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
Find an Online Degree:
GradReports is supported by advertising. Schools that compensate us advertise via school search results. This does not influence our college rankings or our content.

Student & Graduate Reviews

4.3 out of 5 stars
both degrees from here - 9/23/2019
Degree: Early Childhood Education
Graduation Year: 2019
"I started college at csusb and ended it with national university with a ba in ece. I am starting my MBA in November and looking at the reviews for National does worry me because people don't seem to appreciate the school as valid. It was just as easy or hard as any other school if you ask me but just goes at a pace that works with your schedule. I am hoping that just because i got my degree from there it doesn't hurt my ability to get a job in the future."
1.0 out of 5 stars
V - 9/9/2019
Degree: Information Technology
Graduation Year: 2020
"One of the worst faculty I have ever dealt with. They treat you as just a dollar sign and the human resource department specifically Star and Soroya are some of the worst human beings I have ever dealt with. When upper managers/officers were informed of the horrible way those two treat people they do nothing but sit on there hands and allow these employees to continue to lie and insult customers/students. Avoid this campus at all cost and give your money to a better program"
5.0 out of 5 stars
Tricia Young - 8/22/2019
Degree: Business
Graduation Year: 2018
"National University is outstanding. I am prior military and is one of the most military friendly schools I have attended. Staff and advisors are excellent and help with all question and any guidance needed. If you like a challenge, this is the school for you. The classes offered are advanced and only four weeks long. Classes can be taken on campus or online which were equally challenging and enjoyable. While in California I had the opportunity to take on-campus classes at their multiple locations, including the classes held on the military bases. I am now located in North Carolina and finished my last seven classes online. All my professors I have had were outstanding in both instruction and understanding the students. National University also offer classes throughout the day, so there is an option for night school. This was perfect for my schedule because I worked during the day. Night classes also gave me the opportunity to meet and network with other students that are in the same field of study and career. Classes average three to four hours and three to four days a week including Saturdays. National University teaches students time management, responsibility and the drive to succeed."
1.0 out of 5 stars
Scam - 7/24/2019
Degree: Business
Graduation Year: 2018
"I get the highest amount of money from Financial Aid and Nationsl University wants all of it. They want $18,000 up front and Im getting $20,000. for the year. I have to use some of my loan to pay for food and bills while Im in school. I regret going here. Its such a rip-off and poor education."
5.0 out of 5 stars
Amiee - 7/11/2019
Graduation Year: 2019
"The staff is very helpful and communication is amazing. The staff was with me 100% throughout my program. The online programs are easy to navigate and all online classes are 4 weeks long. They have an excellent textbook program through vital where you get text book access the day you start the courses."
1.7 out of 5 stars
Ariel75 - 6/5/2019
Graduation Year: 2019
"The communication between the school and the students is horrible. So many hoops they make you go thru and they dont explain ANYTHING to you. When you try and get answers they basically give you the run around. Nobody seems to know what is truly happening. God forbid you have a special circumstance....then things get real shady! I had things that should be taken care of quickly go thru about five people to get a negative answer. Also, if this is for adults that work...why are the offices only open during the day?!?!? We all are at work!!!"
1.3 out of 5 stars
Shannon - 5/20/2019
Degree: Nursing
Graduation Year: 2018
"National University is expensive and a diploma mill to get the GI bill dollars from the government. I was dismissed from the Nursing Program because the dean and my professor said I, " wasn't meant to be a nurse." As if they know me and can predict the future. What were the reasons for dismissal? Here you go: arriving on campus for a SIM lab which is a plastic mannekin and wasn't wearing my uniform. Keep in mind you didn't have to wear them every time but this day the Chairwoman of Nursing, Farquharson made it into a major infraction. Strike 2! I emailed a private company called COMPLIO and despite paying hundreds of dollars they still hadn't issued me a background check after 60 days. I asked how Effing long in a tongue in cheek way. Yep, not to an instructor, not to a peer but to a robot on the messenger they have. Strike 3! I had a private conversation and the professor heard me say Ship, After paying 31K for a Nursing degree, they pulled out the rug from my feet and I left me owing for it. There are other people that were dismissed for trivial reasons, one was a girl that was on antibiotics and had a urinalysis and her urine pH was off. No she didn't test positive for anything. The "university" or adult moneypit is a sham. You can't even get a job working at NU if you have a NU degree! The chairwoman and Dean of Nursing both took an active role in bullying me and making my life complicated. They enjoyed it. My lowest grade was a b+and made it all the way to L&D. They then dismissed me for "unprofessional "behavior. This is despite doing clinicals at 5 different hospitals with real patients that had nothing but good things to say about me and how I was going to be a great nurse someday. The Chairwoman is an egotistical maniac. Even ordering me to call her "Dr, " instead of prof etc. We as a cohort had a group meeting since they were RAISING tuition AGAIN and their program towards the end is full of fluff classes, Community, Leadership, Nsg courses etc. I asked "Dr." Farquharson a valid question and she rolled her eyes and dismissed me. It was from that point on that she made it her intent to get me dismissed since she is an egotistical self absorbed, self important person that had a student using their critical thinking skills they hammer into you every nursing class. Do not go to this "University" which really is an office building in a strip mall. This is just the nursing part of the school and I'm sure there are many positive stories about NU in other academic fields. But yes dismissed from nursing school due to a personal vendetta. If you are a man, you will instantly be a target for misandry. This is the worst barely accredited University I have been to. I hold 2 Bachelor of Science degrees from a REAL university SDSU and Cal State, I am in my mid thirties so I'm not an immature first time student venting. I am warning people and especially men. That while this chairwoman and Dean remain, NU is a moneypit and they do not care about you.It was the worst experience of my life. The hostile environment, pitting students up against each other, changes to the syllabus, tuition hikes yet still having outdated to non existent equipment. I would stay far away from this school while these two women are in "power." It is a good ol' girls club and if you are a straight white Male you are instantly hated. The way this woman operated was to get students to spy on other students. They will emotionally drain you on purpose and make you miserable to satisfy their sadism. I have been to "REAL" universities and this strip mall one isn't worth the 60K pricetag. Professors that are there just for the money or ego trip. Every professor worked somewhere else or was getting a degree themselves at NU. Do not waste your GI bill or hard earned money especially if it is your only or first college degree. I can't tell you enough that it isn't worth it. Once you are in they can drop you and take the money running. I am still in counseling months after it happened due to the PTSD. 1 year of prerequisite classes, the "2600" orientation fee that gets you a donut, chips and soda while a professor talks about themselves and all their canned stories. It isn't worth the 1500 "pre-orientation" fee either, then put on the actual tuition dollars, it is a lot of money. I wasted 2 years of my life to be dismissed and carry around a mark as a dismissed Nursing student and no other schools will accept you because of that. It wasn't worth $36,000 a year out of pocket. This school is just a bad joke and a GI bill milking machine. Most of the professors in Nursing haven't worked the floor since the 80s. These old nurses now in power are continuing the lateral violence they are infamous for. NU isn't rewarding, it is stress. Professors aren't there to help you out they just say they are. They just love the power to ruin your finances and life."
1.1 out of 5 stars
Disappointed student. - 5/10/2019
Degree: Criminal Justice
Graduation Year: 2019
"This school is a nightmare. They accepted all my credits from my junior college but failed to mention they only count as elective credit and made me retake 20 plus classes at 1600$ a pop. They raised tuition and financial aid is a nightmare with them. They sent back my disbursement from my FAFSA loan and when they couldnt retrieve it I was told come up with 5,282$ this week or youre dropped from the university. Every time I was close to graduation they would miraculously add more classes to my schedule. It was supposed to take me a year or so. Try two and shall years later and around 45,000$. Do not go here!! Also my last point, they make errors and pretty much tell you too bad!!!"
3.4 out of 5 stars
Calypso - 4/15/2019
Degree: Teaching
Graduation Year: 2010
"Was hired as a college intern and adjunct shortly after starting the English graduate program. Everyone was very enthusiastic on the part of my employers at the community college level and the school being online was not an issue. There was a shortage of minority students in the higher education arena so this could have had something to do with it. Of course, this was in upstate New York back in 2008 so climate could be different now. Unlike California they didn't require the full masters to get hire only eighteen units. Besides that I received my teaching credential and masters in education at National university too. They were very flexible with working with me when I needed to complete my student teaching in New York and found a school and arranged the whole thing even though my certification was from California. My goal at that time was only to finish the program. Overall a great experience with the university."
1.0 out of 5 stars
disappointed CLS student - 3/27/2019
Degree: Laboratory Technician
Graduation Year: 2019
"This is a very bad program. I am applying to CLS training schools and they look down on National University grads. In fact, they reject National University applicants. I've been rejected by 3 schools and they all say that National University is the reason due to their short and expensive classes. In fact, I was accused of buying a degree. I feel cheated, scammed and ripped off. Don't make the same mistake i did!"