DeVry University – Majoring in Careers

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by Jessica Breece

For many students, the last two years of high school can be stressful and overwhelming. Various thoughts juniors and seniors may have while preparing for life after high school could include, "Will I be able to handle college life?", "Will there be anyone like me there?" or, "How will I find a job after college?" On a recent visit to DeVry University in Arlington, Va., I met a few students who had advice for graduating high school seniors.

DeVry Students DeVry University students at the Arlington, VA campus.

Student Christian Campos dealt with similar questions preparing for college.

"The transition was hard," he said, "but having good [academic] support like what's available at DeVry really helped me mature educationally."

Thanks to DeVry's fast-track education programs (which offer a Bachelor's degree in three years) and their helpful team of academic advisors, Christian will be graduating a semester early with a Bachelor's degree in Network & Communications Management.

Worried about college-level courses? DeVry offers a Passport2College program that encourages high school students to jump-start their college education by taking college courses over the summer for absolutely NO cost! Students are able to earn transferable college credit and apply it to one of the many programs offered at DeVry or any other university of their choice. This is a great chance for students to get a feel for college academics. To learn more about Passport2College, visit www.DeVry.edu/arlington or view a brochure here.

DeVry Students Lindzie Titera, DeVry University student.

Worried about fitting in? Student Lindzie Titera found a solution to that problem. She got involved with many of the campus activities available at DeVry. Lindzie, a double-bachelor's major in Computer Engineering Technology and Electronics Engineering Technology, is also Vice President of the Student Association, a peer advisor and a college residence assistant – all this while also maintaining a part-time job. By the way, attending DeVry is sort of a family tradition for Lindzie – both of her parents are proud DeVry graduates.

With class sizes ranging from 15-30 people, DeVry's students are able to get extra help and a very interactive education. "Professors are approachable and willing to make time to meet with students regarding classes and employment opportunities," said Lindzie.

DeVry also has a $75 million scholarship program for students in various studies, which consists of awards ranging from $1,000 to $1,500 per semester.

DeVry Game Room Game Simulation room at DeVry University, Arlington, VA.

One of DeVry's most popular degree programs is Game and Simulation Programming (GSP). This program offers a hands-on curriculum for one of the fastest-growing industries that generates over $10 billion a year!

Student Jacob Price, majoring in GSP and attending DeVry on a Presidential Scholarship, believes this program gives him "a hands-on approach that offers an edge after graduating."

A close-knit group, students in this program can often be found in the on-campus game rooms testing out new software. Recent guest lectures to the campus included game simulation pioneer and icon Ernest Adams (a member of the Madden NFL production team at Electronic Arts and founder of the International Game Developers Association).

DeVry Computer RoomOne of many computer labs at DeVry University, Arlington, VA.

Advisors at DeVry help students from the moment they apply until they walk across the stage at graduation. Advisors offer resumé workshops, career fairs, internship placements and skills that prepare students for a demanding job market. With a motto like, "We major in careers," it is no surprise that 90% of DeVry graduates, in the active job market, get hired in their field of study within six months, making an average base salary of $40,000.

So, for high school students who are feeling a bit overwhelmed, don’t worry. Contact DeVry University and check out their endless possibilities.

To find out more about DeVry University, visit www.devry.edu