National University Reviews

  • 93 Reviews
  • La Jolla (CA)
  • Annual Tuition: $13,320
58% of 93 students said this degree improved their career prospects
52% of 93 students said they would recommend this school to others
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  • Reviewed: 4/24/2017
  • Degree: Forensic Science
  • Graduation Year: 2017
"I have been going to this university since Aug 2015, started from schedule mess up as advisor left when it happened, to one of professor's not helping much or not responding in timely manner, to Writing Center director shafting me while I was trying to ask permission from her and she prevented me from getting the same tutor for assistant from Sept 2016 all the way up to Mar or April 2017, due to her twisted story she came up stating I violated something I didn't even know was considered violation was simply asking help from tutor to professor to get communications clear with each other on helping do my Master Thesis. You have to at times watch this school. There are some here obviously had no problems with this university and some who has had problems. I even asked for Student Concierge to assist on complaint of resolution and yet no response from them till this day. I'm surprised this school is still operating. And I'm even surprised that Oprah Winfrey supports this school and boy does she not know what's going on behind closed doors from here."
Anna Rodriguez
  • Reviewed: 3/13/2017
  • Degree: English
  • Graduation Year: 2008
"I would highly recommend National University for the working parent. I tried to attend a traditional college, but found it difficult to focus. After a break and joining the Marine Corps, I decided to put my GI Bill to use and attended classes in-person and online for several years at National. Finally, in 2008, I received my Bachelor's in English. I found the curriculum to be very enjoyable, as well as the option to take classes online. I was very impressed with our graduation ceremony, which was held in the Convention Center in Downtown San Diego. Meredith Baxter (the actress who played the mom on the sitcom Family Ties) did a beautiful job delivering the commencement speech, which I was very pleased with as I grew up watching that sitcom. Overall, I enjoyed attending National University for my Bachelors degree, so much so that I am currently pursuing my Masters there as well!"
Jason Simons
  • Reviewed: 2/9/2017
  • Degree: Organizational Leadership
  • Graduation Year: 2016
"National University may have some of the best online courses I have seen. The professors are very knowledgeable and are current in their information. The course work is challenging and very useful. With this degree I can say that I am more than ready to hit the private sector."
  • Reviewed: 12/6/2016
  • Degree: English
  • Graduation Year: 2017
"The school is good for a Bachelor's, which is what I am going for. It does not give you many options as far as taking a specific class when you want to take it, and if the class is canceled, then you have to wait until it opens back up again. Some classes do not seem to be available at any given month like how they are at other accelerated schools. This makes it even more difficult if you do not want to take a class with an undesirable professor because you may be stuck with him/her. In addition, financial aid has finally been approved for me eight months after I enrolled in my first class. I had to stay calm while I watched my balance pile up, hoping that I wouldn't be in debt with the school and have to pay for my classes out of pocket (tuition is expensive by the way). I am glad that the school is providing me with what I need to get my Bachelor's and pursue my career goals. But I will not consider going here for my Master's degree."
NU Student
  • Reviewed: 11/12/2016
  • Degree: Public Health
  • Graduation Year: 2017
"The school is wonderful. Great instructor and program director who ensure students are successful. However the financial aid is not the best. I submitted my financial aid back in June and now it November, and I still haven't received it to pay off my tuition and purchase my books. I different excuses every time I check on the status. I am hopeful that they will figure things out for the betterment of the students. Overall I really enjoying my education journey here."
  • Reviewed: 6/29/2016
  • Degree: Public Health
  • Graduation Year: 2016
"I absolutely recommend this school (at least my program). Like any school, pros and cons. Some teachers are better than others, etc. Overall, I learned a lot and had some really fantastic teachers. The head of my department is actively involved and reachable, just as most of the teachers are. Classes realize that the students are working full-time and the coursework is typically very applicable to real life. Through this online program, and the study abroad (that actually was affordable for once) I actually have become closer and know more real people than when I did my undergrad at a state school. I'm glad I found this school and can't believe I finally have my Masters!"
  • Reviewed: 3/28/2016
  • Degree: Medical Billing & Coding
  • Graduation Year: 2016
"There is a high staff turnover rate. They messed up my schedule many times. It was a head ache after my first adviser left. I have had at least six advisers in three years. It was horrible. I stuck through it because I was close to graduation but then a mystery charge appeared on my account. They won't talk to me until I pay. I can't move forward or move on because I can't even get my transcripts. It is terrible and no one cares. I just keep getting transferred and hung up on. Worst experience ever."
  • Reviewed: 2/2/2016
  • Degree: Liberal Studies
  • Graduation Year: 2015
"I graduated with a Bachelors in English, with a concentration in creative writing. I was pretty satisfied with the school (there were a few teachers who were terrible, but that happens at every college), so I decided to continue at National while I pursued a Masters in Education with a Preliminary Teaching Credential. That's where things went bad. When I entered the program, I was told it would take about two weeks to process my financial aid, but that I qualified for a couple of grants, as well as loans. I was also told that I should start taking classes, and there would be no late fees assessed by the University, since they were the ones causing that delay in payments, not me. I was anxious to get started on my new career path, so I began the classes, AFTER I checked again with financial aid to make sure I qualified for the TEACH Grant and a CAL Grant Extension. Six months and $7,000 later (after many, many emails to financial aid asking for an update) I was told I did not qualify for the Grants, and that I never would have because I missed the deadlines (this is after I got an email from the state saying I received the Grant). If this is true, then why did Financial Aid tell me I qualified in the first place, and why did I receive that "Congratulations!" email from the state? Needless to say, I was livid at the way I had been mislead. I trusted that, since this was their job, they would be truthful about what students can expect to receive, and what they don't. Both Financial Aid and the Student Concierge have been non-responsive to my emails, and since I don't believe this is the way a college should their students, I have left the program and will not be returning to this school. As an undergrad, it also took them four months to process a scholarship I received. I suppose I should have learned my lesson then. In this school you will learn, but DO NOT trust a WORD financial aid or the student concierge says. Wait to start any program until your financial aid is processed. Don't make the same mistake I did. If you do attend this school and have financial aid issues, contact student accounts, That department is much more responsive, and will actually return your emails and get you the info you need. Good Luck!"
  • Reviewed: 12/12/2015
  • Degree: Forensic Science
  • Graduation Year: 2016
"After reading some of the reviews here and the ones who did not have good experience which I fall into that category and the ones who did and rated them 4-5's especially the ones who commented an attack i 2012 about the students who's had bad experience, that person should have more compassion and not slam people of not writing good grammar, just because he did not have or go through an bad experience doesn't mean everyone will go through his experience. However, the ones who did, I feel bad for your situation because the initial advisor who scheduled me did not inform me that I was doubled up and did not bother to ask me if I would be ok with it. I also found out from the Dean's office they were suppose to get an approval before they doubled up classes and it sounded like that advisor just schedule without doing that. Oh, and that initial advisor who messed up my scheduling left within the month I started, how ironic. Anyway, this new advisor comes along and noticed it when I was into my fifth class and says I shouldn't take the double up so she moved my class up which brings me further out to graduate past the one year I was told by initial supervisor. I've talked to so many people from that school to fix this problems so far reached to the Dean's office and if they can't do it, then I will have to file complaint against this school. The scheduling now I have has two months gap between classes even the one toward the end, doesn't make sense to me."
  • Reviewed: 11/30/2015
  • Degree: Human Services
  • Graduation Year: 2014
"It was a great choice because it was online, but still accessible."