DePauw University: 175 Years of Distinction

One of the many United Methodist founded universities in the state of Indiana, DePauw University is the home of a multitude of cultural hotspots, top ranked sports teams, and dedicated students. It is one of the 25 largest Indiana colleges and universities, ranking just behind the University of Evansville and ahead of the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. It’s also one of the oldest colleges in the state; it was founded in the late 1830’s for the then-incredible sum of $25,000. DePauw University is continuing to grow and provide an excellent education for all its students.

Promotional video for DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana

Campus and Culture

Located in Greencastle, Indiana, just an hour west of Indianapolis, DePauw University is within day trip distance from a bevy of Indianapolis attractions. DePauw students can swing by the big city to take in Indianapolis music, sit in on an exhibition of Indianapolis performing arts at any of the multiple Indianapolis theaters and performing arts venues, or participate in the benefits of Indianapolis society. However, since the school is an aspiring liberal arts institution, DePauw University has enough culture and class of its own to make a day trip to Indianapolis an afterthought for students.

DePauw University is home to two pillars of art: the William Weston Clarke Emison Museum of Art and the Galleries at the Richard E. Peeler Art Center. The Emison Museum of Art is located in what used to be the old Andrew Carnegie Library at DePauw, a building that was built in the early twentieth century by Indianapolis architect Oscar Bohlen. The structure was made entirely of Indiana limestone, meaning that it still stands strong to this day. The Emison Museum of Art holds over 4,000 works of art from many different time periods and sites around the globe, including Japanese and Tibetan art, Kuba textiles, anthropological works, Peruvian textiles, and Chancay textiles. Outside of Indianapolis art museums, the Emison Museum of Art is one of the best ancient art resources in the state.

Video of Guster performing live at DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana


The Galleries at the Richard E. Peeler Art Center is the resident art gallery at DePauw University, housing works from DePauw students and faculty in addition to works of artists from around the area and the nation. The Peeler Art Center spans over 80,000 square feet and holds around a dozen exhibits annually. In addition to the galleries, the art center also has an auditorium that seats 90 and is the home to multiple classrooms. If you’ve seen everything that the Indianapolis art galleries have to offer, the Peeler Art Center is the perfect place to visit for a change of pace.

While these two galleries constantly host great works of art, DePauw University also holds an annual event called ArtsFest. This huge festival can be compared with many Indianapolis fairs and festivals for fun and comprehensiveness. ArtsFest spans multiple genres and locations on the DePauw campus. Performances in the 2008 ArtsFest included plays from the DePauw University theatre, a Mexican folk music ensemble, Chicano writer Dagoberto Gilb, workshops for children, and the DePauw Symphony Orchestra, the university’s version of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. It’s a great opportunity to get over to Greencastle and experience all the great culture that DePauw University has to offer.

Video of the dedication ceremony for the Green Center for the Performing Arts at DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana

If art isn’t quite your thing, DePauw University has plenty of other attractions to hold your interest. The DePauw Nature Park is a unique preserve that combines the natural beauty of the Indiana landscape with the remains of an old limestone quarry. The quarry is slowly being taken back by nature, and visitors can watch this beautiful progression on a number of trails and habitats. The Nature Park features several bodies of water, towering cliffs, varied wildlife, and a one of a kind landscape. It’s a location that displays the triumph of nature more than any Indianapolis park.

Video of the DePauw University Nature Park, a great location for scientific research in Greencastle, Indiana


DePauw University also sponsors an award winning theatre program that gives students skills in time management and creativity. The theatre puts on multiple productions each year, often run solely by students and faculty. In addition, the DePauw English Department hosts a number of skilled writers every semester with their Kelly Writers Series. The series brings in talented writers from around the country each semester for readings, lectures, and book signings. Past writers include Charles D’Ambrosio (The Dead Fish Museum) and Samrat Upadhyay (The Royal Ghosts).

Video of “Man on Stoop,” a theatre production by students and faculty at DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana



Throughout its over 150 years of existence, DePauw University has been an outstanding example of the excellence of Indianapolis schools. As a matter of fact, the university has been awarded many high distinctions in Indianapolis media and in other news sources. The school was named one of the “Top 5 Best Values in Private Liberal Arts Schools” by Consumers Digest. In addition, DePauw University has won acclaim from The Princeton Review, Standard and Poor’s, and The Chronicle of Higher Education.

All these accolades are not without reason, however. DePauw has a high quality faculty consisting of influential academics from around the country. In addition, all students get valuable one on one time with this team of experts, because DePauw has one of the best student to faculty ratios in the United States at ten to one. Not only that, but most classes at DePauw have less than twenty students, an astonishing figure.

Majors at DePauw include creative writing, political science, communication and theatre, biology, modern language, and many more. In addition, the DePauw School of Music is one of the most renowned music schools in the country. It offers classical training in a liberal arts atmosphere, with an unheard of student to faculty ratio of five to one.

In addition to these standard programs, DePauw University also provides unmatched opportunities to students who are at the top of their class via their “Programs of Distinction”. These five honors level programs teach students invaluable life skills through lecture, workshops, and hands-on activities. The five Programs of Distinction are The Honor Scholar program, a curriculum that spans multiple fields and involves hard work and dedication; Management Fellows, a business program that creates leaders in Indianapolis business with speakers and internship opportunities; Media Fellows, the journalism and media program that gives students hands on time with the university’s many media outlets; Science Research Fellows, a program that gives a graduate level research experience to undergrads who publish in scientific journals and run experiments with DePauw’s state of the art lab equipment; and the Information Technology Associates Program (ITAP), which gives students technology experience through internships and campus apprenticeships.

Informational video about the Programs of Distinction at DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana


In addition to the high standard of learning offered on the main campus at DePauw University, the school also sponsors many study abroad and off campus learning opportunities. As a matter of fact, Open Doors magazine ranked DePauw among the top ten small liberal arts colleges and universities for study abroad opportunities in 2006. DePauw students can travel to many different sites, from Philadelphia to South Africa. DePauw University also sponsors many off campus community service projects around the country, making the world a better places for tons of different people.

Promotional video for the international community of DePauw University, located in Greencastle, Indiana


At DePauw University, academic excellence and athletic excellence are not mutually exclusive. The school’s sports teams, the Tigers, play NCAA Division III sports, and include many advanced scholars on their rosters. Their players have won many student athlete honors, including NCAA post-graduate scholarships and Verizon Academic All American awards. The Tigers play in the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference (SCAC), which also includes Austin College in Texas and Hendrix College in Arkansas. DePauw University fields a total of 21 different intercollegiate teams, including baseball, cross country, indoor and outdoor track and field, soccer, and swimming. Over the years, the DePauw University Tigers have won 64 SCAC Championships, placed in the top ten in NCAA Division III sports, and have taken home the SCAC President’s Cup for four straight years.

Video of DePauw University battling Wabash College at Blackstock Stadium in 2007


The Tigers women’s golf team did very well this year, placing 11th in the national rankings, quite a feat for such a small college. They placed second at the Anderson Invitational at Anderson University in Anderson, Indiana, first at the Wittenburg Pat Clouse Invitational, and participated against Purdue University at the Ladies Midwest Shootout in West Lafayette. They also placed second at the SCAC Championship. The men’s swimming team placed 12th in the NCAA rankings after successful meets at Wabash College and against Rose-Hulman. The DePauw University Tigers play such Indiana sports teams as Marian College, Saint Mary’s College, and the Intercollegiate Invitational in Terre Haute, home of Indiana State University.

Video highlights of the DePauw University women’s basketball team’s victory over Washington University to capture the Division III National Basketball Championship in 2007

In order to have a successful athletics program, a school needs a state of the art athletics facility. DePauw University certainly has that in the Lilly Physical Education and Recreation Center. Named in honor of Eli Lilly and Josiah K. Lilly Jr., presidents of Eli Lilly and Company, the Lilly Center was finished in 1982 and houses the basketball, volleyball, tennis and soccer teams, in addition to many others. The facility sports indoor track facilities, a professional sized pool with ten lanes, racquetball courts, and conference rooms. It also features one of the best fitness centers and weight rooms in the state.

175 Years of Distinction

Throughout DePauw University‘s 175 year history, it has been an example of the great educational opportunities available in Indiana. It is one of the top liberal arts colleges in the state and continually challenges students to think critically and get involved in their own learning. The school has a long history of academic success and sponsors five programs for enhanced scholastic achievement. Their study abroad opportunities have been ranked among the best in the country, and their commitment to community service is a powerful influence in the region.

The university’s home campus in Greencastle is host to a variety of cultural and natural gems, including an art museum, an art gallery, and the unique aesthetics of the DePauw Nature Park. In addition, the DePauw University Tigers are one of the giants of the SCAC, attracting fans of Indianapolis sports for years. It’s clear that DePauw University will continue providing a great liberal arts education for decades to come.

For more information on DePauw University, including a course catalog and news items, please visit the university’s homepage.

DePauw University
P.O. Box 37
Greencastle, IN 46135

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