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Here's my HONEST experience from DeVry University. I enrolled at DeVry in Summer 2005 and graduated in 2008. It took me a little over 3 years to complete my degree in Computer Engineering Technology. After I graduated, I interviewed with a couple of companies including Northrop, Lockheed, Naval Research ($62,000) and Epson. To be honest with you, most companies tried to shoot me down just because I was a DeVry graduate. However, that didn't stop me. There were some questions that I was unable to answer but I?m not perfect. After interviewing with over 10 companies, I decided to settle down and take a position as a Software Engineer for an Aerospace/Defense company (salary: >$50,000). Unfortunately, due to the economy, Lockheed only had positions open in the East Coast which was why I didn't go with the company. From my experience, DeVry is not a bad school. I actually recommend DeVry for people who have experience from their field. A lot of people say that DeVry is a rip-off and a scam. I disagree to a certain extend. During my 3 years at DeVry, I didn?t have many issues with financial aid because I kept my GPA high. I graduated with a 3.9 and received plenty of grants from the government. I ended up with only $6000 in student loans. However, everybody?s experience is different. I had classmates who screwed around and ended up with thousands in student loan and withdrew from the school. I also had classmates who were trying very hard and DeVry screw their financial aid up so I think that the school needs to get its financial issues straight even though I didn?t have any issues from my experience.
Here's my opinion on DeVry's current engineering programs. The engineering program at DeVry has CHANGED FOR THE WORST and I DO NOT RECOMMEND anybody to sign up for the engineering program. You can't learn engineering in 8 weeks. During my years, it was a 15 weeks deal and it was awesome. At the Long Beach campus, we had some very amazing professors who scared students off to other DeVry campuses. However, with the state budget crisis, DeVry's new engineering curriculum and the rising cost of tuition, it is much better to go to a state university if you are fresh from high school. If you are an experienced professional or looking for a career change, DeVry is a good choice. I am currently pursuing my Masters degree in Engineering at a state university and I don?t see any difference between other students and me. Being in the field, I realized that DeVry missed some things during my undergrad years but DeVry compensated for other gray areas that state universities missed. Being a DeVry grad does not make me any less than any other student from a state university. It?s the student that makes the difference and not the school. However, you must make your own decision and decide what is best for you. Can DeVry really get me out in three years and if yes, how much will it cost me? Or if I attend a state university, how long will it take me and how much would I save as opposed to attending DeVry? State universities do have the upper hands because state universities are connected with one another and teach you the same fundamentals that you need to know in order to get into your field of choice. So from my experience, DeVry is credible.
However, it is up to you to make the decision on whether DeVry is better than a state university. If you are a DeVry grad, you will be put to the test when you graduate. If you know your stuff, you should be fine. I also noticed that most of the people that complain online about DeVry University are usually the ones that don?t graduate.
I have been at DeVry for over a year now and have had nothing but an extremely positive experience. The advisors are extremely helpful and the financing trouble that everyone else seems to complain about has not been my experience. My financial obligation is on track to be exactly what they said it would be.
A word of warning though. DeVry will not hold your hand through the process. They are a business and if you want what they sell, you have to be proactive about it. In the online component, you will have to do all the work yourself. Your instructor is only there to guide you, not carry you.
The financial obligation is on par with every other non-public University. Unlike other online universities, DeVry has a brick-and-mortar option. I had been to three traditional universities prior to DeVry and I believe the quality of the education provided by DeVry is the same if not better.
DeVry is not some online rip-off. They are an extremely successful publicly traded private school. When GM went under, Devry University replaced it in the S&P 500. The S&P 500 is not going to list some ripoff school. Also, the GI Bill will cover the expenses and under the new post-9/11 GI Bill, 100% of the tuition is covered. The VA would not cover it if DeVry was not legitimate.
DeVry University is an outstanding school. Most complaints appear to be from people who don't understand how it works. But as for an alternative to traditional education, it fills a much needed void. The sad thing is there is nothing DeVry is doing other traditional school cannot duplicate.
I know some of you probably had bad experience with Devry u but that doesn't mean that the school is totally a waist.Tuition is high at devry u. But I was even told the cost and everything up front and that wasn't enough to scare me awayI knew that their will be great benefit after graduation. I would recommend this to all: even if u dont like your school at least finish what you are doing.Dropping out will not get you nowhere. I dont know if some of the people on the site didn't ask any questions or not. But devry has gone well with me I am pursuing my b.a in network and communications management and they have accepted my previous credits from a school that wasn't even accredited anymore(high tech Institute) everything is easy and convient for me especially with the online programs. But this is my experience and I would recommend it. My girlfriend loves the school as well.Some of the remarks that are made about devry seems like that people didn't know what they wantd to do with their careers or just some are lazy.Some schools have the strengths and weakness and I devry is very strong foundation school that is regionally accredited and that will be recognize by any other school or employer in the land.
If you need someone to hold your hand and treat you like a toddler while in school, then Devry is absolutely not for you. I have been at Devry for four semesters now and I don't have anything negative to say. When I went for the enrollment interview, I was told upfront how much the education would cost, and what was required of me. The lady who I spoke with was very nice. And now I just deal with her soley if I have any questions. While I take a few classes online, I take most at their Bellevue, WA location. In some classes I have met students who worked at Microsoft and Boeing. To the best of my knowledge I am pretty sure that the people who teachers the subjects there are professionals in their fields so they are able to really provide first hand knowledge on a subject. At a course home page under the "Student Resources" tab all you have to do is click it and it will take you to your personal account where your financial aid, student loans, grades, and all other pertinent information relating to you is located. The classes at Devry are rigorous and you do have to work very hard to maintain a good grade (lots of reading and writing) A nice thing I also like about Devry is the job fairs they host about twice a year. And so for the people who claim that Devry is a joke, just admit you are disgruntled and I am sorry your experience was not as favorable as mine.
I haven't been attending class here for very long, but I do know that it is not as laid back and social as regular schools. Classes are very fast, they just want you to get your degree quickly. So far the environment has not been very conducive to socializing very much, so there aren't many opportunities to pick up hot chicks. I'm pretty sure there is a plus-sized girl in my algebra class who wants it, but that seems to be the only one.
The people who complain about Devry University seem to be people that tried it, but failed their classes so they just lost their money. I would be mad too, but I would get over it and move on.
A degree from any college will not teach you everything you need to know to succeed. You can't sit back and let a degree do all your work to get a job, if you can't sell yourself you can't sell yourself, unless you went to Harvard. Harvard degrees will probably sell you pretty good.
A degree means you took time to apply yourself to something and had the self discipline to complete a long task. A degree doesn't mean you are automatically a well experienced person who should get any job he wants. A degree doesn't automatically mean you are smart.
I started Devry this past March 2009. The registrars office at the New York Campus is horrible. They are over worked and have very little experience. I hear that the financial aid office is just as bad.
As far as the classes and instructors go, this is the only positive. All of my instructors so far have been very helpful. They actually call me at home (Online Student) to check on me and ask if I need any help. All of my instructors have Masters or PHD's. My computer instructor was great. She had a Masters in CS and held several Microsoft certifications. If you think its a breeze its not. I take 1 or 2 classes a semester and when you work 10 hours a day its not easy to come home and do homework. Tons of reading. At least 4 chapters a week, a weekly quiz and homework. Finals are timed they usually give you 3.5 hours. So far the only final that was not timed was my Algebra class.
I see that most of the complaints are about money. Yes Devry is very expensive but all private schools charge the same tuition. Some schools charge over $600 per credit. I am paying 50% and my company pays the other 50% so I did not have to deal with the Financial Aid nightmare.
I entered DeVry in the summer of 2002 with the intention of finishing within 18 months. I have a significant amount of technical background and wanted to test out of the majority of the technical requirements. The recruiters assured me that there would be no problem with this plan and the tests would be available as soon as I wanted them. This was lie #1. After a semester, I was informed that I couldn't take the test for a course until it had been taught at the Ft. Washington location. Semesters passed and, after numerous requests, I finally began to get tests. This was after a full year had passed. Meanwhile, they gradually introduced the idea of working in group projects which was total BS. They claim that somehow you can get a good grade if some lamebrain in your group doesn't fulfill their end of the project. Another lie. So after struggling to complete the battery of tests and 6 years later, the financial aide people decide to join the fracas. They claim - in November - that "computer problems" are holding up the March and July financial aid distributions. This comes from a university teaching computer engineering and business administration. Ok, so I am crippled by financial hardship because of the lack of financial aid and have to withdraw from a class. Then they deny me the financial aid from July because I don't have sufficient credits in February; Credits I would have successfully completed if I had the financial aid back in July. OK, so now the end is close - after 7 years - nearly done. But no, you have to do on line classes. What a joke. They are not classes on line but discussions about whatever the subject might be. How do you discuss differential equations? Add to that the "students" use the discussion threads to spout their particular brands of racism, ignorance, and intolerance like its their own private blog. The instruction is non-existent on-line and overall it's just a waste of time and money. Do yourself a big favor and go to a community college. DeVry is a glorified tech school and the degree and education you get is of dubious value. For me it was seven years wasted for no good purpose.
The advisors are very good at making you think that starting classes with them and them only is the best decision you will ever make in life.I recently enrolled for classes with Devry online. To start with, the enrollment process is that of pulling teeth. Faxing this and that, emailing sensitive documents,and receiving numerous calls from different departments of the program is what you should expect.
I realized I made a huge mistake when the "finance department" gave me a call and told me how much it was. They make sure they do this part last. By then, I was already enrolled and awaiting the student loans to go through. I found out it was a whopping $535 per credit hour! Unbelievable right? So for the two "introductory classes", it was close to $1500. The semester had not started so I decided that this was not the program for me. I told them I changed my mind and thats when the sales pitches started to play. I then thought, ANY SCHOOL THAT BEGS YOU TO STAY WITH THEM, can't be good news. They tried everything! I was transferred to THREE DIFFERENT "DIRECTORS OF DEVRY" that told me I was making a huge mistake. I stood my ground. They told me that they would withdraw me before the student loans came through. Two weeks passed by and I was curious if they had actually withdrew me from the school, so i called. I explained to one of the admissions officers my situation only for her to have told me that nothing had been done and nobody did what they said they would do. At this point, I'm thinking they are trying to take the money and run. Luckily, I never logged in to the classes online. They were about to receive $3000 dollars from the loan company. I DO NOT RECOMMEND THIS CRAP TO ANYONE. Really think if this is something you want to do.
Oh, and if you do the research, the graduation rate of students that attend this program is only 33%. MAKE SURE YOU RESEARCH!
Ok I have been going to DeVry now for over a year online as where I live is a rural area and the colleges here do not offer my degree, I am also a full time wife and mother so I cannot commute or move.
So far in the past year or so Financial Aid had lost my paperwork a total of 20 times. Each session I get to verify again, this takes them weeks to do we are now going into week 7 and they have lost everything again that I sent them four weeks prior to classes starting. These financial aid advisers are about as dumb as a box of rocks. They wont tell you anything, they have no idea where my paperwork went they can see where they received it but no one can tell me what happened to it. I resubmit it by fax and by email and they get it a week later it still has not been sent over for processing, I have a class starting in just over a week and am being told because they screwed up I may have to pay for not only the class I am in now but the class coming up. No way in hell am I paying for that when my student loan more than covers it by over 1000. The classes are great they are quick and easy so far at least to me. However, their financial department is the worst I have ever seen. These idiots have no idea what they are doing, I wonder how they even got their jobs. I actually had to add some figures up for one of the financial aid employees because she could not figure out how things all added up so I went over it with her step by step when I was done she understood my figures and agreed they all made sense. If they do not fix their financial department i have a feeling they will loose a lot more students. Go to Devry if you want to live in a nightmare if not then stay away.
The "teachers" have no interest in whether you understand something or have a question. Zero help and interaction with someone who could answer questions regarding the assignments. They will promise you anything and everything to get you to sign up, but they basically just take your money and run.