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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.
I attended 2 different colleges before I went to DeVry. One was a private school and one was a state school. Both were crap! I had teachers that did not care about me,and the curriculum was a joke. Then I transferred to DeVry. I get weekly e-mails from different people in the office asking me how my classes are going. They are genuinely interested in my success! I walk into the office and everyone knows my name.
The classes are hands on, and the teachers actually know what they are talking about because they are actually WORKING in the field they are teaching! They are not just reading out of a 10 year old book like most universities. We have a career coach at the University that helps us with our resumes, helps us with interviewing techniques and posts jobs for us weekly! What more do you want?
All of the people complaining here obviously want things handed to them. The University is not going to do your studying for you! If you want success you need to go after it! I admit that DeVry is a tough school, there is more homework, more reading and more studying than the other 2 colleges I went to combined but your going to school for an education right? Do the work, get the degree, get the job that you worked hard for and pay off those loans!
The amount of money that you pay to go to DeVry is well worth what you get back from it. I don't mind spending extra $ a credit hour if I am getting the education, tools for a better future and smiling faces. It's well worth it! Trust me!!
I'm a single mom. I was interested in this school because of the payment and the flexibility of the school. The first 3 sessions were great. everything was simply laid out that needed to be done and i managed to get everything done. then I failed a class and tried to get help the second time around, only to fail again. They enrolled me for the next session, only for me to be kicked out in the middle, after I''d already paid for the classes and the books!
I filled out an academic appeal to the dean, and after 2 weeks, I was reinstated. they expected me to finish the classes that I was out for basically half the session. My advisor "looked into it and agreed that it didn't make sense for me to continue. I dropped my classes and was told that I could just start fresh the following session. paid up! well NO! This lady called from the school and asked me when i was going to start paying them. I already took out a student loan from chase and that was suppost to cover EVERYTHING!!!
did anyone else run into this kinda problem? if so how did you go about fixing it? just alittle guidence or feedback that this has happened to someone else would be great! thank you
I am enrolled on DeVry. The classes are good, the teachers all teach from a script ( I have a friend going as well, we have the same class but different teachers and the lessons and discussion questions are the exact same word for word). So its was easy to see they use the same program to teach the class. However, the classes were fine, one of my teacher was very involved and one just blew off all questions and emails I wrote them. I never recieved a reply to anything I ever sent her.
The reason I do not recommend this school is the finical aid. it is the worst experience I have ever had to deal with. I faxed duplicate papers to them over 8 times and they still would ask for it again. I talked to MANY MANY MANY finical aid advisors, I called them a min of twice a week for over a month. None of them remembered who I was, none of them knew anything about anything, none of them knew what was up with my aid. I never had the same person call me back and I had to explain myself and my case each time I called. They put a hold on my school and I was unable to take classes. I got 2 calls a day from DeVry trying to collect from me because I " dropped out". They even sent me bills for $5,000 for just 2 classes. They cant organize ANYTHING to get a student into classes, but they can sure send out a bill in a timely manner !!
This school doesnt care who you are or what your life is like. You are a nobody to them. They want your cash, bottom line.