DeVry University

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DeVry University
Established 1931
Type For-Profit (NYSEDV)
President David J. Pauldine
Students 90,000+
Location Downers Grove, Illinois, United States
41°51′30″N 87°57′15″W / 41.858301°N 87.954059°W / 41.858301; -87.954059Coordinates: 41°51′30″N 87°57′15″W / 41.858301°N 87.954059°W / 41.858301; -87.954059
Campus Multiple: 90+ United States, Canada, Brazil

DeVry University and DeVry Institute of Technology are divisions of DeVry Education Group,[1] a proprietary, for-profit higher education organization that is also the parent organization for Keller Graduate School of Management, Ross University, American University of the Caribbean, Carrington College, Carrington College California, Chamberlain College of Nursing, Becker Professional Review, and Advanced Academics, Inc. The school was founded in 1931 as the DeForest Training School, and officially became DeVry University in 2002. DeVry has an enrollment of 80,000+ undergraduate and graduate students. According to the university 237,000+ students have graduated since 1975. The university has more than 90 campuses throughout North America and confers degrees in technology, science, business, the arts, and management.

Senator Tom Harkin's report on the for-profit college industry revealed that DeVry's tuition for an associates degree is 10 times higher than at at community colleges; it has a dropout rate of 50 percent (60 percent for online students) within a median of 3 1/2 months; spending per student of less than $3,000 per year on education, about a quarter of what is spent by the University of Illinois; a CEO salary of $6.3 million, 46 times more than the president of the University of Illinois; and evidence of deceptive recruiting of students. Two state attorneys general, Illinois and Massachusetts, are investigating DeVry.[2][3]

The estimated cost of a 4-year bachelor's degree at DeVry University is approximately $94,000 for students graduating in normal time.[4] Its default rate is approximately 24% [5] Devry's graduation rate is approximately 31%[6] and its job placement rate is either unreported or unknown.


DeVry was founded in Chicago and opened in 1931 as the DeForest Training School, named after Lee DeForest, a colleague and friend of founder Herman A. DeVry. In 1953, the name changed to DeVry Technical Institute in dedication to its founder. In 1966 the school was acquired by the Bell and Howell company, and became part of its Education Group division. In 1985 The Bell & Howell Education Group became known as DeVry Institutes, which was sold to Keller-Taylor Corporation, parent company of the Keller Graduate School of Management in 1987 to become DeVry, Inc.. DeVry acquired Ohio Institute of Technology in 1968,[7] Becker Professional Review in 1996, Ross University in 2003, and the Deaconess College of Nursing in 2005. DeVry did not acquire rights to use the name "Deaconess College of Nursing", so it was renamed "Chamberlain" in 2006.[1][8][9][10]


College of Nursing
Bell and Howell
(Education Group)
1931 DeForest Training School
Ohio Institute of TechnologyOIT[›]
1953 DeVry Technical Institute
Becker Professional Review
Bell and Howell Schools
DeVry Institute of Technology
CBA Institute
Keller Graduate
School of Management
Ross University
DeVry Inc
DeVry University

^ OIT: Not affiliated with the state institution of the same name founded in 2002.


DeVry in Fremont Taylor Hall.

The following table lists major campuses and approximate interior size.[11] Some engineering technology programs are accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) in the United States.

Location Institution Area in m² Engineering technology accreditation
Long Island City, NY Institute of Technology 14,400 ABETNY[›]
Arlington, VA University 8,000 ABET
Chicago, IL University 14,500 ABET
Columbus, OH University 10,600 ABET
Dayton, OH University 9,500 ABET
Decatur, GA University 10,000 ABETGA[›]
Addison, IL University 10,500 ABETIL[›]
Federal Way, WA University 9,500 ABET
Fort Washington, PA University 9,800 ABET
Fremont, CA University 9,200 ABET
Irving, TX University 8,800 ABET
Kansas City, MO University 7,000 ABET
North Brunswick, NJ University 9,200 ABET
Orlando, FL University 6,700 ABET
Phoenix, AZ University 5,550 ABET
Westminster, CO University 6,700 ABET
Pomona, CA University 9,300 ABETCA[›]
Long Beach, CA University 9,100 ABETCA[›]
Los Angeles, CA University 10,000 ABETCA[›]
Miramar, FL University 9,200 ABET
Alpharetta, GA University 6,000 ABETGA[›]
Tinley Park, IL University 6,500 ABETIL[›]
Houston, TX University 9,400 ABET

^ NY: Programs are "Electronics Technology" and "Computer Technology", without "Engineering".
^ AB: Accredited at the Technologist level
^ GA: Decatur and Alpharetta are accredited jointly as "Decatur".
^ CA: Pomona, Long Beach, and West Hills are accredited jointly as "Southern California".
^ IL: Addison and Tinley Park are accredited jointly as "DuPage".

DeVry had three campuses in the Greater Toronto Area. The North York campus at Finch Avenue West and Highway 400 moved to Progress Avenue in Scarborough. Another campus, located in Mississauga on Chedworth Way, was opened in 1997. In 2003, both locations closed and operations re-located to Calgary.[12] DeVry Institute of Technology announced its Calgary campus operations to close on June 30, 2013.[13]


DeVry University offers courses in business administration, computer information systems, engineering technology, network and communications management, and management as well as professional graduate certificates in business, office management and health information technology.[14][15]

The university operates on a trimester course schedule and, if taken full-time year round, a student can graduate with a bachelor's degree in about three years (depending on the program). Most degree programs are offered at both the associate's and four-year bachelor's level. In addition, the institution offers various certificate programs in specific subfields such as information technology.

The Keller Graduate School of Management offers the following masters degree programs:[16]

  • Business Administration (MBA)
  • Accounting (MSAC)
  • Accounting & Financial Management (MAFM)
  • Human Resources Management (MHRM)
  • Information Systems Management (MISM)
  • Network & Communications Management (MNCM)
  • Project Management (MPM)
  • Public Administration (MPA)

Courses and programs are also offered online.[17]

DeVry is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association.[18] Engineering technology programs are accredited on campus-by-campus. The table in Locations lists accreditation status of Electronics and Computer Engineering Technology programs by the US Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology[19] and the Canadian Technology Accreditation Board.[20]


Legal difficulties[edit]

In 1995, DeVry was suspended from Ontario's student loan program after a large number of its students misreported their income. DeVry was reinstated after paying fines of C$1.7 million and putting up a bond of C$2 million.[21]

In 1996, students of DeVry's Toronto campus filed a class-action suit claiming poor educational quality and job preparation; the suit was dismissed on technical grounds.[22][23][24]

In November 2000, Afshin Zarinebaf, Ali Mousavi and another graduate of one of DeVry University’s Chicago-area campuses filed a class-action lawsuit accusing DeVry of widespread deception, unlawful business practices and false advertising and alleging that students were not being prepared for high-tech jobs.[25] The lawsuit contributed to a 20% slide in the company's stock.[26] The class was not certified and the case was resolved for less than $25,000 in June 2006.[27]

In 2001, DeVry obtained permission from the Alberta government to grant degrees, on recommendation by the Private Colleges Accreditation Board.[28] This decision was opposed by the Alberta New Democratic Party (sitting in opposition), the Canadian Federation of Students, and the Canadian Association of University Teachers.[29] The NDP claimed conflict of interest as one of the controversial executives of DeVry Inc. served as both the president of DeVry's Calgary campus and as a member of the Premier of Alberta's special advisory council on postsecondary education. Nonetheless, DeVry became the first school of its kind[clarification needed] to be able to grant degrees in Canada.[30]

In January 2002, Royal Gardner, a graduate of one of DeVry University’s Los Angeles-area campuses, filed a class-action complaint against DeVry Inc. and DeVry University, Inc. on behalf of students in the post-baccalaureate degree program in Information Technology. The suit alleged that the nature of the program was misrepresented by the advertising. The lawsuit was dismissed and refiled. During the first quarter of 2004, a new complaint was filed in the same court by Gavino Teanio with the same general allegations. This action was stayed pending the outcome of the Gardner lawsuit. The lawsuits were being settled in late 2006.[27]

In April 2007, the State of New York settled with three schools that were participating in questionable student-loan practices. DeVry, Career Education Corporation, and Washington University in St. Louis were involved with the settlement. DeVry agreed to refund $88,122 back to students.[31]


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  7. ^ Ohio Institute of Technology Student Handbook, 1974-1975. p. 6. 
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  10. ^ "Renaming of Becker Conviser CPA Review Division" (Press release). DeVry. 2000-11-14. 
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  12. ^ "DeVry Inc. Announces Agreement with RCC College of Technology". Retrieved 2010-09-08. 
  13. ^ "Devry Calgary Campus closure". Retrieved May 2, 2013. 
  14. ^ "List of available courses at DeVry". Retrieved 2007-05-22. 
  15. ^ "Keller:Programs". Retrieved 2008-03-11. 
  16. ^ "Graduate Programs". Keller Graduate School of Management. 
  17. ^ "Online options". Retrieved 2007-05-22. 
  18. ^ "Accredited University - DeVry is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission". Retrieved 2007-05-22. 
  19. ^ "Accredited Technology Programs". 
  20. ^ "Canadian Council of Technicians and Technologists - Accreditation - Alberta". 
  21. ^ Kuitenbrouwer, Peter (1997-04-03). "A harsh lesson in student loans". Eye Weekly. 
  22. ^ Mouhteros v. DeVry Canada Inc., 41 Ontario Reports 63, 73 [Mouhteros] (Ontario General Division 1998).
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  24. ^ DeVry Inc. (1996-09-24). "Annual Report". SEC Form 10-K: p. 33–34. 
  25. ^ "Class Action Suit Filed Against DeVry Institute of Technology". 2001-11-30. Retrieved 2007-07-15. 
  26. ^ Almer, Ellen. "DeVry hit with lawsuit". Chicago Business News. Retrieved 2007-07-15. 
  27. ^ a b DeVry Inc. (2006-09-13). "Annual Report". SEC Form 10-K: p. 35–36. 
  28. ^ "Pannu wants DeVry's degree status revoked". CBC News. 2001-02-09. 
  29. ^ "2001-04-12". Parliamentary Debates (Hansard) (Legislative Assembly of Alberta). .
  30. ^ "1995-03-08". Parliamentary Debates (Hansard) (Legislative Assembly of Alberta). .
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