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Degree: Business Administration and Management, General
Graduation Year: 2014
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Before reading my review, realize that I was doing well in their program. I took three classes with NCU and had a 3.8 GPA in their PhD of BA program. I decided to leave the school for the reasons below. To put it bluntly, NCU is a scam. The classes are nothing more than busy work and hardly on a graduate level. The assignments you're required to turn in each week can be nearly devoid of useful content, just as long as they're in proper APA format and you cite the required number of references. I don't think the instructors actually read anything I turned in, because the feedback I received was 99% about the paper's format and 1 % on the content. But if the paper I turned in was in good format, cited the minimum number of references and met the minimum length I was given a good grade, regardless of the mindless drivel contained within. To pass the classes I quickly learned to take a simple answer to a simple question and drag it out four 5 - 7 pages while quoting a few loosely related articles from academic journals. If this is what passes for higher education these days, then I think I'll stop at my master's degree. My "academic advisor" was a salesman, and a bad one at that. When I tried to address my concerns about the content and the focus of the courses he tried to convince me to stick it out for another year or two until I got to the point where the "real learning" would begin. Additionally, he was completely unaware of what course I was in, or even what level the course was on. When I called him out on it, he tried, again, to convince me to stick around longer and keep paying. It was not only a useless conversation, but one of the worst examples of bad salesmanship I've ever experienced, to include used car dealers. Additionally, the required textbooks for each class can only be bought from NCU's bookstore. Not even Amazon carried them. On top of that, they charged $200 for a used textbook for one class. I can only imagine how much profit they're raking in from book sales alone. On top of that their tuition rates are the highest of anything out there, nearly $3000 a class. You would think for that kind of money they'd run a quality institution of higher learning. NCU's education model is to make the students' turn in papers weekly, but the constant work is just a method of keeping the students' heads down and keeping them too busy to realize that they're not really learning anything. To put it bluntly, don't waste your time. A degree from NCU is completely worthless. I'm not sure who they bribed to get accredited, but it must have been a hefty amount of cash. If your goal is to waste thousands and thousands of dollars learning nothing more than how to write in APA format, then this is the school for you. If you want an actual education, I highly recommend going somewhere else.

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Good Experience
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Degree: Business Administration and Management, General
Graduation Year: 2013
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I had an excellent experience. I received prompt and detailed feedback from my professors. Since graduation, I am working in my field and have received a substantial raise. I am in the middle of a Master's program with Northcentral and it is going very well so far. Online is the best option for me because of working and family. The flexibility of Northcentral cannot be beat although there were a couple classes I found myself procrastinating. I like to research in my field, so the format works well for me too.

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Degree: Psychology, General
Graduation Year: 2015
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I have had a good experience at NCU. I need to go to school online because I have a very busy life. I like the flexibility. This kind of education requires you to have time management skills. I really enjoy the assignments and feel they are beneficial to my learning and growth. This is not for someone who wants a give me degree. It requires work and effort. My experience has been good here.

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Good luck if you chose this school
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Degree: Educational Leadership and Administration, General
Graduation Year: 2012
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No one at the university ever picked up the phone when I called. I called for simple things such as to pay my tuition, schedule a class or talk to the councilor about my program. They did not pick up and never once in the 5 years I was there, called back. Professors were not responsive, my 'mentor' refused to discuss anything with me on the phone or by email. Professors in general were not helpful and administration was worse. I was just grateful to graduate and get away from it all. I would NEVER choose this school or recommend it.

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Degree: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services, Other
Graduation Year: 2016
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I am just over the half way point in my doctoral journey and I am please so far. The instructors have been giving me great feedback to help me prepare for the Comprehensive Exam and the writing of my dissertation. There is a lot of work required, but this is also a doctorate program. Everyone has been pretty responsive when I have had questions which I greatly appreciate. I am looking forward to completing my DBA at this institution.

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This school is a scam. Please read!
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Degree: Psychology, Other
Graduation Year: 2014
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I have been in this program for 5 years now and have invested over $50,000 toward my advanced education. I have never received below a B during the entire program and have held a 3.66 GPA. I have completed all of the elective courses and have moved into taking the “comprehensive exam” which is known as the exit exam before you start the dissertation process. I took the comprehensive exam in April 2014 and unfortunately did not pass. After signing up to re-take the exam again ($2500) I contacted the instructor for detailed suggestions on what I need to do differently the 2nd time around in order to pass the exam. The instructor provided me with detailed suggestions on ways to improve the required paper and increase my score. After re-signing up to take the exam I was assigned the same instructor that I had the 1st time. I completed the project the 2nd time (73 pages total) and submitted it. Not only did the instructor fail me a 2nd time but the Universality has now completely dismissed me from the program completely stating that it is their policy that if you fail the comprehensive exam twice, you are completely removed from the program. I feel that I followed the instructor’s suggestions to a T and he gave me a score of 50% which is conveniently the same score he gave me the 1st time that I took the exam. I filed a grade appeal with the dean who dismissed/denied and stated all he could offer was a 2nd Masters degree but I will remain dismissed from the program. How is it that someone who has worked at an educational program for 5 years and NEVER penalized but kicked out and basically told “sorry nothing we can do”? “Opps you are less than a year from holding a phd but you are done now”? Or how is it that 1 single instructor can have the power to control a student’s entire academic career? This University has completely ruined any chance I have at completing my phd. How is this fair? For failing an exam twice that the student has voiced to multiple people she feels the instructor is unreasonable and unfair. Who can afford to invest financially 5 years of doctoral classes to just be at a loss at the end? I feel this is a scam going on and nobody at the University will hear me. I need someone to help fight for me. We encourage people to get higher education but how is it fair that a student tries and the University is the one that violates the ability to succeed. I have asked to allow another instructor to grade the paper and voiced that I feel it is unreasonable that 1 single person has that power to dictate someone’s future like this. If the decision to dismiss a student who is 5 years involved has to occur, then a board of professional staff needs to be involved in making this type of life changing decision. Not left to the hands of 1 instructor who clearly does not have the best interest of the student at heart. I feel completely bullied and treated unfairly yet left to pay for 5 years of doctoral student loans and never will receive the degree even though I’m begging to let me finish. On 8/14/2014 I received an email from financial aid stating that I now owe the University $2200 for the course. Please do not even consider this school. It is a complete scam. You may contact me at 618-789-1820 if you have any questions. This could completely ruin your future career.

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Patrick Sneed - about 1 month ago

Thank you for letting me know the ends and outs on this University. I was going to apply to this institution, but now I have changed my mind. You have to be at the heart and soul of every student in my opinion to ensure success is granted. I am going to withdraw my interest.

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lynsey - 7 days ago

I'm sorry to hear about your situation I would post that to their facebook page personally; that way other students on that page would see your story. I would not have known anything about this school had I not stumbled onto this page. There has to be something a person can do when faced with this situation.

Doctoral Program a scam
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Degree: Criminal Justice/Safety Studies
Graduation Year: 2014
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I worked for 4 years on a doctorate with straight A's. Dad got sick,so left for 10 months. Accepted back with 5 added courses to my degree program. I worked for 3 more years nonstop but they would not stop the clock of 7 years for degree. They knew I could not finish in time but let me back in and accepted $40,000 of my Fed Student Loans. Threw me out at 7 years with the 4th dissertation course half-complete. There are so many disgruntled student out there like this with huge debts and no diplomas from this school. The School was purchased by Quicken Loans and is now a For-Profit school that is raking in money and cares nothing for the students. Stay away. Go to Walden or Capella or Nova Southeastern for a PhD.

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DL - 3 months ago

Honestly, this is your fault and I don't even attend this school. 7 years is about average. You should have calculated whether you'd be able to finish the courses within the time frame.

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John - 2 months ago

So DL, I guess what your saying is that if someone is willing to take out $50,000 in student loans and start back they can sign anyone up without any ethical obligation on their part. I was told repeatedly that my time started over.

Check out the senate hearings on For Profit schools taking billions in Fed Student loans and GI Bill money with no payoff to students.

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Lawrence Roberts - 15 days ago

Wow! I was going to enroll today. Yet, after reading this I will not. I hope things work out. This is a shame. I will take my money some where else.

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lynsey - 7 days ago

Jeez, from DL that this is "your fault" is harsh. When a parent or loved one gets sick there should be some understanding that making a temporary leave for a family illness is totally justified. I know my dad got sick with cancer (sadly after 6 months he died) but you shouldn't be punished for it. Thanks for your suggestions on other colleges.

I Strongly Recommend NCU Online Program
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Degree: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services, Other
Graduation Year: 2013
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It took me 2.5 years to get my masters degree at NCU while working full time and raising family with two little kids. Although I would prefer traditional in-person education, given the circumstances, I was very pleased with the overall experience. You have to be disciplined, self-motivated and stay on top of the assignments to get through the program. To succeed, you need to have a passion for the subject you study and then the research work and a lot of writing you are required to do will come natural to you. I am very pleased with my experience at NCU.

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Make It Work For You
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Graduation Year: 2015
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Online education was a last resort for me because of life circumstances that included moving. I would never suggest getting a MA degree online in the field of mental health or counseling. For what it is, NCU is adequate for meeting my goals, just not optimal. Consider the difference in a school that helps you find a placement for your internship or practicum and one that does not. NCU does not. Consider the difference in being amidst the support of a cohort and talking through concepts and feeling isolated. Rather than receiving papers highlighting concepts, most often are highlights of grammatical errors. That said, my writing has improved. As well, each professor is different. If you connect with a professor who you can trust their feedback and you believe has your best interest at heart, I highly recommend staying in contact and build a rapport, despite the unlikelihood of ever getting them again. You will need them as a reputable reference. Try to meet regardless of whether opportunities to skype become available. Do not depend on your advisor as it seems they are merely office workers in a for-profit center. You must be self-disciplined and self-motivated. Otherwise, don't blame the school. It isn't perfect, but there are ways of making it work if you want to achieve your goals despite your situation.

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Very Pleased
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Degree: Psychology, Other
Graduation Year: 2014
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I applied and was accepted to two traditional brick and mortar universities right out of undergrad and I chose to attend NCU instead because I could do the work around my full time job and the cost was much lower than either of the other schools I considered. I am a very independent learner and have no problem completing the assignments on time and find the assignments clear and the course materials very helpful for every assignment. I have 3 classes left before I finish my master's degree in health psychology. I have been very please with my academic advisers as well. I have had three of them in the last year that I have been taking classes but each of them were very helpful and responsive. A lot of the bad reviews I have read seem to focus on the cost, unfair grades, or bad mentors. The cost is very reasonable compared to most universities, both online and traditional. It is not only normal for tuition to increase each year, but expected. This happens everywhere. I have only had one bad mentor experience, but I just kept in contact with my adviser and gave the mentor exactly what she requested in the feedback and comments. I would say that NCU requires more work than a traditional university each week because you are required to produce something every week to show your understanding of the material instead of simply showing up and having a discussion or completing three assignments over the course of a semester. I will say that the mentor is not a professor. They are there for questions regarding the assignment and to assess your knowledge of a given topic. They are not there to present the material to you each week. I would not recommend NCU to anyone who has trouble learning on their own or who is not familiar with word processing and presentations. For me, this was exactly what I was looking for.

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