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I transferred to National University from a community college and it was a great experience. I had to work my way through college since I came from a poor family and National allowed me to keep my job and to also get an education that would have taken my many years to complete at a CSU.
I found that National to be more difficult and the professors expected more from me than in the course work compared to community college. I finished my BA and I have been very pleased with my overall experience at National. Is it a perfect university? No, but I do not know how any university can please everyone all of the time.
I was able to move on to earn a master's degree at Pepperdine while continuing to work and found that the coursework expectations were slightly below National's. Overall, I would say National helped me achieve my dream of getting a good education and college degree. Today, I have a comfortable living and I owe a lot of it to National.
National University (NU) was on the best experience I had during my college years. At my undergraduate I attended one public and one top ranked private university and transferred to NU. Indeed to support my family with a full time job and continue my education at them mean time, I had to look for another option to accomplish this goal. And NU was the right option that suited my full time work schedule and family needs. Without NU I was unable to achieve this dream.
Currently, I am pursing my advanced graduate degree among 100 top ranked private schools in US. Because of small class size you will have great amount of time and face to face to interact with classmate and professor. NU has an average class load but that all depend on your professor and class requirement. Some classes were challenging and I really loved it. I had to take few classes online and the rest on campus. This is what makes NU an awesome place to attend; not just online but brick and mortar as well with good regional reputation. Their online classes are one of THE best because of the excellent interaction between classmate and professor.
Threaded discussion is another interesting NU’s online learning tool. Most NU students are adults who came from variety of work background; therefore, you will have a great learning experience. At NU you are treated as an adult by peers and professors and every one respect your opinion. The majority of NU professors have PhDs in their field which makes it another important aspect to bear in mind.
I attended NU for almost three years and I never had any dispute with my classmates or professors. At NU I did not have any wild parties but it was an outstanding journey that I will never regret. NU has a decent tuition rate comparing to other private nonprofits institutions. NU shares the same principles for the education of undergraduates and graduate as other public and private universities. Most importantly NU is a nonprofit university and it has endowment so the profits won’t end up in shareholder’s pocket as in the case for profits universities. Consider taking classes at a nonprofit college because comparing tuition rate could make a big different.
Last but not least, I have read some negative comments about NU but in reality there is no perfect school out there, they all have their negative and positive reviews even top ranked schools. The most important thing to consider is affordability, quality of education and flexibility. I don’t want to compare NU to no other school but if you are able to attend Duke or Stanford then go ahead and do it. On the contrary, if you have a full time job/ family duties then UN would be the top pick for you.
My experience at National was great. As for the administrative end, I applied, was accepted, and they generated a schedule for me. I was quickly contacted by my advisor and always found help when I needed it. I see that most complaints are about administrative, but you all have apparently never dealt with Troy or UGA. I went to several colleges as an undergrad, as I changed my major and moved several times. These two schools were by far the worst.
And I must say that my classes at National were much more challenging than any English class I ever took at University of Georgia. We weren't taught by grad students; we were taught by faculty with doctorates, one with two doctorates. The one-month format was extremely challenging, requiring us to read 6-8 novels, make two substantial weekly posts with replies, and write a 20-25 page paper all in one month. It isn't for the faint of heart!
I have a feeling that the few students who are complaining about the quality of teachers or confusing course layout just couldn't hack it (because that same type of student makes the same complaints about my freshman comp. class when they flunk it!). Every course I had was well-organized. If you can read and understand written instructions, it's not hard to figure out what to do. Not all teachers were equal, but they were all good.
Instructors seem to feel that they had only to babysit the online classes while the students did all the work and talked to each other in forums. The classes were so poorly put together that half the assignments, instructions and resources were from four or five different classes with instructors clueless on what we were supposed to do and when. The Digital Cinema program is a joke-only take it if you need a meaningless piece of paper to teach. Half of the instructors know nothing about cinema or the film biz and aren't even in film but in other disciplines. There was little to no feedback and some of the requirements considering what little effort they put into were laughable.
Complaints to the University were long, arduous and rarely resolved. We were told conflicting things about Financial Aid, classes, requirements etc. The Student Concierge Service that we were forced to use was a total joke. The gave out flatly incorrect information on critical issues repeatedly.
Much like the debacle with Kaplan they seem to be mostly interested in collecting their money.
I have been to 3 online universities and they all have good and bad.My academic counselor at National named P. was the best I have ever had. Her recruitment office was actually based in Florida. National had some great teachers and some not so great teachers. I got the courses I wanted from National and moved on to a new university. National does not offer beyond the Master's Degree. I have gone on to get an advanced degree. I had three bad experiences at about the same time with instructors at National and decided it was time to move on. I don't think National is any better , or worse than UOP and Brandman which I also attended online. All the schools are a business. Once in awhile I got a good instructor that really seemed to care at each of the schools.
NU has given me the best experience with college that I've had with an online college. The instructors are awesome, and there is a high level of classroom interaction, and engagement that you wouldn't find in a traditional setting. After each class, I truly felt that I had earned that grade, and was graded fairly. My month to month classes have made it easy for me to work full-time, and still attend school. I think people have had bad experiences with this school because they didn't anticipate the cost of college, or didn't get enough information before they enrolled. College is going to cost a lot regardless, and if I had the choice, I'd do it again.
I love this school and I have no objection about it whatsoever. Tell me who doesn’t complain about even top public and private colleges these days, especially when it comes to tuitions and administration issues. National University is NOT for everyone. It is for those who have family, career, full time job, etc. Of course do not expect the quality of education at NU would be like UCLA but can you afford to attend UCLA?
I believe it is mistake to compare one school with another because each meant to have different education method. There are bad, good and excellent instructors while taking different courses at any college. So if one professor is terrible in certain subject that doesn’t mean the whole school is catastrophic.
I beg you, please do not enroll at National. Go to FPU, CSUF, anywhere but here. They have repeatedly made mistakes that have cost me financially, academically, and have cost me time. Different people give different answers, advisors are impossible to get ahold of,and the cost is atrocious. Enrolling at National was the biggest mistake of my life. Please don't make the same one.
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I graduated from U of MD and transferred to NU for a grad program in English. So far the work has been as challenging as I expected it to be...certainly on par with public institutions.
I have taken four classes so far and don't have any complaints...having said that, I am also a self-starter and am willing to donate the time and effort. Many of the complainers (not just at NU but in life) are the ones who expect to get something for nothing and can't accept responsibility when they fail on thier own accord.
Finishing my credential in admin. I find out I was misinformed about my the work I had to do for my fieldwork. There is a high turn over in professors and adviser that there is no consistency. Here I thought I was done, I deal with a new person who is imposing more work. I have spent so much time and money and feel unaccomplished. They need to get it together.