DeVry University Reviews
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Good school if you want to get a lot of experience quick. I had to put in work every 8 weeks and hustle. The advisors were always nice and available. They always explained what was going on. Professors have great work experience that bring a lot to the lectures rather than just book smart on a topic.
I have an overall mixed feeling with Devry. Like some professors are really good and passionate, others phone it in. I had a professor cancel like 4 classes. Some students loved it and I hated it. Why am I paying all this money for a professor to cancel courses. The people are nice but you have to stay on top of them for everything; which sucks. But once you found a good advisor, that is the only ppl i dealt with and it worked out fine. I learned while working and it directly related to my field so I really felt like the school gave me what i needed. The only real issue I faced was the constant misinformation about my aid; it was ridiculous that only one advisor could always give me answers but others was like talking to a bunch of clueless fools; especially when I knew more than them in the long run. Whatever the issue I got my MBA and it is helping me at my job but I personally wouldn't go back if I had to get another degree.
I am going to start off by saying that my experience with DeVry is a very positive one. I will be graduating here soon and I have nothing but positive things to say. The professors I have had were great! I had one that I was not impressed with, but I am not going to let one ruin my experience. I have read reviews that you are smothered when you first start, you are not smothered they make sure you are making progress and feel comfortable, for me this was the first online program, so I needed it. Students are adults and should not have to be supervised the entire time. My adviser checks in on me about once a term unless I have a question for them. No need to hold my hand. I do agree that if you want a good grade, it does take a lot of time and practice. The medical billing and coding program was not as easy as I expected with many years of healthcare under my belt, but it is pushing me to learn which I love. It is an online program, the professors cannot be there 24/7, it is up to you to teach yourself somethings, and every professor I have had has answered any questions I had. Medical billing and coding takes practice and that is the point they want to get across. I had zero issues with credit transfers from other colleges, but I did have issues in the beginning that were not DeVry's fault. First being student aid and then my laptop died mid term on my first term. So anything I have had to overcome, DeVry's staff was there for me.
At first, things were fine aside from some of the outdated materials that some of the courses had (seriously, why would we need to code anything entirely in Assembly language? Also, nobody would use those Freescale microcontrollers considering things such as the Arduino Uno and Raspberry Pi.), but then on my third year (which was supposed to be my final year), it was pretty obvious that my campus was having money problems. Everybody and their grandma was not happy with the class scheduling issues which held us back about a year. It was even to the point that GI Bill funding ran out. However, the worst issue was how the classes have changed. They basically got rid of the full-time teachers and replaced them with tutors (who were only available about twice a week), and most of the classes were online despite the fact that we signed up for on campus/hybrid courses. We even had to do that robot car class online which came with outdated and somewhat confusing instructions. If it wasn't for me learning to program things outside of school, I never would have felt prepared for my career choice. I would have transferred schools, but I was afraid that I would end up starting over considering that I was around 80% done with my courses when these issues were getting noticeable and I didn't think it would have taken that much time. What makes this a lot worse is that an amazing teacher from high school recommended this school to me and he inspired me to apply. I highly doubt he knew what was going on, so I can't blame him at all. I should have just gone to a traditional school.
DeVry is NOT the school to consider for medical billing & coding. They got rid of TEACHERS to hire "professors" only looking for paychecks and superiority and it shows. The "professors" DO NOT HELP the students. Granted it is an "online" program so there is a LOT of "self teaching", but when a "professors" idea of "help" is telling students to "do the odd # problems becuase the answers are in the back of the book and you can correct your own work and see where YOU went wrong. I can tell you the answers, but I already know how to do MY job. We're all adults and YOU signed up for school so YOU need to do the work." THAT is NOT helpful to the student. I was a 4.0 student until the "professor" decided i wouldnt be any more. I did my work, I participated, I studied, I worked HARD for my grade. Then when I started to struggle, the "professor" nor my "advisor" were of any help. There were constant "glitches" on THEIR end, I (conveniently) began being told I WASN'T logging into class OR submitting my work (again, I was a 4.0 student to this point, so how "logical" is it that I WASN'T turning in work or "attending" class?) When I reached out, then began to complain, I never heard a peep from my "advisor" trying to help OR see what was going on. Bottom line, STAY AWAY FROM DEVRY if you're interested in billing & coding. There are other schools out there that offer the same/comparable courses for (literally) HALF the price of this FOR PROFIT b***. They are NOT interested in helping you succeed, they only want your money to pay their paychecks. And when iiiii pay YOUR paycheck, I expect to be treated better, otherwise I take my money elsewhere, plain and simple. ANY "university" that would ALLOW their "professors" to treat their students SO poorly doesn't deserve to be in business nevermind "accredited". NONE of the "professors" in the HIM/HIT/Billing & Coding program need to be "instructing" a class as they "teach" NOTHING, all they do is make you do "course projects", and think this is somehow "teaching". So, unless you like writing papers, and spending HOURS a week in "discussion boards" (that most of the "professors" do NOT participate in btw), then this is not the school for you. I came from a community college with an associates in medical assisting, and am lucky I did because I learned NOTHING at DeVry. Devry taught me nothing. The "professors" taught me nothing. The ONLY thing I learned at this school was how to use PowerPoint-USELESS in billing & coding. Just stay away from this "school" if youre interested in Medical billing and coding (or ANYTHING medical related). Theyve only been doing medical for about 2 years and dont know what they're doing, and neither will you. Yes, online classes are a LOT of self teaching, but your "professor" SHOULD be there for you, not just tell you to "do the practice questions". (the WORST, RUDEST "professor" they have imo) All they want is your money, and they don't care if or what you learn. Go ANYWHERE BUT DeVry. They're SHADY AF there, ive heard the "inside stories" from previous employees. NOT a good school. NOT about the student, ONLY the money. I'd give this school negative "stars" if I could. WORST. EXPERIENCE. EVER.
I do not recommend DeVry to anyone. They are very uninformative, unprofessional, the teachers are awful, the advisors are horrible, the classroom settings are the worst I have ever been in; I can go on and on. DeVry will advertise anything to get you to go to their school but once you get in, they are of no help getting you through to the end of your educational journey. If you want to transfer; keep everything on record (EMAIL!!!). Again, I do NOT recommend this school to anyone. It was a HUGE loss for me financially and a loss of time as well.
I have to agree with the other reviewers. When I first transfer to DeVry, I received a lot of attention and they assured me that there was always going to be help available with questions/concerns. During my first semester, I took two classes. Mind you these are the same two classes I previously took at another College but DeVry said they were not at the level that they wanted so I had to take them again. One of the classes, I thought was very easy. I logged in twice a week since that was the class schedule. The teacher gave me a d for participation. When I asked her why, she says that I'm on there but I am not participating in the discussions. So I started getting involved in the discussions and asking stupid questions since I already knew all this material from a previous class. Then the teacher stated that I should log in everyday to get full participation grade. Both of these classes were a joke. I decided that I was going to change to another school. These two classes added up to over $8,000 to my financial aid school loan. Really? This is not Yale...although I know that one is very expensive, they truly believe that this school's tuition is as great as a top notch College. Oh, & where is the help that they assured me..no where. On top of the over $8,000 bill, the school auto-enrolled me into another course without informing me and I moved from my house. Davey is charging me an additional $500 separately for abandoning the course and they're holding my transcripts until I pay the $500 preventing me from furthering my studies at another school. Yes, beware of this school. Anytime an organization has to lure you and tells you this is the best, it's because it isn't.
I'm actually switching schools because I am SO VERY DISAPPOINTED in this school! I signed up for the medical billing and coding program. They spend 8 weeks in classes that are NOT needed, and then when you get into the ACTUAL classes for billing and coding, you are SPED through SO VERY QUICKLY, and they start you at an "intermediate" level instead of beginner. The "professors" DO NOT "teach". they are RUDE, and are only there to collect a paycheck. It is a "for profit" school, and the curriculum and staff is proof of that. They DO NOT reach out and try to help you, they are RUDE when you ask questions and tell you to "read". They assume that their "coworkers" have done their jobs and taught the students in previous prerequisite classes and tell you to refer back to that instead of talking you through step-by-step helping you to understand. They tell you "it's the textbook the school chooses" instead of standing up for the student and saying "we need to break the class into levels to explain it for the students". Maybe it's just me, but I think they're more about the amount of people signed up as students than actual people SUCCEEDING as students. So I'm finding another school that's WILLING to TEACH and HELP me understand completely. I would recommend you RUN AWAY from DeVry University, and SAVE YOUR MONEY.
Choosing DeVry online was like being swindled at the used car lot. I received so much attention in the beginning that it was overwhelming and unneccessary. After the first session though, the attention dried up and before long I struggled to get any assistance. It's like all of their resources are spent on selling you on enrollment and not on quality education. The textbooks are of the poorest quality and often written or compiled specifically for DeVry. The course designers are responsible for the quizzes and so your instructor has no control over the accuracy or fairness of this weekly grade. Grading seems all over the place anyway. This is probably the same at any school, but when everything is online, it's impossible not to notice that you are putting in more effort than your peers. I'm in my 6th course at DeVry and I can't imagine putting up with this for an entire degree. It will take a great effort just to make it through this certificate. Also, despite the sales pitch, there is no way to take this education seriously and work full time. There is far too much of a time commitment required to get a decent grade. Of course, at this school earning a good grade does not mean you have learned much. But you sure have spent a lot of money!
Starting out at DeVry was a smooth transition. From applying getting the documents required, to day one of class. Yes, I had to take out loans and had help with grants, but the overall experience was outstanding. Even the transition from CA campus to CO campus was smooth. Regarding the classes them self. You have to work for the grade you want. It is a fast pace education, as it is only 8 weeks vs your normal 16 weeks. It is very easy to fail a class if your mind is not focused. I myself experienced a failing class more than once. One of my biggest dislikes is they let go multiple teachers that actually enjoyed teaching and hired PhD instructors that could not teach the course or provide any real world to the course. You ask for help and they became very defensive, I even got so frustrated I called them a babysitter looking for a paycheck. In the end wishing I got more learning in my core classes. I still graduated with a 3.7 gpa.