Our Heritage

DeVry University Historical Timeline

Our rich history began in 1931, and today we proudly say DeVry University's steadfast dedication to educational excellence has been integral to improving the lives of hundreds of thousands of students. Take a glimpse into our past through the timeline below, which charts achievements that have enabled DeVry University to become—and remain—a leading educational force in North America.

DeVry University—Key Dates in History

1931

Original school opened in Chicago when Dr. Herman DeVry established DeForest Training School to prepare students for technical work in electronics, motion pictures, radio and later, television.

1940's

During WWII, DeForest Training School was selected by the United States to educate Army Air Corps instructors on electronic devices. Following WWII, DeForest Training School was one of the first schools to be approved under the original G.I. Bill.

1953

DeForest Training School became DeVry Technical Institute.

1955

DeVry Technical Institute’s associate degree program in electronics engineering technology earned accreditation by the Technology Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (TAC of ABET).

1957

DeVry Technical Institute offers first associate degree program in electronics engineering technology.

1966

DeVry Technical Institute was acquired by Bell and Howell Education Group.

1968

DeVry Technical Institute became DeVry Institute of Technology.

1969

DeVry Institute of Technology offered its first baccalaureate degree program in electronics and engineering technology.

1970

Bachelor’s degree program in electronics engineering technology earned accreditation by the Technology Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology.

1973

Keller Graduate School of Management co-founded by Dennis Keller and Ron Taylor in Chicago, IL as the CBA Institute.

1974

CBA Institute became Keller Graduate School of Management.

1977

Keller Graduate School of Management earned initial accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, one of six regional collegiate accrediting agencies in the U.S.

1979

Second baccalaureate degree program, Computer Science for Business (now called Computer Information Systems) first offered.

1980's

Baccalaureate degree programs first offered in accounting, business operations (now called business administration) and telecommunications management (now called network and communications management).

1981

DeVry Institute of Technology earned initial regional accreditation from North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

1987

DeVry Inc. created through the merger of DeVry Institutes and Keller Graduate School of Management.

1991

Initial public offering of DeVry Inc. stock on the NASDAQ exchange.

1994

First offered Baccalaureate degree completion program in technical management, for those holding associate degrees.

1995

DeVry Inc. stock began trading on the New York Stock Exchange.

1996

DeVry Inc. stock listed on the Chicago Stock Exchange.

1996

DeVry Inc. acquired Becker CPA Review, now Becker Professional Education, a global leader in professional education serving the accounting and finance professions.

1998

Keller Graduate School of Management received approval from the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools to offer its master's degree programs online.

1999

First baccalaureate degree programs in computer engineering technology and information technology offered.

2000

DeVry Institute of Technology received approval from the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools to offer its business administration bachelor's degree program online.

2002

DeVry Institute of Technology and Keller Graduate School of Management become DeVry University following the approval of The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

2003

DeVry Inc. acquired Ross University School of Medicine and Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine, one of the largest medical and veterinary schools in the world.

2003

DeVry University first offered undergraduate degree programs in the fields of biomedical engineering technology and health information technology in response to the increasing demand for technology professionals with an understanding of health-related fields.

2005

DeVry University added its newest bachelor's degree program, game and simulation programming, in response to demands in this emerging academic field. Within the year DeVry received approval from the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools to offer its game and simulation programming online.

2005

DeVry Inc acquired Deaconess College of Nursing, a school with a rich tradition of excellence and innovation in nursing education.

2006

DeVry University celebrates its 75th Anniversary.

2007

DeVry University receives approval for master's degree program in educational technology, the first master's degree offering under the DeVry University name.

2008

In response to the growing demand for corporate education, DeVry University established the Keller Center for Corporate Learning to help companies meet the educational needs of their individual employees.

2009

DeVry University and Keller Graduate School of Management earn accreditation by the Project Management Institute’s (PMI) Global Accreditation Center for Project Management; six degree programs receive elite designation, tying for most accreditations worldwide.

2009

DeVry University launches bachelor’s of science in management degree completion program to respond to the demand for an education in business or management being projected by the Bureau of Labor Statistics and National Center for Education Statistics.

2010

DeVry University cited as model institution in McKinsey & Company report on higher education productivity; DeVry cited as one of eight schools with best practices on how the U.S. can meet its higher education attainment goals without increasing public spending or putting more financial pressure on students.

2011

DeVry University marks its 80th Anniversary.

2011

DeVry University is named an official education provider of the United States Olympic Committee.

2013

Keller Graduate School of Management celebrates its 40th Anniversary.

2013

DeVry University earns accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) for its business and accounting degree programs.

2013

DeVry University receives reaffirmation of accreditation by The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools; validating the university’s educational programs and integrity of operations.