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
Marisamar711 - 6/28/2012
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"I love National University. Yes, the curriculum can be heavy and overwhelming but if I can do it, so can anyone. I took a year and a half worth of classes back to back while working full time and managing a household of 10. Yes, you read correctly.It was hard and there were days I thought I would not be able not make it but I did. I had to keep reminding myself to take one day at a time, one homework assignment at a time and one class at a time. That is the one thing I knew I could guarantee myself. The professors were great answering any questions I had and the online environment was easy to follow. If you are a self starter, this program is for you."
3.0 out of 5 stars
amanda - 6/7/2012
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"I went to this school for half a semester and didin't like it and sighned out and was told I only owed them 300 in student loan and that was it. I'M WORKING To pay that off and two years later and I'm being told I owe the 300 plus an aditional 1500 because they are now an accridid school ! I don't like this school and the only good thing i have to say about is there was one teacher that was awsome and i felt i really learned from her. This school is a rip off."
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AHW - 6/4/2012
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"I have attended National for 1 course so this review may not be completely fair. The good: Teacher cares and is engaged with the students work. Assignment not easy but not impossible to complete on a weekly basis. So what's the problem? I have attended grad schools with 8, 10, 12, and 15 week course formats. I don't care what anyone says but anything less than 10 weeks and the amount of material you can actually learn and retain diminishes the shorter the class length. In 4 weeks you just can't really deep dive into a subject. That may be ok for some but don't delude yourself into the belief that a similar structured program with even 8 week course terms is not going to better prepare you for your professional endeavors.Last good point.... Overall interaction has been positive. People attending are serious about learning."
5.0 out of 5 stars
Michael Richardson - 6/1/2012
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"Okay, so I've read literally every review on this site thus far regarding NU. From what I've seen and similar to posts from others, the bulk of people "not recommending" NU simply don't seem intelligent enough to complete an accelerated program such as the format this school uses. I mean, typos may not mean much to some people, but when you're writing a review on a website about a college you attended and you're saying it's a bad school, you should at least use proper grammar and spelling. I don't mean to offend anyone but the cold, hard reality is that not everyone can handle every college's coursework.It's true that NU does give you a lot of work, perhaps more than other universities, but there's a good reason for this. It's not "busy work" as other people have insinuated, but a necessity to actually learning the material in the one-month time frame you're given. The key to competence in any field is repetition and practice, and learning in school is no exception. My advice is this: if you're looking for an affordable (NU is not-for-profit and thus less expensive than most other schools) school that provides good instruction and you're the type of person that can do things on your own without your hand being held, I highly suggest looking into NU. If you need more time to complete your studies and you need a slower pace (everyone learns at a different rate, after all), I'd recommend looking elsewhere.To provide background I've been attending NU for about 8 months (I'm about to start my 9th class at NU)."
4.0 out of 5 stars
Eugene Chavez - 5/3/2012
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Graduation Year: 2013
"I am right in the middle of my program for a BBA in Business.I really liked the Professors i have had up to this point,with the exception of one.They all have real world experience that I want to hear about in Business.The courses are challenging because of the speed of the course,so if you plan to complain all the time like i have seen some people do,don't sign up.I chose National University after i talked with the Sgt Major at MCRD in San Diego.He was pleased with his results and was glad to have completed his Masters fairly quick.Yes,I liked the idea of going to State or UC,but I am not interested in having to take a "pottery class".I wanted to graduate before retirement."
1.0 out of 5 stars
christie - 4/15/2012
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"I would never go here again. I was a student here and I never received an award letter from financial aid. This also happened to two other people I know. Then when I go back to school they refuse to release my transcript. How is that fair to me?this is my education and time, not theirs."
4.0 out of 5 stars
John coreano - 3/4/2012
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"I have learned a lot here. Learning also never stops. I did have a few classes that were a joke, while the rest challenged me. Full time military, husband, and student and obtaining the degree was doable. Since I had so much on my plate I had to sacrifice some grades which is fine.My advisors and support staff replied promptly to me and the online library and resources is awesome. Can get a lot of one on one help if you need it. Remember that in anything you do it is best to inform yourself and keep the experts in check. By doing this I got the best service possible."
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Josh Rivera - 2/9/2012
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"I am in my last class of my MBA program here at National University. I can honestly say that it was worth every penny. The professors are top notch, advisors are great, and value is exceptional.The course work is very challenging and you often feel overwhelmed with the amount of work due but if you keep focused these are the courses you feel are most rewarding.The point of attending any school is learn. There is no doubt you will do so here. You won't be able to get away with just doing the minimum and get a passing grade. This school will require the best of you and you will actually have to put in your timeIt also seems they are constantly improving. Over the time I have been here they have put so much effort in improving technology and the over all educational experience.I highly recommend this university."
2.0 out of 5 stars
V, Taylor - 1/19/2012
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"National University may offer a person the flexability to work and go to school, but it's classes are full of busy work. There is the normal midterm project and a term paper. But you are also given a lot a work, busy work. A normal college treats you like you are an adult, and you do your projects. But National has you repeat everything you learn through test, discusion boards, which are short essays, numerous short essays. If you go to National, be prepared to do twice the work you would do at a normal on campus school."
5.0 out of 5 stars
Stephen Marshall - 9/5/2011
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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."