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Degree: Education, General
Graduation Year: 2012
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I don't usually need to complain unless there are so many horrible reasons I need to and this for sure is one of them. I'll start with one positive which is most of my teachers were great. Now onto the negatives: I am not sure if my program was new but National University made several changes throughout my program and tried to have me go along with the catalog that was not my year! Financial Aid started out great, but for sure I wasn't really let in to how much the whole program was going to cost. I only had 3 online courses which were the worst online courses you have ever taken. The teachers and the program was very unprofessional. After taking the courses, it was even worse. I was told I was able to do my internship at one site then my site supervisor said I could not anymore even though she signed off on it. I went on to write my thesis paper, had no support from staff and teachers when questions were asked! I felt like they put off a great front, great teachers, great education, and then once you pay them for the classes, they could care less about you. It is a waste of time and money, invest your money in an education more worthy. There seems be a theme to National University it is unprofessionalism. All the students I attended with felt the same way so it validates that I am not the only one.

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Degree: Nursing Education
Graduation Year: 2014
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horrible horrible financial aid, I pretty much had to walk them through my account when asking them questions, they are a complete rip off, taking a science class in 2 months and getting an A with a professor who is jamming info in your head and making it so you will not get an A in the class, in my opinion is the worst style of teaching. Often the teacher would make statements that would set us up for failure. I have also taken another science class here and the teacher didn't even speak English and you were not allowed to ask questions in class, your really going to make us sit through 4 hour long lectures and not let us ask a single question? how are we suppose to maintain a good GPA with horrible professors that don't care if you pass or fail the class. My advisor was helpful but the student concierge are very rude and not helpful at al!!! STAY AWAY!! Attend a community college instead or if your going to pay so much for school look into west coast or something else. This school is a scam that doesn't care if you succeed or not!

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Great School for Independent Learners
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Degree: Education, General
Graduation Year: 2015
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I am seeing people complain about the school but I have had an overall positive experience. I am seeking a special education credential and masters. I feel I have been completely supported by my National person who oversees my internship. I can call for advice on any questions or challenges I encounter. Financial aid? Never has been a problem, it has always come through like clockwork, provided I filled out the forms correctly. Learning? Be prepared to work hard. I have attended 2 community colleges and 2 CSUs and in general the work load at National has been far greater than any of these other schools. I figure its because they need to makeup for not having students in a physical class. I think people who feel unsupported are just people who are not appropriate for online study. To be successful in this online program you must be a self directed learner. I believe that if you are nit self directed and committed, this program will be extremely difficult and a disappointment to you. For people who are independent learners, the online program is excellent. I will receive my masters in 2 months and I enjoyed the flexibility the program provided me in relation to both my professional and personal life.

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Excellent University.
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Degree: Accounting
Graduation Year: 2014
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National University is a very rigorous school. It is NOT for everyone. They have excellent instructors most of who actually work in the field they teach. Classes are very fast paced. If you choose to do online, be ready to teach yourself. Online school is very challenging. If you are not disciplined, do not choose online schooling. I did both and found on campus to be far easier to manage. I would highly recommend this school to anybody who is disciplined. Nobody will hold your hand. Classes are four weeks long. When it come to the Accounting field, about 85% of my instructors were CPA's. Needless to say, my learning was supplemented by a lot of instructor experience. Moving on from education, I did experience a lot of issues with billing. I received many billing statements that were erroneous, for which i had to take corrective action via my advisor or students accounts. My Gi Bill was wrongfully charged in a few occasions. In all fairness I have to say, this took place when I was repeatedly dropping classes. They charged me for these classes when they should have not. Consequently, they had to pay the VA back. This was a couple of years back. However, I still experienced some difficulties recently. For example, I switched a couple of classes around toward the end of my program and the school failed to decertify me from the VA. The VA paid the school for these classes, but National promptly returned the payments. My recommendation is this area is to take matters into your own hands. Get acquainted with the student accounts office, and monitor your balances. Besides these hiccups, my pell has always been delivered on time with no issues. To sum it up, great school with VERY experienced instructors. Be ready to work really hard, as the school is very hard. Monitor your account to make sure you catch any discrepancies. Note: National University has a 50% student pass rate for the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) test.

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No no no!!!!
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Degree: Early Childhood Education
Graduation Year: 2014
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Very poorly ran. They are not interested in how good of a teacher that I am becoming. They are interested in schools wanting their interns. I was not supported AT ALL in my program from my supervisor. I was told many things that are not worth repeating. Its completely unorganized and financial aid is not there AT ALL for the students. Its to fund the school, while everything is out of pocket until National University is good and ready to do their job. Basically they are terrible and I would never recommend them to anyone and no longer speak to the person who recommended this place to me.

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Unorganized
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Degree: Nursing Education
Graduation Year: 2015
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This school is extremely unorganized. The instructors are not credited to teach and are not very good. Admin doesn't respond to emails or phone calls. Scheduling is terrible you will be lucky to know your schedule 2-3 days before start date. No mercy or concerns for your life outside of nursing school, because they tell you in orientation that you won't have one, and if you do you're at their mercy. Terrible communication among all staffing too many indians and not enough chiefs... Save yourself the trouble and GO SOMEWHERE ELSE!!!!!!

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Victor - 4 months ago

How would you recommend the nursing program. A lot of nursing schools say you won't have a life during your time there. Besides the fact your obviously overworked. How is your experience with your teachers and are you getting an overall sense of the "nursing" that is being taught.

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kelly - 4 months ago

Hello, Which location did you attend?

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Degree: Nursing Education
Graduation Year: 2015
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Had a great teacher, but the school is run very poorly! I've had nothing but problems with them. 3 years later and I'm still trying to undo the financial screw up they did! They are awful and don't care about trying to help their students.

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Laquisha - 6 months ago

My daughter is enrolled at National getting close to starting nursing program in California ..she has almost enough classes to begin in spring.

However she was just informed that National is all of a sudden requiring 8 more classes before she can start the progarm at a cost of $12000 more tuition .want an additional math class even though she has taken 4 already..a nutrition class .cultural studies yada yada yada .Seems very unusual to add more classes when State universities dont require that many...Is this fraud? Sounds like it to me.

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Laquisha - 6 months ago

My daughter is enrolled at National getting close to starting nursing program in California ..she has almost enough classes to begin in spring.

However she was just informed that National is all of a sudden requiring 8 more classes before she can start the progarm at a cost of $12000 more tuition .want an additional math class even though she has taken 4 already..a nutrition class .cultural studies yada yada yada .Seems very unusual to add more classes when State universities dont require that many...Is this fraud? Sounds like it to me.

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Darin - 5 months ago

It's worse than fraud, it's a deliberate con job. A bait and switch. National SUCKS. Tell your daughter to switch to a STATE university, where they are prohibited from making her take additional classes. Here's the law:

Senate Bill 1393, Scott. Nursing programs.Passed...In effect now.

(1)  Existing law provides that a student of a registered nursing program

at a campus of the California State University or California Community

Colleges, who holds a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited

institution, may not be required to complete general education requirements.

Instead, the student may only be required to complete coursework that is

necessary for licensing as a registered nurse.

This bill would specifically prohibit a campus of the California State

University or California Community Colleges from requiring a student of

a registered nursing program with a baccalaureate degree from a regionally

accredited institution to complete any coursework other than that which is

unique and exclusively required to earn a nursing degree from that institution

Stay away from Online Credential program!
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Degree: Education, General
Graduation Year: 2014
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Run away! Don't do it! This review is for online classes in Education. I spend more time trying to figure out their class web pages than I do learning about teaching. The professors take turns teaching the classes and they each leave their own information about assignments listed on the webpage for you to navigate through. You might be reading one teacher's description of an assignment and it will be much more detailed than the one your teacher has listed. Sometimes you can't even recognize it's the same assignment though! The Technology for Educators class uses a textbook written 6 years ago. Uh, hello? Can you say outdated? And the articles they have you read online are also from 6 years ago. I think their website and assignments have not been update in 6 years. Some of the instructors have their doctorate, but they misspell or use bad grammar at least once per sentence! It makes it so hard to concentrate! The textbooks listed on the online bookstore may or may not be the ones you use for class. So definitely don't buy any and DON'T pre-study! You may end up studying the wrong book. And don't do your assignments early, like, as in, if you are going on vacation, before you work ahead, check with the instructor because they cancel assignments just days before they are due, even if you have already put hours of work into it, like a good student should. I only have 10 days left, then I'm done with National University. Thank goodness! Never again!

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Stepz - 8 months ago

Could not agree more. Also some of the professors teach at the community college level they keep the curriculum in the classes the same or add a little "Busy work" then you have to suffer through the boring things you already did. While paying for a Premium Private University. It is so sad. I also have found that their accounting is always off. They send a bill for one amount then correct them selves and so on. It is disheartening because I have invested over 30 thousand dollars into this university and pretty much lost out on other options. It was a poor decision. I was warned about this school and didn't listen. My advisor is a fast talker so to speak and he gives ZERO support. Also I was told when I enrolled that I needed X amount of classes for the elementary education degree I was seeking and as I went on the list grew. I was pretty upset that every class they add on is over 1500.00 plus books. Good thing the classes are so out of date that most of the books were dirt cheap. They increased tuition 2 times since I started. I HATE this school!!!!

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Degree: Information Technology
Graduation Year: 2014
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Good school, I learned a lot. It is easy to pass classes, but very difficult to get A's. You can learn a fair amount if you apply yourself

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Excellent Educational Opportunity for Natural B...
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Degree: Psychology, General
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National University has been an absolutely amazing experience. After separating from Active Duty military service I immediately enrolled in National Universities Bachelor of Arts Psychology program. The online courses are not for the faint hearted. You are completely teaching yourself with the support of some fantastic career professionals. While browsing over some of the negative reviews, it seems that this type of self directed learning was a big issue. However, if you have leadership qualities and are able to handle challenges then this is the program for you! The online experience at National is enlightening. You are allowed to self explore and interpret the material yourself without any bias, or significant influence from outsiders. Extremely fast paced so I suggest you have extremely tuned organizational skills as well as the ability to prioritize.

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Nick Lewis - 6 months ago

How did your BAH work online? And if you did any in class how did it work?

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