Northcentral University Reviews

2.96 out of 5 stars
(236 Reviews)
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

5.0 out of 5 stars
Katie - 11/27/2019
Degree: Education
Graduation Year: 2018
"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."
1.1 out of 5 stars
Sue - 11/20/2019
Degree: Education
Graduation Year: 2021
"I dropped out because the assignments are rather dumb. You'll be asked to create PowerPoint presentations as assignment for a graduate-level course. Where's the research? I also had a problem with a professor who 'only graded on Monday's and Tuesday's" instead of within the 4-day timeframe. She was making up her own rules."
1.0 out of 5 stars
Scholarship - 10/1/2019
Degree: Cybersecurity
Graduation Year: 2018
"Why are scholarship determined after the student is enrolled in the school ? That sounds like a trap. Let me know what other thinks. Why can`t they tell you have the scholarship before you start the school ? Why is it hard for them to review your essay and determine if you are eligible before you start ? PHD is a long term commitment to enroll without knowing if you get a scholarship or not. Daphe so called admission counselor insist you to join the school so that she can might get the commission. Be careful people !"
2.3 out of 5 stars
Anonymous - 9/29/2019
Degree: Psychology
Graduation Year: 2019
"Enrollment specialists are very quick to get you enrolled, and afterward is when the problems begin. Poor communication on behalf of advisors results in delayed financial aid regularly. Advisors are also very impersonal and seem only to reach out whenever you contact them first, or something is wrong. The instructors are knowledgeable from what I've experienced, and you're expected to do a lot of reading which is excellent for most disciplined individuals. After careful consideration, I will be attending a public university for my master's degree. Be sure to "shop around" as there are many better choices for online education."
4.1 out of 5 stars
Gary Gordon - 9/17/2019
Degree: Business Administration
Graduation Year: 2018
"I am a little surprised at the negative comments regarding some students experiences at NCU. I graduated in 4 years with a Doctorate in Business Administration with a concentration in Organizational Leadership. This was a rigorous and tough program and If you do not dedicate sufficient time required to conduct the research and put forth tremendous effort of writing along with chair recommended re-write and/or restructure you will not be successful in your academic pursuit. Two percent of the population have a doctoral degree, the reason more people do not pursue these advanced degrees are because they are hard to obtain. The program is challenging, the demands are rigorous, and you have to work at becoming a scholastic writer. Overall my experience was good, exactly what I expected even though I had a challenging setback regarding my relationship with my first dissertation chair. He was very subjective, contemptuous, and I could not learn, or he was unwilling to teach, anything else from his instruction. Professor and student relationships sometime deteriorate and they often do not see eye to eye. To alleviate the situation before it worsens, I got my academic advisor involved and requested a chair change. This was the turning point of my dissertation and the remaining experience was wonderful. Remember this is your research and your dissertation, you potentially publish your work. Seventy-three percent (73%) of NCUs students are doctoral candidates, so the university is graduating a great number of students. Each have their own personal stories revolving their unique experiences, but if you put forth the effort and do the work required, you will be successful in your academic journey. I would recommend that before you pursue a Doctoral degree, be committed and flexible and have an idea of what you are pursuing. Know what you want to research before you start your first class."
1.0 out of 5 stars
LISA GORDON - 9/11/2019
Degree: Business
Graduation Year: 2019
"Dear Prospective Student, Please google this school before attending. The class action lawsuit says it all. I had a strong GPA, 2 chapters from completion, 7+ years of work %26 close to 100,000 in student loans just to be dismissed from the University because of one Professor. The Dean, Provost, President %26 staff could care less about their students. I had 5 chair changes (just during the dissertation process) and numerous advisers and they considered this normal. Please be careful! Best, Lisa"
1.3 out of 5 stars
Anonymous - 8/16/2019
Degree: Education
Graduation Year: 2018
"Terrible place. I had a professor who refused to give me a grade on any of my assignments during a whole course because she did not like my already approved future dissertation topic. At the end of the course, she gave me an F with no justification. My academic adviser told me there was nothing I could do except pay to take the course again. I retook the course with a different professor, turned in all of the same work, and received an A. What a joke. Once the dissertation started, everything was a mess. My academic/financial adviser was switched constantly. I finally ended up with an adviser that was impossible to get in touch with and only bothered to reach out to me when there was an issue with payments. My dissertation adviser was switched constantly as well. Every time I would make progress, my dissertation team would be replaced, and the new team would want me to go back and start from the beginning. No one was ever on the same page. I would write a chapter. My dissertation chair would tell me to change it to something else so I would. Then the academic reader would come along and tell me it should be more like the way I had it originally. And, since it was an online school and the faculty worked from all over the country, none of these people would ever interact with each other. It was a nightmare, and I would not recommend this school to my worst enemy. Take your time and find a good school that you can attend on location, or even a reputable school that has an online program, but actively avoid NCU."
1.0 out of 5 stars
C. Smith - 6/18/2019
Degree: Education
Graduation Year: 2023
"This school was a complete waste of time. They outsource your learning to a Peregrine system and the professors are clueless. Do not waste your time or money...seriously!!! They have zero problem solving skills, zero interest in students and horrible follow up."
1.0 out of 5 stars
Annoyed - 6/14/2019
Degree: Health Psychology
Graduation Year: 2019
"I will likely be leaving because the dissertation process seems unfair, and if I stay I will incur additional charges as a result of this. Everything seemed fine up until this phase, but it seems like my first chapter meets standards and my chair says it does, but my SME doesn't. I addressed all of his feedback and have received the same comments on my following papers. I am not sure what's happening and am not getting the answers I need when I ask them. I put 2019 as a graduation year although it is likely that I will have wasted $50,000 and not earn a degree. I had a 4.0 GPA, and two prior master's degrees with a high GPA. I am also a professional writer, as a heads up."
3.3 out of 5 stars
Federico Poloni - 6/14/2019
Degree: Secondary Education
Graduation Year: 2018
"I completed this degree as a pathway program partnered with Rio Salado College in Phoenix. Both of these schools were online, and I initially entered the program because I worked full time and have a family. The schedule worked best for me. Northcentral was flexible in their scheduling, in being able to pay for my classes, and in how many classes I could take at a time. They definitely worked with my crazy, busy life. At first, I struggled with communication with their staff. There was a lot I needed help with and the assistance from my guidance counselor was not very personal. I had to pursue my own answers from all sources and continue to push for answers. Otherwise, they would take a very long time and sometimes not even get back to me. Regardless of this, if you have a full time job, you need flexibility and you are ok with having to communicate extra with them when you need them, this program will work for you. As with any other online courses, it is important to be self-disciplined and hard working."