
Median SAT/ACT score
1250/27
SAT/ACT required?
No
Undergraduate enrollment
1,940

Financial Aid

% of students with need who get grants
97%
% of need met
88%
% of students who get merit grants
40%
Average merit grant
$27,000

Student Success

Graduation rate
85%
Average time to a degree
4 years
Median student debt
$27,000
Early career earnings
$62,460
% earning more than a high school grad
75%

Notes: Students who get merit grants are full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants. Graduation rate measures degree completion within six years for both transfer students and first-time students. Early career earnings are the median earnings for both graduates and non-completers, 10 years after they first enrolled.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson’s, Money/Witlytic calculations.

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