DePaul University

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DePaul University is a university in Chicago that was founded by the Vincentians in 1898. The university takes its name from a 17th century French priest, Saint Vincent de Paul. The largest Catholic university in the nation and the largest private institution in Chicago, DePaul currently serves approximately 24,000 students. This also places it as one of the 10 largest private universities in the United States. The university prides itself on its commitment to providing access to higher education for a diverse student body (1) (

DePaul has campuses in the Lincoln Park section of Chicago and the downtown Loop area as well as suburban campuses in Naperville, Oak Forest, O'Hare and Rolling Meadows. DePaul entered into a merger with Barat College in 2000, but plans to withdraw in 2005, leaving them with a very uncertian future.



DePaul University has one of the 10 oldest business schools in the United States. Their part-time MBA program that has consistently ranked high (currently #8), garnering top 10 placements in the US News rankings for the last 9 consecutive years. Additionally, DePaul currently has MBA programs overseas in the Czech Republic and Bahrain. Notable professors include behavioral finance pioneer, Werner DeBondt and Bank One Chief Economist, Diane Swonk. Entrepreneurship magazine has ranked DePaul's entrepreneurship programs among the top 13 programs in the USA.

DePaul University's College of Law, located in the Chicago "Loop" district, is known for its Intelletual Property program, headed by Profesor Roberta Kwall, and its Health Law program, headed by Professor Michele Goodwin. Both programs have garnered top 10 placements in the US News rankings in recent years. Also, its International Law Institute, headed by Professor Cherif Bassiouni is world-renowned. In 2004, the school established the International Aviation Law Institute, the first of its kind in the United States. Many of its graduates go on to practice at leading law firms in the Mid-West. Also, numerous judges of state and federal courts in the region are graduates of the school. DePaul's Computer Science program is the largest graduate program in computing in the United States. DePaul also contains a notable school of music, with many Chicago Symphony faculty.


Notable graduates include Richard M. Daley, current mayor of Chicago and Richard J. Daley, late mayor of Chicago as well as Jack Greenberg (former CEO of McDonald's Corp), investor Richard Driehaus, George Perle (Pulitzer Prize-winning composer), power sports agent Todd Musburger and one of the NBA's 50 greatest players, George Mikan. Notable theatre school alumni include actresses Gillian Anderson and Linda Hunt and actors Joe Mantegna, Kevin Anderson and John C. Reilly.


On the athletic agenda, DePaul, which competes in NCAA Division I (with no football program), is currently a member of Conference USA, but is set to join the Big East Conference on July 1, 2005. The school mascot is the Blue Demon ( The school is well known for its basketball program which gained prominence under Ray Meyer who led the team to the NCAA Division I basketball Final Four in 1979. The school's only national championship came in 1945 after winning the NIT tournament. The current men's baketball coach is Jerry Wainright. Other notable sports programs at DePaul are NCAA women's basketball and women's softball. Perennial rivals include Marquette University, Northwestern University and the University of Notre Dame.


The university has recently gained a lot of media attention due to the Thomas E. Klocek affair.

The current President of DePaul is Rev. Dennis Holtschneider.

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