National University
Private not-for-profit
Roman Catholic
Great Lakes
City: Large
NCAA Division I-AAA
17 to 1
Student-to-Faculty Ratio


The largest Catholic university in the nation, with one of the country’s most racially diverse campuses, DePaul is 36 inner-city acres of can-do attitude and optimism. When an inner-city school of this size – in this location and with its aggressively liberal admissions process – makes its way onto this Top 227 list, it is a noteworthy achievement. An integral part of Chicago’s history, DePaul has grown up with the city over the last 115 years. As the past has proven, the future is bright for the Blue Demons.

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