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DeVry University Historical Timeline

This year DeVry University celebrates its 75th anniversary, a milestone marked through the decades by increasingly diverse educational programs and steady geographic expansion. 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, DeVry University was selected by United States to educate Army Air Corps instructors on electronic devices.

  1940's Following WWII, DeVry was one of first schools to be approved under the original G. I. Bill

  1953 DeForest Training School became DeVry Technical Institute.

1955 DeVry University's associate degree program in electronics engineering technology earned accreditation by the Technology Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology.

1957 First associate degree program in electronics engineering technology offered.

1966 DeVry Technical Institute was acquired by Bell and Howell Education Group.

1968 DeVry Technical Institute became DeVry Institute of Technology.

1969 First baccalaureate degree program in electronics engineering technology offered.

1970 First earned accreditation by the Technology Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology for bachelor's degree program in electronics engineering technology.

1973 Keller Graduate School of Management founded in Chicago, IL as the CBA Institute.

1974 CBA Institute became Keller Graduate School of Management.

1979 Second baccalaureate degree program, Computer Science for Business (now called Computer Information Systems) first offered.

1980s Baccalaureate degree programs first offered in accounting, business operations (now called business administration) and telecommunications management (now called network and communications management).

1981 DeVry University 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 celebrates its 75th Anniversary!