New Charter University (NCU) is a for-profit educational institution for online learners with a strong emphasis on business programs. Formerly known as Andrew Jackson University, NCU students can earn associate, bachelor, and master degrees, as well as certificates of proficiency from home. Associate’s degrees are available in both business and general studies. The general studies program is affiliated with Patten University as well and is regionally accredited by WASC. Bachelor’s programs are available in general business and business-management/leadership. There are four MBA programs: finance, health care management, resource management, and general management.
One of the unique features that NCU has to offer is continuous starting dates—entering students may begin an academic program on almost every Monday of the calendar year, allowing for highly personalized scheduling. Students may also choose to take between one and three classes at a time as suits their schedule.
Admissions are noncompetitive. NCU also welcomes international students. Some additional forms and tests may apply. For specific instructions, contact the Office of Admissions.
Financial aid is not available. Tuition is charged by a fixed, flat-rate schedule, with varying costs for undergraduate and graduate classes. Tuition must be paid prior to beginning a course of study. It may be paid by the month or per 16 week term. Students who prepay for a term at a time receive a 5% discount.
As all classwork and communication takes place online, the student community is also virtual. The college’s virtual campus provides students with all the necessary tools and resources to successfully complete each course. The courses are divided into 10 lessons that students may work through at their own pace. These lessons include reading assignments and graded assignments. There are midterms and finals. Instructors communicate and instruct students online. All grades and feedback from instructors are provided within 96 hours.
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