National University Reviews

2.57 out of 5 stars
(146 Reviews)
  • La Jolla (CA)
  • Annual Tuition: $13,320
56% of 146 students said this degree improved their career prospects
49% of 146 students said they would recommend this school to others
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Student & Graduate Reviews

1.3 out of 5 stars
Luu - 2/19/2020
Degree: Business Administration
Graduation Year: 2020
"The financial aid is a nightmare. I had been through a lot of universities. None of the school like this one. The process of taking for award package is 3+ months which is outrageous and unacceptable. The schedule of disbursement is not accurate. Financial aid needs to release the fund as stated from the schedule since they have no right to hold students' loan funded long time in the school account. The fund suppose to be released 10 days after the course started not 30 days after the course started. School needs to communicate with financial aid and stops threatening students that their course will be dropped and stops sending invoice to students. You hold students' funded for their package and you send the invoice to them as well. That is not a good practice of doing business. In conclusion, fired all your financial aid team right now and hired someone who willing to work and know the process. Your current financial aid team is not even worth a penny."
4.1 out of 5 stars
IT Guy - 2/15/2020
Degree: Technology Management
Graduation Year: 2012
"My experience at NU was a positive one, but it was not without a few speed bumps in the road. College, not unlike life, will have its challenges. I found the classes to be challenging, the professors to be knowledgeable and I learned a great deal. The majority of the negative reviews make reference to issues with financial aid, class scheduling and less than helpful course advisors. I cannot say that the process is without its challenges but probably no more or less than any other institution. I learned quickly that I needed to stay on top of my class scheduling, financial aid and graduation requirements. I found it to be fairly easy to chart my own course to graduation without taking unnecessary classes or failing to take required courses. I did my research and educated myself To the process so that I didn’t require hand holding to charter my course to graduation. I had spent many years in the IT industry but felt strongly that a degree would help bolster my resume and perhaps put me in a position to be in the conversation for career advancement. I am really glad I decided to power through and get the degree. It’s been nothing but positive for me. I cannot speak for everyone and I cannot comment on other degree programs, but the IT Management program at NU was a good fit for me. I’m glad I did it and graduating had a positive impact on my career. It’s not Harvard, it’s not Stanford, some will say that an NU degree doesn’t hold the weight that a degree from more traditional Universities hold. That may or may not be true in the eyes of all potential employers. Ultimately, it’s on you what you do with the degree and the potential opportunities that it may afford you."
4.5 out of 5 stars
Lawrence - 12/20/2019
Degree: Public Health
Graduation Year: 2020
"I think all these people complaining about the degree, the school, the financial aid, the professors are likely inexperienced and not used to an adult school. This isn't a school for those that aren't prepared, too busy to take it serious or otherwise. You will get out of it whatever you put into it and it's not the school "name" that gets you the job. It's you, your ability to write an effective resume, interviews well, communicates in an effective way to sell yourself. I have had some gripes about National but those were addressed by leadership and I can appreciate that. It's not a perfect school but can anyone tell me what school or anything else is? I wish you all the best, take care..."
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."
1.7 out of 5 stars
Jennifer - 11/22/2019
Degree: Accounting
Graduation Year: 2020
"The financial aid process is horrible. They do not know what they are doing. They keep students waiting forever to get the reward. After accepting the reward, they keep students waiting forever again for disbursement. On top of waiting, they keep sending the invoice to students demanded payment or will being dropped. When students call for the update, they run students around with all untruth information. School needs to have better financial aid teams who can be able to work efficiently and accurately. The more than three months process of financial aid is outrageous and unacceptable."
1.0 out of 5 stars
Elia Martinez - 11/21/2019
Degree: Nurse Practitioner (Family)
Graduation Year: 2022
"This University is the worst place and the employee are even worst. I’ve been trying to enroll my son and the staff has limited knowledge. They have been telling me one month ago the the issue will be solved in one week and it’s been a month and no solution. People please go else were, this place is no good. A bunch of incompetent employee."
1.0 out of 5 stars
M W - 11/7/2019
Degree: Biology
Graduation Year: 2020
"They do not listen to students' evaluations. Their advisors are not efficient and knowledgeable on degree plans, goals, and scheduling. There were multiple occassions where I was scheduled for classes I had not completed prerequisites for. Instead of the advisor noticing, I had to contact the advisor to change it. I also had to contact the university multiple times before I was able to get a long term plan for my classes. Realized they had signed me up for far too many classes than I needed, causing it to take a year longer than it should have to get my degree."
1.0 out of 5 stars
Josh - 11/1/2019
Degree: Teaching
Graduation Year: 2019
"What a gigantic waste of time and money. It is with great pain that I look back on that fateful day where the recruiter pressured me into taking classes. Do yourself a favor: look at the cost, and really assess your prospects after you graduate. The odds are it will not be worth your time, or your money. The classes are exorbitant, and the material generally irrelevant."
1.1 out of 5 stars
Danielle - 10/30/2019
Degree: Criminal Justice
Graduation Year: 2019
"Stay away from this school please!!!! I already had an AA when I began at National University. It was outlined to me how long and how much it would be. Wrong! Multiple times I was contacted an told I all the sudden owed more money and had to pay 1000's of dollars within a week or I wouldn't b enrolled in my next class. 3 loans and $38,000 later, I am almost done. They raised tuition multiple times. The advisor's are MIA and no help. They wont work with you when they make mistakes such as sending back of my financial aid disbursements which is exactly what they did. $1600 a class and you get no help. I also think the education is lacking. I will be going elsewhere to finish my education. Please take my advice and stay away go anywhere else!!!!"