National University Reviews

2.55 out of 5 stars
(147 Reviews)
  • La Jolla (CA)
  • Annual Tuition: $13,320
56% of 147 students said this degree improved their career prospects
49% of 147 students said they would recommend this school to others
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Student & Graduate Reviews

5.0 out of 5 stars
Laura - 3/13/2015
Degree: Finance
Graduation Year: 2015
"There are a lot of negative reviews for National University. After spending four mostly great years there I was pretty surprised to read such negative remarks. I cannot speak about the situation with Financial Aid as I pay for my classes, so I had no experience with that. However, the set up of the online classes is amazing and easy to navigate. About 98% of my teachers were amazingly helpful and I have taken over 20 classes there. The instructors have been very considerate of the students needs. I am guessing that most of the former students with negative remarks struggled to succeed in such an independent, fast-paced environment and that is the cause of their negative experience. From my experience online classes at most colleges are more difficult than on campus classes, however National had the best set up for online classes that I have ever seen. The best advice I could give someone considering National University, or any online school, is to be honest with yourself about whether you really can display great self-discipline and successfully manage your classes. It takes a lot of dedication and hard work. I would not have been able to finish my degree at this time in my life without National University's online program. It is an excellent choice for those who cannot make it to on-campus classes. Good luck to everyone!"
1.8 out of 5 stars
Shane M - 3/12/2015
Degree: Business
Graduation Year: 2015
"Professors treat you like a child and talk down to you. I am a disabled veteran and my rights were violated when I was not allowed to take my medicine with my lunch meal on the break. This school is a joke and I DO NOT recommend anyone to attend this school unless they are looking to get subpar service from the ADMINISTRATION OFFICES at NU."
3.5 out of 5 stars
Overall, I was satisfied - 3/4/2015
Degree: Information Technology
Graduation Year: 2011
"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."
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."
1.0 out of 5 stars
lady - 12/17/2014
Degree: Nursing
Graduation Year: 2014
"horrible horrible financial aid, I pretty much had to walk them through my account when asking them questions, they are a complete rip off, taking a science class in 2 months and getting an A with a professor who is jamming info in your head and making it so you will not get an A in the class, in my opinion is the worst style of teaching. Often the teacher would make statements that would set us up for failure. I have also taken another science class here and the teacher didn't even speak English and you were not allowed to ask questions in class, your really going to make us sit through 4 hour long lectures and not let us ask a single question? how are we suppose to maintain a good GPA with horrible professors that don't care if you pass or fail the class. My advisor was helpful but the student concierge are very rude and not helpful at al!!! STAY AWAY!! Attend a community college instead or if your going to pay so much for school look into west coast or something else. This school is a scam that doesn't care if you succeed or not!"
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."
4.3 out of 5 stars
Luis - 11/28/2014
Degree: Accounting
Graduation Year: 2014
"National University is a very rigorous school. It is NOT for everyone. They have excellent instructors most of who actually work in the field they teach. Classes are very fast paced. If you choose to do online, be ready to teach yourself. Online school is very challenging. If you are not disciplined, do not choose online schooling. I did both and found on campus to be far easier to manage. I would highly recommend this school to anybody who is disciplined. Nobody will hold your hand. Classes are four weeks long. When it come to the Accounting field, about 85% of my instructors were CPA's. Needless to say, my learning was supplemented by a lot of instructor experience. Moving on from education, I did experience a lot of issues with billing. I received many billing statements that were erroneous, for which i had to take corrective action via my advisor or students accounts. My Gi Bill was wrongfully charged in a few occasions. In all fairness I have to say, this took place when I was repeatedly dropping classes. They charged me for these classes when they should have not. Consequently, they had to pay the VA back. This was a couple of years back. However, I still experienced some difficulties recently. For example, I switched a couple of classes around toward the end of my program and the school failed to decertify me from the VA. The VA paid the school for these classes, but National promptly returned the payments. My recommendation is this area is to take matters into your own hands. Get acquainted with the student accounts office, and monitor your balances. Besides these hiccups, my pell has always been delivered on time with no issues. To sum it up, great school with VERY experienced instructors. Be ready to work really hard, as the school is very hard. Monitor your account to make sure you catch any discrepancies. Note: National University has a 50% student pass rate for the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) test."
1.5 out of 5 stars
Jennifer - 11/6/2014
Degree: Early Childhood Education
Graduation Year: 2014
"Very poorly ran. They are not interested in how good of a teacher that I am becoming. They are interested in schools wanting their interns. I was not supported AT ALL in my program from my supervisor. I was told many things that are not worth repeating. Its completely unorganized and financial aid is not there AT ALL for the students. Its to fund the school, while everything is out of pocket until National University is good and ready to do their job. Basically they are terrible and I would never recommend them to anyone and no longer speak to the person who recommended this place to me."
1.8 out of 5 stars
Anonymous - 10/23/2014
Degree: Nursing
Graduation Year: 2015
"This school is extremely unorganized. The instructors are not credited to teach and are not very good. Admin doesn't respond to emails or phone calls. Scheduling is terrible you will be lucky to know your schedule 2-3 days before start date. No mercy or concerns for your life outside of nursing school, because they tell you in orientation that you won't have one, and if you do you're at their mercy. Terrible communication among all staffing too many indians and not enough chiefs... Save yourself the trouble and GO SOMEWHERE ELSE!!!!!!"
2.0 out of 5 stars
Amy - 8/15/2014
Degree: Nursing
Graduation Year: 2015
"Had a great teacher, but the school is run very poorly! I've had nothing but problems with them. 3 years later and I'm still trying to undo the financial screw up they did! They are awful and don't care about trying to help their students."