National University Reviews - Bachelor's in Information Technology
I graduated recently from National University in San Diego, California. In the beginning, I was excited to take advantage of their one course a month online schedule because it worked so well with my work schedule I have now completed all of these course required for my degree and have received it; however, I do not have ANY skills needed to obtain a job anywhere in San Diego. The requirements of local employers were either never mentioned in classes or were covered for 1 week. This is not enough time to cover any topic and will not give you the knowledge necessary to succeed in the field. You may think it sounds great in the beginning, but in the end, I have 60 thousand dollars in student loans for a degree that has not given me a single skill nor the knowledge to pass a basic hiring test. I am now a National University graduate with 60 thousand dollars in student loans with no job and no skills to obtain them. When NU advertises 1 course a month be smarter than me and ask your self how much you can really learn about a topic in one month because your employers will ask questions. YouTube will teach you every topic covered here and its free and just as creditable.
Overall a decent school, but it has its faults. The professors are inconsistent, some barely know the subject they are teaching, while others are passionate and helpful. If you are young and want a traditional university experience, stay away. If you want to get a decent education and are willing to put forth the effort, I would recommend National. Overall it is a mediocre school.
I returned to school after many years of being out of it, a.k.a aerospace and electronic manufacturing companies departed Southern California. I chose National University because it is WASC accredited and because of satellite campus and online convenience. I really enjoyed 90% of my instructors. They were engaged in our efforts, answered live and emailed questions efficiently, and were very thorough in explaining the material. Maybe there were a couple of classes that did not interest me. Windows XP study in 2010? Really? And that upper division, cultural diversity class was ify but required for the WASC accreditation. Fluffy bunnies for everyone. Our Capstone instructor was awesome. So anal retentive and thorough, there's no way he'd allow you to get by with the slightest mistake. Is it a known school with a high U.S. News and World Report ranking? No. Yet since then, and after the economic down turn, I have been told that I was hired over other candidates due to my Microsoft Certifications AND my Bachelors Degree. Of course I have grown tired of the field of Information Technology, but that's another story all together.
Good school, I learned a lot. It is easy to pass classes, but very difficult to get A's. You can learn a fair amount if you apply yourself
No complaints, as a retired miility veteran with a full time job it was No complaints here, as a retired military veteran with a full time job it was hard to find a school that met my criteria. I needed a school that was full time and the facility had to be brick and mortar (in order to receive my full BAH for 9-11 GI bill), National met these criteria.
I was a little intimidated with the 4 week course schedule but when you add up the actual in class time it equals about the same as a 16 week course. My son is attending Cal State University in San Marcos and I believe my classes are little more challenging than his and if not they are certainly on par. The work can be overwhelming at times but I understand that I am going to a "Big Boy" school now and have to suck it up. The advantage to going to a 4 week course cycle is when you have a class that is just boring or not to your liking it is over in a flash. The faculty is top notch most of my
professors also teach at other colleges in the area (San Diego) such as ; San Diego State University, University of California –San Diego, or University of San Diego. So you get a quality education at lower price and spend less time obtaining the same class credit.
The drawback is that fact the class is only 4 weeks, research projects normally suck up 1 or 2 weekends and the other 2 weekends you are in class one of the days. Again I am attending “Big Boy” school so the sacrifice is there.
Would I do it again –Yes, Would I recommend the school –Yes, is the school for everyone-No we all learn at different paces, so some folks may not like the pace. However, I only had one class that was overwhelming (trigonometry) other than that it has been a piece of cake.
My major is ITM and my GPA is 3.563