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

1.0 out of 5 stars
Anonymous - 3/27/2019
Degree: Elementary Education
Graduation Year: 2013
"Please don't go to this school. It's just another diploma mill. I didn't learned anything with their one class a month method. People who were absent often ended up with the same grade even though they never went to class and didn't put effort as I did. Before you get enrolled they call you non stop and when you actually need them to answer your calls they never get back to you. They keep changing the price for classes even though you think you finished paying you get another bill and that's not fair. I was glad I was finished with school and I had a degree, but my experience with a few jobs have been embarrassing because of National University. One of my first interviews some guy with an university of Phoenix degree and I got dismissed because they said our degrees are not valid. Yes they selected me and made me go to get an interview to let me know I front of people our degree was not acceptable. Even though we had higher gpa than the other university graduates from SDSU, USD, UCSD and Domnguez Hills. That's right they higher someone from Cal State Dominguez instead of someone from National University. I'm just ashamed to mention I come from there. Please go to a state university seems you will get any job anywhere from those schools."
5.0 out of 5 stars
Shari - 3/26/2019
Degree: Creative Writing
Graduation Year: 2012
"This program was amazing. I learned the craft of writing, which helped me at work, but also enriched my life. I also just published my Master's Thesis as a novel, with revision, of course, but I loved this program. Almost wish that I could do it again."
5.0 out of 5 stars
Nolan Jacobson - 3/11/2019
Degree: Liberal Arts
Graduation Year: 2018
"Wonderful program. This school makes it easy to work around your work schedule. I love the accelerated classes and my advisor Erica was very helpful and professional. The only con that I have is, I want to go back to school for my Masters degree, but the tuition keeps raising so the school is getting too expensive. I might go elsewere to finish my masters for that reason alone."
1.7 out of 5 stars
Roger73 - 1/21/2019
Degree: MBA in Human Resources
Graduation Year: 2013
"My biggest issue with this school is that I constantly had issues with the instructors. Prior to class starting, I'd buy the required books, and, on the first day of class, I'd print the syllabus and get to work. Well, by Wednesday of the first week (if you're lucky), the instructors would change the reading material and the syllabus. So, the assignment the class was working on became useless, and then there was a mad rush to finish reading completely different material and completing a completely different assignment by the due date. If you bring the issue up with the instructor, you are met with a wall of ego that your criticisms can't penetrate. The instructors don't care if you waste your money on books you're not going to read. They don't care if you waste your time on an assignment you'll never get to turn in. They want to hold you accountable, but don't want to lead by example. Plus, you may not see your grades until the last week of class, because some instructors don't bother grading assignments until the last minute. So much for feedback, right? I've emailed and called some instructors and never got a response. Finally, I called one out in one of our discussion forums for not contacting me back in over a week. That got a response. The instructors are phoning their work in. Most of them have jobs at other universities, and are only doing National University online as a side job. They have no standards, and there is no way to hold them accountable for their laziness. I've been to several universities, as I'm a lifetime student. National University was my worst experience."
1.0 out of 5 stars
Amy985 - 12/10/2018
Degree: Special Education
Graduation Year: 2018
"Stay away!!! I am so disappointed with the teaching credential program. I graduated from a four year university with my undergrad and decided to try out National for my masters and teaching credential...worst idea ever! Not only are they not helpful, the classes are not worth the 1,935 dollar. You can go to a different school and probably learn way more. I seriously think they only care about money since they did not help me with anything. They also delayed my whole program by a month because they didnt get the forms inputted in time. That is not my fault yet I was penalized for it. Find a different school and DO NOT WAIST YOUR TIME!"
4.9 out of 5 stars
Travis - 11/29/2018
Degree: Homeland Security
Graduation Year: 2020
"VERY IMPORTANT: I want to start off with saying in July 2018 National University holds all Blackboard collaborate weekly online sessions as OPTIONAL and will not go towards your final, as well as you can watch all recordings of sessions at anytime. My only Con is they are slow (month late) on processing TA for active duty military. Now that I touched on most individuals cons, I will explain the Pros I have the past two years I have attended. I am a HSE major and CJA major (Homeland security/ Criminal Justice). The program is fast paced and neither easy or really difficult. It has allowed me to learn a lot about my degree and make connections (LinkedIn). Course textbooks are usually limited to one or none, at a low cost on Chegg,, etc.... usually 30-50$."
4.8 out of 5 stars
Jennifer W - 11/17/2018
Degree: Early Childhood Education
Graduation Year: 2019
"I am current in the final stages of my preliminary credential, finishing in the next 2 weeks, and moving on to complete my final two classes to obtain my Masters. I have to say, the program was clearly outlined for me as to what classes I needed to take as well as what exams I needed to move forward. My program has been primarily online with two courses that I was required to take on campus. All expectations were clearly outlined and I was given check lists when I started the program so I could self monitor my progress. The only area I have experienced the delay with is the financial aid department. The disbursement of funds does not typically follow the stated dates of disbursement which can cause issues if you are in need of the funds to get through the student teaching portion of the program. Overall, I would highly recommend this program to other credential seekers who have to work full time. Also, you must be able to be a self directed learner as you are fully responsible for meeting deadlines and getting your work done. The teachers are understanding, but you must communicate if you hare having issues as this is an adult learning format."
3.0 out of 5 stars
AJ Tajata - 10/27/2018
Degree: Teaching
Graduation Year: 2018
"Although the education I received was adequate, I had a constant issue with contacting people at the University - financial aid and credential specialist in particular. People don't call you back. You can leave multiple voicemails and emails and people won't return your call. If you do happen to finally reach an actual person, they are irritated with you that you have left multiple messages and/or emails, even though they have failed to respond to any. Financial aid is a nightmare! They are quick to take your money when they feel that you owe, but they take their time disbursing any loan and/or grant money that you may have been granted. They are unable to answer why there is a hang up in processing and disbursement and become rude if you ask questions. You can't count on financial aid being able to meet any of your living expenses, as it is intended, because you can't count on National processing and distributing the funds as expected."
1.0 out of 5 stars
Deidre - 9/19/2018
Degree: Education
Graduation Year: 2018
"Beware. If the course you need to complete your master's degree is not being offered, you will have to drop out of the program like I did. It is incredibly unfortunate. The advisors are slow to respond to your e-mails. There is low enrollment in the university."
4.8 out of 5 stars
Simon Hamel - 9/17/2018
Degree: Business Administration
Graduation Year: 2020
"So far, I'm really happy with my experience at NAU. Class material is easy enough for anyone to understand. That's super helpful for me as a small-business owner with a very busy life! Going back to school, my fear was that my teachers would spend too much time presenting me with "tricky" scenarios that would make me have to spend more time thinking in order understand the material, but that would only put me in a situation of distrust here in the real world! My teachers have been making everything very accessible and valuable to me, and what I am going through as a business owner, and with the information being clear in class, I am even more prepared for real world trickery. When I am confronted with a poor situation, even though I am still a student, I feel much more prepared, and I can quickly see whether it's worth my time."