Northcentral University Reviews

  • 245 Reviews
  • Prescott Valley (AZ)
  • Annual Tuition: $18,095
53% of 245 students said this degree improved their career prospects
50% of 245 students said they would recommend this school to others
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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!"
  • Reviewed: 3/17/2021
"This is a very good school. The courses are online; one-on-one with the professor - not a classroom full of people. You can get federal loans to pay tuition and $2700 every 8 weeks towards the cost of attendance (rent / school related expenses - computer, etc. ; Stafford + unlimited Grad-Plus loan). At the most recent accreditation review, NCU was commended for the following: ------------- WASC Senior College and University Commission The Commission commends NCU in particular for the following (March 3, 2021): - 1. Promoting and practicing a participatory, transparent, and collaborative institutional culture at all levels that is focused on student success. - 2. Creating best practices in the areas of doctoral dissertation quality, asynchronous online learning, financial forecasting and enrollment management, and academic leadership accountability that could be used as models across the system and nationally. - 3. Sustaining an inclusive educational and work environment and seeking new means of supporting diverse students and underserved populations. - 4. Having a strong assessment process and well-developed Institutional Learning Outcomes that differentiate learning expectations by degree levels. Commission Action Letter, reaffirmation visit, February 2021 action Team Report, reaffirmation visit, February 2021 action ------ (I'm in the School of Technology)"
  • Reviewed: 3/3/2021
  • Degree: Psychology
"The coursework is actually a template that instructors do not influence, thus limiting them to review and grade status. This module would be acceptable but the one-on-one professor (their student load is much higher than advertised) does not validate the quality of the instructor. The final course I took the professor was unable to define core concepts, such as Janis' 1972 groupthink theory. Northcentral is clearly a pay for degree program without academic or scholarly goals. If you are not interested in an education this program is fast paced, but of low quality program."
The Nickster
  • Reviewed: 2/15/2021
  • Degree: Finance
"So, I was able to complete all of the required Ph.D. courses in record time with an overall 4.0 GPA. Further, the Concept Paper and comps were completed in record time on the first try with high marks. Most of the academic and financial advisors demonstrated that they were flunkees flying around in outer space with no concept of what should go on in or what was actually occurring in any of the doctoral programs. I was working on the final two chapters when my committee was dissolved by NCU without my knowledge or permission. The only member of my new committee was a a practitioner in Public Policy (a DP, not a Ph.D). A chair can't confer a degree at a level higher than their own terminal degree - it's an accreditation issue. She was a salaried NCU employee who was the chair of 50 doctoral committees. She attempted to change everything about my dissertation, but had no clue what it was about - no knowledge of finance whatsoever. Since I have a very high IQ and can see things quickly, it was plainly evident that NCU was not going to work out. Receiving no transfer credit, I enrolled elsewhere and was graduated with a Ph.D from a real university - I now teach."
  • Reviewed: 11/15/2020
  • Degree: MSW
"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
"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
"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
"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
"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
"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
"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
"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
"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
"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."
  • Reviewed: 11/27/2019
  • Degree: Education
"I have attended four different universities that offer online courses and programs. In comparison, NCU is by far the highest quality education. The curriculum is rigorous, and expectations for academic performance are high, which (in this day and age) is appreciated by people who set high standards for themselves. I felt like I earned my degree. My education at NCU has enhanced my professional perform and and options, and I'm proud to be part of the NCU alumni. Additionally, professors are expert-scholars who want their students to succeed in their chosen degree plans by making every effort to support them through the process. Tuition is comparable to other online universities. I strongly recommend NCU to anyone who is considering online degree programs."