Based on the aggregated intelligence of 125,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, education provider DeVry (NYSE:DV) has received a distressing two-star ranking.

With that in mind, let's take a closer look at DeVry's business, and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.

DeVry facts

Headquarters (founded)

Oakbrook Terrace, Ill. (1931)

Market Cap

$4.06 billion


Education services

TTM Revenue

$1.24 billion


CEO Daniel Hamburger (since 2006)
CFO Richard Gunst (since 2006)

Return on Equity (average, last five years and TTM)

11.7% and 18.2%


Apollo Group (NASDAQ:APOL)
Strayer Education (NASDAQ:STRA)
Corinthian Colleges (NASDAQ:COCO)

CAPS members bearish on DV also bearish on

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CAPS members bullish on DV also bullish on


Sources: Capital IQ, a division of Standard & Poor's, and Motley Fool CAPS. TTM = trailing 12 months.

Over on CAPS, fully 18 of the 70 All-Star members who have rated DeVry -- some 26% -- believe the stock will underperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bears include TSIF and TheHuney, both of whom are ranked in the top 5% of our community.

Last month, TSIF wrote that "there are too many online 'degree-granting diploma mills' for this economy. ... The economy lends more to traditional schools when people are laid off and employers are cutting back."

In a pitch from two weeks later, TheHuney further educates our community on the many dangers of DeVry:

Is there a for-profit education bubble? Take a look at [Strayer], [Apollo Group], and [DeVry] and all three look overvalued. DeVry appears to be the least aggressively valued of the three, but still seems a bit overpriced at $60. ... The for-profit education industry conceivably could suffer quite a bit in the future as more traditional universities offer online programs for much lower costs. Plus, who wouldn't rather have a State U. degree than a DeVry degree? ... Also take a look at the insider transactions and it appears there is a good deal of selling going on. ... My own valuation of this comes closer to $34. I'm going to set a downward target on this at $40 and go with underperform.

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Fool contributor Brian Pacampara owns no position in any of the companies mentioned. Johnson & Johnson is a Motley Fool Income Investor pick. Strayer Education is a former  Stock Advisor recommendation. The Fool's disclosure policy always gets a perfect score.