National University Reviews - Education

1.69 out of 5 stars
(12 Reviews)
  • La Jolla (CA)
  • Annual Tuition: $13,320
30% of 12 students said this degree improved their career prospects
25% of 12 students said they would recommend this program to others
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Student & Graduate Reviews

1.0 out of 5 stars
Lucy - 12/15/2019
Degree: Education
Graduation Year: 2020
"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."
1.3 out of 5 stars
Catherine Sutton - 12/2/2019
Degree: Education
Graduation Year: 2020
"I have been with National University for over 4 years working on my masters in education, and this school really is the worst that I have come across. Not only are they super-expensive $2000.00 per class , very expensive and not worth the money. Also they have horrible teachers that do not help. You're basically teaching yourself . If I could start all over again I never would have signed up. This so called university is a joke. Save your money and time and go to a real university."
1.0 out of 5 stars
Deidre - 9/19/2018
Degree: Education
Graduation Year: 2018
"Beware. If the course you need to complete your master's degree is not being offered, you will have to drop out of the program like I did. It is incredibly unfortunate. The advisors are slow to respond to your e-mails. There is low enrollment in the university."
1.4 out of 5 stars
Nicole - 6/1/2018
Degree: Education
Graduation Year: 2018
"DO NOT DO National. I regret so much joining this program. I've had to juggle my classes which are accelerated AND had to deal with financial aid mishaps AND TWICE had emails sent to me notifying me that I would have 24 hours to schedule, study and pay for a required state test before moving on to my next course? My advisor was of absolutely no help, nor were the 'specialists' assigned to me, but I'm still paying $1,895 a month and RISING. One specialist just straight up passed me on to the department head because "she couldn't answer my questions" and because she had over 600 students in her caseload it was really up to me to reach out and ask questions, not up to her to give me a heads up on program function. On top of that they have just announced they are RAISING tuition, effective IMMEDIATELY. No consideration of grandfathering in the students who are already enrolled and struggling. Classes are accelerated, in some cases, you are reading up to 3 textbooks a month with 2-4 large papers every week. Online meetings are MANDATORY in almost ALL classes but you don't know what day you will be meeting until the week class starts. In some degrees, like mine, you have to make time to drive up to 50 miles out of your way ONCE a WEEK for a class. That is NOT sustainable, nor is it what they said when they said the program was built for a working lifestyle. There is also no room for complaints or feedback as they have a disclaimer in the contract that they can remove you at any time if you start to air grievances. They pointed this out to me when I sent an email for a clear and cohesive timeline of my programs when I got tired of taking last minute required tests. Lots of turnover in financial aid and as a result i had to pay out of pocket to continue my classes for 3 months before it finally kicked in, I revisited the same documents multiple times due to misinformation and mishandling/loss of paperwork. Plus the less than 24 hours to study for an $80 and $160 test. But the closest you'll hear to even an apology will be "I can't speak to what happened before". Research a better institute. Professors here are great but only worth it if you don't mind spending an equal part of energy on your own admin work"
2.0 out of 5 stars
Alexis - 2/1/2018
Degree: Education
Graduation Year: 2017
"The program is fast and online. For student teaching they place to at a nearby school district. The price is really high, but the instructors are ok. I had 3 or 4 different counselors. Some good some bad. The credential representative is terrible. He is disrespectful and makes sure you know he doesn't want to help you. I have met with him and called him a few times and each and every time he was spoken down at me. Others in my program had already warned me that he is rude and disrespectful, but I was surprised to see to what extent. National University charges so much in tuition, at the very least they should hire support staff that are willing to actually help students and do their job. I would not recommend this school to anyone unless you want to pay high tuition just to be disrespected and talked down on."
1.3 out of 5 stars
J. Castle - 9/26/2017
Degree: Education
Graduation Year: 2017
"I had nothing but problems with National University. I had to repeat the same assignments in every class, regardless of what the class was supposed to teach. I did not obtain valuable knowledge. I did graduation with a 3.7 G.P.A. This is not because they taught me anything.I was denied the opportunity to do an Internship to obtain my teaching credential. I had to quit my job and go through student teaching unpaid because of mistakes on their end. I am not way further in debt than I ever should have been. I would not recommend National University to anyone who cares about their education."
1.1 out of 5 stars
Unsatisified Teacher - 8/11/2017
Degree: Education
Graduation Year: 2011
"I would only tell someone to go to National because of the short time to get a degree. I learned absolutely nothing in my credential program. Some of the teachers had not taught in a elementary classroom in over 20 years. There was a complete lack of understanding of what running a modern 21st century classroom entails. Writing a paper and posting a discussion board post every week did not prepare me for the classroom. I had classroom experience before starting my program and that is what prepared me for my current job. I tried looking at going into a masters degree program the other day. It has taken me over two days and countless hours on the phone to talk to someone. I must have talked to at least 10 people who were rude and could care less I was a graduate of National. Every person told me a different story about requirements and many of them had no knowledge of the Masters programs even though they were advisers! I received 3 incorrect phone numbers from two people.I finally talked to someone at Torry Pines who told me they would call me back with a proper person who could help. It was around 11am my time no one called me back. The sad thing is I was thinking about going back but after the experience yesterday there is no way I would spend 1800 on a class and be treated the way I was yesterday."
1.4 out of 5 stars
Meh - 2/27/2017
Degree: Education
Graduation Year: 2017
"Friends, the graduation rate of a college is a good indicator of the support you can expect. NU is one of the worst. Learn from my mistake. I paid $70,000 in tuition, took an incomplete. The financial aid office dropped the ball, and now they want $7,000 in tuition before I can graduate and take my final class for my Master's. I don't qualify for any more financial aide, and I am not made of money. So I get nothing for my three years of graduate study and got saddled with 70k in debt. I did get a teaching credential so there is some hope for my future. They don't help their students at all, horrible school. Go to a better university or don't go at all...in a land of broken toilets the plumber is King. My cousin is in a trade and makes $100,000 with two years of community college. Who needs all the debt, expense and toil of a graduate degree? For most of us it isn't the fast track to anything but debt and disappointment. With NU's dismal 26% graduation rate, the education they offer is little more than legalized banditry. Save your money for a more deserving school."
1.8 out of 5 stars
Anonymous - 2/2/2015
Degree: Education
Graduation Year: 2012
"I don't usually need to complain unless there are so many horrible reasons I need to and this for sure is one of them. I'll start with one positive which is most of my teachers were great. Now onto the negatives: I am not sure if my program was new but National University made several changes throughout my program and tried to have me go along with the catalog that was not my year! Financial Aid started out great, but for sure I wasn't really let in to how much the whole program was going to cost. I only had 3 online courses which were the worst online courses you have ever taken. The teachers and the program was very unprofessional. After taking the courses, it was even worse. I was told I was able to do my internship at one site then my site supervisor said I could not anymore even though she signed off on it. I went on to write my thesis paper, had no support from staff and teachers when questions were asked! I felt like they put off a great front, great teachers, great education, and then once you pay them for the classes, they could care less about you. It is a waste of time and money, invest your money in an education more worthy. There seems be a theme to National University it is unprofessionalism. All the students I attended with felt the same way so it validates that I am not the only one."
4.3 out of 5 stars
LDB - 11/30/2014
Degree: Education
Graduation Year: 2015
"I am seeing people complain about the school but I have had an overall positive experience. I am seeking a special education credential and masters. I feel I have been completely supported by my National person who oversees my internship. I can call for advice on any questions or challenges I encounter. Financial aid? Never has been a problem, it has always come through like clockwork, provided I filled out the forms correctly. Learning? Be prepared to work hard. I have attended 2 community colleges and 2 CSUs and in general the work load at National has been far greater than any of these other schools. I figure its because they need to makeup for not having students in a physical class. I think people who feel unsupported are just people who are not appropriate for online study. To be successful in this online program you must be a self directed learner. I believe that if you are nit self directed and committed, this program will be extremely difficult and a disappointment to you. For people who are independent learners, the online program is excellent. I will receive my masters in 2 months and I enjoyed the flexibility the program provided me in relation to both my professional and personal life."
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