Undergraduate Admission Requirements for U.S. Students
The information below provides an overview of DeVry University's undergraduate admissions requirements for earning a degree both online and on campus. Additionally, you’ll find details about special requirements for certain programs and types of applicants. You can find more specific details about college admissions requirements and the admissions process in our academic catalog.
Interview & Age Requirements
Prior Education Requirement
College-Level Skills Evaluation Requirements
Prior Educational Performance
College-Level Skills Evaluation
To be granted admission to DeVry University, for an education online, on campus or through a combination of both, a prospective student must interview with a DeVry University Admissions Advisor (Admissions Representative in Florida, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Nebraska and Oregon) and complete an application for admission. In addition, all other general and specific admission requirements must be met, including those regarding age, prior education and evaluation of proficiency in the basic and prerequisite skills needed for college-level work.
Each applicant for either an online or on campus education must be at least 17 years old on the first day of classes.
Each applicant must have earned one of the following educational credentials from a DeVry University recognized organization: a high school diploma or equivalent, a General Educational Development (GED) certificate or a post-secondary degree or professional degree. The diploma or other acceptable documentation of the applicant's educational achievement must be provided for the student's file by the end of registration unless the school grants an extension. An official transcript (or equivalent documentation) with the high school or college grade point average (GPA) and graduation date must be submitted by the end of the second session of enrollment. Students who do not meet this deadline are dropped from all courses in which they are enrolled for future sessions. Until official transcripts are received, such students may not enroll.
Prior educational performance is considered in conjunction with demonstrated proficiency in college-level skills to determine admissibility. DeVry grants admission to individuals whose prior educational performance meets the criteria outlined below. Applicants whose prior educational performance does not meet these criteria must complete the college-level skills evaluation and demonstrate specific basic skill levels in order to be granted admission. All applicants must complete college-level skills evaluation through standard means prior to starting classes, to determine appropriate initial course placement.
Applicants are accepted if they meet at least one of the following criteria:
- Have earned a qualifying associate degree or higher from a DeVry University recognized post-secondary institution.
- Have completed an appropriate amount of qualifying college-level work at DeVry University recognized post-secondary institutions, with grades of at least C (70%) or a cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of at least 2.00 (on a 4.0 scale)
- Have achieved both of the following conditions while in a U.S. or Canadian high school:
- Class rank at the 50th percentile or above, or a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.70 on a 4.00 scale, at the end of the junior year or later. —and—
- An average grade of at least B (80%) in a full-year high school mathematics course at the level of Algebra I or above.
- Have earned a Canadian high school diploma in a program of study that includes successful completion of a 30-level Math and a 30-level English course from Alberta, or equivalent achievement from another province or territory.
Applicants must show evidence of college-level skills appropriate to the chosen program in at least one of the following ways:
- Submit ACT or SAT examination scores deemed appropriate by DeVry. Although requirements may vary by program, the minimum scores DeVry considers when evaluating basic skills proficiency are: ACT Math - 17; ACT English - 17; SAT Math - 460; SAT Verbal/Critical Reading - 460. Applicants with lower scores in one or both areas may still demonstrate skills proficiency in any of the other ways listed.
- Attain appropriate scores on DeVry administered placement examinations in reading, writing, arithmetic and algebra.
- Submit required documentation indicating acceptable grades in qualifying work completed at a recognized institution.
Game & Simulation Programming
Management & Technical Management
Applicants to the Game & Simulation Programming program must demonstrate college-level skills that indicate they are prepared to enroll directly into the program’s standard-level coursework and do not require transitional studies coursework.
Note: Internal transfers from any DeVry program into the Game & Simulation Programming program are not permitted.
Applicants to the Management and Technical Management programs must have successfully completed at least 12 semester-credit hours at a recognized post-secondary institution, or must hold a DeVry-recognized associate degree or higher.
Note: Admission to the Technical Management program does not require prior college credit for those attending a New Jersey location.
Applicants to the Neurodiagnostic Technology program must demonstrate college-level skills that indicate they are prepared to enroll directly into the program's standard-level coursework and do not require transitional studies coursework.
To be admitted to DeVry University’s graduate school, applicants must hold a baccalaureate degree from a University-recognized post-secondary institution. Such institutions include:
- Institutions accredited by U.S. regional accrediting agencies
- Institutions accredited by selected national accrediting agencies
- International institutions recognized as equivalent to a U.S. regionally accredited institution
For detailed admissions information please see the Graduate Academic Catalog.
To be eligible for study in online coursework, applicants must:
- Meet all general admission requirements, including the college-level skills evaluation.
- Own or have off-site access to a PC or laptop computer that meets location- or program-based requirements, including Internet access.
- Check hardware/software requirements before registering for courses.
- Computer requirements for students enrolled in online courses are specified.
Select Applicant Requirements
English-Language Proficiency Admission Requirements
Home-Schooled or from Not-Recognized High Schools
General Business Option Applicant
Applicants Not Seeking Degrees
International applicants should obtain academic advising prior to enrolling to ensure they can retain nonimmigrant status while enrolled at DeVry.
Most DeVry locations are authorized by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to accept and enroll F-1 Visa students and require international applicants to submit certain financial and academic documentation before they will be considered for admission. To be considered for admission to DeVry, and before an I-20 can be issued, international applicants must:
- Provide certified copies of acceptable documents demonstrating the required level of prior education.
- Provide a notarized statement of financial support or a certified government sponsor letter indicating that tuition will be paid in advance of each semester and that a sponsor will provide all necessary living expenses for the international applicant. (Form I-134 may be used.)
- Meet requirements for admission of nonnative speakers of English, if applicable (see below).
- Meet all other DeVry admission requirements. International applicants residing outside the United States who must be accepted prior to entering the country must submit ACT/SAT scores, transcripts of prior college coursework, or acceptable documentation of prior mathematics and overall educational performance deemed appropriate for placement into the intended program. DeVry administered online math and verbal placement tests are available to international applicants who must test before entering the United States.
Applicants should check with their consulate or embassy for other pertinent requirements.
DeVry is also authorized to accept and enroll international applicants who wish to transfer to DeVry University from other U.S. institutions. In addition to providing the items listed above, transfer applicants must notify the current institution of their intent to transfer. DeVry will communicate with the current institution and process the necessary immigration forms to complete the transfer.
All instruction and services are provided in English.
In addition to fulfilling all other admission requirements, applicants whose native language is other than English must demonstrate English-language proficiency by providing evidence of one of the following:
- Submission of a U.S. high school diploma or GED certificate (completed in English).
- Submission of a high school diploma, or post-secondary degree or higher, earned at an institution in which the language of instruction was English*.
- Submission of a post-secondary transcript verifying completion of 12 semester-credit hours of baccalaureate-level (excluding remedial or developmental) courses with at least a C (70 percent) average from an institution in which the language of instruction was English*.
- Submission of an earned Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of at least 500 on the paper-based TOEFL, 173 on the computer-based TOEFL or 61 on the Internet-based TOEFL.
- Submission of an overall band score of at least 5.5 on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) exam.
- Submission of an overall score of at least 5.0 on the International Test of English Proficiency (iTEP) Academic-Plus exam.
- Successful completion of an approved external Intensive English Program.
- Submission of documents demonstrating successful completion of a DeVry-recognized intermediate-level English as a Second Language (ESL) course.
- Completion of either of the following, with a grade of B (80 percent) or higher, from a DeVry-recognized post-secondary institution or community college:
- The equivalent of DeVry's freshman English composition course.
- Two or more baccalaureate-level English writing or composition courses.
- Documents verifying at least two years' service in the U.S. military.
- Having attained acceptable scores on a DeVry-administered English-language-proficiency exam**.
At DeVry University locations offering an ESL program, different English-language-proficiency requirements apply. Details are available in location-specific English as a Second Language supplements, available via www.devry.edu/catalogs. International applicants requiring an I-20 may not take DeVry ESL courses.
* Such applicants may submit a letter from the institution’s registrar or principal indicating the language of instruction at the institution was English or that the program was taught in English. Also acceptable is a credentials evaluation report from an approved education credentials evaluation agency indicating the language of instruction at the institution was English or the program was taught in English.
**International applicants requiring an I-20 may not take DeVry-administered ESL tests.
Home-schooled applicants and applicants who attended high schools not recognized by DeVry must provide either of the following:
See additional specific admission requirements in the academic catalog.
Plan II Applicants
In addition to meeting all regular admission requirements, applicants selecting this option must have earned a business-related credential approved by DeVry for articulation. Among others, the following credentials are considered:
- A three-year bachelor of commerce or bachelor of business administration degree in India. The credential, as well as the granting institution, must be recognized by the appropriate agency in India, and the applicants' overall average marks in the program must have been at an acceptable level, as defined by DeVry.
- A higher national diploma meeting the requirements of the Scottish Qualifications Authority or other approved authority. The credential, as well as the granting institution, must be recognized by the appropriate national agency.
Applicants wishing to enroll in courses for personal or professional enrichment, but who do not intend to pursue a program of study, must complete a non-matriculated student enrollment agreement. Some general admission requirements and procedures may be waived, especially for high school students participating in an approved enrollment plan. Applicants must demonstrate that they possess the requisite skills and competencies for the intended coursework; an academic administrator will evaluate applicants' status by appropriate means. Applicants who did not demonstrate basic skills required for the chosen program; failed to meet DeVry University's standards of academic progress; or are required to take ESL, developmental or prerequisite skills coursework may not enroll as non-matriculated students.
Enrollment with non-matriculated status is limited to course attempts totaling 24 semester-credit hours, and further restrictions may be imposed if students are not making adequate progress. Non-matriculated students seeking to pursue a program of study must submit a written request to the program administrator; meet all admission, financial and academic requirements for the intended program; submit a matriculating student application; and sign a new enrollment agreement before permission to pursue the program of study is granted.
Non-matriculated students are not eligible for career services, housing assistance, part-time-employment assistance, financial aid or benefits through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
DeVry undergraduate students with previous college experience may receive credit toward graduation upon the University's evaluation of their college-level credit. As appropriate, DeVry awards credit for prior learning based on:
- Previous college coursework
- Military coursework and training experience
- Professional certifications and training
Additionally, to facilitate ease of transferring credits among institutions, the University maintains articulation agreements with many DeVry-recognized two- and four-year colleges and universities, as well as with entities such as the military. Applicable course equivalencies resulting from these agreements are reflected on students’ transfer credit evaluations. Information on agreements maintained by DeVry is available by requesting a transcript evaluation.
Restrictions on transfer and proficiency credit may apply.
Credit for Previous College Coursework
An applicant seeking to transfer credit from another institution must request a credit evaluation prior to beginning the first class at DeVry and must provide an official transcript from the institution where the credit was earned. DeVry may require a catalog or additional material or, if credits were earned at a foreign institution, a credit evaluation by an approved external evaluation service. A maximum of 80 DeVry credit hours may be awarded for lower-division or community college courses. For detailed admissions information please see our academic catalog.
Credit for Military Coursework and Training Experience
DeVry University is a member of the Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges (SOC) consortium. SOC consortium colleges and universities subscribe to principles and criteria to ensure quality academic programs are available to active-duty-military students and their families, as well as to veterans.
The University is also a member of the SOC Degree Network System (DNS), a subgroup of SOC consortium member institutions selected by the military services to deliver specific associate and bachelor's degree programs. For more information on SOC, see the academic catalog.
Military coursework and educational experiences are evaluated based on American Council on Education (ACE) recommendations, which may indicate that military coursework and educational experiences qualify for either transfer credit or proficiency credit. Additional information on work force and military training recommendations is available via the National Guide to College Credit for Workforce Training and the ACE Military Guide Online, respectively.
Credit for Professional Certifications and Training
As appropriate, DeVry applies proficiency credit for professional certifications and training toward students' degree-completion requirements. To determine appropriate application of proficiency credit, DeVry uses guidelines established by the American Council on Education (ACE). The University does not accept courses completed at the vocational level. Certain restrictions apply.
Students may be eligible for proficiency credit if they hold current, specific industry-recognized professional licenses or certificates such as, but not limited to:
- Certain Cisco certifications
- Certain CompTIA certifications
- Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE)
- Microsoft Certified IT Professional (MCITP)
- RHIT Certification
Students may also be eligible for proficiency credit if they have successfully completed certain specialized training such as Cisco Networking Academy coursework.
Detailed information about professional certifications is available here (PDF).
Credit by Examination
Students may earn proficiency credit for a course by successfully completing one of the following:
- DeVry University Challenge Exam
- External Standardized Exam:
- Advanced Placement (AP) test
- College Level Examination Program (CLEP) test
- DANTES Subject Standardized Tests (DSST)
- International Baccalaureate (IB) exam
- American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) course or exam
Detailed information about external standardized exams is available here (PDF).
DeVry Graduate Students
At DeVry University, your educational and professional experience matter. With approved transfer credit, course waivers and course exemptions you may be able to reduce your required course load and/or replace required courses with electives that align with your goals and interests.
If you are enrolled in a master's degree program, credit for up to three courses (nine semester-credit hours) may be transferred from other University-recognized graduate schools.* To receive transfer credit, the following criteria must be met:
- The course or courses taken were for graduate credit while you were enrolled as a graduate student.
- The course or courses taken are equivalent to a DeVry University course in content, level and credit hours.
- The grade or grades earned were B or better.
- The course or courses were completed within the five years preceding initial enrollment at Devry University.
Courses taken on a pass/fail basis may not be transferred. Transfer credit reduces the number of courses you must take, and correspondingly reduces your costs, but does not affect grade point average calculations.
If you are pursuing a graduate certificate, you may apply a maximum of three semester-credit hours of transfer credit to your certificate requirements.
Prior-Learning Credit - Veterans
Students using veterans' benefits are required to submit official transcripts of all previous education and training to DeVry University.
DeVry maintains a written record of previous undergraduate and graduate education completed by veterans and all persons eligible for veterans' benefits. A copy of official transcripts used to evaluate transfer credit is maintained in each student's permanent record. This record, required for transfer-credit review, clearly indicates when appropriate transfer credit has been given. Veterans enrolled in a DeVry University course for which credit has already been earned at a University-recognized institution cannot include that course in the total hours reported to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. It is the student's responsibility to be aware of prior credit eligible for transfer.