Northcentral University Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (140)
Prior to attending NCU, I had completed 24 credits beyond the Masters at a local state college. However, I was not able to continue at the state college primarily due to working a full time job. I transfered into NCU after several years of trying to find a regionally accredited college that offered a PhD part time/online. I found NCU to be very rigorous and writing intensive.
The program was well designed and the courses fit rather nicely with one another. I found the Dissertation phase to be rather demanding. There were tough times, and much effort was required. Ultimately, I completed my Dissertation and was awarded the degree. It took ten years from the time I started in the local state college to the time I received my Doctorate at NCU. I would recommend NCU because the program is flexible, rigorous, and well designed. In the end, I had a published Dissertation that I was very happy with. I found the degree to be rather well received by employers and it helped me to obtain a better job than I had previously. Finally, I would like to say that when you finish, you should attend the graduation in person. It is a once in a lifetime experience!
This school is definitely for independent and critical thinkers. The program is rigorous and I am learning a whole lot more than I have at traditional universities. I highly recommend this school if you are up for the challenge.
Am nearing completion of my MBA (Public Adiministration) with NCU and have contemplated whether or not I wish to continue at NCU for my DBA
. My experience over the past 2 years are mixed, so let me explain... (1) it is 100% ONLINE, (2) there are some phenomenal instructors and there are some that are just there, and (3) you must be an independent and disciplined student for this university.
With that being said, throughout my time at NCU, all of my instructors have been phenomenal apart from 1. There's ALWAYS 1 in the crowd that lowers the bar. In my undergrad studies (Molecular/Cellular Biology) at Colo State University, I had good and room-for-improvement professors. I think this is in any profession.
I may not have been happy with everything at NCU, but I can honestly say that overall, I am satisfied with my education and I would recommend this online university to potential students. Just be aware that this 100% online, you must be independent, hard-working, and self-learner; otherwise this might not be the program for you.
For the record, tuition has hiked immensely since I first started 2 years ago, but tuition is always rising in every university across the US & worldwide. It is reasonably price when comparing with other online universities.
Unfortunately, there are strict admission guidelines that a student must be in continuous enrollment with no greater than a 28 day (give or take a few days) break without a leave of absence
Again, as a continuing student, there is a BIG responsibility and if you're not up for the challenges and rules, then look for another program and stop whining.
I came to NCU for my PhD in psychology after graduate work at another (bricks and mortar) institution. Many credits transferred directly, and I didn't have problems interacting with anyone. I teach at an undergraduate school, and I really like the 1:1 experience better as a student. I am currently getting ready to defend my dissertation, so am all but done.
Of the classes I took, I had fantastic mentors, mediocre mentors, and one that was particularly poor. However, it was up to me to put in the work. I had to ask for clarification and do the research to get the most out of my classes. I had good books for most of the courses and since I got to choose a good number, was very interested in the coursework. It was overall a great experience until after comps.
The dissertation process is something altogether different. My chair dropped out after my concept paper, and the requirements changed then, too. That meant more time working with a new chair who wanted to put her stamp on my dissertation in addition to fixing things to meet the new requirements. This process has been pretty murky, and since everything has changed several times, has been very frustrating at times. It's a lot of hoop jumping--but that's something you'll hear from most PhDs. It hasn't been as good as the rest of my NCU experience.
However, I have accomplished my goal with a minimum of extra money and time. It is my hope that the dissertation process will actually be cleaned up and straightened out more soon. Overall, I would recommend the school.
I am currently enrolled in the PhD in Education program. I began in April 2011 and after almost a year, I have been nothing but disappointed. There is no interaction between the learners and the only feedback that you receive from mentors are on assignments. You never speak to anyone, only communicating via email.
This school appealed to me because I'm a full time college instructor, mother, and needed a flexible educational opportunity. This is NOT a good choice! The academic rigor is lacking and the school is frankly disorganized. The syllabus does not match assignments and they require you purchase textbooks but they are never used in the courses.
My academic advisor was hired from a local elementary school to advise PhD students. He has no previous experience in higher education or academic advising. He cannot help me or answer my questions.
Tuition keeps rising and they prey on failing students in courses to force them to repeat and earn additional $$$. It is a business, not a college and a HUGE waste of money. BEWARE!
NCU is a for profit school...period. It's a business. Businesses look to maximize profit. It's all about the money. The curriculum is adequate. Some instructors are good...others...hmmm. Tuition was constantly raised during my time at NCU. In three years it went from about $800 to $1,850 a class. Nothing in my mind will ever justify that increase.
Their accreditation or prestige did not increase but my tuition bill did. So, when you enroll, remember, the deal you are promised might not be the one you get. Bait and switch...plain and simple. That's how I feel about it. Enrollment rules constantly changed...not for the better. I graduated, but in a cost benefit analysis my scales tip against NCU.
NCU is an extremely demanding school. Sure the first few courses are easy. I met one person who thought it was easy at first but came across a very tough instructor and dropped out. I'm getting an EdD and I can say that there have been many times when I questioned whether I wanted to continue because of the demanding course load. But I can say that my mentors though tough are fair and have pushed me past my comfort zone allowing me to have a deeper understanding of the subject matter.
After all isn't that what graduate work is all about. Would recommend NCU only to those who are independent thinkers and learners. This school is not for those who need someone to spell it out for them all the time. I attended Walden and NCU is far better!
I am currently enrolled in my 6th class at NCU. I am pursuing a DBA in Organizational Leadership, but think I might change to the PhD program. I love the flexibility of this program and the mentors are there to help. IT IS A VERY RIGOROUS program. That I cannot lie about about.
If you are looking for a program that is easy, this is not the one for you. You will earn your doctoral degree here. Don't believe all the bad reviews. I almost did not attend this school because of these same reviews. I am glad I gave it a try.
I read some of the reviews that people leave and can only laugh. They didn't accept credits from 15 years ago? A specific mentor didn't email back in a timely manner? I'm a police officer and have been working with NCU for about four years now. I took my local community college Criminal Justice Associates, and rolled it into a Psychology B.A. Now for the past year I've been working on my Psychology M.A. I need the flexibility of online school with my demanding work schedule. The work is not easy, and expect to write a ton of papers for psych; however the college offers a great program, and is REGIONALLY ACCREDITED.
For anyone who knows anything about the accreditation process, or the lack there of...ie diploma mills, this is very important. Thank you NCU, I look forward to finishing up this year!
Northcentral University is a very rigorous doctoral university. The 1:1 relationship I had with my mentors was outstanding, and each transferred more knowledge to me than any professor at a traditional B&M university that I had previously attended.
I feel there are many students accepted to the university who should not have been. I think this is the only flaw I see at NCU. Many of those students who could not make it tend to vent on these message boards making excuses and blaming the university about their inability to meet the requirements. At NCU, mentors do not hold your hand; they expect you to take personal responsibility for your education and are not forced to pass a certain percentage.
If you come to NCU to seek a doctoral degree, just realize that it will be very tough, but the knowledge you gain will be amazing, and if you make it through, you will have earned your doctoral distinction.