National University Reviews

  • 153 Reviews
  • La Jolla (CA)
  • Annual Tuition: $13,320
57% of 153 students said this degree improved their career prospects
50% of 153 students said they would recommend this school to others
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Student & Graduate Reviews

  • Reviewed: 1/24/2013
  • Degree: Business
"I am currently studying my MBA at National University and it has been an amazing experience. All of my professors have been extremely knowledgeable and helpful in every subject thus far. I love the student to teacher ratio. This is an excellent program and I recommend it to anyone pursuing a Master's in Business Administration or any other subject."
  • Reviewed: 1/15/2013
  • Degree: Legal Studies
"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."
  • Reviewed: 1/8/2013
  • Degree: Organizational Leadership
"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."
  • Reviewed: 1/4/2013
  • Degree: Nursing
"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.."
  • Reviewed: 12/19/2012
  • Degree: Information Technology
"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"
  • Reviewed: 8/2/2012
"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."
  • Reviewed: 6/28/2012
"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."
  • Reviewed: 6/7/2012
"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."
  • Reviewed: 6/4/2012
"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."
Michael Richardson
  • Reviewed: 6/1/2012
"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)."
Eugene Chavez
  • Reviewed: 5/3/2012
  • Degree: Business
"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."
  • Reviewed: 4/15/2012
"I would never go here again. I was a student here and I never received an award letter from financial aid. This also happened to two other people I know. Then when I go back to school they refuse to release my transcript. How is that fair to me?this is my education and time, not theirs."
John coreano
  • Reviewed: 3/4/2012
"I have learned a lot here. Learning also never stops. I did have a few classes that were a joke, while the rest challenged me. Full time military, husband, and student and obtaining the degree was doable. Since I had so much on my plate I had to sacrifice some grades which is fine.My advisors and support staff replied promptly to me and the online library and resources is awesome. Can get a lot of one on one help if you need it. Remember that in anything you do it is best to inform yourself and keep the experts in check. By doing this I got the best service possible."
Josh Rivera
  • Reviewed: 2/9/2012
"I am in my last class of my MBA program here at National University. I can honestly say that it was worth every penny. The professors are top notch, advisors are great, and value is exceptional.The course work is very challenging and you often feel overwhelmed with the amount of work due but if you keep focused these are the courses you feel are most rewarding.The point of attending any school is learn. There is no doubt you will do so here. You won't be able to get away with just doing the minimum and get a passing grade. This school will require the best of you and you will actually have to put in your timeIt also seems they are constantly improving. Over the time I have been here they have put so much effort in improving technology and the over all educational experience.I highly recommend this university."
V, Taylor
  • Reviewed: 1/19/2012
"National University may offer a person the flexability to work and go to school, but it's classes are full of busy work. There is the normal midterm project and a term paper. But you are also given a lot a work, busy work. A normal college treats you like you are an adult, and you do your projects. But National has you repeat everything you learn through test, discusion boards, which are short essays, numerous short essays. If you go to National, be prepared to do twice the work you would do at a normal on campus school."
Stephen Marshall
  • Reviewed: 9/5/2011
"I transferred to National University from a community college and it was a great experience. I had to work my way through college since I came from a poor family and National allowed me to keep my job and to also get an education that would have taken my many years to complete at a CSU.I found that National to be more difficult and the professors expected more from me than in the course work compared to community college. I finished my BA and I have been very pleased with my overall experience at National. Is it a perfect university? No, but I do not know how any university can please everyone all of the time.I was able to move on to earn a master's degree at Pepperdine while continuing to work and found that the coursework expectations were slightly below National's. Overall, I would say National helped me achieve my dream of getting a good education and college degree. Today, I have a comfortable living and I owe a lot of it to National."
Danile P
  • Reviewed: 8/26/2011
"National University (NU) was on the best experience I had during my college years. At my undergraduate I attended one public and one top ranked private university and transferred to NU. Indeed to support my family with a full time job and continue my education at them mean time, I had to look for another option to accomplish this goal. And NU was the right option that suited my full time work schedule and family needs. Without NU I was unable to achieve this dream.Currently, I am pursing my advanced graduate degree among 100 top ranked private schools in US. Because of small class size you will have great amount of time and face to face to interact with classmate and professor. NU has an average class load but that all depend on your professor and class requirement. Some classes were challenging and I really loved it. I had to take few classes online and the rest on campus. This is what makes NU an awesome place to attend; not just online but brick and mortar as well with good regional reputation. Their online classes are one of THE best because of the excellent interaction between classmate and professor.Threaded discussion is another interesting NU’s online learning tool. Most NU students are adults who came from variety of work background; therefore, you will have a great learning experience. At NU you are treated as an adult by peers and professors and every one respect your opinion. The majority of NU professors have PhDs in their field which makes it another important aspect to bear in mind.I attended NU for almost three years and I never had any dispute with my classmates or professors. At NU I did not have any wild parties but it was an outstanding journey that I will never regret. NU has a decent tuition rate comparing to other private nonprofits institutions. NU shares the same principles for the education of undergraduates and graduate as other public and private universities. Most importantly NU is a nonprofit university and it has endowment so the profits won’t end up in shareholder’s pocket as in the case for profits universities. Consider taking classes at a nonprofit college because comparing tuition rate could make a big different.Last but not least, I have read some negative comments about NU but in reality there is no perfect school out there, they all have their negative and positive reviews even top ranked schools. The most important thing to consider is affordability, quality of education and flexibility. I don’t want to compare NU to no other school but if you are able to attend Duke or Stanford then go ahead and do it. On the contrary, if you have a full time job/ family duties then UN would be the top pick for you."
  • Reviewed: 4/21/2011
"My experience at National was great. As for the administrative end, I applied, was accepted, and they generated a schedule for me. I was quickly contacted by my advisor and always found help when I needed it. I see that most complaints are about administrative, but you all have apparently never dealt with Troy or UGA. I went to several colleges as an undergrad, as I changed my major and moved several times. These two schools were by far the worst.And I must say that my classes at National were much more challenging than any English class I ever took at University of Georgia. We weren't taught by grad students; we were taught by faculty with doctorates, one with two doctorates. The one-month format was extremely challenging, requiring us to read 6-8 novels, make two substantial weekly posts with replies, and write a 20-25 page paper all in one month. It isn't for the faint of heart!I have a feeling that the few students who are complaining about the quality of teachers or confusing course layout just couldn't hack it (because that same type of student makes the same complaints about my freshman comp. class when they flunk it!). Every course I had was well-organized. If you can read and understand written instructions, it's not hard to figure out what to do. Not all teachers were equal, but they were all good."
  • Reviewed: 2/6/2011
"Instructors seem to feel that they had only to babysit the online classes while the students did all the work and talked to each other in forums. The classes were so poorly put together that half the assignments, instructions and resources were from four or five different classes with instructors clueless on what we were supposed to do and when. The Digital Cinema program is a joke-only take it if you need a meaningless piece of paper to teach. Half of the instructors know nothing about cinema or the film biz and aren't even in film but in other disciplines. There was little to no feedback and some of the requirements considering what little effort they put into were laughable.Complaints to the University were long, arduous and rarely resolved. We were told conflicting things about Financial Aid, classes, requirements etc. The Student Concierge Service that we were forced to use was a total joke. The gave out flatly incorrect information on critical issues repeatedly.Much like the debacle with Kaplan they seem to be mostly interested in collecting their money."
Vanessa Van Schoick
  • Reviewed: 1/29/2011
"I have been to 3 online universities and they all have good and bad.My academic counselor at National named P. was the best I have ever had. Her recruitment office was actually based in Florida. National had some great teachers and some not so great teachers. I got the courses I wanted from National and moved on to a new university. National does not offer beyond the Master's Degree. I have gone on to get an advanced degree. I had three bad experiences at about the same time with instructors at National and decided it was time to move on. I don't think National is any better , or worse than UOP and Brandman which I also attended online. All the schools are a business. Once in awhile I got a good instructor that really seemed to care at each of the schools."