Review Averages: 6.5 out of 10 (33 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:
17 of 44 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.
13 of 13 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 29 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.
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.
12 of 22 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.
11 of 16 people found the following review helpful
January 16, 2013
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.
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 11 people found the following review helpful
January 18, 2014
I just completed my graduate degree from NU and it was a great experience. I am in the military and I had previously completed two other graduate degrees from two well respected schools and the NU program was much more difficult. There are some individuals that bash NU and in my opinion it's because the school does not require standardized entrance examinations. Anyone with an accredited Bachelor's degree gets in. So you have individuals with poor writing skills that end up failing classes at NU and end up writing derogatory reports online. One of the previous graduate schools that I attended (Tier 1 school with GRE requirement) was an academic joke, but no one complained. Neither did I. Why would any of us complain if we're earning an easy degree from a well respected school? Again, schools with no entrance examinations, multiple campus sites in the US, and multiple online programs tend to get a bad reputation but consider this; NU is NOT a For-Profit school. I actually learned something (unlike previous schools that I attended) and the support staff and instructors legitimately cared about my success and my learning experience. I would recommend NU to anyone that wants a well-structured and quality education.
10 of 21 people found the following review helpful
Bachelor of Science in History
October 4, 2012
I attended National for exactly two courses. Let me state, the Instructor for World Civilizations was fabulous. 1. The issues were with my First Instructor, who informed the class on the very first day that he does not give A's..grades are not important. It was his viewpoints that mattered only...unless you were the other white students in the class. I was one of two of the African Americans in this class. This man actually sang a song about slavery he learned while attending Catholic School as child..in class. The Judiciary committee did nothing. 2. I started class in July and have yet to receive my post 9/11 monies. I could not get the VA manager,s direct supervisor from my advisor and eventually learned by Veteran Affairs that the personnel with those titles at the Universities..are not employed by Veteran Affairs. 3. I was informed via email that I had been dropped by National because they had not received my transcripts, which my advisor stated she had ordered. My advisor, informed me there was nothing she could do. Imagine my surprise when I learned that all of my colleges had submitted my transcripts. I believe due to the incidents above and the omission of facts, especially by the VA Manager, the University has discriminated against me because I questioned and asked for resolution with the issues that arose continually during my time there. I informed the VA Manager(who is employed by National)The Judiciary Committee, My advisor and her immediate supervisor....I would be filing a formal complaint. One a good note... I called Veteran Affairs, made an appointment and was assisted by the Education Case Manager, who personally processed my claims and I should be receiving my payments within the next few days.
10 of 18 people found the following review helpful
be careful with financial aid
November 22, 2010
The academic quality of National University is well above average, especially if you're lucky enough to find a program that's offered onground in a traditional classroom. Online education, though convenient and a strength of the university, tends to be less predictable in terms of instructor quality, and many instructors have not yet learned how to really engage with students online. Many of the instructors also teach at other top quality public and private universities, so provided they're comfortable with the accelerated 4-week class format, and versed in best practices for online education, the instruction here can be compared favorably with any other 4-year liberal arts or technical college. Where National University really suffers is in administration and financial aid. The university is understaffed and systems are woefully inadequate; thus many important matters related to records, financing and progress toward graduation may be overlooked through no fault of the student. Students receive minimal guidance since staff is overworked, and must be exceptionally self-reliant and pro-active to get the service they need; even then major blunders can occur. Be especially careful and attentive to financial aid; make sure that you understand the full cost of your program and any classes that you might be expected to fund on your own. The university seems to want to minimize overhead by inadequately training staff and paying them below market. In the long run this works against the university as students may leave their program with a bad taste from the administrative and financial problems they had overshadowing what was an above-average academic experience. In the end, one cannot be proud of a university where one had such shoddy experiences, and this is no way to think about one's alma mater.
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