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Degree: Business
Graduation Year: 2016
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Ask about grad rate and time to grad. I had a poor learning experience. The curriculum was outdated. The texts were old editions. The disertation process changes many times. The class schedule is flexable. Most profs would not talk with me. One said she was busy and could not take a call.

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Degree: Education Administration
Graduation Year: 2015
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When I started the program I was satisfied with the progress I made. But, further into the program I had difficulty reaching anyone that could make decisions. Advisors were no help and chairs ( education and graduate) will not return my emails. I have requested a review of my mentor's work and no one will return calls or emails. Therefore, I feel obligated to share with others my experience. NCU has been a major letdown. They are threatening to remove me but, no one will speak to me. I have been in the program seven years and the last three have been a struggle. There have been constant change with staff and student are the last to know. After completing all coursework, in the middle of my dissertation they want to drop me with no warning or explanation. Their communication is terrible and extremely frustrating. I would not recommend this University to anyone. The reviews are true.

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DO NOT ATTEND. HUGE MISTAKE.
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Degree: Marriage and Family Therapy/Counseling
Graduation Year: 2013
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The entire application process was so easy and I got in no problem. All of my advisers were extremely helpful but then once I registered for my first class. Then every single one of them stopped talking to me. I never even heard from my financial advisers. She refused to respond to my e-mails and phone calls. I had two scheduled meetings with my enrollment adviser and my academic adviser and they didn't return my calls or e-mails. They just completely forgot about me. Needless to say, I withdrew from the program before I even started classes. There was a complete lack of communication which is pretty important given that it's an ONLINE program. SO unbelievably disappointing that I wasted my time with it.

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Michelle Elaine Tisch - 4 days ago

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Great Experience at NCU from a working single m...
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Degree: Early Childhood Education
Graduation Year: 2015
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I have to write this review. I have attended several online universities trying to complete my Specialist Degree in education and I have had several bad experiences. At the other schools I had very little support and I was given a lot of busy work, which made it difficult for me as a working adult and parent. However I took a chance on NCU and I am glad I did. I love love love NCU. I loved the one on one mentor environment. I did not want to post on a discussion board each week. I love the fact that I got real feedback from my professors and they called me back when I called them. NCU is work!! Your degree will not be given to you just because you paid your tuition. You have to be self motivated. You have read and figure some information out on your own. If you are simply looking for someone to hold your hand through your graduate degree then NCU is not right for you. However, if you are a mature student, who wants to earn a degree at your own pace NCU is perfect. I love NCU!!!

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Paulette Miller - 19 days ago

This response sounds great "IF" it is not a plant and from a real student who actually attended the school. It would have a ring of truth if the person left his or her name. I've been around for awhile and have found that when reading reviews for any product or service, if there is a signature attached to the comment, it is usually legit. Those without it have something to hide or disguise. I would be more inclined to believe this one if there were more like it rather than the opposite.

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Michelle - 4 days ago

Hi Terri,

I would love to speak with you in more detail soon. Would that be OK with you? I've just applied.

Thanks,

-Michelle

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Michelle Elaine Tisch - 4 days ago

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Terri Oliver - 3 days ago

HI Michelle you can email me at terrioliver@aol.com. I can answer your questions. I am a REAL student who REALLY finished the program and NCU I earned my specialist degree in education last month!! email me and I will give you my telephone number.

Worst mistake ever
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Degree: Education Administration
Graduation Year: 2015
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This was the worst experience ever. Two years in the program and more and more students were reporting major issues. I tried to keep an open mind but I started having them as well. Unknowledgeable mentors and very one sided rules. I followed the program to a tea. But after 5 years and huge student loans no degree. I can't get a response or speak to a dean or chair. Are they real? Selecting this institution would be a mistake.

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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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Michelle - 4 days ago

Hi Kerry,

I would love to speak with you in more detail about your experience soon if you're available. I've just applied.

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Michelle

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Kerry Sanders - 2 days ago

Wow! Sorry to hear some of you have had bad experiences. Mine, while not perfect, has been pretty good. Overall, I can't complain.

I have the following:

Doctorate (ABD) Education - eLearning (Northcentral University)

Certificate - Education technology (Western Michigan University)

Masters - Management Information Systems (Davenport University)

Masters - Information Management and Technology (University of Michigan)

Bachelors - Computer Information systems

Associates - Accounting (Cleary University)

I am a Dean at a well known school. I would recommend the school to anyone.

Kerry Sanders

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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Lorene - 5 days ago

Given the problems you site at NCU, GCU will be no better.

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Lori rain - 4 days ago

GCU is one of the top 20 online universities rated. I spoke at length to an advisor and have a friend who attends. Completely different scenario! My special education coworkers were baffled by the ridiculous and pointless assignments at NCU.

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 1 month ago

Help me petition NCU!

https://www.change.org/p/northcentral-university-stop-stealing-from-soldiers?recruiter=280473086&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=share_email_responsive

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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