National University Reviews

2.57 out of 5 stars
(146 Reviews)
  • La Jolla (CA)
  • Annual Tuition: $13,320
56% of 146 students said this degree improved their career prospects
49% of 146 students said they would recommend this school to others
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Student & Graduate Reviews

1.0 out of 5 stars
former student - 10/3/2015
Degree: English
Graduation Year: 2016
"I have taught graduate courses both online and at brick-and-mortar universities. I was extremely disappointed with the experience at National. I took one graduate course (English) and one undergraduate (Spanish). The instructor in my graduate course, though intelligent, obviously knew nothing about the set up of the class. His discussion board posts were off point and did not show any meaningful attempt to teach. He did not explain what the central project for the class entailed. Nor did he submit grades in a timely fashion. I received an "A" in the class, but it was not worth the money. Don't do it. As for the Spanish class, the text used was an e-book; the course added very little to that e-text. Again, not worth the money. I bought the e-book for $150 and did the class on my own. A motivated person would get just as much studying solo as attending National University."
5.0 out of 5 stars
Yvonne Hicks - 8/21/2015
Degree: Criminal Justice
Graduation Year: 2004
"Excellent, wonderful campus and staff. Designed to fit anyones schedule and for any to succeed. The staff were so helpful and supportive. I stand by the school and whole heartily recommend to anyone that would like to take their next step in education."
3.6 out of 5 stars
Henry - 7/26/2015
Degree: Information Technology
Graduation Year: 2014
"Overall a decent school, but it has its faults. The professors are inconsistent, some barely know the subject they are teaching, while others are passionate and helpful. If you are young and want a traditional university experience, stay away. If you want to get a decent education and are willing to put forth the effort, I would recommend National. Overall it is a mediocre school."
5.0 out of 5 stars
Richard - 6/25/2015
Degree: Psychology
Graduation Year: 1983
"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."
1.3 out of 5 stars
Theone - 6/9/2015
Degree: Business
Graduation Year: 2015
"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."
1.5 out of 5 stars
Olga - 4/7/2015
Degree: Medical Transcription
Graduation Year: 2014
"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!"
4.7 out of 5 stars
Excellent experience - 4/3/2015
Degree: MBA
Graduation Year: 2015
"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."
4.0 out of 5 stars
Liz - 3/31/2015
Degree: Social Sciences
Graduation Year: 2015
"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!"
1.7 out of 5 stars
Stuck - 3/24/2015
Degree: Teaching
Graduation Year: 2016
"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."
5.0 out of 5 stars
Laura - 3/13/2015
Degree: Finance
Graduation Year: 2015
"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!"