Northcentral University Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (147)
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.
I attended NCU and paid over $15,000 out of pocket. I was locked out of my course due to a mistake by the accounting department. I had proof that it was not my fault. The accounting department did not update my credit card information which I had provided them. After locking me out of my course half way through they informed me not only did i owe the remaining tuition for those course but I also had to pay for them a second time in order to complete them. I spoke with their collections manager who was rude and unprofessional to say the least. She would not listen to anything I had to say and then threatened to ruin my credit if I did not pay the balance in full. I then asked to speak with her boss and she hung up on me. I tried to call her back repeatedly and she either sent me straight to voice mail or picked up and hung up.
Northcentral University is only interested in profit. They are the most corrupt dishonest company I have ever dealt with. After consulting with an attorney I found out that I am one of thousands of people that they have scammed. Do yourself a favor and stay away from this scam of a university.
Exceptional School. I am very happy with all of my mentors and the entire supported team. They are professional and take care of business every time I call or ask them. I highly recommend Northcentral University to you or any other student.
If you're considering this university, don't. Changes to requirements are made constantly, and your academic advisors will change even more frequently. Ask them a question, and you'll get no response until a month later when you get a generic email telling you your advisor has changed.
When you get to your dissertation, a committee member may just disappear costing time and money because your paper couldn't be returned with a review within the stated timeline (this could result in over a month's delay). Your committee may approve your paper multiple times and submit it to someone anonymous in OAR only to have it rejected multiple times...costing more time and money. Or your committee chair may forget to check the box that sends your paper onto the OAR and cause a two or three week delay that costs you more time and money.
All of that probably sounds unbelievable, but it's happened to me. It's amazing this school has kept its accreditation. This university is extremely unprofessional and unorganized.