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Our Mission

We educate women and men to be effective public service leaders in the global community guided by the values of St. Vincent de Paul.

In the tradition of St. Vincent de Paul, our first responsibility is to our students and graduates and all who benefit from or are served by them—their clients, coworkers and citizens in our urban and international society.

DePaul, a Catholic, Vincentian, and urban university, takes its name from St. Vincent DePaul. The religious community founded by St. Vincent, commonly known as “Vincentians,” established the university and endowed it with a distinctive spirit; to foster in higher education a deep respect for the God-given dignity of all persons, especially the materially, culturally, and spiritually deprived, and to instill in educated persons a dedication to the service of others. The women and men of DePaul have retained this spirit as a highly valued heritage and a vital influence in every succeeding generation of the university’s development.​