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Celebrating 90 Years: DeVry's Legacy of Innovation

By DeVry University

June 7, 2021
4 min read

As a university built on a rich history of innovation, hands-on learning and student support, we’re proud to add yet another milestone to our timeline: our 90th anniversary. DeVry University and our Keller Graduate School of Management have made an impact on our students’ lives, their workplaces and their communities around the globe for decades. We have been dedicated to furthering innovation through technology for the past 90 years – and counting – and the best is yet to come.

We invite you to join the celebration! Let’s take a trip down memory lane and into the future as we celebrate our history as a university and a community.

An Inspired Beginning

Our founder, Dr. Herman DeVry, had a vision. In the early 1900s he was ahead of his time, innovating and using technology in a way it had never been used before. He could see there was a specific need for a versatile electronic device that would bring movies out of the theater and into businesses, homes and even classrooms. So, he worked hard on a concept of a portable movie projector, earning several patents and advancing technology early in the motion picture industry.

But he didn’t stop there. He recognized his portable projector could also impact the lives of students and teachers, so he teamed up with another creative mind, Dr. Lee DeForest, inventor of the vacuum tube, who agreed that visual learning could advance education – and change the world. So, in 1931, they established De Forest’s Training, Inc., a DeVry School, in Chicago.

In 1953, DeForest Training School became the DeVry Institute of Technology, and ultimately merged with Keller Graduate School in 2002 to become DeVry University. To this day, Dr. DeVry’s curiosity, inventive spirit and real-world problem-solving continues throughout DeVry.

Preparing Students for Today's Business World

Over the years, we’ve evolved and adapted to the changing trends in the marketplace. We’ve designed our programs to provide the skills that are needed in today’s business world, utilize the hands-on technologies that you’ll use on the job and support you throughout your education journey from undergrad to grad, with programs that build on each other.

We bring a pioneer’s perspective to education, embracing new opportunities to explore and discover, always moving forward to the future. Today, we offer undergraduate and graduate degree programs online and at more than 40 locations nationwide in five areas of study: Business and Management, Engineering and Information Sciences, Health Sciences, Liberal Arts, and Media Arts and Technology.

Teaching online classes for more than 20 years, we have easily adapted to meet the remote learning needs of today’s students. Our teachers, professors and support staff encourage you to dig deeper to understand industry-relevant roles of technology so you can be better equipped to find solutions that can make a difference in the world of tomorrow.

Shaping the Future of Education

Since 1931, DeVry has been helping students pursue their education goals, and we use some powerful tools to help. We understand you have a full and busy life, and you need programs and study options that meet you where you are. Here are just a few of the ways we support our students:

  • Small class sizes on a more flexible schedule

  • Learning options that include online, in person, or a hybrid of the two

  • Partnerships with more than 3,000 organizations – including McDonald’s, Walmart, Walgreens, H&R Block and Southwest Airlines

  • A catalog of more than 40 programs and 85+ specializations

  • Financing initiatives that include partner tuition savings, institutional scholarships and university grants

  • Student Support Advisors who help you develop a customized tuition and financing plan and transfer any qualifying credits

  • Career services resources, such as certified career advisors and resume writers, networking opportunities, internships and job leads

Regardless of whether you attend classes online or in a hybrid format at one of our 40+ locations, you’ll get the same great experience that students at DeVry have had for 90 years – along with an array of tools and support options to choose from to empower your education.

Become a Part of Our History

Earning a degree at DeVry puts you among an inspired and dedicated population of lifelong learners. Want to become a part of our growing legacy?

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