National University Reviews

2.56 out of 5 stars
(143 Reviews)
  • La Jolla (CA)
  • Annual Tuition: $13,320
56% of 143 students said this degree improved their career prospects
50% of 143 students said they would recommend this school to others
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Student & Graduate Reviews

5.0 out of 5 stars
Anna Rodriguez - 3/13/2017
Degree: English
Graduation Year: 2008
"I would highly recommend National University for the working parent. I tried to attend a traditional college, but found it difficult to focus. After a break and joining the Marine Corps, I decided to put my GI Bill to use and attended classes in-person and online for several years at National. Finally, in 2008, I received my Bachelor's in English. I found the curriculum to be very enjoyable, as well as the option to take classes online. I was very impressed with our graduation ceremony, which was held in the Convention Center in Downtown San Diego. Meredith Baxter (the actress who played the mom on the sitcom Family Ties) did a beautiful job delivering the commencement speech, which I was very pleased with as I grew up watching that sitcom. Overall, I enjoyed attending National University for my Bachelors degree, so much so that I am currently pursuing my Masters there as well!"
1.4 out of 5 stars
Meh - 2/27/2017
Degree: Education
Graduation Year: 2017
"Friends, the graduation rate of a college is a good indicator of the support you can expect. NU is one of the worst. Learn from my mistake. I paid $70,000 in tuition, took an incomplete. The financial aid office dropped the ball, and now they want $7,000 in tuition before I can graduate and take my final class for my Master's. I don't qualify for any more financial aide, and I am not made of money. So I get nothing for my three years of graduate study and got saddled with 70k in debt. I did get a teaching credential so there is some hope for my future. They don't help their students at all, horrible school. Go to a better university or don't go at all...in a land of broken toilets the plumber is King. My cousin is in a trade and makes $100,000 with two years of community college. Who needs all the debt, expense and toil of a graduate degree? For most of us it isn't the fast track to anything but debt and disappointment. With NU's dismal 26% graduation rate, the education they offer is little more than legalized banditry. Save your money for a more deserving school."
5.0 out of 5 stars
Jason Simons - 2/9/2017
Degree: Organizational Leadership
Graduation Year: 2016
"National University may have some of the best online courses I have seen. The professors are very knowledgeable and are current in their information. The course work is challenging and very useful. With this degree I can say that I am more than ready to hit the private sector."
5.0 out of 5 stars
Inthava Phimmasone - 12/19/2016
Degree: Laboratory Technician
Graduation Year: 2016
"I attended National university in Fresno, CA. I took online and on campus course. Online course is very fast pace and very time consuming. I love that National University offer course that are only one month long. It is a great school with awesome professors. I graduated in Oct 2016 with a B.S. degree in Clinical Laboratory Science. Overall great experience."
2.3 out of 5 stars
Reviewer - 12/6/2016
Degree: English
Graduation Year: 2017
"The school is good for a Bachelor's, which is what I am going for. It does not give you many options as far as taking a specific class when you want to take it, and if the class is canceled, then you have to wait until it opens back up again. Some classes do not seem to be available at any given month like how they are at other accelerated schools. This makes it even more difficult if you do not want to take a class with an undesirable professor because you may be stuck with him/her. In addition, financial aid has finally been approved for me eight months after I enrolled in my first class. I had to stay calm while I watched my balance pile up, hoping that I wouldn't be in debt with the school and have to pay for my classes out of pocket (tuition is expensive by the way). I am glad that the school is providing me with what I need to get my Bachelor's and pursue my career goals. But I will not consider going here for my Master's degree."
3.3 out of 5 stars
NU Student - 11/12/2016
Degree: Public Health
Graduation Year: 2017
"The school is wonderful. Great instructor and program director who ensure students are successful. However the financial aid is not the best. I submitted my financial aid back in June and now it November, and I still haven't received it to pay off my tuition and purchase my books. I different excuses every time I check on the status. I am hopeful that they will figure things out for the betterment of the students. Overall I really enjoying my education journey here."
3.1 out of 5 stars
National student - 9/11/2016
Degree: Psychology
Graduation Year: 2018
"The school has great professors, but the financial aid department is horrible. My classes began in July and it is the middle of September and I still have not received my financial aid. I filled out my paperwork back in March so I did everything I was supposed to do. I have talked to multiple financial aid people in the office and I get a different excuse every time as to why I haven't gotten it yet. The excuses range from " you will get it when your grades post" from " we are switching over our system and it's causing delays" to " you should get it in a few weeks" and it all sounds like BS. One Financial Aid officer even told me an exact date that my friends will be dispersed and it's been a month past that date. Once again the professors are great and they're very knowledgeable about the subjects that they teach, but if you depend on using your financial aid for books or for any other expenses then I would suggest you rethink this because they absolutely do not care if you are struggling at all. That being said, simply being enrolled in this program has helped advance my career in many ways."
5.0 out of 5 stars
NA - 7/14/2016
Degree: Environmental Science
Graduation Year: 2000
"Awesome University! Having experienced both the state university and community college systems it was a breath of fresh air to have well qualified instructors and advisors in a user friendly university. Don't be confused - Not a degree mill. Accredited by WASC with many other distinguished commission and board approvals. A tough, rigorous, and fast paced program for those who can handle it. Really a great value with a tradition of academic excellence, founded in 1970. Go NU!"
4.8 out of 5 stars
MPH, CHES - 6/29/2016
Degree: Public Health
Graduation Year: 2016
"I absolutely recommend this school (at least my program). Like any school, pros and cons. Some teachers are better than others, etc. Overall, I learned a lot and had some really fantastic teachers. The head of my department is actively involved and reachable, just as most of the teachers are. Classes realize that the students are working full-time and the coursework is typically very applicable to real life. Through this online program, and the study abroad (that actually was affordable for once) I actually have become closer and know more real people than when I did my undergrad at a state school. I'm glad I found this school and can't believe I finally have my Masters!"
1.0 out of 5 stars
Don't - 3/28/2016
Degree: Medical Billing & Coding
Graduation Year: 2016
"There is a high staff turnover rate. They messed up my schedule many times. It was a head ache after my first adviser left. I have had at least six advisers in three years. It was horrible. I stuck through it because I was close to graduation but then a mystery charge appeared on my account. They won't talk to me until I pay. I can't move forward or move on because I can't even get my transcripts. It is terrible and no one cares. I just keep getting transferred and hung up on. Worst experience ever."
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