BORN OF A STRONG COMMITMENT TO IMPROVE OUR CITIZENS AND THE WORLD.
DePauw University was founded in 1837 by the Methodist church as an ecumenical institution of national statute, “forever to be conducted on the most liberal principles, accessible to all denominations and designed for the benefit of our citizens in general.” Its core values, which included integrity, diversity and intellect, united the community from day one of its conception. It’s founding name, Indiana Asbury University, paid tribute to Francis Asbury - the first American bishop of the Methodist Episcopal Church. The community of Greencastle successfully raised $25,000 to establish the college in its frontier village. Three years later, the college inaugurated friend and counselor of Abraham Lincoln, Matthew Simpson, as its first president, and celebrated its first class of graduates.
APPROACHING EVERY CHALLENGE AND CHANGE WITH HOPE, ENERGY AND CONFIDENCE.
From its humble beginnings of one professor and five students, the college advanced with energy and confidence, overcoming the challenges of the Civil War and admitting its first group of women students in 1867. The curriculum evolved from its traditional classical model to include courses in history, composition and the natural sciences. Despite the economic hardships of the 1870s, the college continued its commitment to advancement with the construction of the iconic East College. A generous $600,000 donation from Washington C. DePauw and his family inspired the college’s change of name from Indiana Asbury University to what we know today as DePauw University.
AN UNSURPASSED EDUCATIONAL EXPERIENCE.
DePauw University earned widespread acclaim for its distinct programs and experiences, beginning with the 1884 formation of the School of Music, which continues as one of the oldest music schools in the nation. DePauw was the starting place for many Greek chapters and organizations, including Indiana’s distinguished Phi Beta Kappa society, the Society of Professional Journalists and the nation’s first 10-watt college FM radio station. Campus expansion grew to 655 acres of stately grounds overlain with majestic brick buildings, sprawling parks and sustainable gardens. The epic Monon Bell football game and later the Ubben Lecture Series became centerpiece traditions, along with a campus-wide emphasis on community service, from local volunteerism to public health projects in Third World countries.
EMPOWERING EXTRAORDINARY ACHIEVEMENT IN OURSELVES AND OTHERS.
DePauw is one of those rare places that attracts men and women who have multiple talents and exemplary leadership capabilities in virtually any role or discipline they choose. Small classes, innovative teaching and an emphasis on free thinking and respectful dialogue empower students to create relevant and meaningful impact in communities, society and the world. Thirty percent of DePauw students engage in research with faculty members, and every student is encouraged to complete at least two internships during their college career. Nationally, DePauw is ranked 8th for producing the top business executives and 8th for producing the most Fulbright scholars, and 94% of DePauw students have a job or a plan to attend a graduate, service or fellowship program within six months of commencement. That’s uncommon success.
RECOGNIZING KEY OPPORTUNITIES IN ADVANCING AND INVENTING SOLUTIONS.
For 180 years, DePauw has established its place among leading institutions of higher education as a place of learning and advancement for students and communities. Our strategic vision focuses on four themes: A Great Place to Live, Learn and Work; A University of Choice and Distinction; Coordinated Curriculum and Practicum; and the Success of Each Student.
TRANSFORMATIVE LEADERSDePauw students are diverse in background yet connected in their resolve to pursue worthy goals and achieve their fullest potential. They work hard and take the leadership tools DePauw provides to lead the world forward. Students major and minor in whatever they intend to influence, lead over 100 student organizations – and create their own – and partner with faculty to conduct research to discover real-world solutions.
DePauw is a fully residential liberal arts college, which means conversations spill over from the seminar table to the dining hall to the student lounge. Students embark on collaborative adventures with staff and faculty, local community members and alumni, and dorm-room peers, forming lifelong connections and impactful partnerships that often extend into their careers. DePauw’s interdisciplinary approach means both students and departments unite for shared learning experiences, study groups and off-campus service opportunities to solve problems and build bridges in the community.
At DePauw, students get out of their seats and into the world to respond to the challenges of our time. We rank #4 nationally for students studying abroad, and provide the financial assistance to help them go. Our study abroad opportunities and Winter Term in Service open the door to 100 countries, providing distinctive change-driven experiences that shape students’ passions and advance communities. There is an opportunity for everyone, such as courses in South Africa studying life after Mandela, public health initiatives in rural Ecuador and immersion studies in Italy.