Northcentral University Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (174)
I cannot with a good conscience recommend this school. You teach yourself and instructors are paper-graders. Faculty and staff pretty much come and go. They had several different provosts during my stay. There are lots of issues with good instructors who feel they are not valued, nor receive tenure. The coursework is relatively easy. The comprehensive exam is a little challenging. Then the dissertation is a nightmare. What makes it more difficult is that being an online school, the student does not have immediate access to his or her chair. I attended about seven years. Everything is fine until you run into issues, then the truth is revealed. Don't forget it is a for-profit institution and run by business people, not educators. You feel proud (Maybe) to have the doctorate, but you earned it in sweat and money.
I have mixed feelings with regard to the program I completed at NCU. I had no problems with billing or financial aid. I had two advisers during my time and both were fairly helpful. In my experience, the coursework was extremely rigorous. With the exception of two professors, I basically taught myself the material through reading assigned articles, books and conducting online research. I did learn a lot but it was through my own hard work and determination. I had two instructors that I would rate as excellent and one that showed no support or flexibility. He must have graduated from military school. Several years ago, I completed my Bachelor's Degree in a traditional classroom environment. I found attending classes online to be much more time consuming and challenging than that of a traditional educational environment. Only attend NCU if you have a lot of time to complete assignments. You do not get holidays off and it is a lot of work! I am so happy to be finished with my degree. It feels great to not have a large writing assignment due every weekend!
I'm not sure if many people get that ALL universities are FOR PROFIT now... even if they don't say that, and many people pay a lot of money for colleges and still get treated like crap. I was at UVA... it cost $40K a year and most of the the professors never had time for you. I had a STAT's 2 teacher who couldn't speak English clearly and no one in the department would help me. I had an advisor who was nuts - even got arrested for grand larceny, but he's still there. So please don't think that in-person universities are better. I'd rather know that I'm at a for profit university - they know their job is to take care of their customers. I did a lot of research to find NCU. Yes, you have to be responsible for keeping up with your progress and finances, because the advisors are just logistics people, but I've also had some really amazing professors who have far surpassed the quality of instruction I received in UVA's grad program. My research writing has improved significantly because of the professors at NCU. The books that they select and the sequential design of my program has allowed me to build one skill on top of the next. The feedback that I've received from most of the professors has been great. I used to ask for help at UVA and they called me lazy... they made me second guess my abilities during a serious medical issue... so I left. NCU has much better about accommodating me. FYI - it is a great bang for the buck, especially when compared to the money I paid at UVA and got very little back for it.
I am about half through my graduate degree. I am very happy with the program. It is very hard, sometimes very challenging to get assignments completed each week, however that is my time scheduling issue. If you have a full schedule, family, work, etc this program work well. Mentors are helpful and have given great feedback on all my assignments.
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.