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​Welcome to The Theatre School!

Since 1925, our tradition has remained to educate, train, and inspire those who will shape the future of American theatre. As a newly admitted student to The Theatre School, you are about to join a diverse and collaborative community of theatre-makers in one of the world's greatest theatre cities. As you make your college decision, we invite you to learn more about The Theatre School's identity and values, explore the resources on this page, and reach out to us with any questions you may have.

Questions? Not sure who to ask?
Contact the Theatre Admissions Office at theatreadmissions@depaul.edu or (773) 325-7999. We're here to help!

Visit Campus

Contact the Theatre Admissions Office directly to set up an individual visit day! If you are able to attend The Theatre School's Admitted Students Open House on April 25-26, you can register using the button below. Both options are great ways to sit in on classes, tour our building, and meet current students and faculty!

Connect and chat

Contact the Theatre Admissions Office to be put in touch with current students or faculty, or consider joining our Admitted Student Facebook page to connect with future classmates.
Theatre School Class of 2023 Facebook Group

About Next Steps:

Getting Started (Campus Connect & Blue Demon Domain)

Shortly after being admitted, you received a two-part email with instructions on setting up your Campus Connect account. You will need this in order to complete your "next steps". Once you are enrolled at DePaul, you will use Campus Connect for all of you university business. If you did not receive this email or if you have forgotten your Campus Connect password, contact DePaul's Information Services Help Desk at (312) 362-8765. Be sure to mention that you are an admitted student.

Once your Campus Connect log-in has been set up, you can use that username and password to access the Blue Demon Domain. The Blue Demon Domain's checklist now lists everything you need to do in order to enroll at The Theatre School at DePaul!

Reply to DePaul's Offer of Admission

​Tell us where you're heading this fall by logging into the Blue Demon Domain and submitting the intent to enroll form. National Decision Day is May 1!

There is a non-refundable $500 tuition deposit to secure your seat as a new student at The Theatre School. This deposit will be applied toward your account and will be deducted from your bill for the fall quarter. It is easiest to pay your tuition deposit online, but if you choose to mail a check, please make it payable to "DePaul University", include your full name and student ID in the memo space, and mail it to:

DePaul University
Office of Undergraduate Admission
1 E. Jackson Blvd.
Chicago, IL 60604

Housing Options & Meal Plans

On-campus housing is guaranteed to all new Theatre School students who submit their on-campus housing agreement and $400 prepayment by May 1. You can do this through the Blue Demon Domain. You are not required to live on-campus.

About 70-80% of DePaul's first-year students choose to live on-campus. Most of DePaul's on-campus housing is located on the Lincoln Park Campus (the same campus as The Theatre School building) but you can choose to live downtown in a high-rise on DePaul's Loop Campus if you prefer. You can learn more about on-campus housing and meal plan options through DePaul's Housing website. If you have questions, you can contact DePaul's Department of Housing at (773) 325-7196 or housing@depaul.edu.

Whether you decide to live on-campus or off-campus, you can use your U-Pass (which is included as part of tuition) to take unlimited rides on the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) trains and buses during the academic year. Read more about the U-Pass and getting around Chicago here.

Placement Tests

​Before you can register for orientation, you will need to complete DePaul's online placement tests for writing and math. (The placement tests for chemistry and languages are optional, but you should take these tests if you plan to take either chemistry or language classes at DePaul.) You can access the placement tests in the Blue Demon Domain.

Need more information? Visit this page to learn more about the placement process, or you can contact dpcl@depaul.edu or (312) 362-8610 with questions.

AP, IB, CLEP, or A & A/S Level Scores

​Students who have taken these exams may earn college credit at DePaul University. In order to be reviewed for credit, the score reports must be official - they must come directly from the testing agency. We cannot except self-reported scores or scores that were included on a high school or college transcript. To read about how each test may translate to DePaul credit, please visit this page.

Register for Orientation & Chicago Quarter

​Orientation will provide you with the information you need as you begin to make the transition to life at DePaul and The Theatre School and is required of all new students. Traditional first-time college students will register for Premiere DePaul; transfer students will register for Transition DePaul. If you have any questions about orientation, you can contact the New Student and Family Engagement team at orientation@depaul.edu or (773) 325-7360.

The Chicago Quarter is a class that is required of all new students. All new Theatre School students take a theatre-specific version of Discover Chicago, which includes both a pre-fall quarter immersion week (focused on exploring the arts and culture of Chicago) and class meetings during the fall quarter that are designed to support students as they move through their first academic term at DePaul University. The course is team-taught by a faculty member, staff member, and current student from The Theatre School.

Final Transcript

Before you can settle in to life at The Theatre School, we will need your most up-to-date academic records. For students coming from high school, this means a final transcript that lists final grades and a date of graduation. For students coming from another college, this means up-to-date college transcripts for coursework completed prior to starting at DePaul. A transcript must come from the school that issued it in order to be considered official. If we do not have an official final transcript on-file, you may not be able to register for classes!

Official transcripts can be sent directly to The Theatre School electronically (theatreadmissions@depaul.edu) or by mail:
ATTN: Theatre Admissions
2350 N Racine Ave.
Chicago, IL 60614

Enrollment is contingent upon satisfactory academic performance, which includes the coursework you take after learning of your acceptance to DePaul. Students who have fallen significantly below the academic standards on which their admission was based may have their admission revoked.

Proof of Immunization

​DePaul University complies with Illinois state law, which requires all students attending a campus location to provide proof of immunization. Please review the immunization requirements for more details. You can upload your records through the Blue Demon Domain. If you experience trouble uploading these documents, please contact DePaul Central at (312) 362-8610 or dpcl@depaul.edu.

Additional Resources

...You can also re-visit the Undergraduate Conservatory pages to read about your major, the classes you will take, and information about what your production practices will look like. Then visit Theatre School News to see how our alumni put that training into action.