National University Reviews
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Okay, so I've read literally every review on this site thus far regarding NU. From what I've seen and similar to posts from others, the bulk of people "not recommending" NU simply don't seem intelligent enough to complete an accelerated program such as the format this school uses. I mean, typos may not mean much to some people, but when you're writing a review on a website about a college you attended and you're saying it's a bad school, you should at least use proper grammar and spelling. I don't mean to offend anyone but the cold, hard reality is that not everyone can handle every college's coursework.
It's true that NU does give you a lot of work, perhaps more than other universities, but there's a good reason for this. It's not "busy work" as other people have insinuated, but a necessity to actually learning the material in the one-month time frame you're given. The key to competence in any field is repetition and practice, and learning in school is no exception. My advice is this: if you're looking for an affordable (NU is not-for-profit and thus less expensive than most other schools) school that provides good instruction and you're the type of person that can do things on your own without your hand being held, I highly suggest looking into NU. If you need more time to complete your studies and you need a slower pace (everyone learns at a different rate, after all), I'd recommend looking elsewhere.
To provide background I've been attending NU for about 8 months (I'm about to start my 9th class at NU).
I am right in the middle of my program for a BBA in Business.I really liked the Professors i have had up to this point,with the exception of one.They all have real world experience that I want to hear about in Business.
The courses are challenging because of the speed of the course,so if you plan to complain all the time like i have seen some people do,don't sign up.I chose National University after i talked with the Sgt Major at MCRD in San Diego.He was pleased with his results and was glad to have completed his Masters fairly quick.
Yes,I liked the idea of going to State or UC,but I am not interested in having to take a "pottery class".I wanted to graduate before retirement.
I would never go here again. I was a student here and I never received an award letter from financial aid. This also happened to two other people I know. Then when I go back to school they refuse to release my transcript. How is that fair to me?this is my education and time, not theirs.
I have learned a lot here. Learning also never stops. I did have a few classes that were a joke, while the rest challenged me. Full time military, husband, and student and obtaining the degree was doable. Since I had so much on my plate I had to sacrifice some grades which is fine.
My advisors and support staff replied promptly to me and the online library and resources is awesome. Can get a lot of one on one help if you need it. Remember that in anything you do it is best to inform yourself and keep the experts in check. By doing this I got the best service possible.
I am in my last class of my MBA program here at National University. I can honestly say that it was worth every penny. The professors are top notch, advisors are great, and value is exceptional.The course work is very challenging and you often feel overwhelmed with the amount of work due but if you keep focused these are the courses you feel are most rewarding.
The point of attending any school is learn. There is no doubt you will do so here. You won't be able to get away with just doing the minimum and get a passing grade. This school will require the best of you and you will actually have to put in your time
It also seems they are constantly improving. Over the time I have been here they have put so much effort in improving technology and the over all educational experience.
I highly recommend this university.
National University may offer a person the flexability to work and go to school, but it's classes are full of busy work. There is the normal midterm project and a term paper. But you are also given a lot a work, busy work. A normal college treats you like you are an adult, and you do your projects. But National has you repeat everything you learn through test, discusion boards, which are short essays, numerous short essays. If you go to National, be prepared to do twice the work you would do at a normal on campus school.
I transferred to National University from a community college and it was a great experience. I had to work my way through college since I came from a poor family and National allowed me to keep my job and to also get an education that would have taken my many years to complete at a CSU.
I found that National to be more difficult and the professors expected more from me than in the course work compared to community college. I finished my BA and I have been very pleased with my overall experience at National. Is it a perfect university? No, but I do not know how any university can please everyone all of the time.
I was able to move on to earn a master's degree at Pepperdine while continuing to work and found that the coursework expectations were slightly below National's. Overall, I would say National helped me achieve my dream of getting a good education and college degree. Today, I have a comfortable living and I owe a lot of it to National.
National University (NU) was on the best experience I had during my college years. At my undergraduate I attended one public and one top ranked private university and transferred to NU. Indeed to support my family with a full time job and continue my education at them mean time, I had to look for another option to accomplish this goal. And NU was the right option that suited my full time work schedule and family needs. Without NU I was unable to achieve this dream.
Currently, I am pursing my advanced graduate degree among 100 top ranked private schools in US. Because of small class size you will have great amount of time and face to face to interact with classmate and professor. NU has an average class load but that all depend on your professor and class requirement. Some classes were challenging and I really loved it. I had to take few classes online and the rest on campus. This is what makes NU an awesome place to attend; not just online but brick and mortar as well with good regional reputation. Their online classes are one of THE best because of the excellent interaction between classmate and professor.
Threaded discussion is another interesting NU’s online learning tool. Most NU students are adults who came from variety of work background; therefore, you will have a great learning experience. At NU you are treated as an adult by peers and professors and every one respect your opinion. The majority of NU professors have PhDs in their field which makes it another important aspect to bear in mind.
I attended NU for almost three years and I never had any dispute with my classmates or professors. At NU I did not have any wild parties but it was an outstanding journey that I will never regret. NU has a decent tuition rate comparing to other private nonprofits institutions. NU shares the same principles for the education of undergraduates and graduate as other public and private universities. Most importantly NU is a nonprofit university and it has endowment so the profits won’t end up in shareholder’s pocket as in the case for profits universities. Consider taking classes at a nonprofit college because comparing tuition rate could make a big different.
Last but not least, I have read some negative comments about NU but in reality there is no perfect school out there, they all have their negative and positive reviews even top ranked schools. The most important thing to consider is affordability, quality of education and flexibility. I don’t want to compare NU to no other school but if you are able to attend Duke or Stanford then go ahead and do it. On the contrary, if you have a full time job/ family duties then UN would be the top pick for you.
My experience at National was great. As for the administrative end, I applied, was accepted, and they generated a schedule for me. I was quickly contacted by my advisor and always found help when I needed it. I see that most complaints are about administrative, but you all have apparently never dealt with Troy or UGA. I went to several colleges as an undergrad, as I changed my major and moved several times. These two schools were by far the worst.
And I must say that my classes at National were much more challenging than any English class I ever took at University of Georgia. We weren't taught by grad students; we were taught by faculty with doctorates, one with two doctorates. The one-month format was extremely challenging, requiring us to read 6-8 novels, make two substantial weekly posts with replies, and write a 20-25 page paper all in one month. It isn't for the faint of heart!
I have a feeling that the few students who are complaining about the quality of teachers or confusing course layout just couldn't hack it (because that same type of student makes the same complaints about my freshman comp. class when they flunk it!). Every course I had was well-organized. If you can read and understand written instructions, it's not hard to figure out what to do. Not all teachers were equal, but they were all good.
Instructors seem to feel that they had only to babysit the online classes while the students did all the work and talked to each other in forums. The classes were so poorly put together that half the assignments, instructions and resources were from four or five different classes with instructors clueless on what we were supposed to do and when. The Digital Cinema program is a joke-only take it if you need a meaningless piece of paper to teach. Half of the instructors know nothing about cinema or the film biz and aren't even in film but in other disciplines. There was little to no feedback and some of the requirements considering what little effort they put into were laughable.
Complaints to the University were long, arduous and rarely resolved. We were told conflicting things about Financial Aid, classes, requirements etc. The Student Concierge Service that we were forced to use was a total joke. The gave out flatly incorrect information on critical issues repeatedly.
Much like the debacle with Kaplan they seem to be mostly interested in collecting their money.