Northcentral University Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (141)
My experience with NCU has been a positive journey and very rewarding. Everyone from the teachers to the advisors were very helpful and concern about my academic status. If I had to state one concern about NCU is that the advisors should contact the students on a weekly or monthly bases for encouragement.
Everything seemed fine through my coursework, although it was clear I was completely on my own. There is no interaction with other students, and all learning was done through my own initiative. I appreciated the few instructors who seemed truly engaged. HOWEVER, the trouble started when I reached the dissertation phase. One dissertation chair, then another, then another, then another, were assigned to me. Each time, the new person wanted me to re-start. I ultimately was required to phone the university and ask if I needed to sue them to hold up their end of the contract. At that time, I was placed in a special fast-track-to-graduation program. The new chair, who cheered but did nothing else, required me to hire a professional editor and professional statistician to review my work. This is contrary to NCU rules, but it was either that or quit. I ultimately jumped through all those crazy hoops and graduated. On the way, I learned that the only way NCU can get its reputation out of the garbage can is to have a dissertation program that is not correlated to greater payment from the student for time required to completion. It's one thing for a student who isn't capable to linger and never get there. However, a motivated, capable, intelligent, hard-working person keen for mentoring should not have endured this. I say this with full appreciation for the difficulties we all encounter in performing and documenting original research. Shame on you, NCU. I was unwilling to attend graduation because I did not have sufficient respect for the institution. I would love to see changes made that might allow me to feel greater esteem for my accomplishment in earning a Ph.D.
I began my PhD journey in May of 2012 and defended my dissertation in September of 2016. The program I was in was rigorous and I spent many hours each week during the course work to complete my assignments, the bulk of which were 5-7 page papers; at the end of each (8 week) course, there was a signature assignment that was more along the lines of 10-15 page papers. I learned a great deal in these classes. You absolutely need to be intrinsically motivated to succeed at NCU. There is no one there to remind you to submit. You have to know your stuff. APA 6th ed. format is a requirement, and it must be adhered to. I had one chair in the dissertation stage. She was helpful, offered clear feedback and always stayed within the required response times as indicated by NCU. My committee members overall seemed to genuinely care about my research and were also helpful, articulate. They all challenged me, asked difficult questions and as a result, my dissertation is something I am truly proud of. It is hard to stay motivated and focused for four+ years, essentially give your life over to academics while still working full time. I would recommend NCU to someone who is a self-starter, who doesn't need a ton of affirmation. While my academic adviser always had the correct answers, and got me the information I needed, she wasn't my personal cheerleader or advocate. The expectation is that students are independent learners, workers and self-advocates. The only real frustration I experienced was with the length of the Institutional Review Board Review. However, my friends who have studied in brick and mortar schools have shared that the situation with IRBs is tricky everywhere. I loved my experience at NCU. I am glad I did it. And... I am glad to have those three magical letters after my name now ;)
Consumer Beware. Financial Aid services were NOT transparent, and/or forthcoming in information, which sadly reflect upon the entire university. Poor/miscommunication was common between departments, Professor was caring, as well as proficient. Although I did well in the course at NCU, the institution was problematic My overall experience with this institution concerning resolution was both time consuming and exacerbating. If you're looking for an institution of both quality and integrity, you may want to look elsewhere. .
I found the program to be excellent. The instructors were always available to the students. At the beginning of each class a personal call was made from the professor to the student. During the class, personal calls were scheduled if needed. In addition, the professors would respond at anytime to personal emails. The staff was highly efficient. The Doctorate program was difficult, as should be expected. I highly recommend Northcentral University
They lie. The instructors do not answer you. There is not a scholarship. This is what they use to get you to sign up. Everything they say they will do. They do not do. There is not a tablet or free book voucher. The school costs "increases magically" as soon as you enroll. And... they lie about disenrollment. So make sure they aren't still charging you.
Believe all the stories reported with 3 or below stars. I am an optimistic individual and refused to believe the worst of an accredited university. But its all true you get the run around and drained of all your dollars especially veterans. We are a guaranteed check...just say no and attend any other university than NCU. Do not waste your GI Bill with this program. I hate to see another veteran taken advantage of because Uncle Sam is willing to pay for your degree.
I thought an online program would a piece meal, but the NCU program was highly demanding. It took me 6 years and 9 months to complete the program and I have no regrets. Encountered some difficult mentors along the journey, but despite that it was a rewarding experience. NCU is not for the lazy or faint hearted. You must be filling to work hard for the grades.
They are a RIP OFF. They LIE to lure you in, then hit you up with nickel and dime new monthly charges. They hit you up a month or two into your program to charge you for "Materials" each month even though there are none. They tell you weeks into your program that they will charge you monthly for books that you can not keep. They LIE about the amount of work that will be assigned and time needed to complete in order to get you to enroll. They LIE and add on frivolous charges AFTER you enroll and pay your $21K. i wish there was a place for all current and past students to communicate and connect to explore a class action suit against them. I recommend you DON'T CHOSE THIS so called UNIVERSITY I recommend you DON'T WASTE YOUR $$$$$
I took 3 classes at this college - and I use the term 'college' loosely. Classes follow this format: Week 1. (No lecture) Activity: Choose 5 scholarly articles and write about them. 3-5 pages, APA formatted. Week 2. Choose 5 different scholarly articles and write about them. Complete a synthesis matrix for these articles - information about a synthesis matrix can be found via a Google search. Etc. I am not kidding - part of the directions for assignments include Google searching for students to learn how to accomplish the weekly activity. There are no lectures. There are a few 'suggested readings' per week that have little or nothing to do with the week's assignment. Grading is either 100% no matter what you do, or graded down for imaginary issues that aren't in the requirements for that week - depending on the teacher. I thought maybe it was just those few classes, but I asked around in the forums, and apparently that's the NCU model. Pick a topic, and write a paper every week. For 2K+ a class. Very badly done, and I have no idea how this school is accredited.