National University Reviews
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I would highly recommend National University for the working parent. I tried to attend a traditional college, but found it difficult to focus. After a break and joining the Marine Corps, I decided to put my GI Bill to use and attended classes in-person and online for several years at National. Finally, in 2008, I received my Bachelor's in English. I found the curriculum to be very enjoyable, as well as the option to take classes online. I was very impressed with our graduation ceremony, which was held in the Convention Center in Downtown San Diego. Meredith Baxter (the actress who played the mom on the sitcom Family Ties) did a beautiful job delivering the commencement speech, which I was very pleased with as I grew up watching that sitcom. Overall, I enjoyed attending National University for my Bachelors degree, so much so that I am currently pursuing my Masters there as well!
Friends, the graduation rate of a college is a good indicator of the support you can expect. NU is one of the worst. Learn from my mistake. I paid $70,000 in tuition, took an incomplete. The financial aid office dropped the ball, and now they want $7,000 in tuition before I can graduate and take my final class for my Master's. I don't qualify for any more financial aide, and I am not made of money. So I get nothing for my three years of graduate study and got saddled with 70k in debt. I did get a teaching credential so there is some hope for my future. They don't help their students at all, horrible school. Go to a better university or don't go at all...in a land of broken toilets the plumber is King. My cousin is in a trade and makes $100,000 with two years of community college. Who needs all the debt, expense and toil of a graduate degree? For most of us it isn't the fast track to anything but debt and disappointment. With NU's dismal 26% graduation rate, the education they offer is little more than legalized banditry. Save your money for a more deserving school.
National University may have some of the best online courses I have seen. The professors are very knowledgeable and are current in their information. The course work is challenging and very useful. With this degree I can say that I am more than ready to hit the private sector.
I attended National university in Fresno, CA. I took online and on campus course. Online course is very fast pace and very time consuming. I love that National University offer course that are only one month long. It is a great school with awesome professors. I graduated in Oct 2016 with a B.S. degree in Clinical Laboratory Science. Overall great experience.
The school is good for a Bachelor's, which is what I am going for. It does not give you many options as far as taking a specific class when you want to take it, and if the class is canceled, then you have to wait until it opens back up again. Some classes do not seem to be available at any given month like how they are at other accelerated schools. This makes it even more difficult if you do not want to take a class with an undesirable professor because you may be stuck with him/her. In addition, financial aid has finally been approved for me eight months after I enrolled in my first class. I had to stay calm while I watched my balance pile up, hoping that I wouldn't be in debt with the school and have to pay for my classes out of pocket (tuition is expensive by the way). I am glad that the school is providing me with what I need to get my Bachelor's and pursue my career goals. But I will not consider going here for my Master's degree.
The school is wonderful. Great instructor and program director who ensure students are successful. However the financial aid is not the best. I submitted my financial aid back in June and now it November, and I still haven't received it to pay off my tuition and purchase my books. I different excuses every time I check on the status. I am hopeful that they will figure things out for the betterment of the students. Overall I really enjoying my education journey here.
The school has great professors, but the financial aid department is horrible. My classes began in July and it is the middle of September and I still have not received my financial aid. I filled out my paperwork back in March so I did everything I was supposed to do. I have talked to multiple financial aid people in the office and I get a different excuse every time as to why I haven't gotten it yet. The excuses range from " you will get it when your grades post" from " we are switching over our system and it's causing delays" to " you should get it in a few weeks" and it all sounds like BS. One Financial Aid officer even told me an exact date that my friends will be dispersed and it's been a month past that date. Once again the professors are great and they're very knowledgeable about the subjects that they teach, but if you depend on using your financial aid for books or for any other expenses then I would suggest you rethink this because they absolutely do not care if you are struggling at all. That being said, simply being enrolled in this program has helped advance my career in many ways.
After attending NU since last summer 2015 there have been some odd things going on either with admin issues of over scheduling to pulling a wool over students even with professors in certain classes really doesn't make any sense. Taking Fingerprint Analysis was good at first then when took the Final which covered the whole four weeks study it was a drastic change. I challenged the professor of the test questions and she got a little hostile to 'cc' to the section director to where it shut me off to directly email her. Some of the questions from the reviews and some were not covered from materials that were on the Final. She finally gave me the answer key to what I missed but never did she give it to me on the Mid Term fearing the integrity of students sharing information she said. But the thing was none of the answers were ever on the Final that was covered in the Mid Term so that did not make any sense to me at all. The grade she gave me was night before because I requested it, then a drop of a grade the next day due to the Final and few of the questions I learned after asking few students that were not covered prior to the Final so now she got me in the process of appealing which takes up more time while I'm trying to work on my next class. Now what kind of professor that I took in Fingerprint Analysis sound like to you? She would have answered my questions directly when challenged her the questions from the test, but she did not. That tells me she knew I was getting close to what she was actually doing but wasn't telling. Isn't this somewhat shady? I had to fight for other students in the past from another class almost done the same but it wasn't in the next day grade change so drastically like hers and found out they did not calculate it right but had to recalculate 5 students to correct it which helped them and me.
Yeah, I would watch certain staff and student(s). I got slammed with violations from both ends. I got blindsided by both ends and we'll see if it will get resolved on one of them. The trouble is that people can't seem to confront another student but to go behind another student's back and slam with violations. I know the first one I will never find out who it was reported me and the second violation was I was accused of the way I requested something on my email that the person herself (director) of Writing Center twisted my story and 'cc' Student Conduct office every time and am pending to see if I get anymore tutoring or not. See how people can be twisted and not really read things clear and they don't ask to resolve it right then but to go behind a person's back. I'm sure you wouldn't want that to happen to you and you want to be treated fairly.
Awesome University! Having experienced both the state university and community college systems it was a breath of fresh air to have well qualified instructors and advisors in a user friendly university. Don't be confused - Not a degree mill. Accredited by WASC with many other distinguished commission and board approvals. A tough, rigorous, and fast paced program for those who can handle it. Really a great value with a tradition of academic excellence, founded in 1970. Go NU!
I absolutely recommend this school (at least my program). Like any school, pros and cons. Some teachers are better than others, etc. Overall, I learned a lot and had some really fantastic teachers. The head of my department is actively involved and reachable, just as most of the teachers are. Classes realize that the students are working full-time and the coursework is typically very applicable to real life. Through this online program, and the study abroad (that actually was affordable for once) I actually have become closer and know more real people than when I did my undergrad at a state school. I'm glad I found this school and can't believe I finally have my Masters!