National University Reviews

2.56 out of 5 stars
(143 Reviews)
  • La Jolla (CA)
  • Annual Tuition: $13,320
56% of 143 students said this degree improved their career prospects
50% of 143 students said they would recommend this school to others
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Student & Graduate Reviews

1.0 out of 5 stars
Brian - 11/23/2020
Degree: Biology
Graduation Year: 2021
"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."
1.6 out of 5 stars
LawLife - 10/19/2020
Degree: Liberal Studies
Graduation Year: 2021
"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!"
4.8 out of 5 stars
tania - 10/3/2020
Degree: Elementary Education
Graduation Year: 2022
"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."
1.7 out of 5 stars
Lyn - 8/20/2020
Degree: Computer and Information Science
Graduation Year: 2020
"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."
2.1 out of 5 stars
LOUELL - 6/2/2020
Degree: School Counseling
Graduation Year: 2018
"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."
2.1 out of 5 stars
Sunny - 3/4/2020
Degree: Data Science
Graduation Year: 2020
"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 ."
1.3 out of 5 stars
AE - 3/3/2020
Degree: Organizational Leadership
Graduation Year: 2021
"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."
1.3 out of 5 stars
Luu - 2/19/2020
Degree: Business Administration
Graduation Year: 2020
"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."
4.1 out of 5 stars
IT Guy - 2/15/2020
Degree: Technology Management
Graduation Year: 2012
"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."
4.5 out of 5 stars
Lawrence - 12/20/2019
Degree: Public Health
Graduation Year: 2020
"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..."
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