Admission Requirements

International Applicants Admission Requirements

Please read each of the following sections carefully before you apply to DeVry University. The process is easy, however, there are specific requirements that must be met in order to qualify you for admission.

Note: International applicants should obtain academic advising prior to enrolling to ensure they can retain nonimmigrant status while enrolled at DeVry.

Considerations for Admission to DeVry

Most DeVry University locations are authorized by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to accept and enroll F-1 Visa students. These locations require international applicants to submit certain financial and academic documentation before they will be considered for admission.

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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. Such documents may include high school transcripts, leaving certificates, scores on approved examinations or college transcripts. Foreign diplomas and supporting foreign transcripts not written in English must be translated into English by a certified translator and may require review by an approved educational credentials evaluation agency at the applicant's expense (see Specially Recruited International Applicants in the academic catalog).
  • Meet requirements outlined in English-Language-Proficiency Admission Requirement below, if applicable.
  • Meet all other DeVry admission requirements. International applicants residing outside the United States and Canada 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 or Canada.

Applicants should check with their consulate or embassy for other pertinent requirements.

DeVry University is also authorized to accept and enroll international applicants who wish to transfer to DeVry from other U.S. institutions. In addition to providing the items listed above, transfer applicants must notify the current institution and process the necessary immigration forms to complete the transfer.

Admissions Requirements

Age Requirement

English Language Proficiency

Prior Education Requirement

Prior Educational Performance

Age Requirement

Each applicant for either an online or on campus education must be at least 17 years old on the first day of classes. Documentation of age may be required.

English Language Proficiency

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 4.0 on the International Test of English Proficiency (iTEP) Academic-Plus exam.
  • Successful completion of all three levels of the Global Assessment Certificate program.
  • Successful completion of the Comprehensive English Program – Level 5 through the GEOS Language Academy.
  • 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, or
    • 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 International applicants requiring an I-20 may not take DeVry ESL courses.

*Students who submit a high school diploma or a post-secondary degree (or higher) from an institution in which English was the primary language of instruction may submit a letter from their school's principal or registrar indicating the language of instruction at the school was English.

**International applicants requiring an I-20 form may not take DeVry-administered ESL tests.

Prior Education Requirement

Each applicant must have earned one of the following educational credentials from a DeVry recognized organization:

  • A high school diploma or equivalent
  • A General Educational Development (GED) certificate
  • A post-secondary 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 provided for the student's file 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

In regard to prior educational performance, applicants are accepted if they meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • Have earned a qualifying associate degree or higher from a DeVry-recognized post-secondary institution.
  • Have completed an appropriate amount of qualifying college level work at DeVry recognized post-secondary institutions, with grades of at least C (70 percent) or a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.00.
  • 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 percent) 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.

Basic & Prerequisite Skills



Evaluation Results


Prior educational performance is considered in conjunction with demonstrated proficiency in basic 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 basic skills evaluation and demonstrate specific basic skills proficiency levels in order to be granted admission. All applicants must complete basic and prerequisite skills evaluation through standard means prior to starting classes, to determine appropriate initial course placement.


Applicants for an education online or on campus must show evidence of basic and prerequisite skills proficiency levels 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.
Evaluation Results

Applicants who do not qualify for admission through prior educational performance, and whose demonstrated proficiency in basic skills does not meet the minimum requirements for admission, are advised of the skill area(s) needing improvement. At DeVry's discretion, these applicants may be offered enrollment in focused foundational coursework to strengthen required skills. Successful completion of such coursework may provide an additional opportunity to qualify for unconditional admission. There is no tuition charge for this coursework. Details are available in the Foundations supplement. Applicants unable to participate in foundations coursework may consult the Academic Department regarding approval for external alternative coursework.

In addition to specifying basic college-level skills, DeVry specifies prerequisite skills, above the developmental level, that must be demonstrated prior to enrolling in certain program-related coursework. Evaluation of an applicant’s prerequisite skills is done through DeVry administered placement examinations or other standard means. Applicants whose demonstrated proficiency in basic and prerequisite skills indicates they are prepared to enroll directly into their program’s standard coursework without any preceding skills development coursework are referred to as placing at the standard level.

Applicants whose demonstrated proficiency in basic and pre-requisite skills indicates skills development is necessary are advised accordingly. Required skills development coursework may affect program length and cost. Successful completion of skills development coursework in a subject demonstrates proficiency at the standard level in that subject and is a prerequisite for enrollment in many standard courses.

Students requiring skills development coursework must begin this coursework no later than their second session of enrollment and must continue to enroll in at least one developmental or prerequisite skills course each session of attendance until all skills requirements have been satisfied.

Those who have not met these requirements may not be able to self-register for courses until all skills requirements have been satisfied. Permission to enroll in many standard courses is dependent on successful completion of skills development coursework.

Students who cannot self-register should contact their student success professional or academic advisor to complete the registration process.

DeVry reserves the right to limit enrollment of applicants requiring skills development coursework; limitations may vary by location.