Devry University: worth it?

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by Stridder44, Feb 6, 2009.

  1. Stridder44 macrumors 68040


    Mar 24, 2003
    So from those who are inrolled at Devry, are from other colleges/universities, employers, etc. would you consider Devry worth it? Is it something that would get you places? Open doors for you? Is it reputable?
  2. MultiM macrumors 6502


    May 9, 2006
    TO. I've moved!
    I went; got a degree in business. It didn't make a huge difference but it did cost a lot of cash. I guess I wouldn't have had some opportunities if I hadn't, but in retrospect, I would have gone to a local university instead, had the timing been right. All in all, I found the school was more interested in their financial success than my scholastic success. Just remember, DeVry is a publicly traded company on the NYSE so profits are a must and some things may slide as a result.

    let your conscience be your guide...
  3. SamIchi macrumors 68030


    Aug 1, 2004
    Goto Community College for cheap. I don't know anything about Devry though. I always see their commercials though.
  4. Abstract macrumors Penryn


    Dec 27, 2002
    Location Location Location
    I've never seen a uni with a television advert. Perhaps it's more normal in the US of A, but I doubt it.

    Besides, I didn't even realize DeVry was a university. I always thought they were a "community college" or whatever you call them.
  5. ravenvii macrumors 604


    Mar 17, 2004
    Melenkurion Skyweir
    LOL @ the DeVry ads showing up on this site now.

    To OP: First, look at the cost of attendance. If that doesn't scare you off, consider this: their Sherman Oaks campus in California is located at a mall.

    Do you want to graduate from a mall?

    Take that for what it's worth.
  6. cycocelica macrumors 68000


    Apr 28, 2005
    Redmond, WA
    Actually almost all univeristies have a TV ad. They are only played during sporting events though.

    As for Devry, I would just go to a community college. Or better yet, go to a local university. The money would be spent better at the latter.
  7. Zombie Acorn macrumors 65816

    Zombie Acorn

    Feb 2, 2009
    Toronto, Ontario
    Go to community college and then transfer to a nice 4 year public school, you'll thank me later.
  8. dukebound85 macrumors P6


    Jul 17, 2005
    5045 feet above sea level
    totally. community for the basic classes and a 4year for the major specific ones
  9. GSMiller macrumors 68000


    Dec 2, 2006
    Well...Do you want to go to a school that advertises during Jerry Springer? :p
  10. Frisco macrumors 68020

    Sep 24, 2002
    Devry is not worth it!! I agree with others go to a Community College then transfer to a 4 year university.
  11. kainjow Moderator emeritus


    Jun 15, 2000
    I graduated a few months ago, and overall I would say no, it's not worth it. It was worth it to get a degree though, but if you're trying to choose, look somewhere else.
  12. Sun Baked macrumors G5

    Sun Baked

    May 19, 2002
    All depends on how well the local companies think of the program you want.

    If they think that program is a joke, and it is your primary education. It isn't worth it.

    For job retraining it might be worth it, since you can leverage you previous experience to help you get a new career started.

    If that specific degree program at Devry is a program supported by the local companies, yes.


    Basically look around to see what education systems the big companies in the area tend to support in a big way.

    Sometimes it'll be Devry, sometimes it'll be a college/university, and at times they may decide to support a local high school and build a industrial/computer education program there for their future pool of employees.
  13. kellen macrumors 68020


    Aug 11, 2006
    Seattle, WA
    Go to a community college. Get an AA, then transfer to a 4 year university and get a BS / BA.

    Not worth it. No firsthand experience, but why not go to a CC for cheaper.

    Only way would be to supplement/retrain if you already have an education.
  14. ucfgrad93 macrumors P6


    Aug 17, 2007
    That is what I did. I agree with most of the others, I wouldn't use DeVry as my primary education.
  15. rhsgolfer33 macrumors 6502a

    Jan 6, 2006
    Or just go straight four year, provided you meet the entry requirements and cost isn't too much of a determinant. I've taken courses at both a university and a community college (and am currently doing so), I have a definite preference for the university and would take all of my courses there if they didn't charge me $750 a unit to go over 17 units a semester (can't afford to take 20 and 21 units each semester for 2 years at that rate; only costs me about $300 for all 14 units at the C.C., compared to $10,500 at my university).
  16. Friese macrumors newbie

    Dec 13, 2011

    Is Devry Worth it?

    Not only no, but hell not. I am currently enrolled there and I am about 5 classes away from graduation. They constantly mess up the GI Bill program, and always come back with a way that I somehow owe them money when they are already getting paid 100% from the VA. I do not know how people without the VA helping them afford this stupid school. Anyone interested in this school needs to do some more research, because they say that they will help you get a job when you graduate, but I am not going to get a degree to flip burgers at McDonalds or serve people in a buffet line.
  17. Liquorpuki macrumors 68020


    Jun 18, 2009
    City of Angels

    - Liquorpuki, Devry Grad 2003, BS EET
  18. tktaylor1 macrumors 6502a


    Feb 16, 2010
    Nashville, TN
    To answer your question, I don't know. I don't take those kinds of schools seriously. As many have said here, go to a community college and get your prerequisites done and then transfer to a public college (if you transfer to a private college, a lot of classes won't transfer and you will end up going an extra semester or two). I learned the hard way. This really is the best route to go. Only if I had just listened to all of the advice I was given. Instead, I jumped straight into a private university and left after a year 35k in the hole with student loans. I am now at a community college for this year and transferring to a public college next year. Oh yea, don't transfer a lot like me. It is a huge pain in the ***. I am now going to have to go to college an extra year because of transferring credits and whatnot.
  19. barkomatic macrumors 68040

    Aug 8, 2008
    Devry is a for profit university and therefore is fully driven by the profit motive. Admissions at these types of "institutions" are under extreme pressure to get anyone with a pulse to enroll. They frequently exaggerate the pay level you can expect when you graduate and the programs are grossly over priced and often unaccredited.

    Do not go to Devry or any for profit college or vocational school. Stick to community college, public universities or private *non-profit* universities. Make sure whatever program you enroll in is fully accredited or you'll be wasting your money and time.
  20. mobilehaathi macrumors G3


    Aug 19, 2008
    The Anthropocene
    Avoid for-profit universities at all costs. Enroll in a communtiy college, work hard, and transfer to a 4 year university. Don't waste time and money on ********* like DeVry.
  21. OutThere macrumors 603


    Dec 19, 2002
    As others have said, for profit schools don't often have their priorities straight, as their responsibility is to their investors first and their students second.
  22. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem


    Feb 19, 2005
    Funny that you say that as I spent one semester at University of Phoenix. I find that a 5-week course is essentially useless if you truly want to learn. It is nice for the classes I truly disliked or the teachers that were total tools, but otherwise, I find that no one can really get through an entire semester of curriculum in 5 weeks and really learn it. This was not my own independent thought either as it has been shared among others that attended the school.

    Regarding the money, I did have a student loan but of course that is money I have to pay back. The price was high and the cost of materials were obnoxious for digital books. I was also met with a random additional bill at the end of the term that I fought. After they acknowledged their error I was sent another that I had to pay because I could not prove that they were wrong. I find this to be sketchy to say the least.

    I have no experience with DeVry.

    So you graduated from there but say no? How come?
  23. SDColorado macrumors 68020


    Nov 6, 2011
    Highlands Ranch, CO
  24. acidfast7 macrumors 65816


    Nov 22, 2008
    You should be asking yourself why you want a higher degree rather than where to go. The two are coupled, therefore, we can't give you reasonable answer without know why you want to attend.

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