Student & Graduate Reviews
Howard Miller - 9/8/2017
Graduation Year: 2000
"I finished all of my core classes at National. I had one elective left. I became ill and stopped taking classes.They ended the psychology/sociology curriculum without ever notifying me. Over the years I have talked to them. They couldn't care less. Nothing they can do. All that time, all that expense, wasted. Had they notified me of the ending of their program I would have done anything to finish before they ended the program. It has been a long time ago but I still will not forgive their callous "too bad" attitude. I hear the words "National University" and all I can think of is an uncaring and dubious organization and the pain they caused me."
National student - 9/11/2016
Graduation Year: 2018
"The school has great professors, but the financial aid department is horrible. My classes began in July and it is the middle of September and I still have not received my financial aid. I filled out my paperwork back in March so I did everything I was supposed to do. I have talked to multiple financial aid people in the office and I get a different excuse every time as to why I haven't gotten it yet. The excuses range from " you will get it when your grades post" from " we are switching over our system and it's causing delays" to " you should get it in a few weeks" and it all sounds like BS. One Financial Aid officer even told me an exact date that my friends will be dispersed and it's been a month past that date. Once again the professors are great and they're very knowledgeable about the subjects that they teach, but if you depend on using your financial aid for books or for any other expenses then I would suggest you rethink this because they absolutely do not care if you are struggling at all. That being said, simply being enrolled in this program has helped advance my career in many ways."
Brittney Taylor - 11/7/2015
Graduation Year: 2016
"I've had such a great experience in my classes at National. The professors are top-notch and very knowledgeable. My problem with National is with their administrative staff, in multiple departments. It's always a struggle to receive your financial aid and for the last year the disbursements have been delayed by months for everyone in my cohort (unsure if this is true for other students). The advisors are not knowledgeable in the least with regards to programs and have screwed up my schedule as well as those of other people in my cohort. This issue is so bad that there are several students who will not be graduating with me because they weren't able to take the classes they needed due to faulty scheduling. Another girl in my cohort just spent the last 6 months taking 2 on campus classes at a time, literally having to run back and forth between classes, to ensure that she will graduate on time. The financial aid department is currently withholding $6000 from at least 3 of the students in my cohort for no apparent reason and when questioned about this the representatives talk in circles. I am still waiting for my financial aid to be approved by National as they insist that my marital status doesn't match my tax forms. I sent the representative I was working with copies of my tax forms and he informed me that everything was fine and that the financial aid would be processed in 2-3 days. Two weeks later I had to contact him as nothing was done, only for him to tell me the same thing as before- my marital status does not match (though it definitely does match). Worst of all, I've been waiting for over 2 months for the credentials department to approve my internship (as I'm not allowed to begin accumulating hours until this is done). They informed me that they are missing test scores which I had sent to them over a year ago (one of the representatives slipped and informed me that the department actually lost all the test scores for my cohort). I spoke to someone over the phone over a month ago who assured me that my internship would be approved within the next few days, yet now when I try to contact the department I can't reach anyone. The most stressful part of completing a Masters program shouldn't be worrying about if your school's administrative staff will handle your case with competence, and yet here I am more worried about this aspect of my schooling than I am about writing my thesis. I wouldn't wish this on my worst enemy and it is for this reason that when anyone asks me how I like National University I feel obligated to warn them to STAY AWAY."
Richard - 6/25/2015
Graduation Year: 1983
"One has to be mature, motivated, and flexible relative to attending National University. It is fast-paced but also comprehensive. I subsequently obtained a Doctorate and have been an adjunct professor for 30 years, supplemental to my 26 year military career followed by a post military career with the federal government (GS-12). National University set the standard with real-world experienced faculty vice professors at traditional universities whose only experience was too often purely academic. For me, it provided "academic credibility" grounded in real-life experience. I will forever be grateful for NU. Having said the above, I can't emphasize enough that NU is not for everyone, particularly those who are not focused, highly disciplined, and not able to multi-task their personal, professional, and academic life."
A. Gall - 2/24/2014
"National University has been an absolutely amazing experience. After separating from Active Duty military service I immediately enrolled in National Universities Bachelor of Arts Psychology program. The online courses are not for the faint hearted. You are completely teaching yourself with the support of some fantastic career professionals. While browsing over some of the negative reviews, it seems that this type of self directed learning was a big issue. However, if you have leadership qualities and are able to handle challenges then this is the program for you! The online experience at National is enlightening. You are allowed to self explore and interpret the material yourself without any bias, or significant influence from outsiders. Extremely fast paced so I suggest you have extremely tuned organizational skills as well as the ability to prioritize."
Anonymous - 3/31/2013
Graduation Year: 2013
"I just completed my BA with NU this year. I started off my college education on the traditional path at Wittenberg straight out of HS. I knew within a semester that particular path was not for me. I tranfered out to a community college where I got the support and foundation I needed to figure out what I wanted to do. Life took over and I ended up a mom and needed to be able to work. If you don't know what you want to do or need your hand held this school is not for you. The school is designed for serious students who have some direction already. I found the online tools extremely helpful for tracking my progress. The truth is their advisors are so so. However, the school give YOU the tools to succeed with your degree program. The requirements for the degrees are CLEARLY posted online. Anyone with half a brain can match up classes taken with classes needed. The format is rigorous. However, you must understand you are doing a full semester's work in four weeks. Of course there are going to be multiple assignments during the week. Most of my instructors were engaging, helpful, and available. Feedback for coursework has been timely. I really appreciated the fact that the instructors are experienced with advanced degrees, not student teachers. There were only two instructors I had during the entirety of my time at NU that did the bare minimum (one did less than that and was promptly reprimanded by the department head, eventually let go). The thing with NU, though, is that they highly value student feedback. Give no feedback, and the school doesn't know what instructors are just skating by. The fact is this is a private non for profit school. Anyone stating that the school was just in it for the money clearly has no understanding of how a non for profit works. NU has an excellent reputation and has high standards for their classes because they are REGIONALLY accredited and valued. You're not going to walk out of the door with a degree that's going to be laughed at. In fact, many counties contract with them to teach programs for their employees. Point blank: If you think you're going to sign up, pay your money and get handed a degree you're going to be dissapointed. If you're actually willing to put in the work for a quality education and be proactive in attaining it at an accellerated pace, this school may be for you."