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DePauw Admission Requirements

Greencastle, Indiana

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Your chances of getting into DePauw University

Admission Rate & Difficulty

Percent Admitted 

Admission Difficulty for DePauw University
Measure Difficulty
Admission Standards Very High 
Applicant Competition Low 

Acceptance Rate

The acceptance rate at DePauw is 64.7%.  Its admission rate is the 7th lowest in Indiana.

Admission Selectivity

How hard is it to get into DePauw and can you get accepted?

DePauw is a moderately competitive school to get into. You have a strong chance of acceptance if you meet the criteria. Last year, 3,683 out of the 5,695 who applied were admitted.

The school has very high admission requirements, generally admitting students who can score in the top 29 percent on standardized admission tests. DePauw University typically accepts and attracts "A-" average high school students with an average GPA around 3.97. Most incoming freshmen graduate in the top quarter of their high school class. 14% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

Can you get into DePauw?

65% are accepted, can you get in? Use the admission calculator to see if you have the grades and test scores needed to get in. See your admission chances based on your extracurriculars, intended major, background, and more.

Admission Requirements in Brief

To have the best chance of getting into to DePauw University you should:

  • Have a high school GPA of 3.97 or better
  • Earn A- grades in high school
  • Score 1290 on the SAT
  • Score 27 on the ACT
  • Graduate in the top 25% of your high school class
  • Submit letters of recommendation from your teachers

DePauw GPA

GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA 


Typical High School Grades 


What GPA do you need to get into DePauw University?

GPA Requirements

The GPA requirements for getting into DePauw are to have around a 3.97 high school GPA. You are required to have exceptionally good grades and you should be graduating near the top of your class.

If your high school GPA meets these requirements, there is a good chance you will be accepted as DePauw accepts 65% of students who apply.

Average GPA

The average unweighted GPA at DePauw is 3.97 on the 4.0 scale. 47% of students who get in have perfect 4.0 GPA's in high school. To achieve the average GPA for admission, you need to earn A- letter grades and regularly score around 90-92 percent on tests and assignments in high school.  The school ranks #2 in Indiana for highest average GPA.

Importance of GPA

Since DePauw is a test optional college, extra focus will be placed on your GPA when the school considers your application. As a result, it is very important that you meet the GPA requirements.

See additional colleges accepting applicants in the 4.0 GPA range.

Competitiveness by GPA Ranges

The table below outlines the number of admitted freshmen by GPA range as well as how competitive your GPA will be as compared with other applicants.

High School GPA's for admitted DePauw University students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Competitiveness 
4.0 46.76% Good
3.75 to 3.99 26.92% Avg
3.50 to 3.74 14.54% Reach
3.25 to 3.49 6.09% Reach
3.00 to 3.24 3.93% Reach
2.50 to 2.99 1.76% Low
2.00 to 2.49 0% Low
1.00 to 1.99 0% Low
less than 1.00 0% Low

 What do these chances mean?

GPA Data Source, Peterson's Data 2022

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DePauw SAT Scores

Test Optional

Submission of SAT or ACT scores is not required for admission to DePauw University. If you submit test scores, they will be considered with your application, but they are not mandatory. 44% of students submitted SAT scores and 23% submitted ACT scores for admission for the most recent academic year..

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range 


Applicants Submitting SAT 

SAT Scores for DePauw University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
Reading 25th Percentile 580
Math 25th Percentile 580
Composite 25th Percentile 1160
SAT Scores for DePauw University
SAT Test 75th Percentile Score
Reading 75th Percentile 680
Math 75th Percentile 740
Composite 75th Percentile 1420
Average SAT Score 1290

SAT Scores you need to get in

What are the SAT requirements for you to be admitted to DePauw University?

Average Score & Range

The average SAT score at DePauw is 1290 out of 1600 and the range for the middle 50% of accepted students is 1160-1420. Students who get into DePauw University score in the top 31 percent of all SAT test takers..  DePauw ranks #4 in the state of Indiana and #167 in the nation for highest average SAT composite score.

Score for Acceptance

You should target scoring 1290 or above to be most competitive with other applicants. DePauw regularly admits students with SAT scores down to 1160 on a 1600 scale. However, three quarter of admitted students score higher. If you score below a 1160, admission should be considered a reach. Some students may be accepted with minimum SAT's as low as 1030, but scores this low are outside the normal range.

Score Submission Requirements

DePauw University is a test optional school meaning do not have to submit SAT scores with your application. The position on SAT scores from the college is "considered but not required".

View other colleges which accept students in the 1290 SAT score range.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2021 starting class

Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

The table below outlines your predicted admission chances based on SAT score alone. If you are an average applicant with a score of 1290, you have around a 65% chance of being admitted. A 1420 places you well ahead of most other applicants and gives you about a 78% chance of getting in.

DePauw University admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
1420 and Above Good >78%
1290 to 1420 Avg + 65%-78%
1160 to 1290 Avg - 49%-65%
1030 to 1160 Reach 34%-49%
Less than 1030 Low <34%
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DePauw ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range 


Applicants Submitting ACT 

ACT Scores for DePauw University
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
Reading 25th Percentile 24
Math 25th Percentile 24
Composite 25th Percentile 24
ACT Scores for DePauw University
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
Reading 75th Percentile 34
Math 75th Percentile 30
Composite 75th Percentile 31
Average ACT Score 27

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

What are the ACT requirements for students to get into DePauw?

Score Range

The average ACT score for admitted students to DePauw is 27, while the middle 50% of students (25th to 75th percentile) score between a 24 and 31.  The school ranks #8 in Indiana and #229 in the U.S. for highest average ACT composite score.

Score for Acceptance

For the best chance of admission, you should have an ACT of 27. This will place you in solid competition against other applicants. At a minimum, you should aim for a 24 and score in the score in the top 27 percent nationally. The lowest ACT score likely to be admitted is a 20.

23 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to DePauw University.

Score Submission Requirements

You do not have to to submit ACT scores with your application as DePauw University is test optional. The policy from the school on ACT scores is "considered but not required".

Find other colleges with similar ACT score requirements

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2021 starting class

Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Here are your predicted chances of getting into DePauw for different ACT score ranges. A typical applicant with a 27 score has around 65% chance of getting in. Your odds increase to about 79% with a 31 ACT score.

DePauw University admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
31 and Above Good >79%
27 to 31 Avg + 65%-79%
24 to 27 Avg - 52%-65%
21 to 24 Reach 38%-52%
Less than 21 Low <38%
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High School Class Rank

80% of DePauw University freshman are in the top twenty five percent of their high school graduating class and 44% are in the top ten percent.

High School Class Rank for admitted DePauw University students
High School Class Rank Freshmen Within Range
Top 10% of class 44%
Top 25% of class 80%
Top 50% of class 97%
Data Source, Peterson's Data


Admission Statistics

Admission and enrollment rates by gender are detailed the the table below.

DePauw University admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 3,019 2,676 5,695
Accepted 2,026 1,657 3,683
Acceptance Rate 67% 62% 65%
Enrolled 254 246 500
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 13% 15% 14%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2021 starting class

Fall 2024 Application Deadline

Applications Due

Feb 1, 2024

Days left to Apply


Applicants have 126 days left until the Fall 2024 term applications are due on Feb 1, 2024.

Application Fee

The cost for prospective students to apply to DePauw University is $0. The school is free to apply to.

Application Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to DePauw University and what student information is used for admission decisions?

DePauw University Application Requirements
Test Scores Considered but not required
High School GPA Required
High School Class Rank Considered but not required
Completion of College Preparatory Program Recommended
Recommendations Required
Demonstration of Competencies Neither required nor recommended

Credits Accepted

High School Credits Accepted at DePauw University
AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit Yes
Credit for Life Experiences No

Admission Requirements Summary

Because DePauw is moderately competitive, you have a strong chance of acceptance with the right GPA and test scores. If you have a 3.97 GPA, you have a very good likelihood of getting in. A 1290 on the SAT and 27 on the ACT will further lock in your application.

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Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=150400 IPEDS survey data for DePauw University.


Does DePauw University prefer SAT or ACT?

44% of students submit their SAT scores to DePauw. 23% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

What is my chance of getting into DePauw University?

65% of those who apply are granted admission to DePauw. Admission competition is low and the college has very high admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

What SAT score is required for DePauw University?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 1160 and 1420. The average SAT score is 1290. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

What ACT score is required for DePauw University?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 24 and 31. The average ACT score is 27. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.