Northcentral University Reviews
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I learned more at NCU than the last top ten ranked universities that I attended. Here is the key to success; the degree is yours so be ready to put in the work and direct the trajectory of your studies. However, NCU is not adult care center; those who need to be spoonfed or free ride seekers should not bother applying or attending. For-profit is not the same as a free pass to a degree or guaranteed graduation. Paying tuition allows you the opportunity to study, excellent performance and compliance with very simple rules guarantees graduation. If you slack up and you don't follow the simple rules you will be on the outside looking in before you know it. A high GPA does not correlate with the ability to pass the comprehensive exams, neither does it suggest the ability to successfully complete an original dissertation. Enough said, I am thankful to my mentors, professors, and research committee.
This "university" is a fraud. They will bait you in and take the student loan money. They provide zero support and the education is not worth it at all. I have no idea how they are accredited. I checked them out and then lost big time. I would not suggest anyone give this school a penny.
I recently completed my Ph.D. in Business Administration with specialization in Healthcare Administration. NCU offered exactly what I wanted in a school: a completely online program that did not force me into a residency requirement (because my job would not allow an opportunity to stay in one location long enough to complete a doctoral degree); a regionally accredited school with a regionally accredited business program; and a relevant degree track. Over the years, I have read the comments about NCU on here and intentionally decided to wait until graduating to provide my own opinion as someone who successfully completed a doctoral degree. NCU is good school. You will not be successful in the Ph.D. program if you are not a competent self-starter who actively participates in your own completion of all academic requirements during the courses. The comprehensive exam at the end of your academic courses is not a joke. You must articulate your ability to think and communicate at a doctoral level in order to pass the exam (as is expected in any worthwhile school). The dissertation process is equally as arduous--but for a good reason. You are providing new knowledge to the area of research you chose to conduct your dissertation on. The academic rigor and scientific method are upheld by your committee members, the Institutional Review Board (IRB), and the academic reviewer who all provide input and direction into your research/dissertation. In the end, I would not want to compromise the quality of my dissertation simply for the sake of obtaining a degree. Likewise, the reputations of the instructors and dissertation committee members are reflected in the quality of a Ph.D. candidate's dissertation efforts. They are all professors at other universities and/or leaders in their respective professional areas of expertise. The teachers (or mentors as they are called) are all doctorate-level instructors--unlike some of the brick and mortar schools that only require Masters-level degrees. Some mentors are excellent and others are not that effective (just like any other school regardless of prestige). The biggest misconception that many new doctoral students tend to make is that they assume everything should be directed and specified in the smallest detail to them-- that is not the point of post-graduate degrees (especially a Ph.D.). You are expected to begin performing as an independent, self-motivated researcher who has the potential to be considered an expert in a particular field of study by the time you graduate. As such, NCU's Ph.D. program provides that opportunity for professional and personal self-development for serious students who also possess the requisite skills to begin and complete such a demanding degree program. NCU is not a "degree mill" whatsoever. The faculty expect a student to perform to the standards that are established in writing. Also, Ph.D. students are only as successful as the effort they make to read, read, read... and read some more on their area of study. This takes practice and it takes dedication over the years you will sacrifice to complete your doctoral degree. My Ph.D. program took me 5 years to complete. It was not easy. It was often very frustrating and I was exhausted weeks and months at a time from the relentless school work; revising of papers, demands of working through every single holiday and weekend without a break, and sacrificing personal time that I could be enjoying with family and friends in order to achieve this goal. But a Ph.D. is never supposed to be easy. You can never fully prepare yourself for the challenges of a doctoral degree. However, I am very proud to say that NCU offered a viable, relevant Ph.D. program that met my expectation as a legitimate degree-producing university. The future is in online classes-- those who make short-sighted comments about the perceived worthiness of a virtual university need to consider the significant shift in how academic programs are being redesigned for those who grew up in a world of quickly-changing technology. I highly recommend NCU for those who are capable and willing to fulfill all the obligations necessary of a doctoral degree. You will not be disappointed (regardless of the numerous frustrations you might face along the way) as you successfully defend your dissertation and your committee members say, Congratulations, Doctor...
I enjoyed most of the instructors at this school as well as learned a lot of things. Most of the lessons gave insight to current things that I was involved in on the active field. I would recommend this school to anyone. Positive experience. The lessons are tough and rigid but fair.
I graduated with a bachelor's degree in Psychology with the intention of completing my master's at Northcentral. I had excellent professors, but that was about all. The financial department and my academic counselors had extremely poor communication. I needed to know options to continue my graduate work, but the financial adviser ended up asking ME if I knew of any scholarship programs or student load options. I spoke with one gentleman from the department in my field, and he quoted me a much higher tuition rate than my financial adviser had. In the end, I decided to attend a different to attend a different university; for the money I'm spending on my education, I want a school that has it together.
*Please note that I did not graduate in 2017. I am currently attending NCU* I began to pursue a DBA at Northcentral University in 2015. I wasn't sure what to expect from a purely "online school." All I knew was the reputation online schools have (as being inferior diploma mills) compared to your traditional brick and mortar schools. Being a full time employee, however, gave me no time to travel to and from classes every day of the week. So, an online program fit my schedule perfectly. At NCU, I can complete my assignments whenever, wherever. This has taken some of the pressure off when it comes to pursuing such a high degree. The professors, I see, are 100% Doctoral faculty, which means a great deal to me personally. I know many institutions which require a Master's Degree and a few years of teaching experience. However, NCU requires all Doctoral faculty. The professors have been very informative, knowledgeable, and supportive. My e-mails to them are generally answered in 24 hours. Their feedback on assignments has been lengthy. The assignments themselves have been very painfully challenging. If a professor doesn't feel you are working to your potential, he/she will ask you to do the assignment over and resubmit it. To me, this showed good instruction by a caring faculty. It has also taught me a great deal of discipline. I've read positive and negative reviews of NCU. So far, 9 classes down, my experience has been great. I've learned a great deal in regards to both, content and writing. I hope I never have a bad experience here. I hope to finish within the next few years. If I have that diploma in my hands, it will have all been worth it. Good luck to you all.
The professors are great, very knowledgeable and supportive of students. However, the administrative personnel/associates like the academic and financial advisors are poor communicators. They make major changes like large increases in tuition, and additional fees, without ensuring that each student is contacted and informed about the changes so that they can make decisions about their future at NCU or not. So a student only discovers these changes after it is too late to withdraw from a course or leave the program altogether. The practices show not just poor/ineffective communication, but also unethical behaviors where the university hides information from students to extract more money from them, and keep the information secret until the student has no recourse but to pay the extra money.
Academically, I found the school was OK. They did have challenging course work from which I benefited. My ability to write in APA style went up dramatically. Most of the professors were responsive. I did find they were light on feedback about content and graded mostly for APA style. However, I do have a strong GPA so my work might have just been good. What makes me give a bad review is the administrative aspect. I switched from one program to another, and they forced me to retake a course in APA style. I fought this, and it took 2 months of administrative leave to get it resolved because the chair was unresponsive. They kept changing the dissertation process on me, which was frustrating. To have ever shifting requirements is a big problem -- they should keep students in a current process, in that process. Not create all this constant shift in standards and therefore, instability. I lost my chair and no one told me -- I discovered it when I was disenrolled and then re-enrolled in the same course and noticed it was a different chair. My SME and my first chair dragged their feet in getting me feedback, so I had to apply for a course extension. The resulting course extension was almost the equivalent of a full 12 week course to avoid a penalty. The penalty? The new Dissertation guidelines punish the student if they can't achieve the objective of the four dissertation courses in 12 weeks with a 33% tuition penalty -- you get enrolled in a follow-up course that is the same price as a 12 week course that is only 8 weeks long. And to get out of it, you have to document all the mistakes your chair and committee made. That was really time consuming and frustrating. I find the committee makes you do endless revisions on minor matters. I love research, but at this point, I'm so sick of my dissertation I'd *** on a spark plug if that's what someone said I had to do to finish it. The whole time you feel like you're on the short end of the stick, and the people supposed to be helping you tend to do everything for their own convenience. Anyway, one of the Deans was in fact responsive to my complaints, and I did get some action at one point, but then THEY left the position. There seems to be a lot of turnover in positions -- this even happened with my dissertation adviser (a staff member who advises on process). I've had four of them now. And they vary in their knowledge and helpfulness. Also, student finance. The FAFSA website is not intuitive. I tried to get help from the student finance area and they sent me a form letter. Tuition has gone up from $1650 a course to over $2600 after an educator's discount in 7 years. Way above the rate of inflation. I wish I could recommend them administratively but I can't. Better off finding a school with better processes.
I don't like giving bad reviews but, in a lot cases its need. This my first online post master school I attached. Let start by saying their recruitment is very strong in the beginning with all the calling snd follow up. But sadly to say after your first class, your importants at a student drops down to almost zone. I must change advisor like every few months, I don't know who I even have now. Because you get this dry email saying your advisor has changed. That's ok what not ok that I can go the hold two months 8 weeks with hearing anything from anyone. No follow up on classes by email, and to get a live phone call forget it. It would nice to get these things since my last this semester is start off bad, by they change the hold portal and content for get the information for the class and put in the assignment they are use a kind of hyper outlooks, and thats cool. Would been nice to know that a month or few,weeks out. And not the day of class. The professors for my course give me a F because I didn't do a kind of research paper, but the the long into class I couldn't even find my professor name or contact information. To ask about the course. A F is pretty stong for not give any flexibility. Just because the professor didn't have their detail outline on the new portal. It was just bad, when try reach out to two people for help. I got a the short email saying neither one of them could help me and was pass it on to someone elso Mary P. The email had cold written all over it after I pour out my hear on it open up about my disability with school and the last 10 of my class time I been working in the field for my government work trying to do two things at once. If know this school would be so dry or cold. I so would gone to another online school like Penn State, or Papperdine University, Cambridge University, Oxford, all these school have online course and masters to doctoral programs even John Hopkins has one. So its so many options out here in 2017. If be a online school try standout in some way. Good customer service would be nice. But since are paying for these course and take out loans for your future. Its no reason to put your self a bad position financial for school that just don't care about you in the long run.
I completed my Ph.D. at NCU. I previously attended a brick and mortar university for an undergraduate and Master's degrees. I found NCU to be an excellent choice for persons who work full time, want an advanced degree; however, they need to be willing to make the sacrifice and commitment. Every degree requires the student to adhere to a process for completion. If you follow the process, you will graduate, then you can criticize. Some of the criticism of NCU comes from students who did not finish (although a few did). I greatly improved my writing skills and my ability to use the Internet to carry out research. The requirement to submit an assignment every weekend, regardless if the assignment is due on Christmas or another holiday, actually increased my character and discipline. I know now that I can meet deadlines for my clients because of the NCU training. As an online university, my computer literacy improved as a by-product. I highly recommend anyone from any part of the world seeking a fully accredited US degree to enroll in NCU. Also, the quality of the NCU dissertations can compare with any Ivy League university. My dissertation Chair was very strict and had very high standards, In fact, I found NCU's dissertation better than most of the schools during my research for my dissertation. NCU is a great institution. Its not an easy school because the work is hard and plentiful. But its worth it. The school requires payment like any other school. But to maintain an all Ph.D. staff requires funding, so I had no problem paying. Most schools in the USA put up prices every year, as do NCU. So the best strategy is to get in and quickly get out of the educational process to minimize the amount of funds expended.