Review Averages: 5.4 out of 10 (125 reviews)In addition to operating more than 90 campuses across North America, DeVry University offers associate’s, bachelor’s, and master’s degree programs via the internet. Students have the option of learning 100% online or designing a blended program. Study areas include: business; engineering; health sciences; liberal arts; and media arts and technology.
Accreditation: North Central Association
DeVry University Reviews:
53 of 64 people found the following review helpful
Good, but not great. Expensive, but the investment paid off.
April 11, 2012
I graduated in 2007 with a BA in Business Administration. Later I went on to a prestigious University, and earned an AACSB Accredited MBA. I graduated from high school in 2001 with honors and in the top ten percent of my class. I had applied to and had been accepted into a number of prestigious public and private university's. I was really excited, and couldn't wait to start my college experience. However, Life had other plans. Both of my parents passed away the summer after I graduated from high school. Instead of going off to college, I had to find a full time job, and later a second part time job to support myself. I was doing fine all on my own, staying out of trouble, and making ends meet, but I had to work 60 hours a week to make it happen. I still wanted to go to college, but due to my work schedule, a traditional university was out of the question. None of the local State university's were offering night or weekend classes at that time, and online college hadn't really taken off yet. (It was 2002). I could have attended a state university, but I would have had to give up my job. I could have taken a job at the University, but I would not have made enough to pay my rent. I started looking for schools that offered more flexible class schedules, but for profits were all I could find. There were a few State University's that advertised night classes, but their idea of a night class was a class that started at 4:30 and ended at 7:30, and there were only a few classes offered during these times. I would have still had to do 90% of my program during the day. Out of all the for-profit schools that I was able to find, Devry was the only school that was regionally accredited. I wasn't crazy about Devry, especially the high tuition, but it was accredited, and I really had no other choice. My classes were challenging, and the professors were knowledgeable. I took all of my classes on campus. As a side note-When Devry had only classes on campus they were actually pretty good, but when they took them online, they were a joke. The on Campus library and other resources were comparable to and sometimes better than the local state university's. I graduated, and found a job in my career field right away. I did not have this job before I graduated, but my work experience did give me an edge over the other college grads who had only unpaid internships on their resumes. My starting salary was $37,500 which was in line with what all new college grads with BSBA's were getting at that time. Two years later I was making $62,000, which is actually a little higher the average salary two years post grad. Currently my base salary is $87,670K per year. I did graduate with over 60K in student loan debt in comparison to my friends in state university's who graduated with less than 20K in debt, but the end result was what I was promised. The problem with Devry, is their image and reputation. They aren't a diploma mill and they are accredited, but their degrees aren't taken seriously because they get lumped into the same category as Grantham, University of Phoenix, and ITT Tech. Really, the only difference between Devry and a traditional 4 year university is price, but the stink of other for profit colleges is what hurts their graduates the most. I had actually not planned on getting an MBA, but I got to a point where I felt like I had to in order to legitimize my educational credibility in the eyes of others, I was going to need an advanced degree from a traditional university. I studied hard, scored a 680 on my GMAT, and was accepted into a selective AACSB accredited MBA program at a prestigious University. Devry is accredited, so my undergraduate credits did transfer. MBA programs, even at traditional colleges, almost always offer night and weekend classes, because everybody is a working adult. So, no problems there. The school where I got my MBA is the school I tell people I graduated from. Its the only school I list on my resume and on my linkedin profile. If people ask me where I got my undergrad, I tell them, if they don't ask, I don't tell. Most of the time, my MBA is all that matters. Bottom line-I am a very successful Devry graduate, but I'm not proud of it.
52 of 72 people found the following review helpful
Class action law suite wanted!
May 3, 2012
I want my money back! Realistically I want DeVry to pay back the loans they manipulated me into taking out and lied to me to agree to. I wish I would never have heard the name DeVry and would agree to a class action law suite if given the chance. All I want is the loan that was supposed to cover my education to get my degree paid off. Nothing more. They need to stop pressuring students and lying to them. I couldn't believe how hopeful I was before I started and how crushed I was when the classes I needed were never available and the prices went up. I was half way through and then I could no longer go. How is that even legal? It's like the housing market scheme all over again! DeVry should be shut down and made to pay the loans off that they coerced students into taking out!
36 of 46 people found the following review helpful
No issues with DeVry
May 17, 2012
I generally don't understand when I see horrible reviews of DeVry. I guess everyone has their own situation. I have been an undergrad student at DeVry for the last 2 years. I am a former US Marine and current member of the Illinois National Guard. So maybe I have a different perspective. But I am a professional working adult who also has National Guard responsibilities. I simply do not have the time to go to a traditional school and sit down in a class room several times a week. I go to class online. I have most of my tuition paid for by the military, so I probably can't speak to some of the tuition issues people say they have experienced. That said, I have had zero issues with DeVry. I have had zero issues with student finance, academic advising, or any other department. Online learning is no-less of an education that anything else. I am so tired of hearing people bash DeVry and online learning and all of these other things. The bottom line is, if you put in the work, you will receive an education. I am not going to apologize to anyone or make excuses for my choice of schools. I picked a school that fits into my life. After I left active duty, that is when I decided to to go to college. At that point, I was 36 years old. Quitting my job or working part-time and sitting in a class room all day just wasn't feasible. You will get an education if you put the work in. I know many people who screwed around in college, a traditional college, and received their degree. They will tell you they partied and did just enough to graduate and didn't learn a whole lot. You can do the same thing at DeVry. You can do just enough to get your degree or you can do the work and get an education. I am getting an education. I have a 3.45 GPA and I am proud of that because I am putting in the work. I am sorry to the people who have had tuition problems. But to blindly advise people to run from DeVry because you had a problem is irresponsible. This is a quality school who is regionally accredited. This is not the University of Phoenix. Do the work, get educated, and go out in this world and succeed.
30 of 41 people found the following review helpful
January 30, 2012
Going to devry ruined my life, Costs about $60,000 for bachelors program and after interest on loans paying for next 15 years I will end up [aying over $100,000, ne credibiliity in these degrees in job market, no jobs. Can not pay loans. This for profit school is a scam. Stay away go to conventional schools that may take longer but degrees have more credibility and will be much cheaper.
29 of 34 people found the following review helpful
Class Action Law Suit
September 28, 2012
Like a number of people who have posted on this site and many others I agree that DeVry was the biggest mistake of my life. The recruiter said it would take only two years to get the degree (did not say if you go full time and I worked full time). Said they would transfer credits (they didn't even though they were from accredited schools and programs that I had to retake with DeVry). Said they used up to date information used in business (programs were outdated). Said they would provide a quality education to take you and help your earning potential (the degree gave me nothing but huge debt). Said their placement program could work with you to find you gainful employment (they possibly could place me in a job, but for an annual salary less than what I was making...who would want to take a pay cut?). DeVry provided no support and their accelerated class schedule was a joke. Do you know anyone who can work full time and learn a new computer language in six weeks online? Even with computer languages that are not currently being used in business? I have contacted an attorney in California who does class action law suits and said that if there is enough interest generated we possibly have a case. Contact me if you are interested I will not post the name of the firm on this site. Also file complaints with the association that accredits DeVry (http://www.ncahlc.org/) and the Illinois Attorney General (www.Illinois.AttorneyGeneral.gov). The more complaints that they receive the more WE have a chance of stopping them from doing this and possibly get our money back! Any person who works at DeVry who reads this....WE ARE COMING FOR YOU! Michael (email@example.com)
29 of 35 people found the following review helpful
Thank GOD I switched schools!
February 16, 2012
I wanted to go back to school on-line because I have to much going on in my l life right now. I picked devry. Everyone was helpful with all the papers I needed with calling me and I never had to wait or leave a voice mail for any of the advisers. I had told a friend where I was enrolled and she said have they sent you anything via snail mail. Well no it was all through the computer faxing and e-mail and phone. She goes get out and go to the local community college. So I did before classes started. Dropped out in November it is now February. I was told by my advisory that I didnt have to do anything to drop out just to not sign into my classes in December and that was it. However my other school needed proof that I was no longer enrolled and all the papers that I filled out needed to be faxed to my other school. That didnt get done until this last week (2nd week of February). I faxed over and over and over again the same request that no one was reading and kept telling me that the paper since I was not a student there any more was insignificant. That paper that I faxed had in bold letters my new school logo and information and the request of loan information and enrollment dates from devry which everyone seemed to over look. I am still getting calls from teachers about how class is going and what assignments I need to do. My adviser was no help at all after I dropped out. She was never avalible to talk or figure out who I could talk to about drop out paperwork. She even sent me several e-mails with the wrong phone numbers of people for me to call. I went over her head and talked to her supervisor who again did the same thing she did wrong phone numbers not sending paper work not returning phone calls. What really upsets me is the fact I called once a week since I dropped out and wanted paperwork faxed sent her email after email and then I stopped the first week of February let it go for a week and emailed her back telling her what I needed to be done again and she says oh this is the first I am hearing of this. 3 months and this is the first that she is hearing of me asking her to send me paper work for my other school. IN THE END THIS SCHOOL IS A WASTE OF TIME. EVERYONE IS SO NICE AND HELPFUL IN THE BEGINNING AND THEN THEY TURN ON YOU. DO YOURSELF A FAVOR AND DONT ENROLL!!!!
28 of 35 people found the following review helpful
Poor Customer Service
April 11, 2012
I have been a student in DeVry starting 2008; I was contacted and recruited by DeVry, while I was attending CCAC. Before I joined DeVry I was accepted to CCAC and US Air Force Reserve with my High School Diploma from India, as well as in DeVry itself. I Have a Cumulative Total of 69.00 Credits, 52 Hrs Completions and a GPA of 2.5085 from CCAC. Out of the 69 Credit from CCAC 43 Credits was transferred to DeVry towards my undergraduate work in DeVry. As of March 27 2012 or present I have a total of 80 Credits with a GPA of 2.59 towards my undergraduate work. Know DeVry put a hold on my Education. Claiming my High School Diploma does not meet the requirement of US High School Diploma. So I end up requesting a Commonwealth Secondary School Diploma from PA Department of Education thru DeVry itself. Because In Accordance with PA Department of Education regulation, 22 PA Code, Section 4.72 Credentials other than high School Diploma: “ The Commonwealth Secondary School Diploma may be issued to an applicant who is a resident of this Commonwealth and does not possess a Secondary School Diploma upon presentation of evidence of full matriculation and the satisfactory completion of a minimum of 1 full year or 30 semester hours of study at an accredited institution of postsecondary education.” Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Department of Education issued me the Diploma on 04/05/2012. My Issued Diploma no: 0965518 Then i submitted my Diploma to the Dean in DeVry at Pittsburgh site. Thy made a copy and faxed it to the DeVry ‘a main office in fort Washington (Olivia Martinez). And they are not accepting it. (Frustrating part is DeVry staff is in Pittsburgh location where I am attending is alright but this registrar Olive is in Fort Washington is the one denying it as if she is holding a grudge, and there is no way to have a face-to-face conversation as she is in fort Washington and I am at Pittsburgh, this Olive person is rude and stubborn.) DeVry is not taking hold out of my account and is denying my right to release my official transcript of Undergraduate Work. I have paid full fees to DeVry on my undergraduate work and I am in good standing. I cannot transfer to other school because DeVry has put a hold on my official Transcript. I feel this is unethical on DeVry’s part as they are the one that recruited me out of CCAC; I was close to my completion on my associate in Accounting. DeVry explained to me it is better to go straight for undergraduate instead of wasting money and Time towards associate degree. DeVry hold towards my education is greatly effecting my time towards my graduation and my school loan payments, as I would have to start paying my Loans, plus its effecting my promotions good standing/ awards/achievement with my Military career as well as my Civilian Job. DeVry took money for all the classes; I took in DeVry, and it seems that all the time and credits I accumulated in DeVry will not be counted.
28 of 39 people found the following review helpful
March 14, 2012
The website, administration, classroom deliver is archaic, the technology is so bad, it's actually worse than the old school versions from the 90's. It is severely inconvenient, very unfriendly for working adults. It's is a for profit school so they rip you off. A simple request takes days to weeks to complete and you have to jump through ten hoops. If you want a transcript you have to call the school, wait for them to send you an email with instructions, fill out the form and then mail it. Any other school is one step. If you want to access your account online, you can't get a simple web resolution, you have to call them when their open and request assistance. The website is very difficult to navigate. The academics are sub par at best. They make you take a classes that can't be transferred such as a college intro course that is similar to high school, then they charge a good $3000 for a class that doesn't count towards a degree. Please do not go to this school. It couldn't be a bigger waste of time and money.
28 of 34 people found the following review helpful
Stay Away from Devry !!!!!!
February 2, 2012
This is the worst school ever! Student Finance Dept is a joke! I would not go here if they gave me free education on a platter. I spent 3 days trying to contact student finance. After finally reaching someone I was giving the wrong information twice and also I tried speaking with reps and was told I would get a call back and did not. This is crazy. They do not have time for you, they will send you all around the world. Please do not attend this school. Devry is just about the money, they do not care about you are your education.
27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
December 23, 2011
I think overall you need to know what you’re getting. I went in knowing this was a for-profit school, and in the end I am in $40,000 in debt. I will be paying that off for 20 years, but was it worth it? In the end yes it was. I do have not enough free time to hit a campus and go to school, and this worked out for me. Will my resume be passed up compared to a person who went to a state college? For now, maybe. The key to DeVry is you need to get your foot in the door at an entry level job in your field. If you expect to get a good job after you graduate, you are in a load of trouble. My academic advisors were always there for me, along with the financial aid department. People complain about getting bad student services, but for over 2 years I never experienced this. The teachers all work on a curriculum that was set up by the course architect, so all they do is grade, and answer questions. So overall the teachers were not the best, but then again I felt sometimes I really did have a teacher that was qualified, and sometimes I felt a teacher should not be working there. Overall I say if you can afford the time to go to a physical campus, go to a community college for two years than transfer to a state or private school of your choice. I would not recommend this school for a physical campus. You can get cheaper and better education elsewhere. I do however recommend this school for online. If you simply do not have the time, go to this school. How I made this money hungry school work for me: I got a job in online lottery business, at entry level. My job paid for $10,000 of my school, and now doors are opening as we speak. The point is, I have put in over 2 years at my current job, and now my degree will be finished in February, and my company doesn’t care that my degree says DeVry on it, they care that I took the time to get my degree, and they know I have the experience. If I do for some reason get laid off or something worse, I now have the experience and a degree, and some outside resources to get another job. I cannot stress enough about you getting an entry level job in your field or something related before you enroll in this school. If you can land that, your degree will carry some weight, no matter what it says on it.
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