National University Reviews

  • 155 Reviews
  • La Jolla (CA)
  • Annual Tuition: $13,320
57% of 155 students said this degree improved their career prospects
50% of 155 students said they would recommend this school to others
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Student & Graduate Reviews

  • Reviewed: 9/17/2021
  • Degree: Psychology
"I'm enrolled in the ABA program. One teacher I had was really down to earth and helpful. I emailed him when I had questions regarding my internship and he helped me. He told the class we could email him, even when we were no longer his students and I am going to take him up on that. However, another teacher I had never responded to my emails, which negatively impacted my grade. She responded to one email but I sent her that email five times before I got a response. She never responded to the email that impacted my grade. She deleted one of my posts on the discussion board. I know it was deleted because I found it on the grade book. Other assignments were deleted, and I know they were deleted because I logged out and logged back in and they were still posted. Then before the due date I checked my posts to make sure my assignments were there but they weren't. I reposted them before the due date, thank god. One of the assignments I turned in early. I complained to my advisor that my assignments were deleted and the teacher brought up all of my complaints for the entire class to here and she said of course you can turn in assignments early. However, when I listed my complaints, I didn't say it was an assignment that was turned in early. However, she meantioned everything I said and mentioned you can turn in assignments early. I think she didn't like that I worked ahead and deleted it. She mentioned that I worked really fast one day and it wasn't meantioned in a positive way. I have to keep up on my work because I'm overwhelmed with work. Ms. Mandy probably has a husband, so if someone is messing with her work she has someone to rely on but I don't. Also, when I said good bye to her, she was silent. Another time, I said thank you and she was silent. However, after I complained about her, she was polite and said good bye. So, it's interesting that I worked for the school system and had a real difficult time there and she happens to work for the school system too. When I showed up for class she mentioned my by first and last name. She's like look whose here. So, if you have a commonanlity with this women and she can find a reason to discrimminate against you, then maybe that is whats wrong because so many things happened in this class that did not happen to me in my other two classes. Such as, I answered all of the questions on the test and then double check them and two answers were missing. I wouldn't have a reason to jump to conclusions, if she had responded to my email that marked down my grade and if she was polite. Mysteriously, my assignments are missing. I'm sorry, but even professionals can have problems with their personality and I think that's what happened to me."
  • Reviewed: 9/11/2021
  • Degree: Cybersecurity
"I see many negative reviews, but many of those seem to be written by someone not really ready for an education level provided by National. I suspect not being prepared is the reason some had a less than desirable experience. While I attended, I heard people complaining from time to time, and in every case the student was the weak link. It's a University, not a high school. As such, more effort is required. I put in the effort, and earned my Masters with Honors."
  • Reviewed: 5/11/2021
  • Degree: Education
"Disorganized from administration to instructors and everything in between. There is no consultancy to the structure or of classes some instructor will say do it this way and another will say forget about all the assignments were doing it my way .... so be prepared to work twice as hard every single class and hope the instructor likes you because that’s another nightmare . Try not be bring up any concerns if you want to pass the class."
Ned P.
  • Reviewed: 2/4/2021
  • Degree: Accounting
"National is a great school. The Kearny Mesa campus is fantastic and the library is very convenient and with solid resources. I had a few professors whom I wasn’t to thrilled about but most of the teaching staff did a incredible job. The classes were not easy so you essentially get out of it what you put into it. After graduation I shot up to management for the company I work for and never looked back."
  • Reviewed: 1/19/2021
  • Degree: Education
"Loved the night classes. Some fantastic teachers. However, let's be honest, this place, like so many others like it, is a scam. There's NO reason you.couldn't cut the time it takes to complete these degrees by HALF, since most classes are regurgitated info spun into a different course. Absurd! We need an educational RESET in this country..Stop wasting time, energy and money on useless classes. It's bad for the environment. And get a fast paced, concise PH.D program on line."
Daniel C Alonzo
  • Reviewed: 1/14/2021
  • Degree: Liberal Studies
"If you value your money do not attend NU. admissions advisors were often unavailable, academic advisors were of no help in answering your questions. Pell grants were often not processed on time, or not processed at all even though I did all my FAFSA requirements on time. I applied for the Cares Act, and they claimed that they did not know the status, At one point I was told to only direct my questions to Kathy Rittler and Karla Page because I was being to inquisitive and was calling them too often ( they actually have a 2 call a month limit on students). The staff is quick to report you to the student conduct office, and make false accusations against the student, they will try to intimidate you and to silence you. Do not attend this university, their are only after your money."
  • Reviewed: 12/29/2020
  • Degree: Psychology
"I was utterly surprised to see so many negative reviews for NU. This past week, I obtained my Bachelor's Degree in Psychology through NU. I graduated in the exact time frame that my academic advisor told me I would. The online structure of the class is truly what you make of it. You must be dilligent and able to manage your time accordingly. All of my instructors were more than knowledgable, and they posted several links/articles/videos to further their students' academic knowledge, however, it was up to the student to watch/read those assignments. One of my professors was even a published author, and had written 7 novels. Additionally, a handful of my instructors also had their PhD, I'm not sure what more you could ask for in an instructor. Furthermore, my experience with financial aid has been fine. But, as the student and as an adult, you need to do your due-dilligence. I called the financial aid department once a month just to check in and make sure I wasn't missing anything. Often times, they would fill me in on valuable information. It is not up to them to reach out to you as I'm sure they have hundreds of thousands of students filing for financial aid. Since my experience with Nu was so smooth, I decided to pursue my edcuation further and begin my Masters program in Educational Counseling. I can only hope this next journey is as smooth sailing as the previous. I would, and have already, recommended NU to several people."
Jay L
  • Reviewed: 12/11/2020
  • Degree: Criminal Justice
"FINANCIAL AID IS THE WORST! I have never been to a school that takes 4 months to complete a financial aid packet and then gives U the run around on when things will be finalized. They will send you 5011 notifications on what you owe, but no so much as 1 status update on financial aid. This will be my FIRST AND LAST DEGREE AT THIS SCHOOL! I wanted to stay and do my doctorate degree here, but the initial impression wasn't a good one, so I'll be going to another school for my final degree."
  • Reviewed: 11/29/2020
  • Degree: Special Education
"If you are looking for an expensive way to pay for your degree, this is it. If you are looking for an engaging, interesting, and professional university experience, it is not. I am no stranger to online education; I completed the last year of my undergrad in an online format (pre-pandemic) and loved it just as much as in-person. It was the exact same quality of education, just made more flexible. Now, I am in the freshly “revamped” Masters Education/Credential program, and unlike the other poster, I am not impressed. The assignments are beginning level and lack depth. If you are already familiar with the concepts, there is nothing to gain from the NuNav feature. Similarly, the supplementary links provided are seldom credible; there are no professional case studies or reports to be found here. At the administrative level, I will echo the same complaints as other commenters. Transcripts and financial aid take weeks to be processed. The advisors are hit or miss, but they handle everything, so you are forced to wait and rely on them. There is no independence in this system- you can’t even set your own email password. The ‘secure’ system is a nightmare. If you attended a traditional four-year university, I would not recommend coming here to continue your education. I was looking forward to engaging in thought-provoking, higher level courses, but now I dread regurgitating the same basic information for each assignment. I have been trying to push through since it is a quick and easy program, but it is so frustrating paying so much money for such mediocre quality."
  • Reviewed: 11/23/2020
  • Degree: Biology
"I transferred to National University because I am a post bacc student looking to complete my pre requisites to apply to medical school. I have 3 classes I need to take, and they are all pre-requisites for each other, so instead of spending a year and a half taken 3 classes, I decided to take them over 3 months. I regret this decision completely. The administration and faculty are terrible. In my first week, my advisor signed me out of all of my classes and said they were all canceled. If I hadn't checked myself, I would have never found out she was WRONG. I was then re-enrolled in all my classes. My professors are incompetent. I'm not sure what fifth tier institution they came from, but they are the worst professors I have had out of any educational institution I have attended. To top it all off, the financial aid department is HORRID! They don't disburse or tell you there is any issue with your financial aid until 2 weeks into your 4 week course. I called every week for 2 months before my class began to try to make sure everything was okay. I explained that I needed to use the financial aid for tuition and some cost of living (since you can't work full time when taking a 4 week condensed course). I then found out they don't give you a refund until the end of the semester. So instead of withholding funds for tuition and giving you the refund for expenses in September, they will hold it until the end of January. This is the worst run university I have attended (out of three). DO NOT ATTEND THIS SCHOOL! YOU CAN FIND BETTER FOR CHEAPER, EVEN THOUGH IT WILL TAKE MORE TIME! BE PATIENT! IT IS NOT WORTH GOING HERE."
  • Reviewed: 10/19/2020
  • Degree: Liberal Studies
"If you are looking at online programs, keep looking. The advisors (I have had multiple) have been of no assistance. Multiple classes were ran by people that clearly had other things going on (that were more important). They just updated their BlackBoard System and "glitchy" is putting it nicely (I have lost a bunch of work because I forgot to copy it before I submitted and the submission didn't go through). The financial aid office is now on month three of processing my student loans but have not been able to pull it off or reply to any of my emails to let me know what is going on. I have had to take out credit cards to pay for books and such. While there are still some good professors, the headache is just not worth it. I know multiple people that have done or are currently working on an online degree, they are not experiencing these issues. AGAIN, DO NOT GO HERE!"
  • Reviewed: 10/3/2020
  • Degree: Elementary Education
"I am currently enrolled in the Masters degree in Elementary education with a preliminary multiple subject teaching credential. When I was doing research, there were not a lot of good reviews about National, and I almost did not apply. I am SO glad that I did. For one thing, National has completely redesigned their curriculum for this program, and it was implemented this summer. Any reviews about their program prior to this have NO merit at this point, because of how it has been redesigned. All courses build off one another, and there are no textbooks! Instead, they have a program called NUNAV that assess your prior knowledge of the subjects you're learning, and based on that assessment, gives you journal articles, websites, and documents to enhance the learning of the material. Genius! I retain so much more information this way, instead of cramming 5 chapters a week into my brain. Discussion boards are done in a video format which makes it so much more personal, and you have a meeting via blackboard collaborate once a week with other students and your instructor which makes it feel like an actual college course, and not some diploma mill. They have SimSchool, which is an AI classroom with lessons and objectives for teaching three groups of students. All students have learner profiles, and you choose from menus of instruction, classroom management, and talking to the students. This is such a cool tool, especially given that we cannot observe in a classroom at this point in time. All of my professors have been AWESOME and I have learned so much. The four week classes work with my life as a mom, and a military spouse, and they have a HALF OFF military tuition rate, even for spouses. It is a fantastic school. If you are on the fence, DO IT! I am so happy I am a student here, and would 100% recommend it to everyone."
  • Reviewed: 8/20/2020
  • Degree: Computer and Information Science
"The only reason I ended up staying at this school is because it offered some classes I needed for my certification online. However, I wish I had read the reviews first. 1) NU is expensive (4.5 "quarter" units = 4 weeks of classes = ~$1700; and if you already have an undergraduate degree you do NOT qualify for any grants/scholarships 2) The counselors are a mess. Do not expect clear, concise communication. I wanted to take a few classes to get my certification, they said I should get the CLS BS. I said sure, but only if my classes transfer from where I received my BS. Not only did it take them months to evaluate my transcripts, but they would not accept some of my classes, for example: I took two 5 semester units of Physics that included actual physical labs but they would not accept them and said I would have to take their 4 week online 4.5 quarter unit class with no physical lab. When I questioned this, they said I would have to file a formal petition. The only reason for them to not accept the classes is because they want your money. I'm not saying you can't adequately learn a subject online in four weeks, but there is absolutely no way that their online 4 week physics class could possibly even be comparable to 10 semester units (1 full year) of physics with labs. The counselor then told me that I would have to enroll as a non-degree seeking student to take the classes I wanted without being forced to take the pre-reqs. 3) After completing the classes I needed, I asked about one of their master's programs (the counselors suck and their portal sucks, but all of the teachers I had were good) and I was told I would need to withdraw from the CLS BS program. Ya know, the one that they said I couldn't enroll in because my classes didn't transfer over. Needless to say, I will not be getting my Masters here."
  • Reviewed: 6/2/2020
  • Degree: School Counseling
"NU offers online courses and flexible class hours, which was what I needed as an older adult learner. I never had a bad experience with advisers, office staff, professors, or admin. If you ask for help, they follow-up and do try to provide you with support. That said, the coursework was not challenging enough and the resources and information on Blackboard were outdated. I didn't learned anything, I could have learned and taught myself. Professors did not offer much insight into the field. We had syllabus and materials that were 10+ years old. They provided very little support with practicum and internship placements. My friend went to another college that had a qualified adviser specifically for internship placement. I knew going in that it would be tough finding a job in this field, but NU does not provide enough support and preparation with this reality."
  • Reviewed: 3/4/2020
  • Degree: Data Science
"Dont got here for masters if you need a degree . if you need knowledge you should go here . but for a good degree you can do job+masters here . they teach you here like bachelors i think course schema are same as bachelor .teacher do compansat on the grads they mostly like to cut the numbers ."
  • Reviewed: 3/3/2020
  • Degree: Organizational Leadership
"Please do not disregard all of the warnings from other individuals. I wish I had believed the reviews myself, but I learned the hard way that NU is a horrible school. They claim they'll help you but yet go MIA and give you the runaround nonstop. They are consistent about one thing - threatening you you'll be dropped and have to pay; they will make sure you know how much you owe, but don't think that financial aid will help you find the right help (loans, grants, scholarships). The academic advisors (AAs) will not get back to you in a timely manner and you never know when you're assigned to a different AA. Even withdrawing from the school was a nightmare; what should have taken now more than 3 days took nearly three weeks and cost me nearly $2,000. Again, do NOT even think about attending or taking any NU classes. NU's operations are a joke and I can't believe they are even allowed to operate like this - it's just wrong. Save yourself money and headaches by staying away from National University."
  • Reviewed: 2/19/2020
  • Degree: Business Administration
"The financial aid is a nightmare. I had been through a lot of universities. None of the school like this one. The process of taking for award package is 3+ months which is outrageous and unacceptable. The schedule of disbursement is not accurate. Financial aid needs to release the fund as stated from the schedule since they have no right to hold students' loan funded long time in the school account. The fund suppose to be released 10 days after the course started not 30 days after the course started. School needs to communicate with financial aid and stops threatening students that their course will be dropped and stops sending invoice to students. You hold students' funded for their package and you send the invoice to them as well. That is not a good practice of doing business. In conclusion, fired all your financial aid team right now and hired someone who willing to work and know the process. Your current financial aid team is not even worth a penny."
IT Guy
  • Reviewed: 2/15/2020
  • Degree: Technology Management
"My experience at NU was a positive one, but it was not without a few speed bumps in the road. College, not unlike life, will have its challenges. I found the classes to be challenging, the professors to be knowledgeable and I learned a great deal. The majority of the negative reviews make reference to issues with financial aid, class scheduling and less than helpful course advisors. I cannot say that the process is without its challenges but probably no more or less than any other institution. I learned quickly that I needed to stay on top of my class scheduling, financial aid and graduation requirements. I found it to be fairly easy to chart my own course to graduation without taking unnecessary classes or failing to take required courses. I did my research and educated myself To the process so that I didn’t require hand holding to charter my course to graduation. I had spent many years in the IT industry but felt strongly that a degree would help bolster my resume and perhaps put me in a position to be in the conversation for career advancement. I am really glad I decided to power through and get the degree. It’s been nothing but positive for me. I cannot speak for everyone and I cannot comment on other degree programs, but the IT Management program at NU was a good fit for me. I’m glad I did it and graduating had a positive impact on my career. It’s not Harvard, it’s not Stanford, some will say that an NU degree doesn’t hold the weight that a degree from more traditional Universities hold. That may or may not be true in the eyes of all potential employers. Ultimately, it’s on you what you do with the degree and the potential opportunities that it may afford you."
  • Reviewed: 12/20/2019
  • Degree: Public Health
"I think all these people complaining about the degree, the school, the financial aid, the professors are likely inexperienced and not used to an adult school. This isn't a school for those that aren't prepared, too busy to take it serious or otherwise. You will get out of it whatever you put into it and it's not the school "name" that gets you the job. It's you, your ability to write an effective resume, interviews well, communicates in an effective way to sell yourself. I have had some gripes about National but those were addressed by leadership and I can appreciate that. It's not a perfect school but can anyone tell me what school or anything else is? I wish you all the best, take care..."
  • Reviewed: 12/15/2019
  • Degree: Education
"Run away! Don't waste your time with National University. The whole process seemed pressured. I reluctantly enrolled because my employer teamed up with them and offered a "discount." I was emailed the registrar and financial aid office to see if I need to pay anything out of pocket and they said that the financial aid would take care of it. Well two months into the program I received a hold on my account because I owed 3k! These people are crooks."