DeVry University Reviews
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I attended DeVry at two seperate locations for almost a full year, and took both blended(online w/ classroom instruction) and pure online classes for computer engineering. I already have two degrees from two other schools, and have taken many classes both online and in residence at other colleges.
Overall, Devry proved itself to be unprofessional and underpar in almost every respect. They enforce standards only as they pertain to their own policies, not to ensure quality education. The teachers I worked with were either underqualified or ignored students as they sped through material in an eight week course.
Devry has strict attendance policies, which mean that even if you have an A and miss classes for legitimate reasons, they will automatically drop you, no questions asked. This happened to me twice, and in one case I was given an F although I had completed all of the work and otherwise had an A grade.
The finance department is horrible in every way. I was getting GI Bill and Financial aid. First, the one and only local finance advisor would not return my calls or emails. Second, the online finance advisors could not even venture a guess as to when money would be applied to my account, and I was constantly getting automatic emails telling me to pay my bill. They were always slow in certifying my enrollment(as required by GI Bill), so I was always late in getting money credited to my account, causing many problems. I also dropped one class before the deadline and they refused to refund any money.
The cirriculum is outdated in almost every course. When I looked for textbooks or course software, I was always forced to buy an outdated version for the class. In the computer and electronics fields this is unacceptable.
Devry will bombard you with emails, including survey links, and if you let them follow up with you concerning your answers, they will call and argue with you about every criticism you have. This is because their organization as a whole is arrogant and has little regard for the student.
After I was dropped from my last class, literally after the last day of the term, and given an F instead of the A I had deserved, I dropped out of Devry and am currently attending classes at ITT Tech. So far I am very pleased with my decision, and would advise anyone against going to Devry.
I graduated from Devry in 1985 with an AAS degree in CIS. I was very well prepared for my first job because of the courses I took. We had a ton of lab experinece and I feel I was way ahead of other graduates from different schools. I have just started taking some classes again online from DeVry and the cost is riduculously high, but, the curriculum for CIS still surpasses other schools. My education from DeVry certainly helped me and I am very glad that I went there.
I could not believe these negative postings regarding DeVry. I have been attending DeVry for nearly two years now and have found the process nearly painless. They have helped me every step of the way.
I had a representative call me from the University of Phoenix. I was amazed that the representative had actually graduated from DeVry with a Bachelors in Business Administration. He convinced me not to change schools. He told me that for a business degree, DeVry was the Cadillac of online colleges. He also had a very positive experience at DeVry.
I would also like to add that during my first year I had a class with a fellow who just could not get it. He tried but felt all the teachers were against him. It happens….
BTW….it is not easy. For those who doubt this, try it. It takes self discipline and at a whole new level. Every quiz, mid-term and final are timed and trust me…you don’t have time to look up the answers. Some contain as many as 8 essays.
I know I have grown and I know I am getting a quality education!
I've attended online classes for just over a year now. I'm surprised at all the negativity posted about this school. My experience to date has all been positive. I don't consider the classes that easy and the instructors are very helpful. As others have said, you get out of it what you put into it. The school rates I do consider high for online classes, but if you don't like it, go somewhere else.
I decided to attend DeVry in 1982 (when it was owned by Bell & Howell) due to a passing interest in electronics. I had heard that schools like this existed just to soak up GI Bill money, so my expectations were not high, but I figured that I would learn enough about electronics to feed my hobbies. The recruiter was honest indicating that a BSEET degree may not be viewed as equal to a BSEE degree by some employers.
I was quickly surprised to discover that the school was for real, and very difficult to get through, and I have always done very well in school. I quickly became swept up in a demanding curriculum. A mere handful of graduates survived the initial class of 40.
After graduation, I encountered some resistance by my first employer to my BSEET degree (I was not originally hired as a design engineer), but I quickly competed favorably with university graduates and was promoted to design engineer within a year. Over 25 years later, with no additional education, I still successfully design hardware, and for the past several years, I have been managing a group of electrical hardware designers for a major communications company, and I still perform hardware design myself.
Maybe DeVry has gone down the drain in the intervening years, but at the time, it provided the launching pad for a better career than I had previously ever expected.
This is a true story, and no, I do not work for DeVry.
This school is awesome when it comes to the staff and most teachers. I have had a few bad apples when it came to the teachers. I am in my 3rd year at DeVry, I find this school great the only down fall I have is that it cost way way too much. We have to pay for our books even though they say its included in finacial aid you still have to pay extra what is the point in paying all that tution on ian online class. This is my 3rd year and I already owe DeVry 60,000 and I have a year or 2 left. That is crazy other then the cost of the school i would recomed it. The staff and teadhers are incredible I couldnt have asked for a better school in that department just wish it was cheaper I am transfering out soon to a cheaper school.
I've attended about eight classes so far, and noticed a very bad trend in each and every one of them. College is taken very serious to me, and I want to make the best out of it, but the online portion is just a joke. All you do is read the assigned chapters of the textbook and then typically do a single assignment for that week over it.
I think reading is a very key factor in learning, but I don't want to pay a hefty tuition to read a textbook and be expected to learn. So far I've had a good experience with my Professor's, of course a few lazy ones here and now, but they are generally okay. It's hard to really get to "know" them as the only real communication you have posting in the discussion three times a week. You can e-mail them if you have issues with the assignment, which again, most are ready and willing to help you.
I'm currently maintaining a 4.0 GPA and am on the dean's list for having at least a 3.5 GPA, but honestly it's not that much work at all. I get on Sunday's to do my homework, and that even includes reading the chapters and any tests I might have (or labs). I have to post my discussions by Wednesday, and they have to be on three different days, but those are pretty sad too.
The best attempt I've seen at teaching the classes is through what they call "iConnect". You watch a presentation with an instructor explaining the slides, sadly though, I've yet to have my actual Professor teach through iConnect, most sound like they're assistants. I've had one very informed iConnect instructor since taking my classes which was for my CIS-115 class.
Honestly, if you really want to make the best out of college, I highly recommend going to a local University to obtain your degree. The online classes are way too easy for the price you pay for them. If they lowered the prices, I'd suggest taking them, but otherwise, save your money and make something out of your degree.
I am employed at a very well known software company, here in Redmond, WA. I am in my 4th class at DeVry and have noticed a very, very bad trend. First off, my math teacher on campus, didn't know how to do tables for calculus. He simply could not explain how to do them, to prep us for the calculus course. Then I get into my logic and design course, and we had to use a very crappy coding basics program. Most of the class ran into a problem with this program, and asked the teacher for help with nothing in return but a "I have family over, I've been busy". That is NOT acceptable, I can't give that excuse.
I ended up figuring out you needed to re-do the entire project and had to become the teacher for the rest of the students who had troubles with it. Next, my culture and society teacher didn't know how to open a .zip file with a rich text word pad document inside. She told me I needed to use Microsoft 7 and that it is a DeVry requirement to turn in assignments. Please, tell me what is Microsoft 7 because I work there, and have not heard of it... hmmm.... Also, their email system sucks- for a tech driven school I can only come to one conclusion- if they can't even figure out how to set up a working email system that gets out emails within the same day (they take a week sometimes) then what are they teaching you? So, I'm not saying all the teachers are idiots, I'm sure they do have some very good ones, but most of them so far have been nothing but a waste of time. I can learn on my own faster.
You can't get out what you put in if you get nothing back. That's just my .02- stay away.
I went to Devry University. This school was very helpful in allowing me to take only the classes I needed for my Nursing Degree. I was able to complete several of my prerequisites and some other classes.. My financial aid advisors were very helpful and so were my academic advisors. Devry also has a person called your inside track couch. I loved my couch she was very helpful and helped me stay motivated to keep up my classes with A's and B's. Not only that but I am 22 and I feel that this Universtiy is a great place to start off at to get an Associates Degree.
I've been taking classes for nearly the 18 months towards my degree in CIS. I've been trying my best to do both online and on site classes and prefer the on site.
It's best to take the online classes for your general education subjects (math, English, Humanities, Etc) but stay away for your technical courses. The instructors fail in explaining the concepts and rather rely on the other resources for your learning. PowerPoint and streaming video lectures help, but don't do much if you get stuck on a problem. I took three CIS/Program Language courses on site and passed with flying colors. I take an upper-level Program Language online and it's disastrous.
It took me four (of the eight) weeks just to figure out what was an acceptable submission for a Lab Assignment, despite me submitting exactly how it was explained online.
The online courses grade heavily on the discussion element in which despite having to post at least six topics per week, you can only do so once per day. This is time consuming and often not reasonable for busy people who work, have families, etc. In the end, I don't regret choosing DeVry University but if you choose this school and the online component, be ready to do alot of learning on your own.