National American University Online Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (75)
This campus is a big joke. Some of the staff here is awful. This is supposed to be an educational institute but you have most of the employees that are not educated. You have a campus director that just received his degree. You have an admissions director with just a high school diploma. Some of the people that work in admissions look thrown away and there is no professionalism at this school. The lady at the front desk and the medical lady were the only people that I can say were worth even talking to. The Dean is rude and have no consideration for the students that she talks to. Why are some of these people working there? There is no financial aid on the campus anymore you have to talk on the phone to everyone which makes it hard to understand what is going on. There is no tutor for math, there is a joke of a tutor. This school is ridiculous. The other campus director was much better.
The worst thing about this school is the financial aid department. After being lied to about how much of my pell grant was going to cover they proceeded to tell me that I couldn't return books or drop classes after finding out the information. I then after refusing to accept the pell grant magically it was accepted for me. I did not accept it nor was I going to. After talking to several people they all went back and covered their own butts and now I'm responsible for nearly 1000 dollars. When I was told I would only be paying for only my books and fee. I do not recommend this school unless you want to deal with this don't waste your money. I'm contacting a lawyer to see if I have a case against this issue and I will not be paying any money to this school for anything. After being pushed and pushed to stay in the school and being told I was paying one way or the other it's my biggest regret going to this school.
I was a student at NAU for about three years. I went to college part time and work full time. I did feel that the college was expensive but all schools are. I felt that admissions was great, E. was very helpful. Financial assistant A. was a blast to work with and she always try to keep me in line almost the whole three years. She always emailed, or called me to get it done on time. A. left about a year before I graduate it kind of went down hill. I had to come out of pocket because my paper work was late. Then K. told me I could make payments never called me back and got stuck with a huge bill to pay or no diploma. A. was AWESOME SHE WILL BE SUCCESSFUL IN ALL SHE DOES!!! So I rate financial aid a 8.5 at the Austin campus. Oh, and veterans stuff was on point I always got my monthly stipend every month. I took the health info tech degree, might of been a bad choice for this area of Austin, but Houston and Dallas have more jobs to offer. However, it depends if you want to relocate if your central, but Austin definitely does not have the jobs for this degree, and the jobs they offer they want at least 1-5 yrs experience so be careful if you go this route. Educators or professors were great, I only had trouble with one class out of the many I took. I had a 98 average had to get three )`s because AHIMA didn`t work and contacted many people and nobody could help so I ended up with an 87 and another class an 89. Advice for Professors without offended anybody, if a student is having trouble with assignments have them do an alternate assignment so they don`t take unfortunate 0`s for links they cannot retrieve and you cannot help them with. I wanted to do an essay or something of that nature so I didn't take those zeros or effect my GPA, that`s what I would have done if I was an online professor. However, all the other professors were helpful for me. This college you have to follow the rules and put in the work. I have seen many students come and go, some students are very lazy so I am sure their grades reflected that. I know when I did get lazy my grade showed and my professors gave me a wake-up call, which is exactly what I needed throughout the program. I know also through the HIT program that two classes was nothing but essays, I disagree with that, a better class lay out could have been better. I walk away with 98 and 96 respectively but essays get old when your not take an English class. I felt that majority 99% professors were fair across the board. The Composition II professor was great, that was a hard class (73). Most students fail out of that class, so to say professors are not qualified is crazy. This college is very challenging, depending on the courses or degree you are taking or going for. I wanted a challenge and I got that with this degree program. This degree program is very difficult, trust me. On the mock exam practicum only like three classmates passed, so think hard about this program before starting it, most do not make it through. Overall my experience was what I made of it. NAU was not that bad, but it seems to me it is about individuals and that specific location. North Austin was great for the most part, and Brittanei and Racheal are always helpful at the front desk. Oh man, I forgot about Steve the IT guy, he just left but he was very helpful to me also. The academic deans were great and helpful too; Dr. P., and Dr. W. respectively.
The online program made attending class possible. I work full time and have two young children, so this was pretty much the only option available for me. The online class sizes were small and that was really nice because it was easier to focus on what was being posted.
I have had to endure many mistakes by NAU and its staff. Including and most recently not providing me with the necessary texts or Lab Access Codes to complete a class. This has happened before to the extent I was forced to lay out an entire semester due to their error. Right now AHIMA and Quantim labs I cannot get into due to these deficits by NAU. I have no less than 30 emails back and forth by myself, AHIMA, my instructor, the program director and the NAU Bookstore to no avail.
I've been attending NAU on and off for years. Military and family life is known for interrupting educational plans. I honestly don't know what I was thinking at first when I initially enrolled. It seems a bit silly to be hung-up on the name of a University but I regret not looking into a state university for their solid reputations. I think if NAU would change their commercial marketing to something a little more comparable to the age-old prestigious reputation of a state college, I would feel a bit more proud of it. Now, outside of my shallow need for prestige, NAU is okay. Similar to another review I just glanced over, I too feel like the grading bar is not very high. But then again, I may have always felt as if college should be more challenging that it actually is (not that I'm a brainiac or anything.) My biggest complaint about NAU distance learning is the extremely confusing interface. The virtual classrooms are NOT very user friendly. I sincerely find writing in relation to each lesson plan in just about every nook and cranny. You 'may' accidentally find a hyperlinked word that 'might' lead you to the window you want to be in. It took me about 20 minutes of searching before I even found the screen with the list of classmate message links and the instructor 'somewhere' in the sea of student names. When I finally figured out how to send a message, I literally had to delete the auto-population of every single student's name out of the blind-courtesy-copy. Was there an easier way of sending a message? Probably. But if I know NAU, the option was hidden somewhere on another website on another planet in another galaxy. Outside of all of this, in another year I should have my degree. I have dreams of my giant framed accomplishment on the wall. I just wish it was Texas State, Southern Illinois, or A&M, but I'm too close to turn to something else now. Thanks NAU for getting me across the finish line.
It is very interesting reading all the reviews on this school. NAU has instructors that are probation officers and Lt officers in my local law agencies. I have been taught by Lawyers and many other professional personnel. NAU is an expensive school that is why they are a private school. I've never been treated badly at NAU everyone I talked to and came in contact with have been so helpful to me completing my degree specially when I was deployed. If your not use to online classes I suggest you not go to NAU because there is a lot of work involved to get the points needed to pass the class. I've taken both online and at campus. The different is you do have to teach yourself more online were adults... The professors are their to grade and help but not spoon feed the information to you.
I attended NAU in 2007. I was an on line student. I found the enrollment adviser and the process easy, and her assistance helpful. However, my professor in one of my classes was rude, and demeaning. I was unable to grasp the concepts of the class, and despite seeking help through tutoring, my grades were continuing to slip. She found it "fun" to post my failing grades on the classroom "blackboard." I went to my academic adviser and she said she would talk with her. Within days of this disaster, my son got gravely ill, and we were admitted to the hospital. I tried to keep up with my classes, but was unsuccessful. I talked with my adviser, and dropped my classes, and left the college. I was told since F/A hadn't been notified, of my attendance there would be no charge for my attendance. To this day, I still receive collection notices. They are not a good college. I do NOT recommend them to any one for any reason.
When I first started school with NAU I had an awesome advisor and financial aid advisor, but after I had been in my classes for over a month and still did not receive my financial aid. I called the person who helped me and lo and behold she is not there supposedly she moved to a different campus and so did my advisor. I have been told that I need to contact another school I went to years ago for my transcripts,so I did that. NAU received them a week before Thanksgiving and told me everything looked good. I call on December 2nd to find out when will I receive my financial aid and what do they tell me?!! Oh, they sent us a transcript with your name but the wrong DOB!!? YOU have to contact them to get the right one, so I do this again took me a couple of days to get someone from Kaplan college to listen to me. Needless to say it is now 2014 and I still have not received my money, but they were glad to inform me they received theirs!! I even went to the Dean of my area and what do they do tell me to contact the person in charge for my school, who has not returned any of my phone calls!! I call everyday to remind them I am still waiting, does any one know if I can transfer to a different school and which school would be beneficial to me not them? Thanks!!!
I feel that this school is very helpful in the enrollment process, i used to attend a local state school here and they were no help at all. NAU does care about you, and i have seen plenty of students blame the school or financial aid when they fail their classes. Obviously if you fail and don't try, that affects your Financial Aid, if you fail your classes over and over its using up your FA. You can't just expect to enroll at a school and think its going to be like high school; grow up people and take responsibility when you fail your classes, when you are in college you teach yourself to develop studying habits for you to be successful, not everything is going to be handed to you. Do your research and stop complaining about being in debt, i have been at National American University for about 3 years and its hard, but i am happy to say i have not failed any classes and will soon have my Bachelors, so therefore I'm expecting to pay exactly what i knew i was getting myself into. You and only you are responsible for not failing, stop blaming the school, and your financial aid team. so study up and stop being lazy.