Northcentral University Reviews

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Average reviewer salary: $45,000

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Review By Olivia
Degree: Marriage and Family Therapy/Counseling
Graduation Year: 2015
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You are definitely teaching yourself. I expected Skype class sessions, but it's not the worst. If I need help with an assignment, all I have to do is email my professor, and they will set up a Skype session with me. They've even let me re-submit assignments for a chance at a higher grade. Dr. West, really took the time to explain concepts to me, and Dr. Ribadu is great as well. I'm only in my 4th class, but I have not felt like I'm in a "For profit school". I would like to believe that they have truly come a long way from their inception and are not accredited with the AAMFT. I can pay my tuition in installments and choose the amount for each payment. I found out that later on in the programme, I will have Skype class sessions that meet once per week, so that satisfies everything for me. My only wish is that they weren't purely an online based school. I would like to have had the option to physically go in to a campus if I wanted to/was able to. There's a student association for MFT students and they're a great support system. I haven't had any problems with my advisor. She's cleared up all of my issues with graduation dates and how the programme works. I would definitely give it a try if you're looking for an accredited online programme for MFT, because there aren't many to choose from.

Wonderful experience
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Degree: Education, Other
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I am currently in the dissertation phase of my program. I have a wonderful mentor that is makes relevant comments that improve my work. Throughout the coursework phase of my program I was also paired up with wonderful instructors that really knew their stuff. There was one exception of a professor going AWOL but my advisor and the university were very quick to resolve the issue by finding another instructor to take over where I was so I didn't have to repeat anything. I do hear many complaints, but when you dig deeper most of them are related to students not doing what they are supposed to rather than the university being at fault. That's not to say the university doesn't have issues - every single university on the planet does. I love this school though and am looking forward to completing my degree. Always remember - those that are unhappy are always the loudest.

Don't think you are the exception
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Degree: Business Administration and Management, General
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The process goes south real quick starting with the comps and continues into the dissertation sequence. The requirements are up to each individual chair, not the Graduate School, and they call this process normal. Luck of the draw in terms of chair assignment plays a huge role. Looking back at this, I would not have enrolled with NCU.

Stay Away!
JM -
Degree: Computer and Information Sciences, Other
Graduation Year: 2013
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Simply put: NCU has been trying to increase there quality but the mentors and reviewers they have over the dissertation process should have never received their degrees. I had ONE mentor/reviewer that understood my thesis which was based on a theory used over 700 times in literature. They all seem to focus on punctuation and spelling, telling you they have no idea how to synthesize what your saying. Each time I submitted a paper, I could not believe the comments and the questions I'd get back. WOW. Stay away, you'll spend less at a more expensive school.

Chosing NCU was a mistake
Igor Kulikov -
Degree: Psychology, General
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I wish I first checked the reviews before enrolling at Northcentral University. I was badgered almost daily with telephone calls trying to convince me to enroll until I finally did. NCU's relentless emphasis on its integrity and ethics should have raised a flag. Nine months worth of online courses proved NCU has neither. I withdrew and found a reputable institution to learn from instead.

Great school! Don't understand the co...
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Degree: Marriage and Family Therapy/Counseling
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Well, I have been wanting to pursue this degree for a while now and I found NCU. Everyone here has been very helpful to me. They always make sure you're on track as a student and they are always available for questions. I have not had any problems with the staff or faculty. I don't know why people are complaining about the online classroom. It is very user friendly and if you have any problems, the IT department is great and always on top of things. It is a very self-driven environment, so if you do not work well on your own or do not have good time management skills then don't go to this kind of program. They expect you to do all the work yourself, you will not be spoon fed anything. But this is a master's program so that is completely understandable. However, the professor's are available anytime you need something. So while it is very independent in the coursework, they want you to succeed. Yes it is expensive too, but again, it's a master's program. You're gonna spend money. Overall, this is a great school with awesome staff to help you all along the way.

Excellent Online Experience :-)
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Degree: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services, Other
Graduation Year: 2008
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This school was excellent, I hit the ground running and in three years I completed my PhD. If you are looking for a school that holds your hand and does your work for you, or where you pay the fee and get the "B", then this is not your school! I have read many of the post, and do not think it is the school to blame. If you are highly motivated and good, you will graduate. Nobody said it would be easy!

Just for the Dollars
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Degree: Psychology, Other
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Someone has gone through a lot of trouble to make a thoughtful and relevant psychology curriculum with really great assignments and text. Too bad it is marred by their assignment to me of an adviser who takes an adversary role towards the student to look out for the quote un quote university. I have asked for a new adviser several times. The first time was when I received an email communication from this individual littered with red ink. This email destroyed my day. It is improper protocol to use red in a business communication and this person has an MBA from that school. Well I asked the entrance personnel for a new adviser they said oh she's just there for your first course,you'll get one in your department after you finish up with the introductory class. OK, I've finished. I initially contacted the adviser and was told oh yeah I'm leaving just finish your finals. OK, finished it made an A. I contacted her again than she said when you begin your new class you'll get a new adviser, no have not got one yet. What really upset me today was I received a message today on my portal in bold red letters a benign message of "NCU Library will no longer process book requests beginning December 1, 2013", but why was it written this way after four emails last night asking for a new adviser. My only comments about this University is it's really creepy and sort of makes my skin crawl. They have a great online social networking outreach going it's really fun, and I love the curriculum but those others make my skin crawl. JUST FOR THE DOLLARS

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Degree: Curriculum & Instruction
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I am currently in the last phase of my Ed.D. dissertation. I have chapter four turned in and have almost completed chapter five. I probably have a different perspective because my two oldest children and I have all been doctoral students the past four years. My son recently graduated and my daughter is writing her dissertation. With that bit of background, I believe that on-line doctoral programs are by far the more difficult way to go. Both of my children had a close relationship with their chairs (one shared an office and one had taken numerous Masters and Doctoral courses). NCU assigned me a chair who refused to take phone calls, so I dropped out. When I reapplied I was given another chair who was superb and helped me get through the Concept Paper stage. NCU then went to full time chair and I was given a third chair, who is also very good and there has been very little change as he has been quite helpful. My main problem was that the school allowed an individual to serve on the faculty and assign them as a chair when they were no help, I take that back, when they were a hindrance, to my completing my dissertation. Other than that, overall the experience, although tough, has been good.

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Robert -
Degree: Psychology
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Tell us about your college experience.

It SHOULD have been a good fit, with the self-paced learning and online format, but it is a disaster. For an online school, the website is straight from 1996. Don't let the shiny EXTERNAL site fool you; the one students use is a joke. Instructors come and go with no notice (I was in a class for 21 days with an instructor who had quit prior to the class starting). You have to fight them about everything, and they "continuously" enroll you, you know, for your own good, so you are always in school. You have to ask permission to not be in class. With NCU, the meter is ALWAYS running.

Would you get the same degree if you could start over?

Yes, but not at this school. They are always changing the process on you, with no warning, and not even the instructors and staff and keep the policy changes straight. STAY AWAY. Remember, this is a FOR PROFIT place, and you are a customer, not a student.

What advice can you offer other students?

Find another place to go to school. Online education isn't there yet, and NCU is Exhibit A in why online degrees aren't taken seriously.

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