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I decided to choose NU for my second post-grad credential. It was a mistake, and I'm nearly finished, but after spending a lot of money, going through Professors that don't know the content or procedures of the class, speaking with advisors and staff that don't seem to have managers or know what is going on, a huge financial aide fiasco this year "because they switched systems," but can't correct it, I would rate my experience with them as a nightmare. My under-grad and first post-grad certificate was a much better experience at the Cal State, and my advice is to steer clear of NU.
I've had such a great experience in my classes at National. The professors are top-notch and very knowledgeable. My problem with National is with their administrative staff, in multiple departments. It's always a struggle to receive your financial aid and for the last year the disbursements have been delayed by months for everyone in my cohort (unsure if this is true for other students). The advisors are not knowledgeable in the least with regards to programs and have screwed up my schedule as well as those of other people in my cohort. This issue is so bad that there are several students who will not be graduating with me because they weren't able to take the classes they needed due to faulty scheduling. Another girl in my cohort just spent the last 6 months taking 2 on campus classes at a time, literally having to run back and forth between classes, to ensure that she will graduate on time. The financial aid department is currently withholding $6000 from at least 3 of the students in my cohort for no apparent reason and when questioned about this the representatives talk in circles. I am still waiting for my financial aid to be approved by National as they insist that my marital status doesn't match my tax forms. I sent the representative I was working with copies of my tax forms and he informed me that everything was fine and that the financial aid would be processed in 2-3 days. Two weeks later I had to contact him as nothing was done, only for him to tell me the same thing as before- my marital status does not match (though it definitely does match). Worst of all, I've been waiting for over 2 months for the credentials department to approve my internship (as I'm not allowed to begin accumulating hours until this is done). They informed me that they are missing test scores which I had sent to them over a year ago (one of the representatives slipped and informed me that the department actually lost all the test scores for my cohort). I spoke to someone over the phone over a month ago who assured me that my internship would be approved within the next few days, yet now when I try to contact the department I can't reach anyone. The most stressful part of completing a Masters program shouldn't be worrying about if your school's administrative staff will handle your case with competence, and yet here I am more worried about this aspect of my schooling than I am about writing my thesis. I wouldn't wish this on my worst enemy and it is for this reason that when anyone asks me how I like National University I feel obligated to warn them to STAY AWAY.
I have taught graduate courses both online and at brick-and-mortar universities. I was extremely disappointed with the experience at National. I took one graduate course (English) and one undergraduate (Spanish). The instructor in my graduate course, though intelligent, obviously knew nothing about the set up of the class. His discussion board posts were off point and did not show any meaningful attempt to teach. He did not explain what the central project for the class entailed. Nor did he submit grades in a timely fashion. I received an "A" in the class, but it was not worth the money. Don't do it. As for the Spanish class, the text used was an e-book; the course added very little to that e-text. Again, not worth the money. I bought the e-book for $150 and did the class on my own. A motivated person would get just as much studying solo as attending National University.
Excellent, wonderful campus and staff. Designed to fit anyones schedule and for any to succeed. The staff were so helpful and supportive. I stand by the school and whole heartily recommend to anyone that would like to take their next step in education.
Overall a decent school, but it has its faults. The professors are inconsistent, some barely know the subject they are teaching, while others are passionate and helpful. If you are young and want a traditional university experience, stay away. If you want to get a decent education and are willing to put forth the effort, I would recommend National. Overall it is a mediocre school.
One has to be mature, motivated, and flexible relative to attending National University. It is fast-paced but also comprehensive. I subsequently obtained a Doctorate and have been an adjunct professor for 30 years, supplemental to my 26 year military career followed by a post military career with the federal government (GS-12). National University set the standard with real-world experienced faculty vice professors at traditional universities whose only experience was too often purely academic. For me, it provided "academic credibility" grounded in real-life experience. I will forever be grateful for NU. Having said the above, I can't emphasize enough that NU is not for everyone, particularly those who are not focused, highly disciplined, and not able to multi-task their personal, professional, and academic life.
Show diligence when making important decisions in your life. This university may be great for some and not so for others. A lot of military personnel end up enrolling due to their pt bill. The landscape of our world is changing and more options are available for education. This is a mediocre university at a high price.
Be careful! I have military benefits through my husband disabled veteran marine. I was told multiple times by NU officials that my benefits will pay for tuition. THEY LIE!!!! I took 3 courses before I discovered that nothing was covered. Now I ended p with 5000 debt and there is NO way to get out of it. VERY disappointing. Please, please, be very careful with your choice! They are FRAUD!
Great program. I took four electives on-site, the remainder were online. The onsite classes were not as difficult but I found much of the class time to be unnecessary. Be mature and prepared to work for the online classes. All professors, except one, were timely, helpful, and knowledgeable. National did respond to the lack of support, and attendance, received by the problematic professor. The professors were very knowledgeable and responsive to questions. A few courses, such as Statistics and Finance, were challenging but the professors went beyond my expectations to provide assistance. Be prepared to manage your time and you'll find the MBA program to be a valuable experience.
I should start by clarifying that people should know what they are signing up for, since the cost of tuition per course is pretty hefty. That said, my classes have been challenging and we've had some enlightening world discussions, even if it was only online. It the best option in my particular case. (Late 20s and just needed to get my BA.) It's a good choice to have if you are (and need to be) working full time and big 4 year seems like a huge life commitment at this point. Let's be honest, I don't think the degree will get you an amazing "Wow" that going to Columbia would, but sometimes you just need to go to school and move on with your career. It's all what you make of it. If you study hard, earn good grades and make the best effort to learn, it'll be worth it. If you're looking for the traditional college experience, an online school is not for you though. If you have other commitments going for you, then it helps. At least I've been making it work for me. Going on to grad school next year won't hurt either, I hope!