Providing a solid, respected, affordable liberal arts and music education for almost 175 years, DePauw University now offers 45 undergraduate majors and is annually ranked as one of the top values among private liberal arts schools.
DePauw was established in 1837 in Greencastle, Indiana. Originally named the Indiana Asbury University, it was named for the first American Methodist bishop (Francis Asbury) and was, like most schools of the time, a small, male exclusive college, but it has grown to a coed body of students numbering around 2,400. It is a piece of history, growing alongside the nation into one of the most respected and highly ranked liberal arts colleges in the nation. The campus’s East College is actually a registered historical place, standing since 1871 as one of the monuments to DePauw’s mission of “building a sound foundation for future success”.
Although originally meant to be an ecumenical school, DePauw was always conducted with “liberal principles”, excluding no religions and looking to benefit not only its graduates, but the world they are being released to. The school boasts an 80% graduation rate, a 10:1 student teacher ratio, and although it offers no distance learning at all (it has been recently ranked as one of the top “unwired campuses” by Intel), it does offer one of the more unique and rigorous liberal arts educations.
DePauw values teaching methods that work, no matter how odd, including their odd 4-1-4 term set up, wherein a student has full 16 week autumn and spring semesters, but a one class, four week winter semester. This is to allow for exploring, whether on campus or through internship or studying abroad, and encourages a broader education. DePauw also offers things like double majors, a New York or Washington semester (studying in larger cities with access to more hands on tools), and Programs of Distinction, wherein students can challenge themselves even further (including 3 fellowships for top students in their respective fields of study, an Honors program, and an Information Technologies program).
Though they do offer degrees in everything from Mass Communications/Media Study to Biochemistry, DePauw is also renowned for its Music school. The college’s name change in 1884 to DePauw was actually due to the Washington C DePauw, whose massive contributions almost single-handedly established what is now one of the oldest institutions for music education. With a 5:1 student teacher ratio here and are put through a tough, intensive education with four different degree options (including a double degree program resulting in both Bachelor of Music Performance and Bachelor of Arts).
DePauw is history still functioning today. Tradition mixed with preparation for today’s world as experiential learning is mixed with the same fundamentals and morals put forth when the school was established. DePauw still houses the first sorority in the nation (Kappa Alpha Theta) and started Sigma Delta Chi, which would proliferate through other colleges and become more popularly known as the Society of Professional Journalists. It should then be no surprise that their media programs are top notch and have both the oldest college newspaper in Indiana (surprisingly named The DePauw and established 1852), as well as the #1 college radio station (WGRE, ranked #1 by Princeton Reviews for 2010), which has been operating since 1949.