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DePauw "Both an Intellectual Haven and a Close-Knit Community": US News & World Report

DePauw "Both an Intellectual Haven and a Close-Knit Community": US News & World Report

September 25, 2019

"DePauw University is situated in a small town about an hour from Indianapolis, and students say the liberal arts college is both an intellectual haven and a close-knit community," reports U.S. News & World Report. "With an undergraduate enrollment of about 2,100 and a student-faculty ratio of 9:1, DePauw's size facilitates close relationships with professors and peers."

The article by Ilana Kowarski is the result of her visit to campus earlier this year and stresses DePauw's small class sizes, programs such as the Management Fellows and study abroad opportunities, and the unique opportunities undergraduates have to live, learn and grow. It includes comments from DePauw students, including Arman Nazari, "a 2019 graduate in economics from Plano, Texas, [who] says he strongly considered attending one of the big public universities in Texas. His sister, though, was a DePauw alum and encouraged him to apply. Nazari eventually realized the school was a great fit because of its friendly student body and cozy atmosphere. He further felt a sense of community through his fraternity, Phi Kappa Psi, where he served as president. Nearly 70% of students participate in Greek life."

Kowarski writes, "Generally small classes mean that 'it's very obvious if you didn't do your work,' says Alison Grimm, a 2019 communication and Management Fellows graduate from Batavia, Illinois. On the other hand, one of the advantages of the school's size is that professors are available, and it's relatively easy for students to rise to leadership positions on campus. Grimm worked her way up from news anchor to a marketing leadership role at the student-run TV station."

The text notes, "Some distinguished DePauw alumni include New York Times columnist James B. Stewart, Fox News anchor Bret Baier and author Barbara Kingsolver. The Society of Professional Journalists was established at DePauw 110 years ago, and student media outlets frequently win journalism prizes."

U.S. News, which ranks DePauw #46 (tied) among the nation's liberal arts colleges and tops in Indiana, points out, "In January 2018, DePauw introduced a "Gold Commitment" pledge designed to reassure students and parents about career prospects after college. For those who meet certain requirements -- graduating in good standing and participating in certain co-curricular and professional development programs, for example -- if they are neither employed nor attending grad school within six months of receiving their degree, the school will either provide them with an entry-level professional position or give them an additional semester tuition-free."

The complete piece is accessible here.

Source: U.S. News & World Report