DePauw University

DePauw University

DePauw University, at Greencastle, Ind.; coeducational; United Methodist; est. 1832, chartered 1837. The school opened in 1838 as Indiana Asbury College, and in 1884 the present name was adopted.

DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana, USA, is a private, national liberal arts college with an enrollment of approximately 2,400 students. The school has a Methodist heritage and was originally known as Indiana Asbury University. DePauw is a member of both the Great Lakes Colleges Association and the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference. Since 1996, DePauw has been a partner with the Posse Foundation , which provides full tuition scholarships to student leaders awarded by the Posse Program.


National rankings

U.S. News & World Report ranks DePauw as 49th out of the national liberal arts colleges and among the "Best Schools, Best Prices" in that category. . Rankings by the Center for College Affordability & Productivity (CCAP), which appeared in the May 19, 2008 issue of Forbes magazine, place DePauw #31 among the nation's liberal arts colleges. DePauw has consistently ranked as the number one college for Greek life in the nation and for having one of America's top college radio stations, according to the annual books on "America's Best Colleges" published by Princeton Review.

Academic calendar

DePauw University's schedule is divided into a 4-1-4 calendar: besides the 15-week Autumn and Spring Semesters, there is also a 4-week Winter Term. Students take one course during the Winter Term, which is either used as a period for students to explore a subject of interest on campus or participate in off-campus domestic or international internship programs, service trips, or international trips and field studies. One survey of DePauw students found that over 80% of DePauw graduates studied abroad.


DePauw University has a student-faculty ratio of 10:1 and has no classes with more than 50 students. The average class size is 13. All courses are taught by professors; there are no teaching assistants.

Prominent faculty members include: Barbara Bean, professor of English and author of "Dream House;" Dave Berque, professor of computer science, whose work led to the development of pen-based instructional software named DyKnow Vision now used in classrooms worldwide; Sunil Sahu, professor of Political Science and author of Technology Transfer, Dependence, and Self-Reliant Development in the Third World: The Pharmaceutical and Machine Tool Industries in India; Ken Bode, visiting professor of journalism and former CNN senior political analyst; Tom Chiarella, professor of English and fiction editor for Esquire magazine; John Dittmer, professor emeritus of history and noted civil rights expert; Arthur Evans, professor of modern languages, who has been called America's "Most Prominent Jules Verne Scholar" by Forbes magazine; Jeffrey T. Kenney, associate professor and chair of religious studies and author of "Muslim Rebels: Kharijites and the Politics of Extremism in Egypt;" Jinyu Liu, assistant professor of classical studies and recipient of a 2006 David Stevenson Fellowship; Jeffrey McCall, professor of communication, regularly quoted in newspaper and television stories on media matters and author of "Viewer Discretion Advised: Taking Control of Mass Media Influences;" Pedar W. Foss, associate professor of classical studies and co-editor of "The World of Pompeii;" Lili Wright, associate professor of English and author of "Learning to Float;" Erik Wielenberg, professor of philosophy and author of "Value and Virtue in a Godless Universe;" and Valarie Ziegler, professor of religious studies and author of "Diva Julia: The Public Romance and Private Agony of Julia Ward Howe."

Programs of distinction

DePauw students can apply for entry to five "programs of distinction". They are the Honor Scholars and Information Technology Associates programs and three fellowships in management, media, and science research.


DePauw University ranked third among the "Top 50 Most Unwired College Campuses, according to a survey which evaluated all institutions of higher learning and their use of wireless technology. The survey was sponsored by Intel Corporation and was printed in the October 17, 2005 edition of U.S. News & World Report. DePauw was also ranked the third most connected school in the United States in a 2004 Princeton Review analysis.


History at a glance
Indiana Asbury University Incorporated 1837
Opened 1838
Type all-male
Type changed 1867
Type coeducational
DePauw University Renamed 1884

Indiana Asbury University was founded in 1837 in Greencastle, IN and was named after Francis Asbury, the first American bishop of the Methodist Episcopal Church. The people of Greencastle raised $25,000, equal to around $500,000 in 2007, to entice the Methodists to found the college in Greencastle, which was little more than a village at the time. It was originally established as an all men's school, but began admitting women in 1867. In 1884 Indiana Asbury University changed its name to DePauw University in honor of Washington C. DePauw, who made a sequence of substantial donations throughout the 1870s, which culminated in his largest single donation that established the School of Music during 1884. Before his death in 1887, Mr. DePauw donated over $600,000 to Indiana Asbury, equal to around $13 million in 2007. Sigma Delta Chi, known today as The Society of Professional Journalists, was founded at the university in 1909 by a group of student journalists, including Eugene C. Pulliam.

Campus life

There are more than 100 organizations on the DePauw campus that students can be involved in. DePauw students also participate in on-campus intramurals, university and student sponsored musical and theatrical productions, and create local chapters of national organizations such as Circle K.

The student radio station (WGRE), which was ranked in 2006 as the #3 college radio station in the United States in Princeton Review's book, "America's Best Colleges", campus television (D3TV), and Indiana's oldest campus newspaper (The DePauw), provide opportunities for all students to learn journalism, production and presentation and management of media outlets.

Approximately 70% of DePauw students engage in community service and other volunteer activities. Putnam County Relay For Life, which is organized by students, and brings together the college and community. In May 2006, the Putnam County Relay for Life raised more than $215,000 for the American Cancer Society, and is consistently ranked among the top college-run Relays in the United States.

DePauw was named one of the "The 50 Best Colleges" for young women by CosmoGirl magazine in October 2006. This ranking was based upon such factors as small class size, quality of professor instruction, and the strength of alumni networks. The Princeton Review's 2008 Best 366 Colleges rankings places DePauw #1 in the nation for "major frat and sorority scene" and #16 for "more to do on campus."


DePauw University consists of 36 major buildings spread out over a 695 acre (2.7 km²) campus that includes a 520 acre (2.06 km²) nature park, and is located approximately 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 National Register of Historic Places. DePauw also owns McKim Observatory.

Greek life

DePauw University was ranked #1 in "major fraternity and sorority scene" by the Princeton Review in its 2008 guide. In 2009, U.S. News & World Report ranked DePauw as fourth in the nation for highest percentage of fraternity members (75 percent).

The Greek community consists of fourteen national social fraternities (eleven of which have houses on campus) and ten sororities (six of which have houses on campus). DePauw has an extensive and substantial Greek history, with both Kappa Alpha Theta, the first national fraternity for women, and Alpha Chi Omega being founded at the school. Furthermore, the Delta Chapter of Beta Theta Pi is the longest continuously-running Greek organization in North America while the Lambda Chapter is the longest continuing chapter of Phi Gamma Delta as well as the second longest continuously-running Greek organization.



Formal IFC and Panhel recruitment for men and women is held early second semester. Membership intake for National Pan-Hellenic Council organizations (historically black Greek-lettered organizations) usually occurs in the fall and/or the spring. First-year students are not permitted onto fraternity property for a period of time at the beginning of each school year. First-year female students are not permitted onto sorority property until recruitment begins.

Greek-letter organizations that formerly maintained chapters on DePauw's campus include the fraternities Delta Kappa Epsilon and Lambda Chi Alpha, and the sororities Delta Zeta, Delta Delta Delta, Alpha Omicron Pi and Alpha Gamma Delta.


In 2006, the Delta Zeta sorority was reorganized after the national organization conducted a membership review, reducing 23 of the 35 current members (including the chapter president) to alumna status and giving them six weeks to vacate the sorority house. Of the 12 remaining members, 6 chose to take alumna status. There were also three girls who were off-campus that were never granted a membership review and 4 who left early because they did not like the tone of the meeting in September. Although the explanation given by Delta Zeta Nationals was that the decisions were based on commitment, the evicted members hold that they were forced to take alumna status because of their less than popular image on campus. Delta Zeta Nationals contends that the women could have challenged their alumna status recommendation, while the girls hold that they were explicitly told by Nationals representatives that the decision was final and they would be deactivated if they were to challenge anything. On Monday, March 12, 2007, DePauw President Robert G. Bottoms announced that the University was beginning the process of severing ties with Delta Zeta's national organization, effective at the end of the 2006-7 academic year. Bottoms was quoted as saying, "I came to the conclusion that our approaches to these issues are just incompatible.


The DePauw Tigers compete in the NCAA Division III Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference (SCAC). Every year since 1890, DePauw University has competed in American football against its rival Wabash College in what has become the Monon Bell Classic. The traveling trophy, a 300-pound train bell from the Monon Railroad, made its debut in the rivalry in 1932. The DePauw-Wabash series is one of the nation's oldest college football rivalries.

In 1933, the DePauw Tigers accomplished a feat that has only been equaled once in modern history. The football team finished the season 7-0-0. This team, coached by Ray "Gaumey" Neal, outscored their opponents 136-0, making them unbeaten, untied, and un-scored-upon. (Texas A&M did this in 1917 and 1919) Coach Neal nearly duplicated this feat in 1943, finishing the season 5-0-1 and outscoring opponents 206-6. The only points surrendered that season were in a 39-6 victory over Indiana State and the only non-win was a 0-0 tie against Oberlin.

DePauw has been a member of the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference since 1997 and has won numerous conference championships, most notably in women's basketball, where the school is a Division III power. DePauw's program has also won the conference's overall "President's Trophy" three times in that span, the only school besides Trinity to do so. This includes back-to-back President's Trophies in 2005-2006 and 2006-2007. In 2007, the Tigers defeated Washington University in St. Louis to win the Division III title in women's basketball. The women's softball team won the regional title, advancing to the Division III College World Series for the first time in school history.

DePauw University's women's golf program is the best of any NCAA Division III college in the nation for students seeking a "balanced" experience, according to Golf Digest's third annual College Golf Guide, which appears in the September 2007 issue.

The DePauw University women's basketball team won the Division III National Championship for the 2006-07 year. They defeated Washington University in Springfield, MA to win the first team national championship in the school's history.

Over the years, DePauw has sent several players to the NFL, including Dave Finzer '82, a punter for the Chicago Bears and Seattle Seahawks, and Greg Werner '89, a tight end for the New York Jets.


Ubben Lecture series

Endowed by a gift from Timothy H. and Sharon (Williams) Ubben, both 1958 graduates of DePauw, the speakers' series "brings the world to Greencastle." Presented free of charge and open to all, Ubben Lecturers have included Tony Blair, Mikhail Gorbachev, Spike Lee, Margaret Thatcher, Paul Bremer, Ralph Nader, Willy Brandt, Robert Gates, Mike Krzyzewski, Harry Belafonte, Willy Brandt, Gen. Colin Powell, Eric Schlosser, PostSecret founder Frank Warren, John Major, Benazir Bhutto, Ross Perot, Shimon Peres, Sister Helen Prejean, Elie Wiesel, Julian Bond, Peyton Manning, Naomi Wolf, Gen. Wesley Clark, Doris Kearns Goodwin, Ben and Jerry, Bob Woodward, Jim Lovell, the Rev. Jesse Jackson, Paul Volcker, David McCullough, Barbara Bush, Zbigniew Brzezinski, Ken Burns, Paul Rusesabagina (the real-life hero of Hotel Rwanda), William Bennett, Alan Simpson, biologist E.O. Wilson, and author Mitch Albom.

Monon Bell Classic

Voted "Indiana's Best College Sports Rivalry" by viewers of ESPN in 2005, DePauw University and Wabash College play each November -- in the last regular season football game of the year for both teams -- for the right to keep or reclaim the Monon Bell. The two teams first met in 1890. In 1932, the Monon Railroad donated its approximately 300-pound locomotive bell to be offered as the prize to the winning team each year. The series is as close as an historic rivalry can be: Wabash leads the all-time series 53-52-9; since the Monon Bell was introduced, DePauw has a 35-34-6 edge. The game routinely sells out (up to 11,000 seats, depending upon the venue and seating arrangement) and has been televised by ABC, ESPN2, and HDNet (where it will appear for the next three years, 2007-2010). Each year, alumni from both schools gather at more than 50 locations around the United States for telecast parties, and a commemorative DVD (including historic clips known as "Monon Memories") is produced each year. The most recent Monon Bell game, played on November 10, 2007, concluded with a last-second, field goal resulting in a DePauw victory.

In 1999, GQ listed the Monon Bell game as reason #3 on its "50 Reasons Why College Football is Better Than Pro Football" list.

Rector Scholarships

Since 1919, the Rector Scholar Program has recognized DePauw students of exceptional scholarship and character. To be named a Rector Scholar is to join a prestigious tradition more than 4,000 graduates strong. Rector Scholarships are offered to the top academic applicants offered admission to DePauw. A limited number of full tuition Presidential Rector Scholarships are available.

East College

A historic structure located at the center of campus, East College is known to many as the architectural symbol of DePauw's tradition of excellence and learning. The cornerstone for the building was laid on October 20, 1871. The building hosted commencement exercises in June 1874, and in September 1875 all college classes were moved to the building, according to the book, DePauw Through the Years. But work on East College continued until 1882, when the building's basement was completed. East College was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1975.

Society of Professional Journalists

On May 6, 1909, Sigma Delta Chi was founded by a group of DePauw University student journalists. The organization officially changed its name to the Society of Professional Journalists in 1988. Today it is the nation's most broad-based journalism organization, encouraging the free practice of journalism and stimulating high standards of ethical behavior. SPJ promotes the free flow of information vital to a well-informed citizenry; works to inspire and educate the next generation of journalists; and protects First Amendment guarantees of freedom of speech and press.

DePauw's strong tradition of graduating leaders in the field of journalism continues. Alumni include: "business journalist of the century" Bernard Kilgore and his Wall Street Journal colleague Kenneth C. Hogate; Eugene C. Pulliam and Eugene S. Pulliam of the Indianapolis Star and Central Newspapers chain; Donald Maxwell, former editor of the Chicago Tribune; WCVB-TV/Boston news anchor Heather Unruh; Robert Giles, curator of the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University and former editor of the Detroit News; John McWethy, ABC News national security correspondent; James B. Stewart, Pulitzer Prize-winning former front page editor of the Wall Street Journal, best-selling author, and currently editor-at-large of SmartMoney magazine; Aaron Lucchetti, staff reporter for the Wall Street Journal; Stephen F. Hayes, senior writer at the Weekly Standard and author of "Cheney: The Untold Story of America's Most Powerful and Controversial Vice President"; Meg Kissinger, a reporter for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel; and Bret Baier, White House correspondent for FOX News.


The DePauw University School of Music, founded in 1884, is one of the oldest in America. The School of Music is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music and it offers various areas of study, including: Woodwinds, Brass, Percussion, Piano/Organ, Strings, Voice, Music Education, and Jazz Studies.

It presents regular recitals by students and faculty and concerts by visiting artists, most of which are free and open to the public.

A variety of courses and music lessons are made available to students in the College of Liberal Arts.

DePauw students also organize concerts for the campus community. Performers in recent years have included Dave Matthews, Train, The Black Eyed Peas, Ben Folds, Rufus Wainwright, and Guster. Past guests have included Billy Joel, Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, The Carpenters, America, and Harry Chapin.


Marvin's is a small restaurant serving mainly American food such as hamburgers and fries. While not part of DePauw's campus dining options, Marvin's is an important part of student culture, employing students and remaining open later than most restaurants in Greencastle. The garlic cheeseburger (commonly referred to by its acronym, GCB) is considered its specialty. The popularity of Marvin's extended outside the Greencastle community after an obscure reference was made to the restaurant on the television show Joan of Arcadia.

Boulder Run

The Boulder Run has become a tradition at DePauw University. Students, streaking from their respective residences, run to and from the Columbia Boulder, located in the center of the campus near the East College building. Students today perform the Boulder Run for a variety of reasons, though it was originally performed on the day or night of the first snowfall on campus by Phi Kappa Psi, the Greek house nearest the boulder. This tradition was mentioned in Playboy magazine's September 1972 issue. The DePauw police are usually tolerant of the tradition, but students have been ticketed when caught.

Little 5 bike race

Held in late April every year, DePauw's Little 5 bike race has been a campus tradition since the first race in 1956. The first race was sponsored by Union Board as a fund raiser for the American Cancer Fund. Fourteen teams of male riders from various living units competed. The race has changed some since 1956. Today, there are men's and women's races, and the race has been moved from the streets around East College to the track at Blackstock Stadium.

Campus golf

It is not unusual to see students playing a game of Campus Golf when the weather is nice. The game of campus golf requires a golf club and a tennis ball. Players attempt to hit their golf ball against various targets on campus within a number of strokes. The game is similar to frisbee golf, where players attempt to hit targets ranging from trees to buildings with a frisbee.

While playing campus golf, students often wear traditional golf attire, including plaid pants, shirts and sweaters. Many living units have established "courses" which are played by residents.

The original Campus Golf course was unofficially designated by Ryan Etter '05 and Joe Wallace '05. However, due to recent construction on the DePauw Performing Arts Center and elimination of Bowman Pond, the original course is unplayable in its entirety. The 18 Holes are now primarily dictated according to local Greek house or living unit tradition.

Notable alumni

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