Northcentral University and National University are both part of the National University System. We are combining these two institutions because they have complementary strengths and aligned missions. As a result, we will create a strong, single institution that will provide students with a full range of market-relevant programs and more innovative, learning opportunities to prepare them for tomorrow’s jobs today. By combining NCU and NU into one institution, we will have the resources to further advance our position as one of the leading universities for adult learners and enhance our ability to serve students and expand access to an affordable education for decades to come.
Yes, the Commission sent notification on June 30, 2022, that it approved the merger between National University and Northcentral University.
No, NCU is not closing/shutting down, nor is it failing. Instead, the institution is merging with National University. Both institutions are part of the National University System, and the merger is expected to provide long-term opportunities to strengthen and grow the combined university, diversify, and expand degree offerings, and continue to serve students with affordable, personalized, innovative, market-relevant programs that meet the needs of employers.
National University, headquartered in San Diego, is a veteran-founded nonprofit university established in 1971. Over the past 50 years, it has been dedicated to meeting the needs of hard-working adults by providing accessible, affordable, achievable higher education opportunities. Since its founding, the NU community has grown to over 30,000 students and 185,000 alumni around the globe, many of whom serve in industries such as business, education, health care, cybersecurity, and law and criminal justice. National University and Northcentral University are both part of the National University System, but currently operate independently. Learn more at NU.edu.
National University’s historic commitment to advancing educational opportunities for students of diverse backgrounds, including adult learners, is mission-aligned with NCU. NU serves students nationwide in both on-ground and online formats and is currently transforming the way they serve students to provide an even better experience for all students. NU and NCU are bringing their strengths together for the benefits of their students.
The proposed merger is expected to enhance and strengthen academic pathways that align with National University System’s direction as a nonprofit network dedicated to reinvesting in students and providing affordable higher education. It will provide opportunities to grow and diversify degree offerings in addition to delivering superior student services and outcomes.
No. After Northcentral University merges with National University, it will adopt the National University name. Once current Northcentral students finish their programs, they can choose whether to have the Northcentral University or National University name printed on their diploma.
NCU students will become NU students, but will be able to complete their degrees in the same format and modality as they are currently in. At the conclusion of their degrees, NCU students will have the option to graduate from NCU or NU, but all students will be NU students.
Yes, NU is regionally accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), which is part of the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC). This is also NCU’s accreditor. WASC accreditation assures that the school's purposes are appropriate and being accomplished through a viable educational program, and that it is a trustworthy institution for student learning.
All current Northcentral University students will be able to continue and complete their degree program in the same modality, in the same format, and from the same institution at which they began their program. Additional information will be provided by school leadership to provide information pertaining to specific programs.
All programs currently offered will be available after the merger.
Yes, there will be no changes to your faculty due to the merger.
There will be no changes to your dissertation or dissertation chair due to the merger.
All current NCU students will have the opportunity to complete their degree in the modality in which they started. So, if you are in a one-to-one model, learning online, you will be able to complete your degree in that modality, if you choose.
At this time, you will continue to take classes via NCUOne.
NCU can provide transcripts to students who transfer to other institutions but cannot guarantee what coursework will count towards another institution’s degree program. Students are encouraged to ask careful questions before considering a transfer.
Yes, there will be no changes to your advisor due to the merger, and you’re encouraged to contact your advisor if you have any further questions. If you have a question not answered in these FAQs or by your advisor, let your advisor know. Advisors are collecting questions to submit for review and potentially be published in the FAQs. You may also talk with your school or program leader at future open house forums or by email. Please refrain from asking faculty members questions about the merger – your advisor or your school leadership will have the most up-to-date information.
After an initial academic review, it’s been determined 8 programs will be considered as duplicate, however the programs remain in different modalities. Students will experience no changes and will have the opportunity to complete their current programs.
Yes, we’re committed to providing up-to-date communications and transparency leading up to and during the merger process, including providing future forums. Please direct your immediate questions or feedback to your advisor and be sure to check your email for more information.
The merger will not affect tuition, which will not increase for the coming fiscal year (July 1, 2022 – June 30, 2023).
No, you will not lose academic credits or units due to this merger that you have already earned at NCU.
No. You're encouraged to begin your coursework and matriculate in your program. Current students can complete their current program with the option to have Northcentral University or National University printed on their diploma.