DePauw University

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Template:Infobox University Founded in 1837, DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana, is a selective private liberal arts college with a 2002 enrollment of 2,339. The school has a Methodist heritage. The school was originally known as Indiana Asbury College, after Francis Asbury, the first American bishop of the Methodist Episcopal Church. It first admitted women in 1867. Indiana Asbury College changed its name to DePauw University in the 1870's, after Washington C. DePauw donated a very generous $600,000 to the University. The DePauw family took a further interest in the school by helping to establish the college's School of Music in 1884. It remains one of the oldest Schools of Music in the nation. DePauw University is also a member of the Great Lakes Colleges Association.



DePauw University consists of 36 major buildings spread out over a spacious 655 acre (2.7 km²) campus that includes a 480 acre (1.9 km²) nature park, and is located approximately 45 miles to the west of Indianapolis, Indiana. There are 11 residence halls, 4 theme houses, and 31 University-owned houses and apartments spread throughout the campus. The oldest building on campus, East College, was built in 1877 and is listed on the Register of Historic Landmarks. DePauw is also home to McKim Observatory.

Academic calendar

DePauw University's schedule is divided into an unique 4-1-4 calendar. Besides the 15-week Autumn and Spring Semesters, there is also a 4-week Winter Term. Students take only one course during the Winter Term and is either used as a laid-back period on campus or for students to participate in domestic or international internship programs.


DePauw University prides itself on having a student-faculty ratio of 10:1 and not having a single class with more than 50 students. Among its faculty is mathematician Underwood Dudley, known for his humorous skeptical books, including Mathematical Cranks and The Trisectors.

Greek life

DePauw University has the largest Greek fraternity/sorority population per capita of any college in the United States, consisting of 12 national social fraternities (11 that have houses on campus) and 10 sororities (7 that have houses on campus). Formal recruitment for men and women is held early second semester.

The following Fraternities and Sororities have houses on campus:




The DePauw Tigers compete in the NCAA Division III Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference (SCAC). Every year since 1911, DePauw University has played its rival Wabash College in the Monon Bell Classic.


Based on a "criteria for the rankings included: number of school-owned computers available, breadth of the computer science curriculum, the sophistication of campus technology, availability of school-owned digital cameras and equipment for student use, wireless Internet access on campus, and support for handheld computing," DePauw University was ranked the third most connected school in the United States by the 2004 Princeton Review.

Notable alumni

External links and references

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