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Frequently Asked Questions


Where is DePauw?

DePauw is centrally located in the United States in Greencastle, Indiana. Greencastle—a safe and welcoming community with a population of 10,000—is a 40-minute drive from the Indianapolis, Indiana, metropolitan area of about 800,000 people. Greencastle is within a three-hour drive from Chicago, Cincinnati, and St. Louis. The campus has 36 major buildings on 695 acres (281 hectares), including a 520-acre (210 hectare) nature park.

As an international student, how do I get to DePauw?

DePauw is a 40-minute drive from the Indianapolis International Airport. Daily flights are available on multiple major airlines. Transportation to campus is provided during major breaks and when students first arrive to campus in the summer. 

What is the academic calendar like at DePauw?

Our 4-1-4 calendar system consists of two 15-week semesters separated by a four-week Winter Term that is devoted to internships, study abroad or volunteer service. Learn more about Winter Term.

What are the most popular majors at DePauw?

Forty-two majors are offered in the College of Liberal Arts, and three degree programs are offered in the School of Music. The most popular academic majors include: Biology, Biochemistry, Communication and Theatre, Creative Writing, Economics, English Literature, Modern Languages, Music, Political Science, and Psychology. Visit our Departments and Programs page to find out more information.

Does DePauw offer credit for AP and IB exams?

Yes. DePauw offers credit for both. Typically, students should score a 4 or higher on the AP exams and a 5 or higher on IB higher-level exams to be considered for credit.

Does DePauw have housing for international students?

All students live on campus all four years and can choose from a diversity of living options – everything from traditional residence halls to Greek Houses*, from singles to suites, from University-owned apartments and duplexes to theme houses. Our residential system includes nine residence halls, multiple theme communities, a unique village of small halls, and over 95 University-owned apartment and housing units. In our communities, residents have the opportunity to become involved in a variety of leadership, social, and athletic activities.

*To learn more about the Greek system at DePauw, visit the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life.

Is there an international student adviser at DePauw?

Yes, the International Student Services office serves the needs of the international students on campus. International students and scholars are bringing their own experience of the world to the DePauw community while enjoying the many benefits that a DePauw education has to offer. The International Student Advisors in the Center for Diversity and Inclusion assist international students, scholars, and international faculty and staff at DePauw by advising them about federal immigration, tax and labor regulations and providing counseling about personal, academic and cultural matters. In addition, Multicultural & International Life promotes cross-cultural awareness in the DePauw and Greencastle communities through educational programming such as orientation, cultural adjustment, international events and community programs.

What is there to do around DePauw?

There are lots of things to do on any given day at DePauw. Take a look at upcoming events on campus on the DePauw Calendar. You might be listening to a notable speaker, cheering on one of DePauw’s 21 varsity athletic teams, attending a School of Music performance, or perhaps participating in one of DePauw’s 100 exciting student organizations. 

What are the average temperatures at DePauw?

Fall (September to November):
24 to 78° F/1 to 25° C
Winter (December to February): 
18 to 40°F/-8 to 4° C – average snowfall: 4 to 7 inches/10 to 18 cm
Spring (March to May):
32 to 74° F/0 to 23° C
Summer (June to August):
61 to 86°F/16 to 30° C

Who is an international applicant?

Any non-U.S. citizen who attends school within the country or outside the country. 

Do I have to take the TOEFL and the SAT I for admission?

If English is your first language or if your primary language of instruction has been English for the past four years, only the SAT I or ACT is required. If English is not your first language and your primary language of instruction has not been English, the TOEFL or IELTS exam is required.

Does DePauw require the SAT subject exams?

SAT subject tests are not required for admission.

Does DePauw offer financial aid for international students?

All international students will be considered for merit-based scholarships upon acceptance to DePauw. Our scholarships are based primarily on academic competitiveness (grades in school, SATs, TOEFL/IELTS, course work) and the following is also considered: need, strength of overall application, community service work, activities, etc. DePauw offers a limited amount of need-based assistance for international students.  To be considered, applicants must complete the CSS Profile or the International Student Financial Aid Application and the Certificate of Finances.