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Go NCU! Excellent graduate program.
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Degree: Education
Graduation Year: 2016
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Sorry to hear that some have had a bad experience. My experience has been great! I have been looking for something negative to say, since I enrolled at NCU three years ago. I have attended many schools, both public, and private since 1980. No question, this is the best educational experience that I have every undertaken. All of my Mentors have been knowledgeable, and available as expected. My "Advisers" seem to be junior staff members, who are there to work with students through any administrative issues they might encounter. I am on "Adviser" #3, but I rarely need them, and when I have, they have been knowledgeable, and able to assist me in a timely manner, to resolve my issues or concerns. In preparation for Doctoral work, I did not want to work in a traditional classroom setting. In addition, since my work is in eLearning, I wanted to submerse myself in a completely online experience. To date, I cannot report any problems. I have 30+ years in IT, and 25+years in higher education. I strongly recommend NCU!

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Horrible Experience
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Degree: Special Education
Graduation Year: 2015
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I was excited about going back to school. I spoke with my advisor/recruiter at length about what I was looking for and was reassured that NCU would be the perfect fit. I have been teaching for 17 years in a public school and wanted to obtain a degree in Special Education but specified I had no intention of ever taking an administrative position. EVERY class I took was geared to being a Director of Special Education. I spoke to my advisor about this numerous times and she reassured me that this would not be a problem. I discussed the matter thru email with the "mentors" and for the most part they could not care less. The assignments were vague and of no value at all. Each mentor graded differently. There were some who were the APA Hitlers and some who were interested in the "meat" of the paper instead. One mentor even told me when I called her about an assignment that she too, felt the assignment was rather pointless and vague. The last mentor was extremely demeaning in her comments and she became the last straw. I finished my last course on March 29th and couldn't be happier (eventhough I have to pay a fee for ending early) I couldn't be happier! I am taking a break and will resume my studies at Grand Canyon University.

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Stay away from this place
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Degree: Psychology
Graduation Year: 2014
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To anyone who is thinking of taking a course through NCU, I would very strongly suggest that you reconsider. I have completed a degree and two post graduate masters programs in other more traditional universities. Having had such positive experiences in these programs, I was completely unprepared for the NCU experience. As far as my experience went with NCU, I felt that none of the staff were invested or cared in the slightest whether I advanced my knowledge, or if In fact the whole learning experience was positive. I had terrible experiences with some of the 'teaching' staff and administration constantly changed, making it difficult to know who to go to. I strongly advise to give this place a very clear miss - avoid, at all cost.

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Kay Worthington - about 4 hours ago

Help me petition NCU!

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Very bad school, find a real school
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Degree: ESL
Graduation Year: 2014
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I recommend that you do not consider NCU. Unfortunately, you are at the mercy of the style/personality and schedule of your "mentor" (that is what they call professors). They will be excellent during the recruitment process. Once you're in your courses, if you have any problems or need help and support, after the first month you won't find much help. Nothing will be clear. Every professor will have different obsessions with APA and other academic writing things, so one will accept one kind of paper, and another one won't - they'are hard to reach, but very quick to take your money . Many people will feel robbed.If you do choose an online program, your best bet is a brick and mortar school that has an online program. You're alone all the time, are basically educating yourself and pay them to say they educated you. I know someone pursuing their PhD program there who has been struggling for four years. The professors take vacations without warning, and then transfer you to someone else. The web page resources are very rudimentary. These days an education costs dearly. If you are an undergraduate, do not even consider this school unless there are reasons you cannot be in a brick and mortar school. I tried to do my Mater's there, and they accepted me into a program without telling me I needed to have a degree in Education before starting. Then, they left me on my own. One of two professors there will not help you learn or give you credit for work in any way, but will find fault with the most well-prepared assignments. The instructions will never be clear, as everyone interprets the instructions for a course in their own way. It has serious problems. Unless you have a job and are absolutely sure this is the right thing for you, don't even think of NCU. It was the most disappointing and costly decision I ever made.

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Degree: Special Education
Graduation Year: 2015
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During my Masters degree program, I enjoyed attending Northcentral University. The syllabuses were a little misleading sometimes but the mentors were available to help clarify any questions. I learned a great deal from my courses and ended my degree in early childhood education with a 4.00. However, when I started my doctorate program a new administrator with a bachelors degree was hired. Since then the syllabus has been changed and is now very unclear. The mentors are allowed to makeup what they want you to learn and not tell you until after they grade your papers. They have four days to respond to any request or questions and five days to grade assignments. This is very frustrating. Most mentors are flexible, but others can destroy your grade and the appeal process is like going to a kangaroo court. Also the tuition has increased ridicuously. At this point I would not recommend the school for anyone.

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Dissatified 7 Year Student who dropped this school
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Degree: International Business, Trade, and Tax Law
Graduation Year: 2015
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Initially I was very satisfied with Northcentral University. However, during my Comprehensive exams I was provided with a unqualified professor causing a retake, and afterwards a uncooperative and unchangeable Chair. With continuous changes in Review, Academic and Ombudsman processes; creating extensive delays in the learning process. I have dropped NCU after seven-years and would not recommend NCU to any professional wishing to better them self.

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NCU Fan!
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Degree: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services, Other
Graduation Year: 2016
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I am in my last 3 core classes before my comprehensive exam. I have a lot of reviews about how hard the courses are and my only response would be...Its a Doctorate degree! This journey isn't supposed to be easy, nothing worth having is. The workload is demanding and some of the teachers are rough, but it is to make you prepared to defend you dissertation. I like NCU and have a great learning experience here. No matter where you go, you will need to put the blood, sweat and tears in to be successful. It is what you make of it. Buckle down and work and accomplish what you came here to do~

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Dissaisfied - about 1 month ago

Core classes are easy. Just wait till you get further. And why is it necessary to make things difficult. This is garbage that it is supposed to be difficult. You are speaking beforehand on something you have no experience with. Life is not designed for putting "blood, sweat and tears" out for something. That only happens in war.

School is a joke
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Degree: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services, Other
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This school is great at getting you to enroll. Once your enrolled it fails in every other category - I completed all of the classes for my Doctorate, bu then when family commitments arose they would not allow me to take the needed time off to resolve these issues. The classes were easy and not challenging at all. I have transferred to another school and I am happy.

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Second (or third) rate mentors who couldn't car...
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Degree: Early Childhood Education and Teaching
Graduation Year: 2015
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During the 2 years I took courses toward an Ed.D., I had six different "mentors." Only one actually gave any evidence of reading my submissions; he was encouraging and helping. Another actually returned a 10 page paper written earlier in the course instead of grading my culminating 40 page paper. When I pointed it out and asked for a grade and feedback on the larger work, he seemed confused about why I didn't want to just take the A and run; said he'd grade the other if I insisted (I did), but I never heard back from him. The discipline of research and writing was good for me, but it wasn't adding up a doctorate that was going to be meaningful. (A friend with a real PhD expressed concern about the school early on.) Meanwhile, tuition rose astronomically and the flexibility to take a week or month off here and there was reduced to nil - definitely not user-friendly for people with full-time jobs. I see that the website still is not forthcoming about the pace one is required to keep. Basically, the program is designed to separate you from your money as quickly as possible. There are too many other providers out there to mess with these folks.

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Lori Rain - about 1 month ago

I am currently enrolled in the Masters of Special Ed. I feel the assignments are useless and have no merit. Most of my "mentors" have also been useless and my advisor hasn't been much help either. I am thinking about withdrawing from the university altogether..

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Degree: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services, Other
Graduation Year: 2006
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Good courses, dissertation was painful, but that is to be expected (most people who never get their PhD’s fail in that stage)

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