DeVry University Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (255)
My experience with DeVry has been satisfactory after a year and a half as an online student pursuing a Bachelor's Degree. FACT: the tuition is higher than not-for-profit institutions. DeVry does not hide this or try to circumvent it, the tuition is posted on their website, which is accessible to ANYONE!
FACT: some of the classes are not as academically rigorous as I would have hoped, but I have found that those are the general education courses. The courses I have taken that pertain to my major have not only been very challenging but have also taught me more in eight weeks than I have learned in months at the previous school(brick and mortar) I attended.
FACT: You get what you pay for, and I would not pay for a business, nursing,or accounting degree from DeVry. That is not what they specialize in, they have been in existence for over 80 years, and their primary focus has always been technology of some sort. I would pay for an electronics engineering or IT degree from this school as it is what they do best. If you thought a nursing degree from an online institution was a good idea, you have more problems than having decided to attend Chamberlain(a subsidiary of DeVry).
FACT: This is College, attended by what are supposed to be adults. This means that YOU are responsible for keeping up with what classes you need to complete your degree(they have a degree navigator to make this simple!) it is NOT the academic adviser's job to do this. Academic advisers suggest courses that fit your degree requirements, but they are SUGGESTIONS, it is ultimately up to you what classes you want to and do enroll in. FACT: YOU are responsible for knowing the cost of your education AND whether or not you can afford it, with or without financial aid of any kind, AND to ask what kind of aid is available.
FACT: I have found student services to be nothing but supportive, useful and friendly. I have never felt pressured in any way by anyone at DeVry. They are extremely supportive and want you to succeed. I have been VERY impressed with their professionalism and level of personal attention. I am happy that I chose DeVry because I did research and found that it best fit all of my needs(flexibility, cost, accreditation, I even asked around and know someone who is employed in their degree field).
FACT: Not everyone should attend college, just like not everyone should own a home. After reading most of the reviews here I have come to several conclusions. The first of which is that most of the complaints are from students who can't form a proper sentence, can't spell, and would not benefit from a college education as they probably did not succeed in high school. The second is that many of you expect that the pre-work (enrollment, financial aid, etc) will be done FOR you. This is NOT realistic. It is your responsibility to know what is required(financially and academically) and to ASK for help if you do not know. Please, GROW UP and hold yourself accountable for bad decisions when YOU make them.
I went for my associates in Web graphic design at Devry and was able to graduate with my AA. But that degree proved to be useless.
I decided to continue on with my Bachelors in another program with Devry relating to web design, and planned to apply myself even harder in hopes of learning and attaining my degree. I still found myself struggling after one year in the Bachelor's. I was making a 3.8 gpa at the time when I received a letter stating that I cannot register for the next summer session because I had reached my "aggregate amount" and could no longer continue unless I could start paying out of pocket, including the classes I was just finishing which came to almost $4000.00. I about died. Where was I going to come up with this money?
They locked me out of the system and financial aid was of NO help to me.
Why didn't financial aid tell me that I was going to be hitting my debt ceiling and would not be getting anymore aid if I continued with a bachelors?
I'll tell you why, because they wanted to squeeze every single drop of financial aid money off of me until I couldn't go anymore.
I'm furious that the aggregate amount ceiling was not discussed with me appropriately. Why didn't they notify me along the way that I was even CLOSE to running out of money? No, they just kept letting me go along, taking classes, until they dropped the bomb on me.
I wasted an ENTIRE YEAR of my life at DEVRY struggling in the Bachelors program only to be CUT OFF and told I was done unless I get them their money.
Horrible way to treat people but that is how they operate.
I am a 52 year old first time college student.
I've been going to Devry for 6 months now, online and I honestly do not have good feelings about the curriculum, the financial aid adviser, and academic adviser..
When you are being processed at first through admissions, your adviser is extremely energetic, super happy, and treats you really good. Like you are their best friend in the world. It's almost like being romanced. Once I was enrolled and got through the first session, I was OK with it. I can't say I felt all that challenged, since the classes are 8 weeks and the curriculum is not that difficult. Every single test is open book, or, open to internet searches. The classes are rushed and I don't feel I'm learning much. Your class participation, which is the largest percentage of your grade is somewhat boring. Post a response, back it up with a link, yadda yadda yadda. With each class, it's the same ol' same ol'. I don't really care for this repetitive style of teaching. Mostly, you are teaching yourself, so you need to apply yourself by reading your text thoroughly or you won't learn a thing. You'll just find yourself scraping by and looking up your answers when quiz time comes.
I can't say I've had problems with financial aid, but the people that I have encountered have been rude to me. I once had an errant charge show up on my account without explanation and Devry wanted it paid off before I could register for my next session. I got it straightened out, but after telling my adviser that I was "short on money" and couldn't pay it right away, she got nasty and flat out accused me of mis-spending my financial aid disbursement.
The academic advisers seem inept and bored. Be careful because they like to jump the gun and register you for courses you don't want to take, and you could end up paying for them if you're not on the ball.
At this point I'm looking for a better school where I feel I'm not a number, and where the classes are more interesting. And by the way their ebook format is HORRIBLE.
I've been a DeVry Student at the online Freemont, CA, USA campus now for 8 weeks and am enjoying my 2 weeks vacation.
DeVry took my 4 year old Associate Degree units! Yea 58 of em. That’s a real University.
They called and also interviewed me which I don't care whether everyone gets accepted or not the point is, ITS AN INTERVIEW! There not just trying to sell you.
Start on your Degree now so you’re not lost in life later! Peace Mr. L.
I found DeVry University Online to be a great school. The financial aide department and my advisor were both very helpful. I have always believed that the more you put in to a class the more you will get out of it. I graduated in June 2010 and my husband will graduate in two years. Personaly, I was not that impressed with DeVry student career services, but that does not mean the entire school is bad. I would not trade my BA for anything.
I would recommend DeVry to anyone wanting to an education!
I attended and graduated DeVry from 1999-2002. In almost 10 years of earning my degree the return on investment from going to this school is absolutely zero. The job offers after graduation were non-existent.
The so called job assistance they provided after graduation was there to simply let me know when a job fair is going on and after 6 months, they conveniently cut you off from help. Every job offer Ive ever gotten has been unrelated to the field and any experience/certifications I do have Ive had to get on my own. After all the time wasted and massive bill I accumulated its was by far the worst decision Ive ever made.
As far as the classes, at the time I felt about half of the classes were worthwhile while others felt like I'd learned pretty much nothing at the end. Most of the instructors were good people and were helpful if you needed them.
When I first started at DeVry I found that they were very helpful and cared about getting you the job you always wanted. After getting to my first class I had found just the opposite. My first semester there the instructor never taught us anything in our Math class and we were self taught. I had to ask student central to assist me with this class. Later on I had other classes that I found some to be useful and others were not.
As time went along the cost of attending DeVry with a full Pell grant was very costly. Each term a refund was mailed to me and I had to pay it all back plus more just to stay enrolled. I also found that they have very limited classes and schedule most of them for the middle of the day when I have to work. This has forced me into some online classes where the supplies cost over $700 a class. The standard rate for tuition is about $2,000 per class.
Also In my physics class the professor told me "grow up Tim" when I asked for more time on my final because I got locked out half way through. To reverse this I had to write a letter to the dean in Chicago along with several other deans. Last semester I had a refund sent to me for $600 which I used to pay some payday loans and put food in the house. I later found when registering for class that I had to pay everything back or I wouldn't be able to enroll. They told me that they made a mistake and this money should have never been sent. I had to go through several channels again just to make half the payment upfront and still have to pay over $200 a month.
Currently I am waiting on a check for $2600 to be mailed to me which will pay off my balance at DeVry of over $700. To get this refund amount I had to max out my government loans, cut down to part time, and extend my graduation date. I have been waiting now for almost a month for the check to arrive. Recently they did a remodel to try and make themselves look good. The only thing they did was paint the walls; however, the ceiling tiles in the class rooms are still falling. If I had it all to do over again I would never have came to DeVry.
I had been pursuing a degree with Devry and received notification on a Friday that registration for a new semester was nearing end. I contacted Devry to get information to start a class in this new semester. Once I started the class the following Monday I was informed that I would be required to purchase a book for the class which was back ordered a couple of weeks. I spoke to the professor and they agreed to work with me during the time I was not able to participate due to not having this book. I spoke to their acidemic advisors and asked that I dropped from the course because I demanded I get 100% out of this course rather than try to catch up when I received the book.
As tim passed I was charged for 10% of the class becuase I had signed in and participated. Becuase I dropped the class they dropped me from 3 other classes and dismissed me from further finishing any new classes. If you are thinking about going through Devry for anything don't waste your time or money. They will contact you and pressure you into getting into class as fast as they can and in the event you do not agree with their suggestions they will put you on probation and threten you with dismissals. WORST ONLINE SCHOOL YOU COULD EVER WASTE YOUR MONEY ON.
I was a student under Devry in 2010, I got a call from my advisor she told me I didn't have to attend October program because I didn't have enough finacial aid to do so,she drop me from the calles for that semester and set meup for January 3 2011: I had knee surgy, i told my counsel that then in June I still got a bill for $2700 almost $3000 dollar. I fill that they have not handlethere responsiblity.
Now I,m been harass every day out the week for a bill that finicial aid should of been handle it. I have no money to pay this. because all of these people working every day down there did not handle there business right are not even put any thig inthe computor properly. I also have doctors proof to prove that I been in the hospital. I hope that they try to do something about this situation soon are I'm going to have to get a lawywer soon because I'm still under the doctor care and can't get any rest. Thanks
I received my degree from DeVry University. I had great service and found a job fast. People hate on the school but look. I not just going to run my mouth and say how great DeVry Unversity is. Here is the proof for all of you.
The independent economic-impact analysis, conducted by The Cicero Group for DeVry Inc., tracked wage growth from 2003 to 2010 for graduates from the three DeVry Inc. schools in seven states, as well as a control group of individuals who expressed interest in DeVry University, Chamberlain College of Nursing or Carrington College California, but ultimately did not pursue a college degree. Both groups had statistically similar starting salaries of $25,000-$27,000 in 2003. But by the end of the seven-year period, graduates from the three DeVry Inc. schools out-earned those in the control group by significant margins in all degree categories. Specifically, graduates who earned a bachelor’s degree from a DeVry Inc. school increased their earnings by 65 percent to an average $44,262 at the end of the seven year period, compared to the control group’s average final earnings of 18 percent, or $29,224. Associate degree earners saw wage growth of 42 percent to an average $39,478; and certificate holders increased their wages 22 percent to an average $31,782. Graduates of all the DeVry schools studied experienced significant growth in their earnings over the seven-year period. Graduates of Chamberlain College of Nursing saw the greatest earnings increase—64 percent. Those who graduated from DeVry University averaged wage growth of 60 percent. And graduates of Carrington College California saw their wages increase by 22 percent. In addition to wage growth, graduates from the three DeVry schools reported greater job security, were more likely to be employed in salaried positions, and more likely to have a job with benefits like health insurance. And because 85 to 90 percent of graduates from the DeVry Inc. schools remain in their communities five years after graduation (compared with 64 to 67 percent for typical college graduates), the economic benefits associated with higher college degree completion rates are more likely to be felt within the community. “DeVry’s primary focus has always been the success of our students. This research confirms that our graduates are succeeding in their careers and earning a significant return on their educational investment,” said Daniel Hamburger, DeVry Inc. president and chief executive officer. The research also found that minority students and those who are the first in their family to attend college saw significant increases in income after earning a degree from DeVry University, Carrington College California or Chamberlain College of Nursing. Minorities earning a degree from a DeVry Inc. school saw wage growth of 49 percent, while first-generation college students saw growth of 42 percent. This compares to 18 percent and 17 percent growth rates, respectively, for similar individuals in the control group.