Some readers might be interested in knowing exactly what kind of “higher learning” is studied at the NXIVM University, also known as The Internship.
Thanks to an alumnus of NXIVM University, readers get a rare look at some of the actual course work being offered at this sham university.
NXIVM University students have to sign both an affidavit and a Confidentiality Agreement in order to attend the school. The tuition is $5,000 per month – which is slightly higher then the annual tuition at Harvard, Princeton or Yale – but students at NXIVM University are told they should be able to graduate in two years, as opposed to the four years required at most Ivy League colleges
The founder of NXIVM University is Keith Raniere. He attended Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, where the current tuition is $49,341 annually.
Students of NXIVM University are expected to pay $60,000 per year but alternate payment programs are available for students.
Here is the language in the application regarding payment options:
I understand the cost of the Program is $5000 per month. If I choose one of
the options below, I agree to pay a day rate of $10 per day. In additional, should I require translation, I agree to pay the translation fees monthly.
I agree to the following exchange for my participation in the Program (please choose whichever option applies to you):
a. Enroll two people whom have never taken any NXIVM programs into the University Program by the following date: ________________.
b. Have 50% of my commissions withheld until I have earned the full title of my chosen career path.
c. Pay $____________ per month for the initial 6 months of the Program, and thereafter have 50% withheld from my commissions until I earn full title of my chosen career path.
d. Perform the following function to assist and facilitate the Program: ___________________________.
e. Should I fail to uphold my commitment in graduating the Program, I shall do the following:
i. Transfer title and ownership of ________________________
to an entity NXIVM chooses, or;
ii. I agree to have 50% of any income withheld from any career or contractor opportunity I have with NXIVM until I have returned to being in integrity with NXIVM.
iii. Start payments within 6 months of my exiting the program with a 9% per annum interest rate applied with the credit card given below.
Unlike most other educational entities in New York that use the word ‘University’ in their name or advertising, NXIVM University is not accredited by any legitimate entity. For those who are interested, you can access the U.S. Department of Education’s database of accredited post-secondary institutions here: https://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/
Also unlike other Universities, NXIVM University forbids its students from revealing anything learned or any course work. Most colleges do not require their students to keep secret what they have learned and, instead, allow them to speak freely free of it and share, and even sell their textbooks to others.
The application that requires utter secrecy is here: University Program – Level 2 application
The pertinent language is:
I UNDERSTAND IF I CHOOSE TO LEAVE ESP, I MUST RETURN ALL COURSE-RELATED MATERIALS AND MAKING USE OF SUCH MATERIALS AFTER LEAVING CONSTITUTES FRAUD.
In this respect, NXIVM University resembles the world of George Orwell’s 1984.
The confidentiality clauses include:
All materials, methods and information contained in and represented through Executive Success Programs, Inc. (ESP) are essential assets of ESP acquired at great time and expense. As such, they are proprietary and confidential. These materials,
methods and information cannot be copied, duplicated, transmitted, taught or otherwise used, in part or in whole, directly or indirectly, without express written permission of ESP. Any breach or suspected breach of this or any of the tenets of these
Participant Terms and Conditions would cause irreparable harm to ESP. Adequate remedies under law may not exist. Participant grants ESP injunctive relief and all remedies under law or otherwise should any breach or suspected breach occurs.
For an institution of higher learning, where knowledge is to be shared not hidden, there is an awful lot of paranoia and concern about someone learning something. Or at least sharing what they learned with anyone else..
Yet, in promotional terms, this is a highly specialized University. NXIVM University is advertised by NXIVM officials as “the fast track to promotion within NXIVM”.
Here is an email from Prefect and the Executive Board of NXIVM to NXIVM salesman Brian Elliot. This email appears to make the initial offering to students on the NXIVM Stripe Path to move ahead on their [full time] careers with NXIVM.
From: Nxivm Communications <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Wed, Jan 25, 2017 at 10:16 PM
Subject: The Fast Track to a NXIVM Career Path
To: Brian Elliot <email@example.com>
Get on the fast track!
Would you like to build a new career for yourself?
Would you like to have control of your most valuable resource, your time?
Would you like control over how much you earn?
It takes four to twelve years of university education to be able to earn more than $50,000 per year. Imagine being able to make four to five times as much as that—in a fraction of the time!
Hosted by our Corporate Center in Albany, New York, we are offering a fast track program where you can become a salesperson, field trainer, EMP, head trainer, proctor and/or an ethicist in two years or less!
Are you ready? Anyone can apply! Simply fill out the attached application form and submit it to: firstname.lastname@example.org
The base cost of this program is $5000 per month, and financing and scholarship options are available!
Prefect and The Executive Board