Northcentral University Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (174)
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.
My experience was consistent with some other posts. Classes were fine for an online school My big problem is the dissertation phase. I have spent two years, and feel the chair does not want me to proceed at a reasonable pace. I do not feel like I am learning about how to perform research. Going to NCU was a decision I regret.
Classes are not conducive to an adult learning experience. Offers a lot of busy work. One would have to spend at least 25 or more hours each week in order to fulfill weekend assignments while at work full time. Another issue, zero feedback...you are given a textbook and direct orders to fulfill assignments without any further instruction or class time. I have no idea who my classmates are! Totally unacceptable experience.
I attended Northcentral Univ. 2013. The P.HD program is not what it seems. I took my first course- Foundations for Doctoral Study in Business. I made an A- for that class. But my second class dealt with Marketing and a much older teacher, was very confusing. The study materials were sort of 9th or 10th level books. They want you to turn in a cover sheet for each assignment. You have one week to do each assignment. If, you get an older instructor (you’re probably in trouble because the University has it course syllabus to follow by, but the older instructor has his own course syllabus that he wants you to follow. And don't miss one little tiny, citation on a 6 pages report using APA style. They will put you on probation-warning to expel you, instead of mentoring you like a professional Professor would do. I lie not to you about this University. It cost me $2570 for one course. So, if you drop-out of a class in the middle of a semester or had a fall-out with an instructor, and you probably will later down the road. They still want their $2570 from you, or they will send it to a collection-placed on your credit report. Your credit score would drop by 10 to 15 points, believe me, it will hurt your credit score when it’s in a collection status. But it’s your choice, if you decide to attend Northcentral University.
My experience at Northcentral University was devastating. The cost of this University is outrageous for the service that you receive. They call their teachers "Mentors" when no one really mentor you, you are pretty much teaching yourself. The mentors provide you with the syllabus and grade your weekly homework. After attending this school for over four years and failed one class, I made an appeal and dismissed from the University. I asked to speak to the Dean of my school, I was denied, everyone I talked to had no advice for me, only to offer me a Masters in place of my Doctors degree, I declined being that I already have two Masters. I really heart broken that all the loans I have accumulated only to end up with nothing. I don't know no more now than I new when I started with this institution. My advice, DO NOT, I repeat DO NOT enroll in this University, it is a huge rip off
When I started my program, I was very excited. I had a great experience my first class; my teacher engaged me and created opportunity for deeper thinking. However, from there, the value of my program disintegrated to the point where I am considering leaving with only 7 weeks left. The other instructors I have had have not been helpful; to call them a "mentor" would be a joke. I had to request a change for one of them because she was so awful. The courses have not been insightful and most of the assignments are repeats of that previous assignments.
My BBA degree is concentrated on marketing. You can expect to take a lot of business related and prep classes. An example of a prep class I liked involved putting a resume together. The is no portal where other students interact. I wish that there was at times because you are teaching yourself and trying to understand directions on your own.
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.
The WORST experience ever, and I'm an educator! The courses aren't too bad...some fairly easy, some harder but in classes like stats, being an island is tough. The Ph.D. "mentors" or dissertation "chairs" are a joke for the most part. They have 3 weeks to return anything and often took a month or more, so you end up extending your program by months and months...more money for them, less for you. My Mentor never, in 2 years of working on the dissertation sent me an e-mail that wasn't replete with spelling and grammar errors, never seemed to know what I was talking about with statistical analysis, and when she wouldn't reply to something and I'd finally get a hold of her she'll tell me she needed a nap, or would do it after she took a nap. Apparently she often forgot to get up again. REALLY? If I weren't so vested in their stupid program I would have dropped it a long time ago. The mentors and chairs don't respond well to complaints however, and you'll never get through the program if you do. Best course of action is keep your mouth shut, pay and pay and pay your money, get out of there and THEN write the accrediting agency. Better yet...don't go there to begin with.
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.