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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 - 29 days 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
Graduation Year: 0000
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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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No problems with MBA healthcare - independent h...
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Degree: Health/Health Care Administration/Management
Graduation Year: 2015
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I started my MBA in healthcare in NCU and have successfully completed my 9 out of 10 courses required to get my degree. I have not have any issues with anyone or any complains against NCU. I have a responsible academic advisor who calls me up and helps me with all my class schedules. I have had some mentors who were gave me valubale guidelines and there were some who did not give me very constructive feedbacks, which can happen in any univ. It is true that unless u reach out to your mentor you are on your own to study and complete your asignment, there is no spoon feeding. The classes goes smoothly as long as you fulfilled the assignment according to instructions, which can be challenging because one has to invest the time to read and research all the papers before you write your assignment. The mentors are not there to make your life diffcult, that is my experience but they want you to get the work done. It all depends on how well one can handle independent study, which is the basic of NCU. I have 2 prior MS dgrees from brick and mortar state univ and I think the MBA program is quite good for working profesisonals. I am full time working mom and the coursework load is tiring for me. I will recommend the school to any working professionals. Those who complain maybe need a more classroom based and interactive environment where they can talk to the mentor and the students and do group studies, its just a different level of comfort and there is nothing wrong in it and there is nothing wrong with NCU either. Among the success stories of MBA healthcare I know from NCU there are 2 VP in the healthcare industry who have used their degrees from NCU to make it to the higher level. So please do not get discouraged by the reviews, just evaluate what would be a good environment for you to study.

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Doug Easley - about 1 month ago

I was interested in this school until I read this. If this is the type grammar and communication skill level you have after finishing nine of ten MBA classes then I don't want to be taught at NCU.

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Degree: Business Administration and Management, General
Graduation Year: 2015
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I have read a number of reviews on NCU. I can only say that folks who complain about turning papers in on weekly basis, being stalled during the dissertation process, books only available on the book store, ramifications of not citing properly have not fairly reviewed the course. I am in PhD program and it's hard. It is designed to teach curriculum related to your area of expertise (15 courses) then teach you to be a researcher by focusing you on your dissertation process. My wife and I have had a saying since I started: "they just don't hand these degrees out". NCU has no benefit from keeping students from completing their degree. In fact, once you exceed the four course period to complete your dissertation coursework, they only charge you 1/3 of the standard course. So in fact, they take financial hit to make sure you succeed. If they wanted you to stay in limbo, they'd just keep charging you the full course fee for of about $2,600 for the 12 weeks instead of the $900 for the 12 week course continuation. This is a great school and I will graduate knowing that I earned the degree and put in the same amount of work I would have at any top school. I know it because my Dissertation Chair has not made it easy on me, but she has made the end result much better.

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Disgusted - 29 days ago

You are not being honest. $2600 for a 3 hour class is a ripoff. You have not graduated so you do not know what will happen in the future.

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Degree: Psychology, General
Graduation Year: 2017
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I am reading such conflicting accounts of NCU and its dissertation hold-ups, unavailable faculty, dismissals of students, and availability of education materials. I have seen reviews by people with such venom that they cannot concede that a comment on their post disagreeing has any merit. For example, blast the school online all you want, but do not say that the books are available at the school store only--it's simply not true. Yes, they will charge $100 for something I bought on amazon for $20, but that's just the business of school. I went to NYU on tuition remission, but I watched people paying the school's exorbant costs and wondered why they were paying that much for a college that isn't even Ivy League. Please do not think I am at NCU because I cannot get into a better school. To be clear, I have a disability that I cannot attend classes, there is nothing wrong with me that I can't get into a regular school. I am Phi Beta Kappa since 1995, graduated undergrad that year with a 3.892, I was 20-years-old and working in HIV/AIDS medicine as a clinical research coordinator and getting my black belt. My point? That, when paying for education, it comes back to getting what you ask for. If someone asks me if the glass is half empty or full, I say, it depends on whether or not I paid for it. This is the first degree I am paying for and when the glass served to me is half-empty because I'm not getting what I need out of a course, I speak up about the other half a glass I purchased because if NCU is going on my resume, it is in my interest to enforce that it lives up to its promises for when online schools are fully ranked. I tried Capella--good luck there. Other schools may be just as bad. I had to buy 5 empty glasses--I have a masters degree, though it is not in psychology so I had to take 5 extra classes--did I complain about being ripped off? No, it's better than taking a whole masters degree again. I have a Masters in Public Administration and worked in Quality Management for an NYC hospital--professionally, I was administration and management and outranked physicians I was monitoring. Being intimidated is a patient's, or a student's worst enemy. You must stop complaining and start reporting. I have cited rules and codes on professors and been granted my requests because I back them up with APA ethical codes and make a convincing argument. I thought about jumping ship in reading these reviews but then I thought, if anyone is going to detain me from graduating for no good reason, they better be holding a firearm. No, seriously, the complaints people have about the professors and the school have to go one step up and you have to find where it's written that they cannot do this to you and you mention--not threaten, but promise--that you will go to a higher body with your evidence and be grandiose about what the consequences would be, like a class-action suit. It takes work, patience, and creativity to get one's due. i do not plan on a 3-year dissertation. Any professor that intimates that that is how long it takes, not 9-12 months, already provided the data one needs to go after the school. I am disabled, so I get extra time for classes, and have been specifically told there is a cap on how long it takes to finish one's degree. Start there if your degree is dragging out and politely point out to your chair some of the conduct codes in the APA Ethical Principles and Code of Conduct in the 7,0-- section I believe it is. There are rules for the university that if it is preparing you for APA standards--that's a code, There's a section on advertising, too. NCU must abide by the ethics codes that cover meeting expectations set and delivered. To those people who are embittered enough to attack someone responding to their post with an alternate way of seeing something--if you are justified in your complaint, you will simply answer back. If you get all angry and insulting then you have to ask yourself about your strategy for dealing with NCU, what gets more flies, and whether or not you're not just throwing punches in the air in your comment. Do something about it, leave the school, sue the school--but wasting more time than NCU with these comments and indictments is not the way to get what you want, at least, not out of an institution in the public service. Good Luck to all. I remain neutral until I see otherwise.

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Valentine - 29 days ago

You cannot write because the long paragraph you wrote definitely indicates your lack of skills.

I guess if someone was shooting in a building and you were told not to go in, you would go in and get shot anyway...huh? It is also apparent you have not had any problems.

After comps you do not want to jump ship.People are allowed to be expressive and most are not vindictive, they are just telling about their experience. It is too easy to tell someone else how to vent their frustrations but there are legitimate complaints. It is too expensive to sue, and you have to get an attorney. There is something else you do not understand, NCU is about money, mainly money.

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Jamie Kaplan - 29 days ago

What is your problem? I was sitting on a chat board, my 5-page.expository essay about why I am right and you are wrong. You are just acting like an agitated student who's too busy

Pouncing on other person.like me because you are helpless to do anything about the school policies except vent your frustration with the school at the likes of people like me. Well, go ahead, I don't care.I just did of of a hospital having surgery for breast cancer, now I have to back up so I can do chemo. Why all I telling you this? Because you never know where a person is. And dropping in with your negative feelings and assessment of my opinion that I expressed. As for my pre-cancer all I ever say to judgemental people is, "Who asked YOU? seriously you have no impact on my impression of NCU and I'm aware it is one of the most expensive for-profit uiversities in the country. so long sleeve of Addison's getting better an going to Suggest you stop bothering me

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Jamie Kaplan - 29 days ago

To whomever: I didn't finish my last comment before it submitted, but I hope the spirit of it came across, which is nobody cares what you think you're audit my comment from a while ago. If that is your attitude towards other people then it's no mystery to me why you're not graduating.

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Caroline - 10 days ago

Jamie, I am thinking about doing the doctoral in psychology program. Do you find the program (one-one) chair beneficial?. I really enjoyed your feedback on NCU. Thank you.

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Jamie Kaplan - 10 days ago

My response to the other content was flawed due to speech-to-text technology& not caring enough to review. I can't recommend you attend because I know schools, deans, & programs differ. I have gotten what I needed thus far too move ahead, & this is one program that does not hold expensive consortiums. However, there may be an issue with obtaining licensure& being a internship for clinical work--check into that if it's your area of interest. In terms of the mentor program, teachers are people and they're not all people we would choose to work with, so if you can get along, that's best. Changing faculty is difficult but not impossible. Besides, plenty of professors are good at what they do. My official answer is: if the degree you want is supported& the price is not too high, it is as good a place as any in terms of being trained in the material--you train yourself. Any learning comes down to your own abilities& style

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Caroline - 9 days ago

Thank you for the feedback...Caroline

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