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.

Admissions Requirements

Interview & Age Requirements

Prior Education Requirement

College-Level Skills Evaluation Requirements

Prior Educational Performance

College-Level Skills Evaluation

Interview & Age Requirements

Interview Requirement
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 and Nebraska) 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.

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.

Prior Education Requirement

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 high school transcript (or equivalent documentation) with the high school graduation date, an official GED® transcript with the content scores and an indicator that the student passed the GED® test, or an official college transcript (or equivalent documentation) with the grade point average (GPA) and, if applicable, the graduation date must be provided for the student’s file by the end of the second session of enrollment.

Note: Tennessee residents must provide one of the following: a copy of an official high school transcript; a GED® certificate or the equivalent; or an official transcript of a post-secondary degree. The post-secondary transcript must include the name of the high school and the high school graduation date.

College-Level Skills Evaluation Requirements

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.

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 University recognized post-secondary institution.
  • Have earned a high school diploma or the equivalent, as well as 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 an Armed Forces Qualification Test (AFQT) score of at least 60 on their Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) for admission to the military as documented on an original score report.*

*This applies only to active duty military personnel, National Guard members and Reserve U.S. military personnel. This provision excludes military spouses, dependents, Department of Defense civilians, separated veterans and military retirees. Applicants accepted based on an Armed Forces Qualification Test (AFQT) score must complete placement testing to determine initial course placement.

College-Level Skills Evaluation

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 college-level skills are: ACT Math – 17; ACT English – 17; SAT Math – 500; SAT Reading – 25. Applicants with lower scores in one or both areas may still demonstrate college-level skills in any of the other ways listed. In addition, applicants should note that minimum scores considered for SAT examinations taken prior to March 2016 are: Math – 460; English – 460.
  • 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.

Program Requirements

Management & Technical Management

Undergraduate Certificate Applicants

Online Coursework

Management & Technical Management

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.

Undergraduate Certificate Applicants

Special Admission Requirements for Medical Billing & Coding, Website Design and Website Development Program Applicants

Applicants to these programs must complete DeVry’s English placement exam; those who place into transitional studies coursework in English must take ENGL062 in their first session as part of their program requirements. Required transitional studies coursework may affect program length and cost.

These applicants are not required to complete the University’s math placement exam. In addition, such applicants without prior education experience and who test into foundations coursework are not admitted but are offered enrollment in ENGL017.

Online Coursework

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.

Specific Applicant Requirements

International Applicants

English-Language Proficiency Admission Requirements

Home-Schooled or from Not-Recognized High Schools

General Business Option Applicant

Applicants Not Seeking Degrees

Prior Learning Credit

International Applicants

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.

English-Language Proficiency Admission Requirements

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. The English-language proficiency requirement is waived for applicants who meet one of the following criteria:

  • English is identified as the official/native language of the country in which the applicants completed all of their secondary education, or postsecondary, advanced or professional degree, as designated in the CIA's World Fact Book at:
  • Applicants completed their secondary or postsecondary education in a country in which English is not the official/native language; however, English was the principal language of instruction at the institution*.

Applicants whose native language is other than English may also 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, 190 on the computer-based TOEFL or 61 on the Internet-based TOEFL.
  • Submission of an overall band score of at least 6.0 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.
  • Submission of an overall score of at least 58 on the Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic.
  • 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**.

*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 form may not take DeVry-administered ESL tests.

Home-Schooled or from Not-Recognized High Schools

Home-schooled applicants and applicants who attended high schools not recognized by DeVry must provide one of the following:

  • A transcript indicating the applicant has met minimum high school core subject requirements as defined by the state governing board or province. Documentation should include course titles, duration of study (including dates of completion), grades or assessment of performance, and credits earned. Information should be delineated by grade years nine, 10, 11 and 12.
  • Documentation outlining courses an applicant has completed, year by year, and all end-of-year evaluations of courses by a home-school evaluator or staff person assigned to the student by the local school board or state-approved home school organization. The minimum number of units required in each core subject is: English, three; mathematics, two; natural sciences, one; social sciences, one. Such information must be documented on the transcript.

See additional specific admission requirements in the academic catalog.

General Business Option Applicant

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 Not Seeking Degrees

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.

Prior Learning Credit

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
  • Prior Learning Assessment
  • Professional certifications and training
  • Examinations

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.

    Transfer Credit
    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.