History

Northcentral University provides a rich tradition of delivering a premier education based on a 100 percent online strategy and unique one-to-one learning model that has attracted students from more than 41 countries. The University offers more than 200 program specializations across 37 degree programs – see the Program Infographic which shows the growing number of professionally relevant offerings in diverse fields of study.

  • Northcentral University is Founded

    Donald Hecht founded NCU with a 100 percent online strategy to provide working professionals around the world with unprecedented access to a richly engaging, professionally relevant and academically rigorous education from a U.S. university. Northcentral offers its innovative learning model that partners one student with one faculty member in each course for a class size of one.

    NCU History
  • Programmatic Accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP)

    NCU’s business programs in the School of Business are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP). NCU was one of the first online universities to have ACBSP accreditation across bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs. Learn more about NCU’s Accreditations.

    ACBSP Accreditation
  • Regional Accreditation by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC)

    Northcentral became regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

  • NCU Moves its Headquarters to Prescott Valley, Arizona

    NCU moved its headquarters from Prescott, Arizona to 10000 East University Drive in Prescott Valley, Arizona. The institution was located in the Prescott and Prescott Valley area for more than 20 years.

    NCU Prescott Valley Location
  • Rockbridge Growth Equity and Falcon Investments Acquire NCU

    NCU is brought into Rockbridge’s family of companies to encourage growth and bring flexible educational opportunities for growing numbers of students.

    Rockbridge Growth Equity
  • NCU Participates in Title IV Financial Aid Programs

    NCU received certification from the U.S. Department of Education to participate in Title IV financial aid programs. This allowed NCU students to use a variety of federal student aid programs including Unsubsidized Federal Stafford loans, Subsidized Federal Stafford loans, Federal PLUS (Parent) loans and Federal Pell Grants. Visit NCU’s Financing page for more information.

  • George A. Burnett Named President of NCU

    George A. Burnett joined Northcentral University as President. He is responsible for the overall strategic, financial and tactical leadership of the University, helping to define its role as a global leader in online, graduate-focused higher education.

    George Burnett
  • NCU Establishes its Scottsdale Service Center

    NCU established its current Scottsdale Service Center at 8667 East Hartford Drive to house enrollment advisors, financial aid counselors, as well as a number of support departments. The office space has been expanded several times over the years to accommodate NCU’s growth in students and team members.

  • Dr. David Harpool Named NCU’s Provost

    Dr. David Harpool first became associated with Northcentral University in 2011 as a consultant. In 2012, he was named Scholar in Residence and then General Counsel a year later. In 2014, he assumed the additional title and responsibilities of Acting Provost and four months later was named Provost.

    David Harpool
  • Regional Accreditation by WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC)

    NCU received regional accreditation by WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC), following the transfer of regional accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission. Learn more about NCU’s Accreditations.

    WASC Accreditation
  • Programmatic Accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE)

    NCU’s Doctor of Philosophy degree program in Marriage and Family Therapy (PhD MFT) received accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE). NCU’s PhD MFT was the first and only distance-based doctoral program to receive COAMFTE’s coveted programmatic accreditation, ensuring that the University’s program aligns with national accreditation standards. Learn more about NCU’s Accreditations.

    COAMFTE Accreditation
  • NCU Moves its Headquarters to San Diego

    NCU moved its administrative and legal headquarters to 2488 Historic Decatur Road, Suite 100, in San Diego, California from Prescott Valley, Arizona. NCU continued to maintain a presence in Prescott Valley through January 2017.

  • School of Health Sciences Debuts and Dr. Laurie Shanderson Named Founding Dean

    NCU launched the School of Health Sciences for professionals who want to manage and lead healthcare organizations. The School integrates Interprofessional Education and collaborative practice into all degree programs. Dr. Laurie Shanderson became the founding Dean with extensive experience in health administration and public health.

    Laurie Shanderson
  • NCU Partners with Tsinghua University in Beijing, China

    NCU established a working relationship with Daokou Wealth, a venture derived from Tsinghua University's Fintech Lab, to offer its premier MBA-degree programs to China's leading professionals and business leaders. This marked NCU’s first presence in China, with additional degree programs planned for subsequent years.

  • Dissertation Completion Pathway Launches

    NCU created the Dissertation Completion Pathway (DCP) out of the University’s strong desire to help each and every student reach graduation day. The first program of its kind, DCP helps give All But Dissertation (ABD) students hope that they can achieve their doctorate degree.

  • School of Technology Debuts and Dr. J. Robert Sapp Named Founding Dean

    NCU spins off its School of Business and Technology Management into two separate schools: the School of Business and the School of Technology. The School of Technology helps enable students to maintain technical skills, increase knowledge and quickly adapt to change. To develop and lead the School, NCU hired Dr. J. Robert Sapp as founding Dean who has a strong background in eLearning and information technology.

    Robert Sapp
  • NCU Expands its Scottsdale Service Center Location

    NCU expands its Scottsdale Service Center with an additional 28,000 square feet. The move was spotlighted by a visit in April from Scottsdale Mayor Jim Lane in a special ribbon-cutting ceremony.

    NCU Scottsdale Service Center Ribbon Cutting