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Be very careful. How NU cheat on veterans!
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Degree: Medical Transcription
Graduation Year: 2014
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Be careful! I have military benefits through my husband disabled veteran marine. I was told multiple times by NU officials that my benefits will pay for tuition. THEY LIE!!!! I took 3 courses before I discovered that nothing was covered. Now I ended p with 5000 debt and there is NO way to get out of it. VERY disappointing. Please, please, be very careful with your choice! They are FRAUD!

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Excellent MBA Program
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Degree: MBA
Graduation Year: 2015
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Great program. I took four electives on-site, the remainder were online. The onsite classes were not as difficult but I found much of the class time to be unnecessary. Be mature and prepared to work for the online classes. All professors, except one, were timely, helpful, and knowledgeable. National did respond to the lack of support, and attendance, received by the problematic professor. The professors were very knowledgeable and responsive to questions. A few courses, such as Statistics and Finance, were challenging but the professors went beyond my expectations to provide assistance. Be prepared to manage your time and you'll find the MBA program to be a valuable experience.

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Depends on your own situation
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Degree: Social Sciences
Graduation Year: 2015
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I should start by clarifying that people should know what they are signing up for, since the cost of tuition per course is pretty hefty. That said, my classes have been challenging and we've had some enlightening world discussions, even if it was only online. It the best option in my particular case. (Late 20s and just needed to get my BA.) It's a good choice to have if you are (and need to be) working full time and big 4 year seems like a huge life commitment at this point. Let's be honest, I don't think the degree will get you an amazing "Wow" that going to Columbia would, but sometimes you just need to go to school and move on with your career. It's all what you make of it. If you study hard, earn good grades and make the best effort to learn, it'll be worth it. If you're looking for the traditional college experience, an online school is not for you though. If you have other commitments going for you, then it helps. At least I've been making it work for me. Going on to grad school next year won't hurt either, I hope!

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RUN FAST...THIS SCHOOL SUCKS!!!
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Degree: Gerontology
Graduation Year: 2015
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RUN FAST...FAR FAR AWAY FROM THIS HORRIBLE UNIVERSITY!!! THEY BAIT & SWITCH...YOU FIND THE PERFECT DEGREE & LOVE THE CLASSES THEY OFFER ...SO, YOU SIGN UP & JUMP RIGHT IN, ONLY TO DISCOVER THAT THEY DROP ALL THE CLASSES YOU WERE SO LOOKING FORWARD TO TAKING, PLUS IF YOU THINK YOU'LL NEED FINANCIAL AID, FORGET IT!!! THEY HOLD YOUR MONEY FOR MONTHS, SO IF YOU NEED BOOKS, INTERNET, ETC...GOOD LUCK!!! I REALLY DON'T KNOW HOW THEY ARE ABLE TO STAY IN BUSINESS...I THINK WHAT THEY ARE DOING IS ILLEGAL. THEY TOTALLY SUCK!!! I WOULD RATE FINANCIAL AID BELOW THE RANKINGS ALLOWED...AWFUL TERRIBLE...THE WORST OF WORST

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guidance needed
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Degree: Teaching
Graduation Year: 2016
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They keep changing what classes I am required to complete in order to graduate and I have already extended my graduation twice. I have an employer ready to higher me. I just need my credential, but they keep adding classes that they sometimes aren't even offered. I am very frustrated. I feel like I am being scammed.

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Frustrated - about 1 month ago

I am dealing with the same issues and I have talked with other students, who are also being scammed. I really loved the program and the classes I was looking forward to taking...except nearly every term, they cancel the classes I need for my degree program, and want me to take classes from other programs...totally sucks! Especially since it is sooo expensive & the four week format moves way too fast...

If Not For National University's Excellent Prog...
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Degree: Finance
Graduation Year: 2015
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There are a lot of negative reviews for National University. After spending four mostly great years there I was pretty surprised to read such negative remarks. I cannot speak about the situation with Financial Aid as I pay for my classes, so I had no experience with that. However, the set up of the online classes is amazing and easy to navigate. About 98% of my teachers were amazingly helpful and I have taken over 20 classes there. The instructors have been very considerate of the students needs. I am guessing that most of the former students with negative remarks struggled to succeed in such an independent, fast-paced environment and that is the cause of their negative experience. From my experience online classes at most colleges are more difficult than on campus classes, however National had the best set up for online classes that I have ever seen. The best advice I could give someone considering National University, or any online school, is to be honest with yourself about whether you really can display great self-discipline and successfully manage your classes. It takes a lot of dedication and hard work. I would not have been able to finish my degree at this time in my life without National University's online program. It is an excellent choice for those who cannot make it to on-campus classes. Good luck to everyone!

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Frustrated - about 1 month ago

I have to wonder if you really have taken as many classes as you claim, since it takes less to complete a degree. 4.5 credits for a 4 week class...online is a joke, especially because the live class pro rarely works for everyone in the class to participate. Are you completing an undergrad degree or grad? Maybe that is why you have glowing reviews? Grad classes have been a joke and do not compare to other universities. Most of us have to use financial aid to cover classes that cost $2777 (4 week online class). In my opinion, this school is a diploma for cash school. BTW...I am a 4.0 grad student and successful by any standard...do not write reviews about something you have no experience with...

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Degree: Business
Graduation Year: 2015
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Professors treat you like a child and talk down to you. I am a disabled veteran and my rights were violated when I was not allowed to take my medicine with my lunch meal on the break. This school is a joke and I DO NOT recommend anyone to attend this school unless they are looking to get subpar service from the ADMINISTRATION OFFICES at NU.

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DO NOT GO HERE!!!
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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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everyone read
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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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Skye - 10 days ago

Everyone's telling me that it will be hard to get a job with National University. I am applying to study there in the Fall for a masters in education...Am I making a mistake??

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