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Frequently Asked Questions
What are the requirements for graduation?
All students must complete the following university graduation requirements beyond their college specific degree requirements.
Complete a minimum of 192 quarter hours.
- Earn a minimum of 2.000 cumulative grade point average.
- Earn grades of C- or better in all major, minor and allied field
classes. Please note that the cumulative grade point average in each of
these areas must be greater than or equal to 2.000.
- Complete the residency requirement, i.e., he or she must have
completed the following work at DePaul University: the final 60 quarter
hours of credit, one-half of the credit earned in the major area of
concentration, one-half of the credit earned in the minor if applicable and
all courses in the senior year.
- Complete the online degree conferral application in Campus Connect by the designated deadline date.
What is my GPA when I start at DePaul?
Your cumulative GPA is a 0.00 upon admission to DePaul. If you have
transfer credit, the transfer cumulative GPA was only used by DePaul for
What is my class standing?
Class-standing is determined by quarter hours earned:
First: 0-43 hours
Sophomore: 44-87 hours
Junior: 88-131 hours
What is FERPA?
DePaul University is required to comply with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA)
which sets forth the requirements regarding the privacy of student
records. FERPA governs the release of education records maintained by
DePaul and access to these records. This law applies to all levels of
education from K-12 as well as postsecondary education.
What is the Honors Program?
DePaul’s Honors Program is geared toward both first-year and transfer
students interested in a challenging, prearranged curriculum. Students
in the program do not complete the Liberal Studies program but take
specific honors courses, which often include more writing assessments,
class participation and smaller class sizes. All honors students take an
additional one-year foreign language sequence. Information about
requirements and admission to the program can be found at on the Honors Program website or by calling (773) 325-7302.
What resources are available if I need help in my classes?
- The Writing Center provides writing assistance for students, located in McGaw 250 (LPC) and at Lewis Center #1600 (LOOP).
- The Quantitative Reasoning Center (SAC 268) provides tutoring for students enrolled in LSP 120 Quantitative Reasoning and Technological Literacy I and LSP 121 Quantitative Reasoning and Technological Literacy II.
- First-year students should contact their Explore / Discover Chicago professor or student mentor.
- Professors and faculty advisors are also excellent resources
for locating tutoring. Some departments offer tutoring for students
having difficulty with a specific class.
- For assistance with research, go to the reference desk in the library.
What classes can I take Pass/Fail?
Only open electives can be taken Pass/Fail. Students who have at least sophomore standing (minimum 44 quarter hours earned) and who are not on academic probation (a GPA of 2.000 or higher) may register for one Pass/Fail course each quarter. During a student’s DePaul career, only five courses can be taken Pass/Fail and only one per department.
The Pass/Fail option may not be used for the following categories of courses:
- courses taken to meet Liberal Studies requirements;
- courses taken to meet requirements of a student’s major or minor; and
- developmental courses, such as MAT 094, MAT 095 and WRD 101, WRD 102, WRD 108 and WRD 200.
Once you have completed the Pass/Fail form in the LAS Undergraduate College Office by the deadline indicated in the academic calendar, the course
must be taken Pass/Fail. Grades “A” through “D” represent passing
performance. Failing grades count toward your GPA! For additional
information, see the Pass/Fail/Audit form page.