National University Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (88)
I would only tell someone to go to National because of the short time to get a degree. I learned absolutely nothing in my credential program. Some of the teachers had not taught in a elementary classroom in over 20 years. There was a complete lack of understanding of what running a modern 21st century classroom entails. Writing a paper and posting a discussion board post every week did not prepare me for the classroom. I had classroom experience before starting my program and that is what prepared me for my current job. I tried looking at going into a masters degree program the other day. It has taken me over two days and countless hours on the phone to talk to someone. I must have talked to at least 10 people who were rude and could care less I was a graduate of National. Every person told me a different story about requirements and many of them had no knowledge of the Masters programs even though they were advisers! I received 3 incorrect phone numbers from two people.I finally talked to someone at Torry Pines who told me they would call me back with a proper person who could help. It was around 11am my time no one called me back. The sad thing is I was thinking about going back but after the experience yesterday there is no way I would spend 1800 on a class and be treated the way I was yesterday.
A joke. This program is worthless. A complete waist of your money. Look at CSUSM, USD, UCSD or anywhere else. This program is designed to get you in, take your cash and give you absolutely nothing in return. I am seriously hoping that you choose an actual post graduate institution. This place is a con.
The reason I chose National to complete my Bachelor degree was due to timing. After exited active duty I attended San Diego Mesa Community College for two years, I was running out of the GI Bill (only 36 months) and needed to finish my degree within a year and a half. If I wanted to attend a school like, SDSU, I would have had to complete another year at Mesa before becoming even eligible to apply to SDSU, and then I would have no GI Bill for SDSU. So... National accepted me with my transcripts that I had from the two years at Mesa and I was able to complete my degree with National two and a half years faster than any other regular college or university. My experience with National was fairly positive. I enjoyed the students and the majority of the staff. I did encounter a marketing professor who pretended to be my best friend and mentor which turned out to be fake but I can't blame that on the school. I started the first official professional chapter at National, the AMA (American Marketing Association). It went pretty good but I am sure it has fizzled out since my graduating, however, I hope it didn't. The curriculum was detailed and fast but I felt I learned a lot, I graduated with a 3.7 GPA. As an alumni, I am not sure how organizations and people feel about National. I have only had one job since graduating but have applied to many. I have had to move around a ton, currently overseas, due to being a military spouse and then I got pregnant so... I would say my experience was good, but I would question how future employers may view the schools accreditation. All my friends that graduated from SDSU had amazing internships that the school helped them get, and permanent jobs from the internship. I would say that National lacks this. I think the school needs to have an internship program set in place to help its graduates find jobs upon graduating.
As a current student in the Paralegal Studies Bachelors degree program, the school is overall slightly above average. The material I have learned has been helpful and be forewarned, the pace of the curriculum is fast. If you want to make the provided education worth your time and money, you have to put in the work. I'll be completing this curriculum soon, and like any other university you have good professors and bad professors. With aspirations of attending law school, I did a lot of self-study to absorb as much knowledge as I could. All the professors in the paralegal program are attorneys (bar one paralegal). We even had judge teach us criminal law which was fantastic. It's really up to you how seriously you want to take it. The director of this program is bar none the most profound educator I have come across and he really commits to each student's scholastic excellence. He puts in a lot of time and work to ensure the program is up to standards to maintain its ABA approval. In conclusion the onus is on you to succeed in this program. Now onto the staff who work behind the scenes - your student advisors, financial aid counselor, etc. I think that all of them hold their breath and hide when they see me enter the office. I asked A LOT of questions and I'm a stickler for follow through so if someone doesn't respond to my emails or phone calls, I generally will complain and keep calling until I get an answer. Trust me on this, you HAVE to do your own work. Your advisor (as nice as s/he is) does not know all the ins and outs of everything. I have spent HOURS making schedules so I can plan what classes to take. Once again, the onus is on you to look into what classes to take. If you are just looking to get easy A's to achieve a B.S., fine but I wanted to graduate with a minor and exceed expectations. The financial aid person is also nice but once again I made sure to do my own research and figure out how to handle it. I truly believe that the people who are complaining about the financial aid counselors did not do their due diligence. In saying all this, I have communicated with some of the WORST staff members in the UNIVERSE in their San Diego offices/campus. GOOD LUCK trying to get your paralegal certificates with a "Senior Graduation Certification Analyst" who is incompetent and can't be bothered to tell you what the name of the classes you are allegedly missing. She said I was missing classes to satisfy the certificate requirement and when I asked her the name of the classes [no, I don't know what PLX1806 is] her reply was "You can find the course names listed in your catalog." Her definition of due diligence is to "just look" and not "review and analyze" as her title suggests to see if the classes you took satisfies those requisites. I hope she is a volunteer and not a paid employee as I have no idea what she is being compensated for when she "analyzes" nothing. This is when your advisor is your best friend and acts as your advocate. I'm incredibly disappointed to see that many people have been complaining about National University's staff for a length of time and National is not actively resolving their staffing problem. I would hesitate recommending this school due to this aspect. Working and trying to excel as a full time student is strenuous enough; shouldn't a school try to help in making the semantics of graduating/financial aid/general attendance of school easier? The pettiness of this "Analyst" drove me to write this review... but honestly I can't think of a better school for someone who works full time. Generally, I really liked and respected the instructors although sometimes I did feel they didn't take the classes as seriously as I did.
I have been going to this university since Aug 2015, started from schedule mess up as advisor left when it happened, to one of professor's not helping much or not responding in timely manner, to Writing Center director shafting me while I was trying to ask permission from her and she prevented me from getting the same tutor for assistant from Sept 2016 all the way up to Mar or April 2017, due to her twisted story she came up stating I violated something I didn't even know was considered violation was simply asking help from tutor to professor to get communications clear with each other on helping do my Master Thesis. You have to at times watch this school. There are some here obviously had no problems with this university and some who has had problems. I even asked for Student Concierge to assist on complaint of resolution and yet no response from them till this day. I'm surprised this school is still operating. And I'm even surprised that Oprah Winfrey supports this school and boy does she not know what's going on behind closed doors from here.
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.