National University Reviews

  • 164 Reviews
  • La Jolla (CA)
  • Annual Tuition: $13,320
57% of 164 students said this degree improved their career prospects
49% of 164 students said they would recommend this school to others
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Student & Graduate Reviews

Joel Cady
  • Reviewed: 8/11/2022
  • Degree: Clinical Psychology
"I enrolled in John F. Kennedy University before National University took over the Law and Psychology departments. Much of the original core faculty stayed for most of my 5 years. However, when NU took over the operations and administration portion of JFKU, everything went WAY downhill. I am a veteran and use Vocational Rehabilitation to pay for my schooling. You would think since NU was founded by a veteran, that they would be conscious of some of the obstacles veterans experience reentering school and would be helpful resolving issues as they arise. Quite the contrary, actually. No matter how early I started the enrollment process, or how clearly I communicated to the admissions department, they always managed to delay my paperwork getting to the VA nearly every single quarter. This subsequently meant that my pay would regularly come late and often times was fraught with errors and mistakes, which would again cause a delay in my pay and leave my family and myself scrambling to figure out how to make ends meet, pay rent, or put food on our plate. This was a constant issue and the only consistent measure of how this University runs as a whole. I could never, in good conscience, ever recommend them to any future clinician or student. If I had to do it all over again, I would have transferred the moment I heard NU was taking over JFKU. The school of psychology is still a quality program but is a shell of what it used to be. NU’s interventions and complete ineptness has caused JFKU to lose its APA accreditation, which makes any diploma completely worthless."
Kristen Clark
  • Reviewed: 6/30/2022
  • Degree: Education
"I enrolled in the a masters program with a teaching credential. I intended to transfer from WGU as they did not have an internship agreement with California. I was to begin my program at National on July 5. On June 2 I contacted advisor to ask what courses would transfer from WGU. He said he would get back to me. He never did. I then learned that I was not intern eligible as I needed four classes. I emailed my advisor to ask when I could take these classes and how long this would take . He never replied. I sent a total of 8 emails asking pertinent questions and he did not reply to any of them. I finally spoke to someone in another department who said he was no longer working there.. His emaila and voicemail was still active however. Another enrollment advisor contacted me and said he would be taking over. I emailed him with my questions. He replied "I'll find out and get back to you." I never heard back. It was now 5 days before I was set to begin my program. I emailed financial aid to find out what, if anything, I had been awarded. I never heard back. I finally sent an email letting them know to unenroll me. No one has responded to that one either. I do not recommend anyone who has any sense of urgency to apply to this school. When you first apply and they are trying to get you enrolled they call four or five times a day.. Once they have you and you have questions--silence."
Archibald Mietpanz
  • Reviewed: 5/13/2022
  • Degree: Engineering Management
"The program was fun and challenging at times centric around working in teams. I appreciate all of the real world experiences that the professors brought to the curriculum. I cannot say the same for my peers, but before I even attended graduation, I was offered a job over six figures with a 45 percent pay raise."
GradGraduate
  • Reviewed: 3/20/2022
  • Degree: Education Administration
"Attended: July 2014 to December 2017, MSE graduated with distinction. The one course a month model allowed me to do one course for a month, then take one month off. Hence, the longer time it took me to graduate. The advisors guiding me were great and even assisted in getting me to right folks in financial aid. Tuition a little higher than other programs, but worth it under the one course a month model. Online course layout was easy to use, but they changed it during my last year, made things more tedious. I enjoyed my internship experience, much flexibility in having the choice on where I sought to be placed. This mirrored the overall program that put the student to have control in tailoring oneself to courses best suited for the student and their needs. Course layout very logical and the discussions helped as did the weekly lecture. The texts used were also very practical and provided valuable direct and applicable information. I am proud to be an NU alumnus that graduated with distinction, because the program was setup and sequenced in a way that was logical. Library staff and items mailed through their e-request system was amazingly simple, quick and efficient. It made doing research easy as I required many physical items. Their Inter-Library-Loan system the best I ever used out of all university libraries I dealt with in undergrad career. Outstanding University, that I shall be forever proud to be an alumnus of."
Pru
  • Reviewed: 1/19/2022
  • Degree: Liberal Studies
"Unlike some reviewers, I had mostly positive experiences with my professors. There was only one professor who was disappointing, and midway in the semester she was let go and replaced. I completed my bachelor's degree at NU years before enrolling in the Master's program. Most of my courses were classroom for the bachelor's program, and I completed the last few online because I relocated. I actually found the in person courses much more satisfying than online. The professors were very encouraging. Unfortunately, the master's degree did not help to advance my career, and I wish I had chosen a different major. Despite this, I believe that the quality of teaching is commendable, and I grew as a person."
Archibald Mietpanz
  • Reviewed: 10/29/2021
  • Degree: Electrical Engineering
"I completed the Bachelor of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering program and it helped me get my current job as an Engineer II for a major defense contractor. Your education is what you make of it and people will see through that in interviews and how you carry yourself. Everyone will have a different experience in the job market and college only helps you prepare for a career. National University does a good job in having experienced professionals who have worked in the industry teach the material. In my first job interview after graduation, the hiring manager, a UCLA engineer alumni, treated my course work with respect."
A Buck
  • Reviewed: 10/11/2021
  • Degree: Teaching
"I am currently enrolled at NU receiving my BA in mathematics with a single subject teaching credential. All my courses have been online and online professors do not care about you. All the classes are the same. You do a weekly assignment and a discussion board and reply to two people. Professors don't even really check your assignment or get on a Zoom call. This school is fine for you if you're an independent student. Financial aid is horrible and takes a long time. If you call regarding your financial aid you will get a different answer each time. If you call about your degree program, you will get a different answer each time. The credential program is a joke. Halfway into my program and all we've learned about is social-emotional learning. SimSchool is disastrous and ineffective. Pros - the work is easy, tedious, but easy, professors grade easy and give credit for homework Cons - professors are more like facilitators, the curriculum is not challenging, the teaching credential program is a joke"
SurfGirl
  • Reviewed: 10/3/2021
  • Degree: Psychology
"I work a lot, and I have to juggle my time between work, school and family. National University is suppose to be designed toward a working student. Now, they have made there online curriculm so that you can't access all of your assignments the Sunday before. One time, I turned in work early, which was a huge issue to my teacher, but she didn't say not to do it. She just removed my work without telling me. If I hadn't caught what she did, and reposted it, I would have received partial credit or no credit, depending on when I caught it. I start doing my work the Sunday before because I have so much to do. It usually takes all week to finish my discussion post and now, I can't access it the Sunday before. This is because my previous teacher had a tizzy because I worked fast on one week. However, I told her I start my work early because I'm so busy. She's awful. Now, I have a new teacher, who is on board with my previous teacher. She is really catty. I was talking to my classmate via the online classroom, and I didn't know what I was talking about. Of course, I don't know what I'm talking about. I'm a student, I'm still learning, get it? However, the teacher was sitting there rolling her eyes. Furthermore, she doesn't like it when people work ahead either. When I told her I start my work on Sunday, she just sat there and stared at me for a long time. I guess starting your work early is inappropriate behavior if your in the ABA program. Here's how I see it. These teachers lived with a spouse or there parents while going to school, and they don't know what it's like to have to pay for everything on your own. I pay 75% of my pay to rent, and I have to work a lot to make ends meet. In addition, I have to juggle my time, so that everything gets done. At one time, I had three kids at home and had three jobs and was attending school. I bet they don't know what it's like to live in survival mode. GEE WIZ it's inappropriate to start your work early. Too bad, I can still read ahead and do other things ahead. My first teacher was so easy going, nice and helpful. I could email him today about my program, and he would respond within a day. I never felt judge and he never did underhanded things, such as not responding to email and then lowering my grade because he didn't want to help a student. Furthermore, if he didn't want to help or felt he couldn't help, he would email me back and tell me. These last two teachers I had are passive aggressive and catty. If you don't want a student to do something, then say it. They should look at their own behavior. You know, a little biased and a little bit, "lets gand up on the student." I'm over it, I'm not emailing these teachers for nothing or saying a word. I might say or do the wrong thing. Btw, the survey you fill out at the end of the semester, doesn't help."
Lucy
  • Reviewed: 10/2/2021
  • Degree: Psychology
"If I had been more prepared during my bachelor's program, I would have applied to another school. However, I was not prepared and did not have a plan. My first teacher was super helpful. He responded to emails, graded assignments in a timely manner, and responded when I needed help. My previous teacher did not respond to emails, dismissed requests and deleted my assignments without telling me what she did. I turned in my assignments early, and she made a negative comment about it. When I submitted my work, I logged back in and checked to see if my work was still there. I have a habit of making sure everything is turned in. However, a couple of days later, my assignments were gone. I think if a teacher has a policy that you can't turn in work early then that's fine but you should email your student to let them know you deleted their work. Also, I emailed her several times and she just never responded to at least five of my emails. One time, I emailed her the same email repreatedly, begging for a response. Students pay over two thousand dollars for a class. Even if a teacher doesn't like a student or like what the student does, she should be upfront, instead of being passive aggressive. Last, I logged in to my course before everything was due, and that's when I found my assignments missing. I know she deleted them because they were there the second time I logged out and logged back in. Then she made a comment about how fast I worked, and she was very negative about it. So what, if I don't do my work on the weekend, I can get behind during the week because I work alot. I'm sorry but I don't have a husband to support me. Sorry, I don't have all the time in the world. I should not have to give that woman any excuse. She should just do her job, and if she doesn't like something she can say, don't turn your work in early and not delete my work. Student's pay enough money and the least she can do is respond to emails and not purposefully try to set a student behind to make her point."
Jackie
  • Reviewed: 9/17/2021
  • Degree: Psychology
"I'm enrolled in the ABA program. One teacher I had was really down to earth and helpful. I emailed him when I had questions regarding my internship and he helped me. He told the class we could email him, even when we were no longer his students and I am going to take him up on that. However, another teacher I had never responded to my emails, which negatively impacted my grade. She responded to one email but I sent her that email five times before I got a response. She never responded to the email that impacted my grade. She deleted one of my posts on the discussion board. I know it was deleted because I found it on the grade book. Other assignments were deleted, and I know they were deleted because I logged out and logged back in and they were still posted. Then before the due date I checked my posts to make sure my assignments were there but they weren't. I reposted them before the due date, thank god. One of the assignments I turned in early. I complained to my advisor that my assignments were deleted and the teacher brought up all of my complaints for the entire class to here and she said of course you can turn in assignments early. However, when I listed my complaints, I didn't say it was an assignment that was turned in early. However, she meantioned everything I said and mentioned you can turn in assignments early. I think she didn't like that I worked ahead and deleted it. She mentioned that I worked really fast one day and it wasn't meantioned in a positive way. I have to keep up on my work because I'm overwhelmed with work. Ms. Mandy probably has a husband, so if someone is messing with her work she has someone to rely on but I don't. Also, when I said good bye to her, she was silent. Another time, I said thank you and she was silent. However, after I complained about her, she was polite and said good bye. So, it's interesting that I worked for the school system and had a real difficult time there and she happens to work for the school system too. When I showed up for class she mentioned my by first and last name. She's like look whose here. So, if you have a commonanlity with this women and she can find a reason to discrimminate against you, then maybe that is whats wrong because so many things happened in this class that did not happen to me in my other two classes. Such as, I answered all of the questions on the test and then double check them and two answers were missing. I wouldn't have a reason to jump to conclusions, if she had responded to my email that marked down my grade and if she was polite. Mysteriously, my assignments are missing. I'm sorry, but even professionals can have problems with their personality and I think that's what happened to me."
Dave
  • Reviewed: 9/11/2021
  • Degree: Cybersecurity
"I see many negative reviews, but many of those seem to be written by someone not really ready for an education level provided by National. I suspect not being prepared is the reason some had a less than desirable experience. While I attended, I heard people complaining from time to time, and in every case the student was the weak link. It's a University, not a high school. As such, more effort is required. I put in the effort, and earned my Masters with Honors."
True
  • Reviewed: 5/11/2021
  • Degree: Education
"Disorganized from administration to instructors and everything in between. There is no consultancy to the structure or of classes some instructor will say do it this way and another will say forget about all the assignments were doing it my way .... so be prepared to work twice as hard every single class and hope the instructor likes you because that’s another nightmare . Try not be bring up any concerns if you want to pass the class."
Ned P.
  • Reviewed: 2/4/2021
  • Degree: Accounting
"National is a great school. The Kearny Mesa campus is fantastic and the library is very convenient and with solid resources. I had a few professors whom I wasn’t to thrilled about but most of the teaching staff did a incredible job. The classes were not easy so you essentially get out of it what you put into it. After graduation I shot up to management for the company I work for and never looked back."
Gigi
  • Reviewed: 1/19/2021
  • Degree: Education
"Loved the night classes. Some fantastic teachers. However, let's be honest, this place, like so many others like it, is a scam. There's NO reason you.couldn't cut the time it takes to complete these degrees by HALF, since most classes are regurgitated info spun into a different course. Absurd! We need an educational RESET in this country..Stop wasting time, energy and money on useless classes. It's bad for the environment. And get a fast paced, concise PH.D program on line."
Daniel C Alonzo
  • Reviewed: 1/14/2021
  • Degree: Liberal Studies
"If you value your money do not attend NU. admissions advisors were often unavailable, academic advisors were of no help in answering your questions. Pell grants were often not processed on time, or not processed at all even though I did all my FAFSA requirements on time. I applied for the Cares Act, and they claimed that they did not know the status, At one point I was told to only direct my questions to Kathy Rittler and Karla Page because I was being to inquisitive and was calling them too often ( they actually have a 2 call a month limit on students). The staff is quick to report you to the student conduct office, and make false accusations against the student, they will try to intimidate you and to silence you. Do not attend this university, their are only after your money."
Hannah
  • Reviewed: 12/29/2020
  • Degree: Psychology
"I was utterly surprised to see so many negative reviews for NU. This past week, I obtained my Bachelor's Degree in Psychology through NU. I graduated in the exact time frame that my academic advisor told me I would. The online structure of the class is truly what you make of it. You must be dilligent and able to manage your time accordingly. All of my instructors were more than knowledgable, and they posted several links/articles/videos to further their students' academic knowledge, however, it was up to the student to watch/read those assignments. One of my professors was even a published author, and had written 7 novels. Additionally, a handful of my instructors also had their PhD, I'm not sure what more you could ask for in an instructor. Furthermore, my experience with financial aid has been fine. But, as the student and as an adult, you need to do your due-dilligence. I called the financial aid department once a month just to check in and make sure I wasn't missing anything. Often times, they would fill me in on valuable information. It is not up to them to reach out to you as I'm sure they have hundreds of thousands of students filing for financial aid. Since my experience with Nu was so smooth, I decided to pursue my edcuation further and begin my Masters program in Educational Counseling. I can only hope this next journey is as smooth sailing as the previous. I would, and have already, recommended NU to several people."
Jay L
  • Reviewed: 12/11/2020
  • Degree: Criminal Justice
"FINANCIAL AID IS THE WORST! I have never been to a school that takes 4 months to complete a financial aid packet and then gives U the run around on when things will be finalized. They will send you 5011 notifications on what you owe, but no so much as 1 status update on financial aid. This will be my FIRST AND LAST DEGREE AT THIS SCHOOL! I wanted to stay and do my doctorate degree here, but the initial impression wasn't a good one, so I'll be going to another school for my final degree."
Jessica
  • Reviewed: 11/29/2020
  • Degree: Special Education
"If you are looking for an expensive way to pay for your degree, this is it. If you are looking for an engaging, interesting, and professional university experience, it is not. I am no stranger to online education; I completed the last year of my undergrad in an online format (pre-pandemic) and loved it just as much as in-person. It was the exact same quality of education, just made more flexible. Now, I am in the freshly “revamped” Masters Education/Credential program, and unlike the other poster, I am not impressed. The assignments are beginning level and lack depth. If you are already familiar with the concepts, there is nothing to gain from the NuNav feature. Similarly, the supplementary links provided are seldom credible; there are no professional case studies or reports to be found here. At the administrative level, I will echo the same complaints as other commenters. Transcripts and financial aid take weeks to be processed. The advisors are hit or miss, but they handle everything, so you are forced to wait and rely on them. There is no independence in this system- you can’t even set your own email password. The ‘secure’ system is a nightmare. If you attended a traditional four-year university, I would not recommend coming here to continue your education. I was looking forward to engaging in thought-provoking, higher level courses, but now I dread regurgitating the same basic information for each assignment. I have been trying to push through since it is a quick and easy program, but it is so frustrating paying so much money for such mediocre quality."
Brian
  • Reviewed: 11/23/2020
  • Degree: Biology
"I transferred to National University because I am a post bacc student looking to complete my pre requisites to apply to medical school. I have 3 classes I need to take, and they are all pre-requisites for each other, so instead of spending a year and a half taken 3 classes, I decided to take them over 3 months. I regret this decision completely. The administration and faculty are terrible. In my first week, my advisor signed me out of all of my classes and said they were all canceled. If I hadn't checked myself, I would have never found out she was WRONG. I was then re-enrolled in all my classes. My professors are incompetent. I'm not sure what fifth tier institution they came from, but they are the worst professors I have had out of any educational institution I have attended. To top it all off, the financial aid department is HORRID! They don't disburse or tell you there is any issue with your financial aid until 2 weeks into your 4 week course. I called every week for 2 months before my class began to try to make sure everything was okay. I explained that I needed to use the financial aid for tuition and some cost of living (since you can't work full time when taking a 4 week condensed course). I then found out they don't give you a refund until the end of the semester. So instead of withholding funds for tuition and giving you the refund for expenses in September, they will hold it until the end of January. This is the worst run university I have attended (out of three). DO NOT ATTEND THIS SCHOOL! YOU CAN FIND BETTER FOR CHEAPER, EVEN THOUGH IT WILL TAKE MORE TIME! BE PATIENT! IT IS NOT WORTH GOING HERE."
LawLife
  • Reviewed: 10/19/2020
  • Degree: Liberal Studies
"If you are looking at online programs, keep looking. The advisors (I have had multiple) have been of no assistance. Multiple classes were ran by people that clearly had other things going on (that were more important). They just updated their BlackBoard System and "glitchy" is putting it nicely (I have lost a bunch of work because I forgot to copy it before I submitted and the submission didn't go through). The financial aid office is now on month three of processing my student loans but have not been able to pull it off or reply to any of my emails to let me know what is going on. I have had to take out credit cards to pay for books and such. While there are still some good professors, the headache is just not worth it. I know multiple people that have done or are currently working on an online degree, they are not experiencing these issues. AGAIN, DO NOT GO HERE!"