Northcentral University Reviews

  • 236 Reviews
  • Prescott Valley (AZ)
  • Annual Tuition: $17,917
53% of 236 students said this degree improved their career prospects
50% of 236 students said they would recommend this school to others
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Student & Graduate Reviews

  • Reviewed: 11/15/2020
  • Degree: MSW
  • Graduation Year: 2023
"I would NOT recommend this school! I will list the pros and cons below: Pros: -NO weekly discussions -Offers scholarships (if you're lucky enough to get one, consider yourself extremely lucky) -Professors are nice -Allows three week extensions on classes if you are not ready to complete by the end of the class (without penalty), if you have a reasonable excuse Cons: -Have yet to find tutors specific to my program -Financial/academic counselor dropped the ball a few times (I'm only speaking of one particular advisor, I do not know about others) -Professors are very hands off (some people may like this; I did not) -Cannot access your course until the day the class starts (this is a bummer since I wanted to get in and start reading the material) -Not able to see where my cumulative GPA is or completed classes with grades are (previous schools, I was able to locate this easily so that I can see what my cumulative GPA was) -NO interactive learning whatsoever -A bunch of reading and writing, there is NOTHING engaging about the program. VERY BORING -EXPENSIVE Overall, I really am not enjoying this school and am actively looking for other online MSW programs in addition to my local university's in person program. I absolutely do not recommend this school if you are looking for more of an interactive setting. The only really great thing about this school is that there are no weekly discussions, however at this point, I'd rather have that than deal with the experience of this school."
  • Reviewed: 11/11/2020
  • Degree: Social Work
  • Graduation Year: 2022
"The cost of attendance is outrageous. I decided to leave school after a few classes and pursue my education elsewhere. I was worried I would never earn my degree after the lawsuits I read with this university. Now that I submitted my withdrawal from the university, everybody has magically disappeared and no one will get back to me. I have contacted them 3 times now and still no response. The program was boring and basically do the exact same thing each week. The professor I had was very nice but I had a feeling she, along with other professors, don't have a cap on the number of students they have, making it difficult for them to get to all questions relatively soon."
Aaron Phillips
  • Reviewed: 10/12/2020
  • Degree: Business Administration
  • Graduation Year: 2019
"Overall, I learned a lot! The professors pushed me and gave me detail responses with how I could improve. I did not have any issues with my professors and all my emails were responded to quickly. Academics is not my thing, but our society is demanding it more and more.. After getting involved and pushing myself, I graduated and so happy I did. Getting this degree improved my writing, business knowledge, and leveraged my career."
DBA Student Leaving the Program
  • Reviewed: 10/7/2020
  • Degree: Business Administration
  • Graduation Year: 2022
"I am currently in the Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) program. I already have two graduate degrees and wanted to pursue the DBA for personal reasons. This program has been a huge disappointment for the following reasons: (1) It may be true that the professors have PHDs, but they lack robust assessment experience. The professors really know little to nothing about how to assess students based on the assignment and course objectives. (2) The program and professors do not use rubrics. This is a huge mistake. Most of the professors use the "wet finger in the air" method to grade papers and assignments. They do not know what they are doing. Using rubrics would help both the professors and the students have a clear pathway to how assessment works and understanding expectations. (3) The course objectives do not align with the assignments. The course objectives state one thing, but the assignments reflect other subjects and topics that are not delineated in the course objectives. (4) Most of the assignments within a course are also contradictory. For example, there are "personal narratives" mixed in with peer-reviewed research requirements. Again, it is evident that neither the program managers nor the professors understand anything about assessment, continuity, or closing the loop. (5) The professors are unreasonable and inflexible. The professors have a "my way or the highway" mentality. (6) The professors' grading methods do not align with best practices. One professor stated to me that she does not "give 100% to any student on assignments." Obviously, this professor is misguided and knows nothing about assessment as previously mentioned. (7) The department is unresponsive to student concerns. Administrators ignore any feedback provided from students. It is not clear who is really in charge or making decisions in the DBA program. I submitted some very valid concerns to the School of Business over 30 days ago. I have not received a response of any kind. (8) This program is far too expensive for students to pay for ill-prepared faculty, for faculty who have no detailed assessment experience, and for administrators who ignore student concerns and feedback. I will be voting with my feet."
Nicole O'Shea
  • Reviewed: 9/24/2020
  • Degree: Higher Education
  • Graduation Year: 2020
"My Northcentral Story… Earlier this year I was a doctoral student studying at Concordia University, Portland with only six months left to finish my doctorate; and the school decided to close down! I was completely devastated and uncertain about my future. Other Concordia Universities came forward and offered transfers that came with a very high price, as many of them were insisting that students take as much as five additional courses at their own time and expense. Even students like me that only had months left to finish their doctorate; they were really trying to take advantage of a desperate situation. Then my academic advisor told me about Northcentral University. This University handled the situation extraordinary well. Firstly, they hired faculty and staff from Concordia, Portland. Secondly, Northcentral faculty posted many videos specifically for Concordia students that were empathic to our situation and clearly explained the transfer process involved and answered any questions or concerns that we had. Northcentral University was willing to accept previous IRB approval, transfer all completed academic credits, and waver any additional entrance fees. The transfer process did include attending a “Sorting Course” for only an eight week period that allowed students to transfer the work that they had already completed for their dissertation to be transferred to the Northcentral dissertation template. After this process was complete, I was assigned an academic advisor, a reading specialist, and a content specialist that all contributed to the competition of my doctorate. The doctoral process is a difficult one, but I was truly amazed at the amount of support and guidance that was offered to me by Northcentral University. In terms of personal support, student advisors personally called and e-mailed to see how I was progressing. In terms of academic support, I was allowed to keep my academic advisor from Concordia, and she was always in contact with me and supported me every step of the process. The Northcentral website has an Academic Success Center that allows students to join in group chats or individual classes to discuss any issues involved in the doctoral process. They also have an extensive reference library that allows access to ProQuest completed dissertations, chapter templates that clearly explain what is expected of each section, and posted videos of previous dissertation defense presentations. There really is a tremendous amount of support to help you through the doctoral process. I will be forever grateful to the faculty and staff of Northcentral University for allowing me to complete my doctorate in a timely fashion. Kind Regards, Dr. Nicole O’Shea"
Carriann Mulcahy
  • Reviewed: 7/21/2020
  • Degree: Psychology
  • Graduation Year: 2019
"I graduated a year ago from Northcentral after receiving both my Masters and PhD. I feel like I received an excellent education, but that's all I received. The program did not allow for any research or teaching experience, which is needed to acquire a position. The school had, at the time, no one to advise students in the field of Health Psychology with job placement or job leads. Here it is, just about a year after receiving my doctorate, and I have no qualifications for a job other than my credentials. This is very disheartening. I spent many years studying hard to acquire my degree and I feel that the advisors and university dropped the ball."
Dr. DS
  • Reviewed: 2/5/2020
  • Degree: Psychology
  • Graduation Year: 2011
"I completed my PhD with Northcentral University in 2011 and I am now an assistant professor on my way to being a tenured. The PhD is very difficult and challenging process. Barriers to completion are not common--they are certainties and reality. When I read reviews about NCU, I promise that the complaints by students are the same as other students at brick and mortar schools. Committees provide inconsistent and conflicting feedback. You change one thing for one committee member and then change it back for another. Committee members get weeks to review and make suggestions and the student gets 1-3 days to make corrections--horror stories all PhD candidates experience. My PhD has opened a number of doors for me and I am actually in a much better place to write and publish than my colleges from traditional PhD programs because I am used to forging forward and figuring out things on my own. So many of my colleagues need a team of people to help them write a journal article or book chapter and struggle greatly with being independent scholars. All this to say--NCU was a blessing to me--very difficult and rigorous program, and it certainly did not feel like a "blessing" at the time--but now I see I am a much better member of academia for my doctoral experience with NCU."
  • Reviewed: 1/16/2020
  • Degree: Human Resources
  • Graduation Year: 2022
"I just withdrew from this school for several reasons. 1. You can never get a Financial adviser to call you back or return messages. 2. The professors have 4 days to grade papers and it took my professor a week and a half to return my papers with very little feedback. When you email a professor to ask for more feedback it takes them a week to respond and often they do not respond. I have sent an email to the Higher education earning Commission and also will be sending an email to the schools Board of Directors. AVOID THIS SCHOOL AT ALL COST!!!!!!!!"
Kevin Coghlan
  • Reviewed: 12/10/2019
  • Degree: Psychology
  • Graduation Year: 2022
"Northcentral is incredible. I was super nervous prior to attending, but once I started, I immediately understood how lucky I was to be attending. I have jobs and children, so on campus Ph.D. was going to be difficult. I was very hesitant about online programs. Now I am no longer nervous. Furthermore, the one to one instruction is unreal. Dr. Streit, my first professor, was beyond incredible. I am so impressed with her ability to help me focus on dissertation ideas, develop those ideas, and being generally responsive to every question and ideas shared. I was nervous about attending this school until I was exposed to Dr. Streit."
  • Reviewed: 11/28/2019
  • Degree: Psychology
  • Graduation Year: 2019
"NCU works hard to draw you in and after admission the problems being. I’ve have had multiple advisors largely due to lack of communication. Each and every course I had multiple issues with FA which I would never find out about until contacting them. Once FA issues were sorted out it would take another 30-45 days for funds to be applied and issue a stipend if required. Administration proved to be incompetent at every turn, however, the instructors were pretty good and gave extensive feedback. Unfortunately, I was too close to transfer anywhere else and completed my undergraduate program and will be attending public universities only going forward. While NCU isn’t the worst I’ve experienced I recommend exploring other options to accomplish your educational endeavors. More specifically, a educational institution that cares for its students."