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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!
They keep changing what classes I am required to complete in order to graduate and I have already extended my graduation twice. I have an employer ready to higher me. I just need my credential, but they keep adding classes that they sometimes aren't even offered. I am very frustrated. I feel like I am being scammed.
There are a lot of negative reviews for National University. After spending four mostly great years there I was pretty surprised to read such negative remarks. I cannot speak about the situation with Financial Aid as I pay for my classes, so I had no experience with that. However, the set up of the online classes is amazing and easy to navigate. About 98% of my teachers were amazingly helpful and I have taken over 20 classes there. The instructors have been very considerate of the students needs. I am guessing that most of the former students with negative remarks struggled to succeed in such an independent, fast-paced environment and that is the cause of their negative experience. From my experience online classes at most colleges are more difficult than on campus classes, however National had the best set up for online classes that I have ever seen. The best advice I could give someone considering National University, or any online school, is to be honest with yourself about whether you really can display great self-discipline and successfully manage your classes. It takes a lot of dedication and hard work. I would not have been able to finish my degree at this time in my life without National University's online program. It is an excellent choice for those who cannot make it to on-campus classes. Good luck to everyone!
Professors treat you like a child and talk down to you. I am a disabled veteran and my rights were violated when I was not allowed to take my medicine with my lunch meal on the break. This school is a joke and I DO NOT recommend anyone to attend this school unless they are looking to get subpar service from the ADMINISTRATION OFFICES at NU.
I returned to school after many years of being out of it, a.k.a aerospace and electronic manufacturing companies departed Southern California. I chose National University because it is WASC accredited and because of satellite campus and online convenience. I really enjoyed 90% of my instructors. They were engaged in our efforts, answered live and emailed questions efficiently, and were very thorough in explaining the material. Maybe there were a couple of classes that did not interest me. Windows XP study in 2010? Really? And that upper division, cultural diversity class was ify but required for the WASC accreditation. Fluffy bunnies for everyone. Our Capstone instructor was awesome. So anal retentive and thorough, there's no way he'd allow you to get by with the slightest mistake. Is it a known school with a high U.S. News and World Report ranking? No. Yet since then, and after the economic down turn, I have been told that I was hired over other candidates due to my Microsoft Certifications AND my Bachelors Degree. Of course I have grown tired of the field of Information Technology, but that's another story all together.
I don't usually need to complain unless there are so many horrible reasons I need to and this for sure is one of them. I'll start with one positive which is most of my teachers were great. Now onto the negatives: I am not sure if my program was new but National University made several changes throughout my program and tried to have me go along with the catalog that was not my year! Financial Aid started out great, but for sure I wasn't really let in to how much the whole program was going to cost. I only had 3 online courses which were the worst online courses you have ever taken. The teachers and the program was very unprofessional. After taking the courses, it was even worse. I was told I was able to do my internship at one site then my site supervisor said I could not anymore even though she signed off on it. I went on to write my thesis paper, had no support from staff and teachers when questions were asked! I felt like they put off a great front, great teachers, great education, and then once you pay them for the classes, they could care less about you. It is a waste of time and money, invest your money in an education more worthy. There seems be a theme to National University it is unprofessionalism. All the students I attended with felt the same way so it validates that I am not the only one.