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Degree: Education/Teaching of Individuals in Early Childhood Special Education Programs
Graduation Year: 2015
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Coursework is okay until you get to the disseratation stage. The school constantly makes changes so it is easy to lose sight of what policies are in effect. They do not grandfather in changes in their own programs.If you have problems, there is lots of red tape to get them resolved, if resolution really takes place. NCU is not really accountable to anyone. Tuition has nearly doubled in five years and you really teach yourself. I frankly do not trust anyone at the school. They have a first milestone for the dissertation called a "concept paper." Most schools do not have this, but if they do it is around 10 pages. At NCU it might be 60 pages or more and you can spend years working on this. I frankly do not think much of the school but once you get past taking a couple classes it is too late to turn about without taking a great loss.

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Degree: Information Resources Management
Graduation Year: 2015
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The program absolutely fits my busy career and family life. I have been to several other online schools to try and get my MBA, but none of them offered me the flexibility and benefits needed to be able to complete the program.

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A big Scam, This school should be investigated.
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Degree: Education, Other
Graduation Year: 2014
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I have attended 3 different universities and receives 4 degrees. Northcentral University is a horrible school. Run as fast as You can. Do not care about students, Someone needs to investigate this school, they will take your money, make everything easy until you approach graduation, then they will fail you. No one has had a positive experience with this school. Do not listen to the lies, those good reviews come from their marketing team. Do not attend this school, it is a waste of money. Run , Run as fast as you can:

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Romios - about 1 month ago

Fail you how at graduation? Many people DO have a positive experience with this school. The school has been investigated. It is the first and only school fully-accredited by the COAMFTE Board for Marriage and Family Therapy. They were the first distance-learning university to have been granted a site visit, let alone accreditation. The site visit was harsh and thorough. I am not a representative of this school or an official member of the marketing team.

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Bi ll - about 1 month ago

Note he says he's not an "official" member of their marketing team. I find it interesting how most of the rebuttals cone from peopke who seem to have alot more knowkedge of the inner workings of NCU than would be reasonable for a student who is head's down in their studies. Hmmmm,

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Johnson - about 1 month ago

This is not true as many people have had negative experiences at the school. They usually are so disgusted that they leave or fail to report it. I have known people who graduate and still would not recommend it. Just know that the bottom line is money. Mentors and chairs come from different backgrounds so you will get different responses. You do not really know about the school until you run into a problem and then it is too late bc you have spent too much time, energy and money to change routes or transfer. You work but there are other issues like communication problems which have been problems for years. Tuition has nearly doubled in 5 years and if you do not have a good chair you could stay there until your time runs out. Generally the school does not support students on the level it should. I would not recommend it.

A big Scam, This school should be investigated.
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Degree: Education, Other
Graduation Year: 2014
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I have attended 3 different universities and receives 4 degrees. Northcentral University is a horrible school. Run as fast as You can. Do not care about students, Someone needs to investigate this school, they will take your money, make everything easy until you approach graduation, then they will fail you. No one has had a positive experience with this school. Do not listen to the lies, those good reviews come from their marketing team. Do not attend this school, it is a waste of money. Run , Run as fast as you can:

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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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High Ranking Leader - about 1 month ago

You are all very correct. NCU has been converting themselves from a school to a slight-of-hand money making scheme consistently over the past 5 years. They've made a lot of money preying on the uninformed and desperate degree seekers that cannot get into or afford real schools. They've employed sales people in all leadership positions, and in their senior "leadership" meetings, the discussion is how to deceive and manipulate the students and employees. If I were you, I would forget about NCU and go to a real school.

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Danny - about 1 month ago

I never paid $200 for any book; even brand new. Amazon.com does indeed carry most of the books, most of the time; as does cheapesttextbooks.com and other sites. Tehy require you to submit an assignment every week for accreditation requirements and to create a continuous learning cycle. Research and output shows the opposite: NCU graduates have a 100% passage rate of the National Licensing Exam and they go to NCU because of time frames and personal schedules; not because they could not get into or afford to take out the same gargantuan student loans through the NCU financial aid office as they would have to from any other institution.

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Bill - about 1 month ago

Danny, you probably either work for the school and are part of their web based propoganda network, or are defending them to make the degree you received from them seem valuable. Third possibilty is that you are naive and have never attended a school that has a reputable and challenging curriculum.

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Syniaa - about 1 month ago

Worthless, I agree with you on some of the issues because I have had similar situations. I am due to take Comps in a few months and if this situation occurs, my plans are to take it to the media. I am going to ask that they conduct an investigation on NCU. Therefore, there is something that can be done & that is have CNN or the local news channel in Prescott Valley follow the story. No one can stop you from moving forward with an investigation especially after you have paid thousands of dollars.

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Davis-not really - about 1 month ago

I could not agree more with Bill. Please to your research or fact finding before attending Northcenteral.

I am currently in my second year of a PhD program in Business and could not agree more with the post from Bill. The instructors are more concerned with APA formatting then content. Each class has a basic requirement of 5-7 pages in length and 5 resources to be sited. Bill is right on with his comment of finding a simple answer to simple questions and stretching the paper so it meets the basic requirements. Granted, the feedback will depend on the instructor, but from my experience the feedback in not academic worthy from doctoral level classes, unless the doctorate is in APA formatting. Some instructors will comment on content, but their main focus is on the formatting. I agree with Bill on the comment that some instructors do not read the papers. I figured this out early and have tested the instructors by imputing sentences that do not make sense and have no reason to be in the papers. When the feedback comes back, there is no correction or comment of such mistakes made in the paper. Which proves that some instructors do not read the papers, they are more interested in APA formatting then content and they will give you a good grade.

My wife and I are both in PhD programs at NCU and have noted that the instructors use a template for formatting their classes. The instructors do not have to come up with their own curriculum or class format. The school hand feeds the instructors or dictates to them the class format. Meaning, my wife and I have different classes, but the same assignments.

Please do some fact finding first before making a mistake at NCU

and the financial aid department should be investigated for fraud!

We both will be transferring.

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Craig Walker - 9 days ago

The PhD program is a scam. They will change your Dissertation Committee Chairperson without your consent. You will never finish your concept paper. Their professors are only interested in the format of your paper. They are unhelpful. They only want the students to stay in the program and pay tuition. After the student has paid at least $20,000, they are stuck in a program from a second rate school that will "milk" then for all they are worth. You cannot complain though. The Dean of the school is not even listed in the school directory, and will not return telephone calls if you can get one from the "academic advisor" (and I use that term very liberally).

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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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Bill - about 1 month ago

I disagree with tour assessment that they class schedule they offer is flexible. From my experience I was required to take classes continuously with no breaks allowed for personal or work circumstances without approval from several levels up the school management. How exactly is that flexible?

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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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Syniaa - about 1 month ago

If enough students go to the media (CNN or Prescott Valley"s local news) concerning NCU, maybe some of these issues can be resolved.

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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 - 3 months 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 - about 1 month 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.

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debbie roads - 22 days ago

I would contact the Accreditation for Higher Education and file a complaint. You can find out what accrediting body accredits this school and write a formal complaint. The way in which you have been treated sounds very unreasonable, unprofessional and certainly unethical. Thank you for sharing your story and I wish you the best. This is a true tragedy.

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Nicole - 11 days ago

That is some seriously crazy stuff going on there! My husband (and most of my friends) are university professors. I'm looking for a PhD program outside the university he teaches since they don't offer one in my field. I was shocked to read your story, so I showed it to him. Neither of us has ever heard of someone being dismissed as a 5th year doctoral student without 1) student misconduct, and, 2) a committee being convened to manage the situation. Thank you for your review- it, more than any other review, helped make my decision clear. I'll look elsewhere. I wish you the best of luck in finding a program that supports you with achieving your goals.

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