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Ready to achieve something extraordinary at DePauw?

DePauw provides an exceptional educational experience that is complete with nearly limitless opportunities to learn, grow and lead. Immerse yourself in a co-curricular academic and residential experience, apply your studies to real-world issues through one of 45 study abroad locations and discover just how much you can accomplish through one of our 75+ academic programs.

Choose your path and lead the way.

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Application Deadlines

Early Decision I Deadline:  November 1
Early Action I Deadline:  November 1
Early Decision II Deadline:  December 15
Early Action II Deadline: December 15
Regular Decision Deadline:  February 1

Steps to Apply for First-Year Students

  1. Submit your application (DePauw ApplicationCommon Application, Coalition Application).

  2. Send a secondary school report.

  3. Send your test scores if you plan to apply for admission with them* (we accept self-reported scores, the student score report, official scores from the testing center or scores listed on your official high school transcript).

  4. Send your official high school transcript (must come directly from your school).

  5. Submit a letter of recommendation from a teacher, school counselor, coach/mentor, or church/youth group leader.

  6. If applying to the DePauw Institute of Music, you will need to complete the audition process.

*DePauw is a test-optional university. For more information regarding requirements, see the Test-Optional FAQs page

Notification Deadlines

Early Decision I Notification:  December 15
Early Action Notification:  December 15
Early Decision II Notification:  January 15
Early Action II Notification: January 15
Regular Decision Notification:  March 1

Enrollment Deposit DEADLINES

A $400 non-refundable enrollment deposit is required to secure a place in our Class of 2028**. The deposit deadlines are: 

Early Decision I Deadline:  December 15, 2023
Early Action I Deadline: May 15, 2024
Early Decision II Deadline:  February 15, 2024
Early Action II Deadline: May 15, 2024
Regular Decision Deadline:  May 15, 2024

Please send all admission materials to:

DePauw University
Office of Admission
204 East Seminary Street
Greencastle, IN 46135


**Admitted students can request to defer for up to one year. A non-refundable $1,100 advance tuition deposit is required and will be credited to the student’s first semester charges upon enrollment at DePauw. Any student who is considering deferring should contact the Office of Admission for more information on submitting a formal written deferral request, The formal deferral request form must be submitted by June 15, 2024. Any need-based financial aid awards are not automatically preserved and the student will need to re-apply for need-based aid for the following year. If the deferral request is approved, the advance tuition payment must be submitted by July 1, 2024.