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School history

In 1931, Dr. Herman DeVry opened a technical institute in Chicago called the DeForest Training School. The institute's focus on electronics came to the attention of the U.S. Armed Forces during WWII, and DeForest was among the first schools to be approved for G.I. Bill funding after the war ended.

DeVry adopted its present name in 1953 and offered its first accredited degree program two years later. Regional accreditation came in 1981, and the institute began expanding its focus beyond primarily technical disciplines. A merger with the Keller School of Management in 1987 broadened the institute's horizons, and students have six distinct academic departments to choose from as of 2015.


Online degree programs offered at DeVry have caught the attention of several national rankings agencies in their more than 25 years of operation. Here's a table of some of the institution's ranked programs:

Online degree program category


Ranking agency

Best Online Bachelor's Programs


U.S. News and World Report

Best Online Graduate Education Programs


U.S. News and World Report

Best Online Graduate Business Programs


U.S. News and World Report

What's more, DeVry cracked a list that includes old-guard private institutions like Xavier University and Valparaiso University. U.S. News and World Report listed DeVry, which is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, among the top regional universities in the American Midwest.

Cost to attend

DeVry University publishes information about the cost of tuition for various types of student at various levels of academic intensity. Here's a quick rundown of the tuition costs, based on data published on DeVry's website, that undergraduate students paid in July 2014, under a variety of circumstances:

  • Degree-enrolled students, 1-7 credits per term: $609 per credit hour
  • Degree-enrolled students, 8+ credits per term: $365 per credit hour
  • Non-degree students, regardless of courseload: $609 per credit hour
  • Active duty military members & spouses: $250 per credit hour
  • Alumni: $518 per credit hour (up to 24 credit hours)

Students in most master's and graduate certificate programs at DeVry pay $495 per credit hour, with the total cost of tuition varying based on the number of hours required for each degree. The one graduate program with a different tuition rate as of July 2014 was the electrical engineering master's degree, which cost students $766 per credit hour.

Financial aid

Numerous opportunities for student aid are available at DeVry, for students in both traditional and online degree programs. Students are encouraged to complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as they would at any brick-and-mortar college, because student aid professionals refer to the FAFSA when determining financial need. Here's a list of scholarships and grants available through DeVry itself along with some information about each:

  • College Completer Scholarship - Designed for transfer students, this scholarship requires a transfer GPA of at least 2.5 and can equate to as much $2,000 per semester over a student's time in school.
  • Career Catalyst Scholarship - This merit-based award can be worth up to $20,000 over a student's entire degree plan and is granted to students with qualifying scores on math and English placement tests.
  • Herman DeVry Scholarship - Recent high school graduates or GED earners with a qualifying GPA or standardized test score can collect up to $2,225 each semester from this award named for the institution's founder.
  • Veteran's Appreciation Grant - An amount of $500 per semester up to a total of $4,500 can be had by former members of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, Army National Guard or Air National Guard with a valid certificate of discharge or release from service.

Online offerings

Since offering its first online master's and online bachelor's degrees around the turn of the 21st century, DeVry has built a considerable portfolio of online degree programs for students the world over. Numerous specializations in business administration and management are available, as well as programs in computer information systems, healthcare administration, communications, criminal justice, educational leadership and multimedia development. Also, the institution's roots in electrical engineering technology are reflected in its online catalog: a bachelor's and master's in the discipline are each available fully online.

Highlighted programs

Some of the online programs at DeVry University have generated more buzz than others. Here are a few of the online degree programs offered at DeVry and a few key details about each:

Master of Business Administration (MBA)

The online MBA at DeVry is among the longest-standing of all online degree programs at the institution, and nearly 20 years on the scene has given the program's designers and faculty plenty of time for fine-tuning. The program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs, which acknowledges both online and campus-based business schools worldwide.

Students can choose among 19 concentrations within the larger distinction of business administration, including accounting, finance, human resources, marketing, project management, health services, public administration and international business.

Bachelor of Management

This bachelor-level degree completion program can be a great choice for working professionals looking to add organizational knowledge and management techniques to their skillset. Students may specialize in categories similar to those available at the MBA level, including health services management, small business management, accounting, finance, business information systems and technical communication.

In a 2014 report, DeVry calculated that its graduates with Bachelor of Management degrees found employment at a rate of 97 percent, which is the second highest figure reported by graduates of any of its programs. On top of that, respondents reported earning an average salary of $40,623 within six months of graduation.

Associate of Health Information Technology

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), more than 41,000 jobs for health information and medical records technicians are expected to open up between 2012 and 2022. That works out to a growth rate of 22 percent -- faster than the national average across all occupations -- and an associate degree in health information technology (HIT) is one of the tried-and-true ways to prepare for a career in the field.

Training for an HIT career online can be particularly beneficial, since familiarity with computer software and skill at navigating online environments is likely to help you on the job. Online course format can also allow program designers to ensure students focus their attention on the most up-to-date information.

Student Life Data

DeVry maintains records of its student demographics, tracking a variety of different categories. Here's the 2013 age breakdown for both undergraduate and graduate student bodies:

DeVry University demographic breakdown by student age (2013)

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Here's the breakdown of student body ethnic makeup as of 2013:

DeVry University demographic breakdown by student sex/ethnicity (2013)


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"DeVry University Historical Timeline," DeVry University, http://www.devry.edu/community-network/our-heritage.html

"DeVry University, Online Education Programs Overview," U.S. News and World Report, http://www.usnews.com/education/online-education/devry-university -- 52

"Regional Universities Midwest Rankings," U.S. News and World Report, http://colleges.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/best-colleges/rankings/regional-universities-midwest

"Tuition and Expenses," DeVry University, http://www.devry.edu/financial-aid/tuition-expenses.html

"DeVry University Graduate Tuition, Fees and Expenses, by Program, Effective Beginning with July 2014 Session," DeVry University, http://www.devry.edu/content/dam/dvu/www_devry_edu/d/DVU-Grad-Catalog-tuition-chart.pdf

"Scholarships and Grants," DeVry University, http://www.devry.edu/financial-aid/outside-scholarships.html

"Master of Business Administration - MBA Programs, Keller Graduate School of Management," DeVry University, http://www.keller.edu/graduate-degree-programs/mba-program.html

"Accredited Programs," Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs, http://www.acbsp.org/?page=accredited_members

"Management Degree Program," DeVry University College of Business and Management, http://www.devry.edu/degree-programs/business-management/management.html

"Health Information Technology Degree Program," DeVry University College of Health Sciences, http://www.devry.edu/degree-programs/health-sciences/health-information-technology.html

"Medical Records and Health Information Technicians," Occupational Outlook Handbook 2014-15 Edition, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, http://www.bls.gov/ooh/Healthcare/Medical-records-and-health-information-technicians.htm

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