DePaul University Reviews
Don't do it. The quarter system is horrible for finding internships because you're in school until mid-June and is very stressful. You're living the thankless corporate rat race life while you're in school if you study IT at DePaul. I regret the choice I made, so I'm writing this because maybe I will save someone from getting stuck with the same stressful and not-worth-it experience. Oh, and don't expect all of what you learn to be cutting edge. We had to learn Ruby on Rails and no employer cares about that.
DePaul University was a very good educational institution for me as their focus on social justice issues helped to prepare me well for a career in social services. The emphasis on helping others which was ingrained in me during my time there helped to shape my worldview in a positive way and give me direction as I sought to identify what I wanted to pursue after graduation.
DePaul University is a wonderful school with a great focus on networking. I've made so many connections that have aided me in my undergrad and grad school experience. While attending, I had the pleasure of meeting teachers, professors, and faculty members who genuinely care for their students. Also, DePaul emphasizes having a sense of citizenry. That vibe thrives throughout the entire on-campus and online community.
DePaul has a lot of potential. The problem I believe I had is at the time I went to the school it was acting focused. If you aren't in the acting program you're a bit of a second class citizen. BUT you're respected in the field. Depending on how you utilize your degree you can find yourself in need of a job because of the depth of competition within the arts field.
DePaul University has 2 main campuses 1 in the downtown Chicago area where I attended and another in the North Side of Chicago, Lincoln Park. Although both campuses are great in distance it is well worth the trip every time because of the motivation of the teachers to teach there classes. For example I was taking a programming class(Advanced Python) maybe half way into the quarter our professor started to bring in doughnuts every class I asked her why and her response was "I think students deserve to eat the most and sometimes as programmers we forget to eat." for some this may not be a surprise but for me at the time impacted me on a very personal level. Now I am interning for Facebook and creating beautiful websites like https://Neikorivera.info
DePaul's game program is absolutely phenomenal. You receive hands on experience creating from the moment you begin the curriculum. The faculty is there to guide you and support you every step of the way and since the program is relatively small you get that individual attention that you deserve. My degree prepared me for a job not only in games, but in the professional world in general. I did not spend my days sitting in a classroom taking tests to regurgitate information but rather worked on a variety of teams where we would solve problems, create art, manage deadlines, and network. I recommend this program through and through.
DePaul has been the greatest 3 and a half years of my life. The variety of classes and options available gives students the ability to be in charge of their education. The instructors in the Health Science major are passionate and helpful and rarely let a student out of their sights if they still have questions or any confusion. You gain a ton of connections within your field and so many outside resources are offered that it's hard not to succeed in what you want to do. The one single pitfall is the financial aid department. The problem is that the department is really difficult to get a hold of and to communicate with once you do get someone to finally email you back. I have described problems multiple times to different people in the department and they always just direct me somewhere else, where I'm then forced to explain everything all over again and am usually just redirected again or am given options that I have told them I do not want to pursue (they always recommend just taking out more loans, because that's a great plan).
DePaul is fantastic with working with students to make sure that they reach their full potential. The STARS program at DePaul is great with ethnic students because it really put the focus on the student and really makes them work to their full potential . Not only that but the counselors are also great because they really push the students to take the classes that will benefit them throughout college.
The professors are great, the expectations are clearly communicated, the back office support always has a positive attitude, and the colleagues in the classroom are among the best students in a large global city. I enrolled in an MBA with a concentration in accounting and really wished I had done more in accounting. The college will allow you to add concentration later to your MBA after you graduate. So accommodating. This is one college that is worth every penny.
I attended DePaul University all four years of my college career and enjoyed it. I am from out of state and moving to Chicago was a big step but I learned to live in a city. The majority of my friends went to state schools and will never get the same experience I got in the city, and for that I am forever grateful.