Review Averages: 6.5 out of 10 (32 reviews)National University is a regionally accredited school based in Southern California. The school has satellite campuses throughout California and in Nevada, and it also offers degrees online. Distance learners choose from scores of degree options in the School of Business and Management, the School of Education, and other university departments.
Accreditation: Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges
National University Reviews:
15 of 41 people found the following review helpful
A Degradation of an American College Education
July 27, 2011
I can say with confidence - and can back with plenty of evidence (I am writing a book on this topic) - that National University (NU) represents everything wrong about the for-profit model and the subsequent degradation of the American college education. I recently graduated with a MS in Information System, 3.9 GPA and "Honors" Capstone. In my evaluation of the school (part of the graduation process), I gave failing grades in nearly every category. Interestingly enough, not one person from NU has bothered to contact me to ask me how they can improve. I guess from a business process standpoint, they are doing just fine. Oh, and sure they have a regional accreditation, but after my experience - which was reflective of many others - it’s likely that accrediting bodies are highly political. In the end, NU was a gross waste of my time. The on-line instructors exerted very little effort; courses were unorganized; expectations were mixed and confusing; plagiarism among students was rampant (as was the school's lack of ANY enforcement), and learning through the nonsensical, plainly uninformed, and poorly written posts of my "peers" was not an effective learning methodology. PERIOD. Highly profitable (i.e., pay instructors little money, let the students "teach each other," give them a quiz and a paper that will not be read, and rake in the dough) . . . but ineffective. I know of at least two people who received Master's degrees without demonstrating an ability to form a sentence, construct a paragraph, or complete a thought above the 8th grade level. I know: They were my Capstone group members. I suppose it is a good thing that some employers place the value of a degree from NU in the same waste paper basket as those that come from the University of Phoenix, Capella, and the like. Please feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
September 5, 2011
I completed my MA English degree at National a few months ago and I am very pleased with the entire program. The rigor, choice of courses, and the faculty were fantastic. I did not have a flaw in the program. I was worried about the thesis process, but the program has a very supportive process that put me at ease. However, be prepared to work very hard and do a lot of reading and writing. Since the program is accelerated, it can be overwhelming if one does not set enough time aside to be successful. I highly recommend the program.
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Happy online student
September 12, 2009
This is my third course at NU and in case you're wondering this is REAL school. I have two B&M degrees and I have to work much harder in my NU program just to make the grade than I ever had to in my prior schools. Be prepared to do a lot of reading and a lot of writing. Discussions are either once or twice/week depending on a professor and you are required to give substantive feedback, respond to people who give you feedback and overall have quality interaction with the class, etc., in order to get optimum points for each discussion unit. A major paper is also required in every class and you have to think fast on a topic and getting research together on this this since NU courses are accelerated. My professors thus far have been pretty visible in the virtual class space, chats, group emails, etc. I have never had any problems getting prompt email responses from professors, advisers or administrators when I initiated contact. The one problem I've had with this school is the financial aid process which is sloooooow. I applied two months before enrolling which I thought would help speed up the process but apparently not. NU says allow for about 90 days and for me it worked out to about 70 days. Other than that so far so good with no complaints. I'm not going to make any excuses for being in online school. I like that is now possible to bypass the distractions and logistical challenges that are a part of traditional campus and focusing in on the pure subject matter. I like learning through this medium best and I wouldn't have it any other way.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
BA Interdisciplinary Studies
February 18, 2012
I transferred from a California community college and completed my BA Interdisciplinary Studies at National and found my experience to be very good. The courses were very good and my professors (except a couple) were also very qualified in their subject. I found that when I had a question or a concern, my advisor was always available to helpful. Sometimes I thought I was a bother with all of my questions, but the advisor never displayed any indication that I was an annoyance. After I graduated I was able to get a job at a great company with better pay (amazing since the economy was bad). NU is perfect for those who work and want to attend and finish college without the hassle of all the public college mess and hurdles. I am glad NU exists or I would probably still be attending classes toward my degree. It was a perfect fit for me.
10 of 27 people found the following review helpful
Don't do it!!!!
March 12, 2010
I paid over $5,000 to go to National University and they outsourced my training...it was so bad I quit. They are sneaky, deceitful, and downright awful. The training I got was just way below what standards for a college should be. Then because they outsourced my training I had a heck of a time trying to get help. What they did was WRONG. All just to make a buck.
10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
National University - Masters of Arts- English Lit
June 24, 2008
An outstanding program. I expected a diploma mill, but was pleasently surprised to find the professors challenged me in every course. Brick-and-mortor and on-line classes available, I completed mine entirely on-line. Instruction was engaging and insightful. Thesis work was also challenging, however my advisor was very helpful throughout the process.
10 of 20 people found the following review helpful
November 20, 2007
National University promises superior level of education, compassion, mutual respect, encouragement, support within classroom walls, facilitate educational access & academic excellence through exceptional management of operations. I did not receive any of the above mentioned they promised. The instructor did not provide any info on how to submit assignments but reserved the right to take points off which does not promote academic excellence nor it is superior level of education. When questioned about it, he attacked me on a personal level which cannot be called mutual respect. I was told no matter what I do I should not expect an A, which can’t be called encouragement or support. The instructor was unresponsive & did not provide feedback so that I could learn from my supposed mistakes, which does not demonstrate support or exceptional management. When I let National University know about the situation they told me that their teachers are “not required to give feedback on student submitted work”. Then, may I ask how we suppose to learn or verify that the teacher would be correct? I would never enroll in this University and would take the enormous amount of money education cost somewhere else.
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