Northcentral University Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (150)
It looks like for every negative review NCU is posting a positive one. The school tends to keep students away from the higher ups. Financial aid is joke. I can say that the curriculum is rigorous; however, it is designed as a for profit school. Always be careful of the Last Date of Attendance (LDA) if you log in, they will consider that as attendance for the school. In reality, you could be logging in to see if actions were taken on your account. To resolve your issues try contacting the president at ncu . com Every accrediting agency should be warned about this school and their unfair practices. If you decide that you know longer want to attend ncu, they will butcher your financial aid account to make it appears as though you owe more monies.
I am currently enrolled in this university and seems the positive reviews you read about in this thread apparently planted by the people working in the school. To be honest, I will finish my degree here, however students scouting to enroll should not waste their money in this school. The academic advisers are mere decorations, as well as the teachers who mostly inconsiderate.
There are any mixed reviews of the university, but I can honestly say that every institution will likely have good and bad staff, mentors, etc. I was fortunate to have one dissertation chair for the duration of my dissertation. Many had a change of DCs, which caused more delays for them. My program took me 6 years, 2 months to complete. Is it expensive? Yes. Is it worth the investment of time? Oh yes! Watch your financial statements to make sure loan information matches, so you don't get hosed. Do your homework before selecting a school. Be prepared to be dedicated to your journey. It's not your mentor's journey, they already took theirs.
This school is a hidden gem! The coursework is challenging, the Professors are mentoring and understanding, the financial aid office works with you and the degree is worth it's weight in gold. Thank you for continuing to increase my scholarship and academic knowledge.
One of the worst schools I've ever been a part of. They are money chasers and nothing more. I've been lied to about TA and then charged after being guaranteed I would not be. Prepare to read some articles and just write papers all week. I've made purposeful mistakes just to see if anyone was reading my work. They didn't notice or you get the standard response of some minor grammatical errors. It's been the same response on every paper since the first class. Which is 8 papers a class for 6 classes. I did have one good advisor but the others don't help much. DO NOT ATTEND THIS SCHOOL. It's a waste of time money and effort. The professors do not help you in anyway. They are just a name on a class.
My experience with NCU was positive. The DBA program is a great and it is very rigorous. There were challenges along the way, however, I stayed diligent and worked very hard to complete the program. I had excellent faculty members. Additionally, many of the NCU students and graduates that I have encountered had impressive professional backgrounds (military; major corporations; large nonprofit organizations; government agencies; business owners; etc.) and many came from good B&M schools. I received great support from my peers at NCU. I completed my undergraduate and graduate programs at traditional B&M schools and found NCU to be just as rigorous (if not more). Working on a PhD /Doctorate is a very hard thing to do and doing independently makes it ten times more difficult. To complete a PhD/Doctorate at NCU you will need to have to be willing to put the time and effort into the program; be self-motivated; and do well as an independent researcher. Many that start PhD/Doctorate programs do not finish regardless of the school. NCU is not easy and you will get back what you put in.
Overall, I am please with my choice to attend NCU. I was challenged by the workload, pushed by my instructors, and forced to think differently. I believe this is the purpose of education. I would gladly recommend NCU's doctorate program. It will not be easy, but if you want easy, you should not be pursuing a doctorate degree. My dissertation chair was phenomenal!!! He stayed on me to get things done timely and when he saw me getting discouraged, he encouraged me!! Which, to me, is going above and beyond the call of duty. I really believe the staff cared about my success and I am forever grateful!!!
The experience was good up to dissertation. There was zero support, mentorship, or coaching from my chair. My chair expressed a disdain for me in the process and had no investment in my success and the other dissertation board members where non-existent in the process. The Chair was a tenured professor out of Boston College out and "road blocked" me in the process. He had absolutely no investment in my success!! After going around and around for three years in the dissertation development I gave up and acquired a certificate in business leadership, which is worth nothing as it applies to nothing as a credential. After tens of thousands of dollars I invested along the way having gone through all course work achieving 3.9 accumulated GPA leading up to dissertation... and my dreams/professional goals dashed and what seemed to be high jacked by a dissertation process that was dysfunctional! I regret my affiliation.
DO NOT GO TO THIS SCHOOL! The mentors are ok, but for my internship, it was HORRIBLE. It takes supervisors, assistants, etc. weeks, a few times a month to reply to emails or call you back. Or they never do. When I complained that it took so long to return my calls/emails, the response I received was "there a lot of students, they are busy, etc." The directions are unclear and unorganized. In the 3.5 years I was there I had seven different academic advisors. The dean is rude and condescending. I've been to four universities and this by far the worst! I could go on and on...just go someplace else!
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.