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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.
I am almost done with my MBA and already got three interviews with colleges for teaching positions. All schools have good and bad about them. I had a few problems but they were easy to solve. DeVry is well known and not just for IT don't let people tell you differently.
I personally LOVE DeVry. I am a "Non-Traditional" student, that is, I am 41, married, have a full time job and a family. DeVry online allows me the flexibility to attend class on my schedule. You still have to follow the class pace which is quite fast (16 weeks compressed into 8). You must do a lot of work and it is not easy. This is, after all, University-level work. I have managed to maintain high grades (Electronics Engineering)and have recently been named to the Dean's List. I believe you get out of it what you put into it. My only complaints are that it is very expensive and I do not like the electronic format of the books.
I have really enjoy my experience with DeVry, although it is expensive (as most schools are) I believe that you get an excellent quality education. I do my classes online because its easier for my hectic lifestyle I can only give my point of view from that aspect. While all schools have their issues DeVry works best for me. Its also a good plus that DeVry have life long job services, truely a great feature in this economy.
My experience in DeVry was good. Since I hate semester length classes, DeVry offers classes due in 8 weeks which is pretty good length for me. When I have questions, I email to professor and they answered me in a timely matter; since English is my second language so typing is better than speaking to me (they usually provide their phone number too).
However, the technical support team in DeVry is quite slow. They reply my mail in a week. Which is already 1/8 length for the class. Moreover, I hate the advisors team always call me in the early morning (I am in PST, and they are in East coast) that woke me up. I understand they were just for confirming that I receive their answer and get what I want, but.... just hate that.
Usually, classes need to post 3 posts in 2 discussion threads, 6 in a total. assignments always due on Sundays. One thing I don\'t like is they require high school certificate and I don\'t know why they have to call my high school in Hong Kong. I moved to United States for 8 years and they scared the high school; the headmaster there called my home in Hong Kong, luckily my parents are still living there but they got many question marks on their heads. Maybe other private schools are like that, or maybe it was just me. I don't know.
Devry works for me. I was out of school for almost 12 years before getting back into it. My overall experience with Devry is very good. I'm taking online classes as well as going to the institution twice a week. I've experienced problems with brick and motar schools who made mistakes on my financial aid and class schedule. So it's not Devry, problems can occur with any top tier school as well. I recommend you go and check out the school for yourself. Devry has thousands of students and I'm quite sure each one will give negative and positive feedback. IT'S UP TO THE INDIVIDUAL!!