School Spotlight: DePauw University

There are over 4,000 colleges and universities in the U.S. And while the media tends to focus on just a handful of schools, we at College Coach encourage students to think outside the box during their college selection process and explore a wide range of colleges. As such, we are highlighting a new college each week in our School Spotlight series. Check out the college below, along with the other posts in our series, and you may just stumble upon your dream school!

School Spotlight: DePauw University
Greencastle, IN

What do author Barbara Kingsolver, astronaut Joe Allen, and historian Charles Beard have in common? They are all alumni of DePauw University, a liberal arts college located 50 minutes from Indianapolis. Founded in 1837 by the Methodist church, DePauw is home to 2,200 students from around the country, with sizable contingencies from Indiana and Illinois. The campus attracts well-rounded students who are as passionate about their academics as they are engaging with their campus community. Highly inquisitive students seeking additional intellectual pursuits should consider the Honor Scholar Program, an intensive and fulfilling experience that includes multiple interdisciplinary seminars and a required senior thesis. This spring, first year honors students can enroll in courses like Mind, Intelligence & Machines and New Hollywood Cinema in History. If the large lecture-style classrooms found at most universities aren’t appealing, you’ll love DePauw’s small class sizes. The university’s largest courses enroll no more than 35 students! DePauw features a College of Liberal Arts as well as one of the country’s oldest schools of music, where students can study everything from brass and jazz to percussion and voice. Fun fact: DePauw recognizes 23 Greek organizations on campus, and nearly 70 percent of students are involved in Greek life.

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Written by Elyse Krantz
Elyse Krantz is a member of College Coach’s team of college admissions experts. Elyse received her BA in linguistics from Dartmouth College and her MA from Teachers College, Columbia University. Prior to joining College Coach, Elyse worked as an admissions officer at Barnard College and Bennington College. Visit our website to learn more about Elyse Krantz.