Northcentral University Reviews

  • 243 Reviews
  • Prescott Valley (AZ)
  • Annual Tuition: $17,917
53% of 243 students said this degree improved their career prospects
50% of 243 students said they would recommend this school to others
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Student & Graduate Reviews

DBA or Phd don't know
  • Reviewed: 12/31/2011
"I am currently enrolled in my 6th class at NCU. I am pursuing a DBA in Organizational Leadership, but think I might change to the PhD program. I love the flexibility of this program and the mentors are there to help. IT IS A VERY RIGOROUS program. That I cannot lie about about.If you are looking for a program that is easy, this is not the one for you. You will earn your doctoral degree here. Don't believe all the bad reviews. I almost did not attend this school because of these same reviews. I am glad I gave it a try."
Jim Raics
  • Reviewed: 12/22/2011
"I read some of the reviews that people leave and can only laugh. They didn't accept credits from 15 years ago? A specific mentor didn't email back in a timely manner? I'm a police officer and have been working with NCU for about four years now. I took my local community college Criminal Justice Associates, and rolled it into a Psychology B.A. Now for the past year I've been working on my Psychology M.A. I need the flexibility of online school with my demanding work schedule. The work is not easy, and expect to write a ton of papers for psych; however the college offers a great program, and is REGIONALLY ACCREDITED.For anyone who knows anything about the accreditation process, or the lack there diploma mills, this is very important. Thank you NCU, I look forward to finishing up this year!"
Jerry Green
  • Reviewed: 11/7/2011
"Northcentral University is a very rigorous doctoral university. The 1:1 relationship I had with my mentors was outstanding, and each transferred more knowledge to me than any professor at a traditional B&M university that I had previously attended.I feel there are many students accepted to the university who should not have been. I think this is the only flaw I see at NCU. Many of those students who could not make it tend to vent on these message boards making excuses and blaming the university about their inability to meet the requirements. At NCU, mentors do not hold your hand; they expect you to take personal responsibility for your education and are not forced to pass a certain percentage.If you come to NCU to seek a doctoral degree, just realize that it will be very tough, but the knowledge you gain will be amazing, and if you make it through, you will have earned your doctoral distinction."
fed up
  • Reviewed: 10/19/2011
"I attended NCU and paid over $15,000 out of pocket. I was locked out of my course due to a mistake by the accounting department. I had proof that it was not my fault. The accounting department did not update my credit card information which I had provided them. After locking me out of my course half way through they informed me not only did i owe the remaining tuition for those course but I also had to pay for them a second time in order to complete them. I spoke with their collections manager who was rude and unprofessional to say the least. She would not listen to anything I had to say and then threatened to ruin my credit if I did not pay the balance in full. I then asked to speak with her boss and she hung up on me. I tried to call her back repeatedly and she either sent me straight to voice mail or picked up and hung up.Northcentral University is only interested in profit. They are the most corrupt dishonest company I have ever dealt with. After consulting with an attorney I found out that I am one of thousands of people that they have scammed. Do yourself a favor and stay away from this scam of a university."
Donald R. Davis
  • Reviewed: 9/4/2011
"Exceptional School. I am very happy with all of my mentors and the entire supported team. They are professional and take care of business every time I call or ask them. I highly recommend Northcentral University to you or any other student."
Very Frustrated
  • Reviewed: 8/26/2011
"If you're considering this university, don't. Changes to requirements are made constantly, and your academic advisors will change even more frequently. Ask them a question, and you'll get no response until a month later when you get a generic email telling you your advisor has changed.When you get to your dissertation, a committee member may just disappear costing time and money because your paper couldn't be returned with a review within the stated timeline (this could result in over a month's delay). Your committee may approve your paper multiple times and submit it to someone anonymous in OAR only to have it rejected multiple times...costing more time and money. Or your committee chair may forget to check the box that sends your paper onto the OAR and cause a two or three week delay that costs you more time and money.All of that probably sounds unbelievable, but it's happened to me. It's amazing this school has kept its accreditation. This university is extremely unprofessional and unorganized."
  • Reviewed: 8/4/2011
"Ten years ago I was halfway to my MBA at another "attending" university and had to stop. NCU would NOT accept any of those credits, which should have been a red flag. I am almost done, and based on the word of two academic advisors, I attended a five month long training program at another attending university. I was told the credits would transfer without a problem.You got it, they did not transfer, NCU administration is acting as if I can crazy for wanting what was promised to me, and now, I am locked out from registering for my next to last class. I agree with the other reviews....NCU wants money, only money, and could care less about the learner.I am going to finish, then sign up for a doctorate at another university."
  • Reviewed: 7/10/2011
"I am currently a Ed.d student at NCU. I have to stay because I am at the dissertation stage and refuse to leave this far.The professors do not talk to one another, each has their own view of how to complete work, they all tell you something different! I had to change my dissertation topic 3 times because each professor wanted something different. I have been to 3 colleges and non of them were like this!Please do yourself a favor, pay a little more for an online university, do not go here!"
Betty Selt
  • Reviewed: 6/4/2011
"While taking on-line classes with NCU, I had a very positive and rewarding experience with the mentors and the NCU staff. The on-line experience met my expectations, as a wife, mother of three sons and being employed full-time. The program is developed for the working adult. Individuals who are motivated, independent and disciplined should perform well. The dissertation aspect of the program is challenging and requires perseverance."
  • Reviewed: 2/25/2011
"I recently had an issue with financial aid. I received an email that said I owed for an upcoming class. I called my advisor and then accounting. I believe her name is Gerica Reyes she was very rude and offered no assistance. I asked if I could schedule the class for after my fin aid disbursement and she said no. I was later contacted by another rep and was told that he would work on the issue. I was informed that if I stayed in the class I would not be charged until my fin aid kicked in.However if I dropped the class and left the university they would charge me for a class that I never took. I agreed to finish the class but I will definitely not continue with NCU. I strongly caution any one considering this school. Please explore other options. Not all online schools are this baf"
Tami Davies-Coleman
  • Reviewed: 2/1/2011
"I find it ridiculous how people can rate a school based on entry requirements. I took a placement exam at my first College, no pass/no fail; a Community College. I paid $77.00 per credit hour of class, and I worked HARDER than I have ever worked in all the years I worked toward my Master's Degree. NO ONE will be excluded from entrance to a Community College, but that does not mean they will not receive the best education available. The curriculum does not change according to a student's ability or intellect or pocket book. We all have to take the same classes and make the same grades to succeed at any program at any accredited school.I can tell you if you have to take a graduate entrance exam and you receive a low score, you probably will not succeed in a graduate program, but the school not requiring this exam is not "handing out degrees!" If you're going to rate any school, rate the level of care for each student, the quality of course material and professionalism of staff/faculty. Only then will what you say have any relevance.I am just beginning the enrollment process at NCU, and so far, everyone seems to be very helpful. I still have a couple of unanswered questions that I'm waiting for a response to (part of the reason I'm here). I was hoping this site would have some honest reviews from both sides...what I see is mostly people ranting about things that pertain to any school, a lot of misinformation, and nothing relevant"
  • Reviewed: 1/10/2011
"Overall NCU has great mentors, curriculum and assignments that are manageable. The issue is not with the courses but the constant price increase to complete your degree. It seems that as you get close to graduating and more committed to the program the price keeps going up.When I started it was $1425 per class and now my last class is $1870. To add to this, students were allowed to stretch their degrees our over an extended period of time, this was the driving reason I selected NCU.Now the dean has passed a rule that you must be continuously enrolled or dropped. A constant price increase and continuous enrollment requirement has turned a great school into an over priced program that does not focus on further education but how much can be made on students as they progress.I would suggest a school that has set rates and guidelines that they stick with and not change when you have been enrolled for 2 years and close to graduating where you are left no choice to comply or loose your investment in time and money."
joe n
  • Reviewed: 9/17/2010
"The courses leading to the research courses and dissertation courses are fairly easy. It is when you reach these courses that the program slows down. Too many mentors do not know APA from abc, and can take weeks in returning concept paper, DP or DM. It may be a doctoral degree, but really anyone who graduates are not real doctors but a worthless piece of paper on the wall."
  • Reviewed: 8/18/2010
"I having been working on my PhD since Sep 2006, and will begin writing my dissertation manuscript in about 6 months. This has been a great experience. It is academically rigorous, so no one should be ashamed of this school.My mentors have largely been very positive. Just like Brick and Mortar schools, there are some weak links, but overall, they have been fine professors in their own right. I have had some exceptional teachers at NCU.I believe the reputation of this school will only increase in a positive way over time. Having a doctoral degree from NCU will be no different than having one from any major public university in the country. Hard work is required. Sure, getting in is easy, but staying in is up to you.NCU will give you a shot where other "traditional" schools might not. I got my shot, and am confident I will have a PhD as a result. Keep in mind that if you can't write well, you will not do well. Each person contemplating a doctoral program should do some soul searching before they begin. Be wise.All in all, and excellent academic experience."
  • Reviewed: 11/7/2009
"As a previous post said, school is what you make it, and everyone has their own fit with specific schools. Except for the very few individuals who do not know how (or do not want) to manage time or work, it is all about the fit of the school.I loved NCU. It has cceptably difficult course work, reachable instructors (in most cases), and the infrastructure of the site, though curiously amateurish at first, evolved positively into a simple-to-use, professional interface. Compared to the other B&M schools I attended (Purdue and Embry-Riddle), the course work load and difficulty was comparable.To those interested in applying to NCU, it is consistently ranked in the top 30-40 (out of well over 100) of regionally-accredited online-universities (accreditation programs that are DOE recognized). Also, it was the first online-university to have an accredited business program, which I find particularly esteeming since that is the masters program I pursued and achieved.Finally, employers are finding online programs more and more acceptable, and just because the school says "non-profit," that does not make it a diploma-mill. Remember, every school has to make money to stay in business, and schools like NCU do not receive the government subsidies that even many B&M private universities receive. Besides, to those people who have an understanding of free-market capitalism, what better way to lower education costs by making the market competitive? No, you can't completely deregulate education -- you need standardization. But alas, how can you contribute as a citizen to a capitalistic society when you have $100,000+ loans to pay off?Jim"
Michael D
  • Reviewed: 11/1/2009
"As a current Doctoral Student at NCU, I would like to advise prospecting students to be careful. Take your time and do your homework well before choosing NCU. You will be dissapointed by the end of the day. Please dont waste your tuition money...look for another school. I have all negative experiences with NCU. I wish you well in your selection. Thanks"
Kenneth Flick
  • Reviewed: 4/27/2009
"To persons interested in attending NCU. Any online school is only as good as you make it. If you are not willing to take responsibility for your own learning online is not for you.I can attest to the fact that you will have to work hard to get your PhD at NCU. The coursework is at least as rigorous as any of the brick and mortar schools that I have attended. The mentors that I had were excellent. They will not spoon feed you information, but will guide you thru the learning experience.My MBA is from a well known brick and mortar school and I know from experience that it was much easier to obtain than the PhD from NCU. For example my concept paper went thru over 20 revisions before it was accepted. I have learned more from NCU than any of my other institutions.NCU is also the only online school that I know of that has ACBSP accreditation for their business programs. For those not familiar with ACBSP accreditation it emphasizes excellence in teaching. To obtain this accreditation is a plus for NCU. I know personally from having the site visit and reaffirmation report for our brick and mortar school. While the AACSB may be the gold standard for research oriented schools, ACBSP is for schools that focus on student learning."
  • Reviewed: 2/4/2009
"NCU's PhD program is adequately difficult.I believe that the staff takes their work seriously and most Mentors I had took their jobs seriously too. The problems I have encountered are no different than any other accredited school I attended. It is difficult to complete the program without direct interaction with your Mentors but it is doable. You have to work that much harder to communicate effectively and do what you are told."
  • Reviewed: 1/22/2009
"NCU was not what I thought it was going to be. There is no flexibility at all – which was the purpose of what I needed. Sure you can start a new class every month, but with the overwhelming curriculum, you are not able to. The instructors are not available when you are told, and the classes are lacking. I previously had a 4.0 and the things they expect you to complete within the 12 weeks with NO help from the instructors – a joke. I did not complete my CJ degree, I transferred elsewhere to complete in a real program. I believe in working for your degree, I have no problem with that, but when there is no professor guidance, it makes it difficult. No help, no flexibility, lacking performance from instructors and lacking relevant classes."
Dale T
  • Reviewed: 12/28/2008
"Having attended NCU for 4.5 years and graduated 9/08, I attest to the quality of this school. I assure you this is a no "give me" school. You will be required to apply your skills and knowledge and will be challenged like never before. Do not apply to this school unless you are ready to earn your degree through hard work. The negative comments I have read are probably from those who could not handle the rigor and were intimidated by the prospect of really having to earn your way through the classes, and ultimately to a degree after applying. Having a PhD handed to you is not going to happen at NCU. Finally, if you do not like NCU, don't attend and go somewhere else."