Northcentral University Reviews

  • 259 Reviews
  • Prescott Valley (AZ)
  • Annual Tuition: $18,095
53% of 259 students said this degree improved their career prospects
49% of 259 students said they would recommend this school to others
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Student & Graduate Reviews

  • Reviewed: 5/24/2022
  • Degree: Computer Science
"My experience with northcentral was ok, if you're not motivated to work and learn on your own this school is not for you. I was motivated to change my career from social work to the I.T. field. The information I acquired from this school helped me to land my dream job. Actually, I was offered several excellent jobs and picked the one that suited me the best. For one job I had to resolve a made up scenario that had to be at least a few pages long. I used the information I obtained from northcentral to resolve the issue. The job was head of one of their departments and I was offered the job out of 25 applicants, but decided to take a different offer. Basically, it's all in how you make it!!!!!"
  • Reviewed: 4/19/2022
  • Degree: Accounting
"This school is insulting to my intelligence. They are a for profit school that is it. I do not recommend this school to anyone in anyways for any program you will not at all get what you pay for not even close to learning anything and if you would like to learn anything at all this is not the school. I like to at least learn something anything and I did not it was a mistake going to this school and I regret it with all my heart. Please if your thinking about attending do homework first don't make the mistake I did. I RECCOMEND PLATT COLLEGE THEY ARE A GREAT ACCREDITED SCHOOL I RECIEVE MY BACHELORS DEGREE THEY HAVE ON AND OFF CAMPUS PROGRAMS AND THEY HAVE GREAT PROFESSORS AT RIVERSIDE CAMPUS. I LEARNED SO MUCH IN AND OUT OF CLASS IT LITERALLY IS SO INSULTING TO MY INTELLIGENCE GOING FROM PLATT TO NCU I SHOULD OF KNOWN BETTER I DID NOT MY SCHOOL TAUGHT ME BETTER HOWEVER I DID NOT USE THE TOOLS I WAS TAUGHT. THAT IS MY MISTAKE DON'T MAKE IT YOURS IF I CAN SAVE ONE PERSON FROM DOING SO IT IS WORTH THE LITTLE TIME I SPENT WRITING THIS. GOOD LUCK GUYS THINK 10X B4 SIGNING UP I CAN ALMOST 100% GUARANTEE U WILL REGRET IT AND U WILL NOT LEARN A THING AND WILL NOT BE SATISFIED HOWEVER I WILL BE FAIR AND GIVE U A 98% GUARANTEE INSTEAD."
Ariga Movsesian
  • Reviewed: 4/19/2022
  • Degree: MSW - Clinical
"Very professional staff, great program with knowledgeable professors and doctors. The school and MSW program were awesome. It has opened lots of doors in my career path and my experience was beyond excellent with professors, counselor, classes and students. Thank you Northcentral."
  • Reviewed: 4/15/2022
  • Degree: Education
"I would not recommend Northcentral University. If you are serious about your online education, do not attend NCU. The online department of this school is extremely unprofessional. They will disconnect a call if the employee cannot answer your question. They do not care about your GPA or how hard you work and take your education seriously. The school's agenda is to make money and impact the school's bottom line. You will not find the support you need to complete your program. My advisor quit and I was not notified. This school will withhold stipends for as long as possible before releasing them. I completed my first year at this school for a PhD in education I only experienced two professors that gave relevant feedback during that year. Coaches at the school need 24-48 hours before a scheduled appointment (you have been warned). There will be no support for quick questions as all correspondence takes 48-72 hours to get back to you at the least. There are no discussion areas not even in the commons area. The commons area is to push the school's agenda. The material they provide is all outdated and it is up to the student to find relevant material. Most of the material that is offered does not reflect the current course topic. I only experienced one course that provided relevant study material. You will learn at NCU if you are an independent student but be warned if any problem does come up, you will slip through the NCU's cracks. NCU's system is set up to capitalize on your failure not your success."
  • Reviewed: 4/11/2022
  • Degree: Education
"I have attended multiple online schools and received multiple degrees (Bachelor and Master). I was at NCU for 4 years working on my PhD but I have since withdrawn due to their "for-profit" and unethical practices. First, throughout my courses there were a couple of red flags but all online schools have a couple of red flags. I had one instructor who refused to grade per the assignment rubric because she said she didn't create the course so she wasn't going to follow rubrics or assignment instructions. Second, the courses use free online books, TED talks, You Tube videos, or whatever they can find free for each class. The instructors are not capable of teaching and none of the TED talks or You Tube lectures are made by NCU instructors. The textbook in one of my courses was the same textbook I used to get my Master's in Education over 10 years ago!! It was from 2007 and outdated. Third, when the software updates and the free online assignments are no longer valid, the instructors will not look into it and will only grade from their answer sheet. When I went onto the school commons discussion board to ask if other students were having the same problem, my advisor told me students are not allowed to go on the commons for problems in their course. Fourth, I had an instructor who would only check into his NCU students once a week. On that day, he would respond to any email questions and grade assignments. If he could not get to your assignment or missed your email, you have to wait until the following week for him to get to your assignment or email. He is very open about this policy and it is posted right in his courses so NCU is well aware of this low quality instructor. These red flags are just in getting through the courses. I went to such a high quality, rigorous school for my Master's that I did not learn anything new in my PhD courses at NCU. Then I went into my dissertation. Everything went fine for the most part until after my study. My chair did drag her feet a bit in the first three chapters, enough to drag out the extensions but the feedback was good and my dissertation kept moving forward. The problems started after my study was completed. My chair would only review a section or a few paragraphs of a section each time. The feedback was minimal. I went into counseling because of my frustration and my counselor advised that most dissertation committees haze their dissertation students. However, mine quickly felt like it was beyond hazing and it was just so the school could make money. My final straw was when I turned in my DM and my chair gave me a 6 minute feedback about how I needed to rewrite chapter 1 because her personal experiences didn't match the research I had used in my chapter 1, this was over a year after chapter 1 had been approved. I did some extra research into this because I felt this feedback was unethical. That is when I found the prior class-action lawsuit. I went through the file for the class-action lawsuit and more then 90% of the line items had also been my experience. That is when I realized that NCU is still running as a for-profit school, even though they now claim to be a non-profit school, and they were intentionally dragging out my dissertation to maximize their money. My chairperson may have been hazing me but she also wanted all the money from putting me into extension courses. Since I have withdrawn, I owe over $3000 because I went into the second week of my course doing the extra research into the ethics of the school. I have been contacted up to 3 times a day to either pay up or reenroll and the school uses all the same phone tricks the spam calling companies use. This is one of the worst online universities. I'm sure you can find worse but there are a multitude of better universities that are completely online. Also, I have since learned that a teaching certificate is required to teach at the university level. This is something NCU does not offer and their admission advisors specifically say a teaching certificate is not required because once you receive an EdD or PhD from NCU, you will be able to teach in higher education."
  • Reviewed: 3/23/2022
  • Degree: Psychology
"I do NOT recommend this school. The 1:1 model is an absolute joke and professors will not answer your questions other than copy and pasting the assignment into the email. Anytime I’ve asked a question via email I get a 1 sentence response. You write paper after paper with no lectures or group discussion to have your professor give you an A and tell you good work. Feedback is never more than 2-3 sentences and any constructive feedback Is only around APA formatting. The professors do not put together the course work and many times the articles are inaccessible or extremely outdated. Don’t ask for help looking for an article, they will tell you that they are there to help you develop your research skills yet do absolutely nothing for you at all. The learning platform is extremely buggy and glitchy as well as their email with Outlook. I had 3 different academic advisors over the course of my 2 years in the program. I had 1 or 2 decent professors who were friendly and offered thoughtful feedback, but overall I was highly unimpressed with the professors and frankly unsure what they are paid for. If you do the assignments you’ll get an A but get used to reading 10 journal articles a week with lengthy essays each week. Overall you get what you put in but I found it challenging to learn or retain information through this program and do not see it or any use in my professional career"
Kelly Law
  • Reviewed: 3/14/2022
  • Degree: Education
"I’m currently in an Education program. I’m two classes away from finishing and I can’t stand this place anymore. Got a warning letter because I was supposedly being “unprofessional” by standing up to a “professor” who thinks that she is better than the students and had a narcissistic attitude, but I get in trouble! I have two degrees from a different school and I was happy there. I had no issues with that school, but here? You get no help, whatsoever. Half of the professors are awesome! The other half need to be fired! The one-to-one approach doesn’t work, when they belittle the student. My current academic advisor isn’t helping either. The only department that did help was Financial Aid! I’m earning a degree that won’t help me obtain an online teaching position. If I wasn’t close to finishing the program, I’d withdraw! Don’t go here! It’s not worth the stress!"
  • Reviewed: 3/4/2022
  • Degree: Education
"Unfortunately this review has been up and down. I have not felt supported by my committee at all. My loans are so much and I have made progress bit by bit and this has been with outsourcing my support from coaches and editors to assist with editing. I have hit delays after delay. Setback after setback. I have gone through almost every course sequence. There resources are there and I have used all of them. I lost my entire passion of completing this program. My only goal is merely to finish since investing so much time and money. I am currently unmotivated. I had to take a delay to reset my mind. I feel like my committee has no interest in seeing me finish. There is a positive here but also some negatives. It has been great seeing the rapport my cohorts have had with their chairs and seeing them at the finish line has been a motivation."
Single Mom
  • Reviewed: 3/2/2022
  • Degree: Legal Studies
"Northcentral is an online school that seems to be trying to improve its academic reputation by bearing down on students, most of whom are working adults and single parents, by imposing unreasonable rules and showing zero support even when you have a legitimate issue. For one, they allow NO late assignments, and no make-up work (their reasoning is you don't get extensions in the real legal world -- but everyone who works in the legal field knows that extensions are the norm.) And by no late/makeup work I mean you can't even be a day or two late with something because of work or family obligations -- they don't take off points, they just won't accept it at all (immediate "F"). Compounding the issue is that their platform is chaotic with tons of glitches, but they act like that's your problem and you better work around it or your grade will suffer. I've taken classes at far more prestigious colleges where they don't treat students this way. I'm transferring out of the program after ONE semester."
  • Reviewed: 2/21/2022
  • Degree: Psychology
"I enrolled to complete an MS in Industrial-Organizational Psychology in 2016 and ended up completing an MA in Psychology with an emphasis in Industrial-Organizational Psychology in 2018. The program structure accommodated my full-time work schedule, which was great. I could do one class at a time and finished in 2 years. My professors were easy to contact via email and phone, even when they were busy, which was good. When I started the program, I was excited to learn more about I/O Psych and really get into the applied research and testing components that grad school provides. I was ready to participate in groups and discuss employee motivations, hiring data analysis, training and leadership techniques, and all other I/O elements. I was excited to start because the program website promised work in research methods and data analysis applicable in the framework of I/O psychology and investigation of empirically supported interventions for research, administration, or practice of I/O psychology. After starting program, I realized that most of the classes were carbon copies of my undergraduate program (Child Development, Social Psychology, History and Systems, etc.) The course on Research Design offered no actual applied research. I had 2-3 actual courses that featured I/O elements but ended up writing papers just like in undergrad. In the program duration, I took one test and wrote about 95 papers and presentations. I referenced research others had done for each assignment but never performed my own research or analyzed my own data. I was instructed to do all the assignment work on my own with no partner or group interaction, which seemed counterintuitive for the purposes of the degree field. The NCU virtual commons was available, but I didn't have time with a full-time work schedule. In the end, I've received a degree that cost about $30K in loans, put my education level above potential bosses that could hire me but don't since my education is higher than theirs, and gave me no experience to use towards a better-paying or more fulfilling job, except how to really use MS Office. I wish I would've enrolled in a certification program that gave me an actual skill for a fraction of the cost instead of being led to believe that a specified MS degree with a promise of an internship post-graduation would become an MA degree with an emphasis and no internship whatsoever. Don't go for this degree unless you already have the I/O field experience. You won't get that experience here."
  • Reviewed: 2/17/2022
  • Degree: Marriage & Family Therapy
"Truly wanted to like this school. They claim to have a one-on-one teaching style. This is far from the truth. Each week you have a couple of articles to read, a maybe 20-minute video to watch (poorly done), and a chance of a slideshow to go over and that it. After submitting your paper or assignment you'll be lucky to get more than a few sentences of feedback. Some of which are just a confirmation that I "Did well". You will get no expansion on any topics, no in-depth conversations, and no actual learning from the professors. I am severely disappointed with this school. The administration process is incredibly involved but beyond that, you are on your own. After realizing this is the worst possible set-up for me I learned that you are financially responsible for that course after the first week. The first week of each course is an introduction to the professor and a broad introduction to the main concepts. How would this be enough time for me to withdraw from the course? After talking with this week's academic advisor I was told that "maybe online learning was not for me." Well maybe online teaching is not for you NCU. Don't sign up for this amount of stress go with another school."
  • Reviewed: 2/12/2022
  • Degree: Computer Science
"I’m enjoying the tech innovation management PhD program. It’s hard, very rigorous, and demanding. It is not at all for the faint of heart. I have a very high GPA, and I also earned a scholarship. If you need a lot of constant support to do your work and write it may not be the right program. The one on one model is to get clarification and guidance- not to teach you. If you’re unable to set aside 20-30 hours a week for you research and assignments, it’s not for you. But, I don’t know of any accredited PHD programs that don’t require a lot of you, and you are teaching yourself with these programs. This was a great decision for me, and I feel confident I will greatly benefit from attending the school."
  • Reviewed: 11/3/2021
  • Degree: Business Administration
"I have always been an honor student, with a GPA of 3.84 or above at any school I have attended, including CSU, UC Denver, and SMC: three traditional brick-and-mortar schools. I attended NCU for the convenience of being able to study at my own pace while working 2 jobs as a single mother. I found my instructors to be intelligent, knowledgeable, and helpful. The requirements to teach there are higher than for many other universities I have seen. Yes, you are required to study on your own, without an instructor holding your hand. Most online programs are like that. If you need to be spoon-fed the information, then online classes are probably not for you. However, if I had any questions, my instructors were there to assist me, and it is a requirement that your chair speak with you by phone at the commencement of each course. The program is set up so that you tackle each portion/chapter of the dissertation individually, adding to your previous work until it is complete. It is an iterative process, and for me, there was much back and forth communication between the members of my committee and me. It was a rigorous program, as required in order for them to obtain accreditation. The Comps were the most difficult exams I have ever written. This is not a "diploma mill". If you do not pass your comps, you do not get to move on with the Ph.D. program. Just like at any other university. I don't know about the bachelor's and master's programs but I was satisfied with the Ph.D.program. My only complaint would be that the price of the courses increases with each course."
John M
  • Reviewed: 10/24/2021
  • Degree: Psychology
"I graduated with a PhD in General Psychology in 2009. I was very pleased with my learning experiences at the school and have found the credential well accepted for teaching purposes. Yes, even in 2008 it was expensive but I knew this going into the program. The one on one experiences I had with faculty were very meaningful and I appreciated the feedback I got on my writing assignments. The dissertation modules were co fusing at times but at the end of the program I could see the method to the madness. Folks, this isn't the ki d of program where you'll be interacting with a bunch of students on the same journey. If you want that, join a social media group of learners. To make it through NCU, you need to be self motivated. If you can do that, you'll find the program to be well worth your time."
Angela Poinsett
  • Reviewed: 9/21/2021
  • Degree: Education
"THIS IS A CORRESPONDENCE PROGRAM. NO TEACHING EVER OCCURS. You teach yourself and use computer generated feedback. IF you WANT to pay for ZERO LEARNING OR INSTRUCTION this is the place for you. ONLY CONCERNED if your papers are in APA FORMAT. NO consistency with “professors or feedback or information given in their HIGHLY recommended workshops MONEY GRAB the LOW, 30%, graduation RATE ISNT DUE TO QUALITY OF GRADUATES IS DUE TO students get wise and dropping out of ridiculous program."
Dr. Israel
  • Reviewed: 8/30/2021
  • Degree: Network Security
"I just graduated Aug 2021. For any military considering completing their PhD, this is the school you need. The school is recognized in regard to the education requirements by the DoD. The coursework is not easy, yet the instructors assist you throughout the dissertation process. The student advisors are on top of checking in with you on progress checks. This is not an easy school to attend, your doctoral journey is DIFFICULT, but in my honest opinion this is the best school particularly for military members."
dissatisfied doctoral student
  • Reviewed: 7/15/2021
  • Degree: Computer Science
"I wouldn't typically write a review online, but the experience I am having with NORTHCENTRAL UNIVERSITY in California is beyond disappointing, concerning, and frankly beyond belief! I am enrolled in a Computer Science doctoral program, first two courses went well, I got "A's" and though they were tough, I did enjoy them. Third course, a whole other story. In the 6th week now (out of 8), none of my assignments have earned higher than an "C+" I have that and 3 "F"s, and another assignment that the instructor wont accept. I have been a Computer systems professional for 25 years, and a College educator for 10 years. This is the WORST excuse for a school I have seen. It is IMPOSSIBLE to contact anyone at the college other than your instructor, your advisor (which I didn't have for almost 2 months), the head of advising , financial aid or registrars office. ALL administrators at NORTHCENTRAL UNIVERSITY are completely shielded behind a wall. The program is billed as a "one on one with your instructor". I have received better help from a cat! NORTHCENTRAL UNIVERSITY offer a "student assistance center" that supposedly can help with proofreading, and a second pair of eyes, etc. Well I'll tell you you had better be a psychic and know you will need help the Tuesday after next on a paper to get scheduled as there are no resources available. Out of sheer frustration I contacted the Dean of the college I am attending. Rahter than being concerned, he was "Flabbergasted to hear from me". Apparently not that my problem was concerning, but the fact I was able to contact him, and I got sent back down the chain of command. SAVE YOUR MONEY, SAVE YOUR FUTURE...... AVOID NORTHCENTRAL UNIVERSITY AT ALL COSTS!"
  • Reviewed: 6/28/2021
  • Degree: Sports Management
"After graduating from college, I struggled to find a graduate school that would accept me due to my GPA not being a 2.75. Thankfully, I found NCU. The classes were well organized, the first class I completed focused on time management and how to value your greatest asset in life. I still use skills taught in that course nearly 10 years later! The staff support was great, I was able to complete the program in 18 months. Soon after completion, I began working in education as a teacher. From day one, I was compensated for earning a masters degree. While attending NCU my GPA improved drastically and In 2020, I was accepted to the Ed. S program at the University of Mississippi. I'm on track to complete this degree by December 2021. Now, NCU is definitely near the top of my list of schools to complete my Ed D. If your self- driven and self-discipline, NCU is the place for you too!"
  • Reviewed: 4/15/2021
  • Degree: Education
"Northcentral University provides rigorous curricula delivered by scholars who are experts in their fields. Programs are well designed with professors establishing high standards of performance for students. NCU degrees are earned not given. Therefore, when the degree is conferred, it actually holds merit, and the recipient can be proud in knowing that their hard work in conjunction with guidance from true scholars got them to the finishline. I've attended courses and/or online programs at four universities... NCU is by far the exemplar of institutions of higher learning online. The 1-1 model is convenient and personal attention is great for people who want to advance their knowledge and attain higher degrees while working full or part-time. However, any online program also requires a student to be self-directed and self-motivated. Do not expect to have your hand held. A degree is HARD WORK...NOT A HAND OUT. I get sick of reading posts from whiny, disgruntled students who want an advanced degree but dont want to WORK for it. I am honored to be an alum of NCU. Thanks for the great ride NCU!! I love my alma mater."
  • Reviewed: 3/26/2021
  • Degree: Education
"Unfortunately, after I enrolled, I learned this is a PHD program that accepts over 90% of unqualified PHD candidates who were rejected by accredited universities. The students here have poor academic records or backgrounds, so this program is their only chance to complete doctoral level work. The program is a series of templates and modules, not a rigorous PHD program. Run!"