National University Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (102)
I am seeing people complain about the school but I have had an overall positive experience. I am seeking a special education credential and masters. I feel I have been completely supported by my National person who oversees my internship. I can call for advice on any questions or challenges I encounter. Financial aid? Never has been a problem, it has always come through like clockwork, provided I filled out the forms correctly. Learning? Be prepared to work hard. I have attended 2 community colleges and 2 CSUs and in general the work load at National has been far greater than any of these other schools. I figure its because they need to makeup for not having students in a physical class. I think people who feel unsupported are just people who are not appropriate for online study. To be successful in this online program you must be a self directed learner. I believe that if you are nit self directed and committed, this program will be extremely difficult and a disappointment to you. For people who are independent learners, the online program is excellent. I will receive my masters in 2 months and I enjoyed the flexibility the program provided me in relation to both my professional and personal life.
National University is a very rigorous school. It is NOT for everyone. They have excellent instructors most of who actually work in the field they teach. Classes are very fast paced. If you choose to do online, be ready to teach yourself. Online school is very challenging. If you are not disciplined, do not choose online schooling. I did both and found on campus to be far easier to manage. I would highly recommend this school to anybody who is disciplined. Nobody will hold your hand. Classes are four weeks long. When it come to the Accounting field, about 85% of my instructors were CPA's. Needless to say, my learning was supplemented by a lot of instructor experience. Moving on from education, I did experience a lot of issues with billing. I received many billing statements that were erroneous, for which i had to take corrective action via my advisor or students accounts. My Gi Bill was wrongfully charged in a few occasions. In all fairness I have to say, this took place when I was repeatedly dropping classes. They charged me for these classes when they should have not. Consequently, they had to pay the VA back. This was a couple of years back. However, I still experienced some difficulties recently. For example, I switched a couple of classes around toward the end of my program and the school failed to decertify me from the VA. The VA paid the school for these classes, but National promptly returned the payments. My recommendation is this area is to take matters into your own hands. Get acquainted with the student accounts office, and monitor your balances. Besides these hiccups, my pell has always been delivered on time with no issues. To sum it up, great school with VERY experienced instructors. Be ready to work really hard, as the school is very hard. Monitor your account to make sure you catch any discrepancies. Note: National University has a 50% student pass rate for the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) test.
Very poorly ran. They are not interested in how good of a teacher that I am becoming. They are interested in schools wanting their interns. I was not supported AT ALL in my program from my supervisor. I was told many things that are not worth repeating. Its completely unorganized and financial aid is not there AT ALL for the students. Its to fund the school, while everything is out of pocket until National University is good and ready to do their job. Basically they are terrible and I would never recommend them to anyone and no longer speak to the person who recommended this place to me.
This school is extremely unorganized. The instructors are not credited to teach and are not very good. Admin doesn't respond to emails or phone calls. Scheduling is terrible you will be lucky to know your schedule 2-3 days before start date. No mercy or concerns for your life outside of nursing school, because they tell you in orientation that you won't have one, and if you do you're at their mercy. Terrible communication among all staffing too many indians and not enough chiefs... Save yourself the trouble and GO SOMEWHERE ELSE!!!!!!
Had a great teacher, but the school is run very poorly! I've had nothing but problems with them. 3 years later and I'm still trying to undo the financial screw up they did! They are awful and don't care about trying to help their students.
Run away! Don't do it! This review is for online classes in Education. I spend more time trying to figure out their class web pages than I do learning about teaching. The professors take turns teaching the classes and they each leave their own information about assignments listed on the webpage for you to navigate through. You might be reading one teacher's description of an assignment and it will be much more detailed than the one your teacher has listed. Sometimes you can't even recognize it's the same assignment though! The Technology for Educators class uses a textbook written 6 years ago. Uh, hello? Can you say outdated? And the articles they have you read online are also from 6 years ago. I think their website and assignments have not been update in 6 years. Some of the instructors have their doctorate, but they misspell or use bad grammar at least once per sentence! It makes it so hard to concentrate! The textbooks listed on the online bookstore may or may not be the ones you use for class. So definitely don't buy any and DON'T pre-study! You may end up studying the wrong book. And don't do your assignments early, like, as in, if you are going on vacation, before you work ahead, check with the instructor because they cancel assignments just days before they are due, even if you have already put hours of work into it, like a good student should. I only have 10 days left, then I'm done with National University. Thank goodness! Never again!
Good school, I learned a lot. It is easy to pass classes, but very difficult to get A's. You can learn a fair amount if you apply yourself
National University has been an absolutely amazing experience. After separating from Active Duty military service I immediately enrolled in National Universities Bachelor of Arts Psychology program. The online courses are not for the faint hearted. You are completely teaching yourself with the support of some fantastic career professionals. While browsing over some of the negative reviews, it seems that this type of self directed learning was a big issue. However, if you have leadership qualities and are able to handle challenges then this is the program for you! The online experience at National is enlightening. You are allowed to self explore and interpret the material yourself without any bias, or significant influence from outsiders. Extremely fast paced so I suggest you have extremely tuned organizational skills as well as the ability to prioritize.
Having read all the other reviews of National on this site, I feel compelled to offer my experience there as a reference point. I graduated with a BA from UCSD in 2005, and spent two years in retail, trying to figure out what to do with my life. I chose National because they credential more teachers than any other school in the state, and I could get my teaching credential and my Master's in 18 months start to finish. Since I lived in San Diego at the time, I started by going to their brick and mortar campuses, of which they had three at the time. (I know that now they have several more). I had a good experience going to the classes but I found them boring. I was working 6AM-4PM in a warehouse, and then I would drive to school for class from 5PM to 10PM three times a week. On my off nights I was doing homework. After about 6 months my schedule at work changed, and so I switched to online. Although people said that online was bad at National, I actually found it to be perfect. It is very fast-paced, very self-directed, and very rigorous. I learned that procrastination is the enemy, and their standards are high. If you're not a self-directed learner, then National is not for you. As soon as I switched over to the online program, I realized that's what I should have been doing from the start. There were discussion forums, papers, and a capstone project which was a digital portfolio. Overall, I had no problems with this format, and although keeping up with the reading was hard, I was a straight A student the entire time. I had zero negative interactions with students or professors the whole time I was there. When you go to class online, the professor just facilitates and grades. I had no problems there, and I don't see how someone can have a problem with a professor who, in effect, does nothing but give assignments and grade them. If you do shoddy work, you will earn low grades. When I was going to classes in the brick and mortar, I met some professors who I liked more than others, and some were easier or harder graders, but nothing out of the ordinary. I made friends with people in my classes, and that's the only thing I missed when I switched to online. I had zero problems with my enrollment plan, there were no hidden fees or surprises, and my financial aid came through like clock-work. Half-way through my 18 months, my loan got sold to another bank, and there was some paper-work involved. I don't remember that being an issue at all, and the payments came on time. If I needed help, I sent an email and got a prompt reply. A lot of people on this site are complaining about Financial Aid and Enrollment issues. I really don't see why. I walked in, told them what I wanted to study, and they had me enrolled for the full 18 month program and had my financial aid papers ready in less than 2 hours. How is it possible to get to a point in the program where you don't know how many classes you need to graduate? Just look at your paperwork carefully and stay on top of your lender. From that moment forward it was 100 miles an hour until I finished. Perhaps my advantage was that I lived in San Diego, and I could just go to their office if I had a question. If you live out of state the situation may be different. National is not for everyone. You must be self-directed, very organized, a fast reader, and good with technology. Their portal at the time (we're talking about 2006, so I'm sure it's better now) was not easy to navigate at first, but you get the hang of it. Nobody there will hold your hand, and you need to self-advocate if you need help. The truth is, I was NOT that person when I entered National, and the work-load at first was a shock to the system. I reoriented my study habits very quickly after that, and I'm a better person for it. You must be prepared for this if you want to go to National. If you have these qualities already, or think you can learn them, then you should choose National for your education. If you have any hesitation, then don't go to National. There are schools that are easier and cheaper than National University. But if this your big push to get ahead in your career, then you should go to the most rigorous program you can stand, even if it does cost more, because there is where you will learn the skills to help you succeed at work. I spent $36K on my degree there, and I find it money well spent. I don't miss the long hours, but I don't begrudge them either. My education there led to immediate full time employment, and I have been fully employed as a High School English teacher since then.
My education thus far at National has been amazing. I have seriously learned so much from my professors in the online learning environment. There are so many passionate teachers in the Global Studies program that made the coursework rewarding and worthwhile. My courses at National have overall contained a high volume of coursework. The general ed classes were more busy work, but my upper division classes have been filled with interesting discussions and analytical writing assignments. The quick pace adds an additional challenge to the already burdensome course load. I did have many frustrations with financial aid, the veterans center, and my academic adviser, but overall no problems that were not quickly solved. I am very pleased with the Global Studies program, as I feel entirely more knowledgeable than I felt before I started the program.