3 DeVry University

DeVry University

DeVry University
Established 1931
Type Proprietary, For-Profit
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
Website www.DeVry.edu

DeVry University and DeVry Institute of Technology are divisions of DeVry Inc[1] (NYSEDV), 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, Apollo College, Western Career College, 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.



DeVry was founded in Chicago and opened in 1931 as the DeForest Training School, named after Lee DeForest, a colleague and friend of founder Dr. 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,[2] 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][3][4][5]

Ohio Institute of Technology

The Ohio Institute of Technology (OIT) was a trade school that operated in Columbus, Ohio, United States from 1952 until being renamed as part of the DeVry Institute of Technology in 1983 (and later DeVry University).

An unaffiliated school by the same name was founded in 2002,[6] and functioned mainly as an auxiliary educational organization within the State of Ohio for accredited public Universities, Community Colleges and Joint Vocational Schools. OIT’s core curriculum focused primarily on industry recognized information technology certifications.[7]

Ohio Technical College

Ohio Technical College was founded in 1952[8] and later changed its name to Ohio Institute of Technology.[9] In 1968, the school was acquired by the Bell & Howell Education Group, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Bell & Howell Company.[10][11] In September 1971 a new facility was opened at 1350 Alum Creek Drive in Columbus.[9] In 1983, the college was renamed as the DeVry Institute of Technology, Columbus (the DeVry name was already used for the other Bell & Howell schools).[11][12] DeVry Institute of Technology later changed its name to DeVry University-Columbus to match its sister colleges.

After years of non-use, the trade name Ohio Institute of Technology, was reissued in 2002 to NTI, Inc.


College of Nursing
Bell and Howell
(Education Group)
1931 DeForest Training School
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


DeVry University offers courses in business administration, computer information systems, engineering, network and communications management, and management as well as professional graduate certificates in business, office management and health information technology.[13][14]

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:[15]

  • Business Administration (MBA)
  • 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.[16]


DeVry is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association.[17]

Engineering technology

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[18] and the Canadian Technology Accreditation Board.[19]


DeVry in Fremont Taylor Hall.

The following table lists major campuses and approximate interior size.[20]

Location Institution Area in m² Engineering Technology Accreditation
Long Island City, NY Institute of Technology 14,400 ABETNY[›]
Calgary, AB Institute of Technology 6,500 CTABAB[›]
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

See also


^ 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".


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 CAD$1.7 million and putting up a bond of CAD$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]


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.[25]

In 2001, DeVry obtained permission from the Alberta government to grant degrees, on recommendation by the Private Colleges Accreditation Board.[26] 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 (The concerns raised are similar to those about other private institutions).[27] The NDP claimed conflict of interest as a one of the controversial executives of Devry Inc. served as both the president of DeVry's Calgary campus and a member of the Premier of Alberta's special advisory council on postsecondary education. DeVry became the first school of its kind to be able to grant degrees in Canada.[28]


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  2. ^ Page six of the Ohio Institute of Technology Student hand book from the school year 1974-1975
  3. ^ "DeVry Celebrates Its 75th Anniversary". DeVry. Archived from the original on 2007-08-21. http://web.archive.org/web/20070821235135/http://www.devry.edu/whydevry/75th_anniversary.jsp. Retrieved 2007-10-04. 
  4. ^ DeVry Inc. (1996-06-19). "Press Release". SEC Form 8-K. http://www.secinfo.com/dM9bf.99.c.htm. 
  5. ^ "Renaming of Becker Conviser CPA Review Division" (Press release). DeVry. 2000-11-14. http://www.investors.devry.com/phoenix.zhtml?c=93880&p=irol-archiveNewsArticle&ID=768065. 
  6. ^ J. Kenneth Blackwell, Ohio Secretary of State, Document No. 200300602156, Ohio Institute of Technology, Trade Name/Original Filing: 11/01/2002.ONLINE. Retrieved February 24, 2008, from http://www2.sos.state.oh.us/reports/rwservlet?imgc&Din=200300602156
  7. ^ Trumbull, Mahoning & Columbiana Counties One Stop, Services for Job Seekers: OIT Computer Certification Programs. ONLINE. Retrieved February 24, 2008, from http://www.onestopohio.org/ysu.asp
  8. ^ The College Handbook p.1156 (1983)
  9. ^ a b Ohio Institute of Technology Student hand book (1974-75)
  10. ^ Ohles, John F. & Shirley M. Private colleges and universities, Volume 1 p.358 (1982)(ISBN 978-0313233234)("The group acquired Ohio Institute of Technology in 1968 and the Missouri Institute of Technology in 1969.")
  11. ^ a b Elizabeth M. Fowler (February 27, 1980). "Careers: Electronics Field Offers Opportunity". The New York Times. http://select.nytimes.com/gst/abstract.html?res=F7071FFD3F5F12728DDDAE0A94DA405B8084F1D3. Retrieved May 12, 2010. ("A leading trainer of electronic specialists is the Bell & Howell Corporation, a large industrial company that operates seven proprietary schools. The schools, managed by a subsidiary, the Bell & Howell Education Group, Inc., are in Atlanta, Chicago, Columbus, Dallas, Phoenix, Kansas City, Mo., and Woodbridge, N.J. In five areas the schools operate under the name of DeVry Institute of Technology, while in Columbus, the school is called the Ohio Institute of Technology, and in Kansas City it is the Missouri Institute of Technology. Each school has about 1,000 students.")
  12. ^ NCA quarterly, v.72-73 p.352 (1988) ("Ohio Institute of Technology name change (to DeVry Institute of Technology, Columbus, in 1983")
  13. ^ "List of available courses at DeVry". http://www.devry.edu/programs/overview.jsp. Retrieved 2007-05-22. 
  14. ^ "Keller:Programs". http://www.choosedevry.com/landing3/keller.aspx?vc=163696. Retrieved 2008-03-11. 
  15. ^ http://www.devry.edu/keller/programs/overview.jsp Program Overview
  16. ^ "Online options". http://www.devry.edu/whydevry/online_options.jsp. Retrieved 2007-05-22. 
  17. ^ "Accredited University - DeVry is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission". http://www.devry.edu/whydevry/accreditation.jsp. Retrieved 2007-05-22. 
  18. ^ "Accredited Technology Programs". http://www.abet.org/schoolalltac.asp. 
  19. ^ "Canadian Council of Technicians and Technologists - Accreditation - Alberta". http://www.cctt.ca/template.asp?id=833BE427E2CA451D8A2B7C4731BAB9C9. 
  20. ^ DeVry Inc. (2006-09-13). "Annual Report". SEC Form 10-K: p. 33. 
  21. ^ Kuitenbrouwer, Peter (1997-04-03). "A harsh lesson in student loans". Eye Weekly. http://www.eye.net/eye/issue/issue_04.03.97/news_views/kuit.php. 
  22. ^ Mouhteros v. DeVry Canada Inc., 41 Ontario Reports 63, 73 [Mouhteros] (Ontario General Division 1998).
  23. ^ Kuitenbrouwer, Peter. "DeVry Update". Eye Weekly. http://www.eye.net/eye/issue/issue_07.18.96/NEWS/st0718.php. 
  24. ^ DeVry Inc. (1996-09-24). "Annual Report". SEC Form 10-K: p. 33–34 
  25. ^ "DeVry Inc. Announces Agreement with RCC College of Technology". http://www.thefreelibrary.com/DeVry+Inc.+Announces+Agreement+with+RCC+College+of+Technology%3B...-a0131666365. Retrieved 2010-09-08. 
  26. ^ "Pannu wants DeVry's degree status revoked". CBC News. 2001-02-09. http://www.cbc.ca/news/story/2001/02/09/pann090201.html. 
  27. ^ Parliamentary Debates, Legislative Assembly of Alberta, 2001-04-12.
  28. ^ Parliamentary Debates, Legislative Assembly of Alberta, 1995-03-08.

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