De Vry University is part of proprietary for-profit higher education known as De Vry Inc., along with other educational institutions including the Keller Graduate School of Management, Chamberlain College of Nursing, Ross University, Western Career College, American University of the Caribbean and the Apollo College. The university maintains multiple campuses in the US, Canada, and Brazil. Its main campus is located at Downers Grove, Illinois.
The University was founded by Herman A. De Vry as the DeForest Training School in 1931. Its name was later changed to De Vry Technical Institute in honor of its founder. The succeeding years saw the school’s acquisition by the Bill and Howell Company as part of its Education Group Division. The Controlling Group eventually became known as the De Vry Institute and then the De Vry Inc. when it was sold to the parent company of the Keller Graduate School of Management. The company acquired more educational institutions through the years and widened its academic reach to what it is today. The consolidation of all acquired schools has been known as the De Vry University since 2002.
The academic programs of De Vry University consist of associate, bachelor’s, and master’s degree programs offered through the College of Business and Management, Engineering and Information Sciences, Health Sciences, Liberal Arts and Sciences, and Media Arts and Sciences. Programs are offered in the online and traditional on-campus formats.
Areas of study offered by the College of Business include Accounting, Business Administration, Management, Technical Management, Business Information Systems, Criminal Justice, Finance, General Management, Health Information Management, Health Services Management, Hospitality Management, Human Resource Management, Operations Management, Project Management, Sales and Marketing, Security Management, Small Business Management and Entrepreneurship, Sustainability Management , Technical Communication, and Public Administration. The College of Engineering and Information offer programs in Electronics and Computer Technology, Network Systems Administration, Biomedical Engineering Technology, Computer Engineering Technology, Computer Information Systems, Electronic Engineering Technology, Game and Simulation Programming, and Network and Communications Management. Offered by the College of Health and Sciences are degree programs in Electroneurodiagnostic Technology, Health Information Technology, Clinical Laboratory Science, and Healthcare Administration. De Vry University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association.
Aside from traditional students, the university also offers its programs to professionals and military personnel. Regular tuition cost per credit hour is $597.00. However, all active duty, reserve, National Guard and spouses qualify for the military rate. De Vry University is a member of the Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges Consortium.
Military student-applicants can use their G.I. Bill and Military Tuition Assistance for coursework at the university. They can also transfer military training credits towards a degree at De Vry University. CLEP and DANTES examinations can likewise be transferred. The military rate for on-campus and online programs is $ 250.00 per credit hour, except for the Electronics and Computer Technology (ECT) Program which costs $ 280.00 per semester credit hour and programs that employ a laptop computer which costs $ 260.00 per semester credit hour. Textbooks, course materials as well as other fees remain on the standard rate while the application fee is waived.
Its more than 90 campuses throughout North America have a combined total student population of more than 80,000 including graduate and undergraduate students. De Vry University is not affiliated with any intercollegiate athletic conference.