Northcentral University Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (192)
I think you will find that most negative reviews are from those who don't make it through the program because it is too rigorous for them, but they are going to come up with other reasons other than their own abilities, to explain why they are no longer in the program. It is human nature.
Those of us who actually had what it took to make it through and earn a doctorate degree are much more likely to be happy with it.
NCU is tough and I think too many people, including some professionals with Master's Degrees expect everything to be handed to them, and expect it to be easy. They want somebody to hold their hand and guide them through everything.
Most online schools are not going to make those people happy, and NCU would be the extreme school where there is no hand holding. If you are not an independent learner with lots of self-determination, motivation, and self-discipline, do not enroll. Yes, policies change and not all professors are perfect, but I think that is to be expected and we must learn to roll with it. Overall, my experience was very good and I'm glad I chose NCU.
When I first enrolled the university everything seemed to be organized, clear and easy. They provided a flexible and comprehensive program.
I have personally read several negative reviews, saying it was a scam, and I don't know what, ... but I said to myself, how bad could it be. There are always a couple of people who will have something negative to say, right? I will just follow my program and I will be done with it in no time. It's not like it's the first time I am following an online program. So I went on, and enrolled.
The first thing that surprised me, that once you enrol, the so called academic advisor that helps you out with the enrolment process, the same person that sends you three e-mails a day to asks you where you're at, suddenly vanishes. Forget about having a single question or a request after that. You could send an e-mail to the accounting department, or someone, but of course, their job and answers are limited to their role.
Second, forget about a flexible program designed to fit your needs. All that nice marketing material. They have a wide range of programs, but after a couple of year, you realize that it’s all and all the exact same program. One three courses within the entire curriculum differentiate all courses. Once enrolled to a program you chose, courses down the line will start changing, and in time a new entire program will be imposed on you, and of course you will have to follow it exactly as they tell you to, when they tell you, and how they tell you. Forget about choosing courses from the curriculum you initially chose, or anything like that. In time everything will be set for you, dates will be fixed and they have your credit card. So good luck.
The first few courses were ok, motivation is high and like anyone you would live with some minor changes and constraints. But if you think the story ends there, well you're wrong. The further you go down the program, new rules and regulations suddenly appear, things you have to do and comply with, and things you can't do any more, making harder and harder for you to change your mind.
From a curriculum point of view, well, it's very simple and straight forward. You will have to write papers and more papers. If you didn't get enough, well you have to write more papers. There is nothing else on the program. FORGET about learning something. Every paper has a subject and you will write a paper on the topic. It’s relate to the course or not, well that doesn’t matter, you just need to write a paper and submit it. From an expense / cost point of view, NCU seems cheaper that other universities. You may enrol on that basis, but trust my word on it, the credit pricing will be quickly adjusted as soon as you’re up and running. You will end up paying exactly what other universities are charging. More, let's not forget that every three months, in a way for every course, a new dean, a new academic advisor and a new teacher, is appointed. After a while you start wondering what’s going on. You will have the impression that's a ghost university. Maybe there are three employees hired by a bunch of investors, that are running the whole show under different names. Let’s be clear on one point, NorthCentral University is not a university, it’s a business. It’s as simple as that, it was already bought twice since I have enrolled. So.
In a nutshell, this university is definitely not worth it. It will waste your time and your money. It is definitely not worth enrolling or graduating from. If you do, well good luck. That’s all I can say.
Prior to attending NCU, I had completed 24 credits beyond the Masters at a local state college. However, I was not able to continue at the state college primarily due to working a full time job. I transfered into NCU after several years of trying to find a regionally accredited college that offered a PhD part time/online. I found NCU to be very rigorous and writing intensive.
The program was well designed and the courses fit rather nicely with one another. I found the Dissertation phase to be rather demanding. There were tough times, and much effort was required. Ultimately, I completed my Dissertation and was awarded the degree. It took ten years from the time I started in the local state college to the time I received my Doctorate at NCU. I would recommend NCU because the program is flexible, rigorous, and well designed. In the end, I had a published Dissertation that I was very happy with. I found the degree to be rather well received by employers and it helped me to obtain a better job than I had previously. Finally, I would like to say that when you finish, you should attend the graduation in person. It is a once in a lifetime experience!
This school is definitely for independent and critical thinkers. The program is rigorous and I am learning a whole lot more than I have at traditional universities. I highly recommend this school if you are up for the challenge.
Am nearing completion of my MBA (Public Adiministration) with NCU and have contemplated whether or not I wish to continue at NCU for my DBA
. My experience over the past 2 years are mixed, so let me explain... (1) it is 100% ONLINE, (2) there are some phenomenal instructors and there are some that are just there, and (3) you must be an independent and disciplined student for this university.
With that being said, throughout my time at NCU, all of my instructors have been phenomenal apart from 1. There's ALWAYS 1 in the crowd that lowers the bar. In my undergrad studies (Molecular/Cellular Biology) at Colo State University, I had good and room-for-improvement professors. I think this is in any profession.
I may not have been happy with everything at NCU, but I can honestly say that overall, I am satisfied with my education and I would recommend this online university to potential students. Just be aware that this 100% online, you must be independent, hard-working, and self-learner; otherwise this might not be the program for you.
For the record, tuition has hiked immensely since I first started 2 years ago, but tuition is always rising in every university across the US & worldwide. It is reasonably price when comparing with other online universities.
Unfortunately, there are strict admission guidelines that a student must be in continuous enrollment with no greater than a 28 day (give or take a few days) break without a leave of absence
Again, as a continuing student, there is a BIG responsibility and if you're not up for the challenges and rules, then look for another program and stop whining.
I came to NCU for my PhD in psychology after graduate work at another (bricks and mortar) institution. Many credits transferred directly, and I didn't have problems interacting with anyone. I teach at an undergraduate school, and I really like the 1:1 experience better as a student. I am currently getting ready to defend my dissertation, so am all but done.
Of the classes I took, I had fantastic mentors, mediocre mentors, and one that was particularly poor. However, it was up to me to put in the work. I had to ask for clarification and do the research to get the most out of my classes. I had good books for most of the courses and since I got to choose a good number, was very interested in the coursework. It was overall a great experience until after comps.
The dissertation process is something altogether different. My chair dropped out after my concept paper, and the requirements changed then, too. That meant more time working with a new chair who wanted to put her stamp on my dissertation in addition to fixing things to meet the new requirements. This process has been pretty murky, and since everything has changed several times, has been very frustrating at times. It's a lot of hoop jumping--but that's something you'll hear from most PhDs. It hasn't been as good as the rest of my NCU experience.
However, I have accomplished my goal with a minimum of extra money and time. It is my hope that the dissertation process will actually be cleaned up and straightened out more soon. Overall, I would recommend the school.
I am currently enrolled in the PhD in Education program. I began in April 2011 and after almost a year, I have been nothing but disappointed. There is no interaction between the learners and the only feedback that you receive from mentors are on assignments. You never speak to anyone, only communicating via email.
This school appealed to me because I'm a full time college instructor, mother, and needed a flexible educational opportunity. This is NOT a good choice! The academic rigor is lacking and the school is frankly disorganized. The syllabus does not match assignments and they require you purchase textbooks but they are never used in the courses.
My academic advisor was hired from a local elementary school to advise PhD students. He has no previous experience in higher education or academic advising. He cannot help me or answer my questions.
Tuition keeps rising and they prey on failing students in courses to force them to repeat and earn additional $$$. It is a business, not a college and a HUGE waste of money. BEWARE!
NCU is a for profit school...period. It's a business. Businesses look to maximize profit. It's all about the money. The curriculum is adequate. Some instructors are good...others...hmmm. Tuition was constantly raised during my time at NCU. In three years it went from about $800 to $1,850 a class. Nothing in my mind will ever justify that increase.
Their accreditation or prestige did not increase but my tuition bill did. So, when you enroll, remember, the deal you are promised might not be the one you get. Bait and switch...plain and simple. That's how I feel about it. Enrollment rules constantly changed...not for the better. I graduated, but in a cost benefit analysis my scales tip against NCU.
NCU is an extremely demanding school. Sure the first few courses are easy. I met one person who thought it was easy at first but came across a very tough instructor and dropped out. I'm getting an EdD and I can say that there have been many times when I questioned whether I wanted to continue because of the demanding course load. But I can say that my mentors though tough are fair and have pushed me past my comfort zone allowing me to have a deeper understanding of the subject matter.
After all isn't that what graduate work is all about. Would recommend NCU only to those who are independent thinkers and learners. This school is not for those who need someone to spell it out for them all the time. I attended Walden and NCU is far better!
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.