National University Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (92)
From the first day I entered their facility I was lied to. I was told that I only needed a certain number of classes to graduate and they DOUBLED it on me half way through my education. They have this thing they call "Upper Division General Ed". General Ed is for junior college not getting your BA.
They also lied and told me that a certain class would fulfill more than one of their general ed requirements, and then they went back on their word. And of course, shockingly, when I was ready to graduate, they were waiting in the wings and told me that I didn't earn enough credits at NU and had to take yet another class.
Of course, because I was supposed to graduate in June, this extra class didn't happen until August, and what do you know, financial aid stops in June. So they tell me to reapply for the next school year, I jump through all those hoops only to get a nasty collection call telling me that I have to have 13.5 units to qualify for financial aid. Why did they tell me to apply if I wasn't going to qualify? Because they lie, and cheat, and steal and they aren't happy unless they are making someone else miserable. Do not go to this school, they treat you like a number not a person and all they care about is getting as much money as possible from you.
I must say that I have really enjoyed the courses so far at NU. The instructors are great and the support system is absolutely phenomenal. There are so many resources that are provided from NU to help its students succeed. I have attended other schools and had a really bad taste in my mouth regarding online education. National's online courses are awesome, there is nothing I have come across online closer to a more conducive learning environment. Here is the biggest kick for me everyone; the school is a Non-profit University. Tuition is a lot cheaper than most others. I will definitely continue to recommend National University to all my friends and family.
This school is expensive, NOT military friendly the way they advertise it, do not waste your time effort or money. Get your pre-reqs from a community college and transfer to a real, traditional university. This school is only 1 step up from Pheonix U/Kaplan etc..
No complaints, as a retired miility veteran with a full time job it was No complaints here, as a retired military veteran with a full time job it was hard to find a school that met my criteria. I needed a school that was full time and the facility had to be brick and mortar (in order to receive my full BAH for 9-11 GI bill), National met these criteria.
I was a little intimidated with the 4 week course schedule but when you add up the actual in class time it equals about the same as a 16 week course. My son is attending Cal State University in San Marcos and I believe my classes are little more challenging than his and if not they are certainly on par. The work can be overwhelming at times but I understand that I am going to a "Big Boy" school now and have to suck it up. The advantage to going to a 4 week course cycle is when you have a class that is just boring or not to your liking it is over in a flash. The faculty is top notch most of my
professors also teach at other colleges in the area (San Diego) such as ; San Diego State University, University of California –San Diego, or University of San Diego. So you get a quality education at lower price and spend less time obtaining the same class credit.
The drawback is that fact the class is only 4 weeks, research projects normally suck up 1 or 2 weekends and the other 2 weekends you are in class one of the days. Again I am attending “Big Boy” school so the sacrifice is there.
Would I do it again –Yes, Would I recommend the school –Yes, is the school for everyone-No we all learn at different paces, so some folks may not like the pace. However, I only had one class that was overwhelming (trigonometry) other than that it has been a piece of cake.
My major is ITM and my GPA is 3.563
I would recommend National, and have. If you are looking for a quicker way to obtain your degree and are responsible enough to complete assignments without the instructor holding your hand, this school is for you.
I am in my 17th class, I have taken no breaks, and have 4 more to go to receive my degree. I have been able to work full-time while also raising my family as a single parent. I would not have ever been able to complete another school where I had to physically attend classes.
YES - there is a tremendous amount of work, but keep in mind that the class is completed in 4 weeks, which gave me a light at the end of the tunnel for classes I was not to fond of.
I love National University. Yes, the curriculum can be heavy and overwhelming but if I can do it, so can anyone. I took a year and a half worth of classes back to back while working full time and managing a household of 10. Yes, you read correctly.
It was hard and there were days I thought I would not be able not make it but I did. I had to keep reminding myself to take one day at a time, one homework assignment at a time and one class at a time. That is the one thing I knew I could guarantee myself. The professors were great answering any questions I had and the online environment was easy to follow. If you are a self starter, this program is for you.
I went to this school for half a semester and didin't like it and sighned out and was told I only owed them 300 in student loan and that was it. I'M WORKING To pay that off and two years later and I'm being told I owe the 300 plus an aditional 1500 because they are now an accridid school ! I don't like this school and the only good thing i have to say about is there was one teacher that was awsome and i felt i really learned from her. This school is a rip off.
I have attended National for 1 course so this review may not be completely fair. The good: Teacher cares and is engaged with the students work. Assignment not easy but not impossible to complete on a weekly basis. So what's the problem? I have attended grad schools with 8, 10, 12, and 15 week course formats. I don't care what anyone says but anything less than 10 weeks and the amount of material you can actually learn and retain diminishes the shorter the class length. In 4 weeks you just can't really deep dive into a subject. That may be ok for some but don't delude yourself into the belief that a similar structured program with even 8 week course terms is not going to better prepare you for your professional endeavors.
Last good point.... Overall interaction has been positive. People attending are serious about learning.
Okay, so I've read literally every review on this site thus far regarding NU. From what I've seen and similar to posts from others, the bulk of people "not recommending" NU simply don't seem intelligent enough to complete an accelerated program such as the format this school uses. I mean, typos may not mean much to some people, but when you're writing a review on a website about a college you attended and you're saying it's a bad school, you should at least use proper grammar and spelling. I don't mean to offend anyone but the cold, hard reality is that not everyone can handle every college's coursework.
It's true that NU does give you a lot of work, perhaps more than other universities, but there's a good reason for this. It's not "busy work" as other people have insinuated, but a necessity to actually learning the material in the one-month time frame you're given. The key to competence in any field is repetition and practice, and learning in school is no exception. My advice is this: if you're looking for an affordable (NU is not-for-profit and thus less expensive than most other schools) school that provides good instruction and you're the type of person that can do things on your own without your hand being held, I highly suggest looking into NU. If you need more time to complete your studies and you need a slower pace (everyone learns at a different rate, after all), I'd recommend looking elsewhere.
To provide background I've been attending NU for about 8 months (I'm about to start my 9th class at NU).
I am right in the middle of my program for a BBA in Business.I really liked the Professors i have had up to this point,with the exception of one.They all have real world experience that I want to hear about in Business.
The courses are challenging because of the speed of the course,so if you plan to complain all the time like i have seen some people do,don't sign up.I chose National University after i talked with the Sgt Major at MCRD in San Diego.He was pleased with his results and was glad to have completed his Masters fairly quick.
Yes,I liked the idea of going to State or UC,but I am not interested in having to take a "pottery class".I wanted to graduate before retirement.