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:
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Great school for some
Management - March 8, 2015
I believe this is a great school. I have had no problem with them. The tricky part is the hidden costs. I do feel like the cover up information until the last minute. However the costs compared to other schools is still low and the instructional format is phenomenal. I recommend this institution to anyone but do your homework first and see if its a good fit. They are not a rip off but they do need improvements in counseling and administration. Their degrees are regarded highly. I beat out many other people from the UC system for the job I have now.
4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
They will educate you but will not hire you
Administrative Services Credential - December 19, 2014
I completed my BA, MS, and Admin Credentials at National University. I worked successfully as a teacher and an administrator and received recognition for my services as a teacher and an administrator. After recently retiring, I applied for an adjunct teaching position. I was told that they do not hire their NU grads as professors and hoped I understood why.
12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
MBA Human Resource Management - 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.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
It's Only Worth Attending a "Ranked School"
Information Systems - January 13, 2014
I graduated in 2013 with the MS Management Information Systems. Now this was my second master's degree (full disclosure). I also have a bachelor's degree from a well known state school (AACSB Accredited), and another master's degree from a well known private school. So I've experienced both realms of education from public and private institutions. I would say National University ranked up there with both. The professors are well versed in the fields they instruct in. My National University degree not only gave me the knowledge and skills I needed for my current job, but also helped me secure a $93K salary. There was no questioning my degree by employers for the people that try to scoff at degrees that don't come from ranked schools. National University is a quality education. If you work full time, have a busy life, and want an education that is flexible, try National University. I will tell you it's hard work.
4 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Psychology - December 28, 2013
I attended this school and was treated unfairly. I submitted my assignment but did not receive credit. I contacted the professor but she ignored my emails. At the ending of class the teacher stated that I was not going to receive credit.I repeated the course and receive the same scoring on every assignment from a different professor. The professor was anger because I tried to appeal the grade. I am looking for a different program.
4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Best School I have ever attended and I have attended MANY!!
Interdisciplinary Studies - September 6, 2013
I have read the negative reviews and I honestly cannot believe these people are talking about NU. I am a military veteran, and I have been working on my degree off and on since I graduated HS in 2001!! I have attended 3 Jr. colleges and one state university in 4 different states (always moved before earning degree) and NU has truly been the best experience I have ever had. Most of my college credits were accepted and applied to my degree. I have not had a problem with financial aid, all of my instructors have been helpful, encouraging and very knowledgeable. My advisor is absolutely AMAZING and has been so patient with me and very motivating. I am a stay at home mom with 2 kids and a husband who is active duty in the AF. We lead very busy lives but I still find the time to do my work and the work is CHALLENGING! Lot's of reading, writing and researching. Not a diploma mill, you truly earn your degree at NU. I highly recommend this school for anyone who needs personal attention from advisors and professors during your educational pursuits.
10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Management - June 6, 2013
I ended up at NU after finding out I was .5 of a unit short in transferring to SDSU after already getting an acceptance letter. POINT FIVE! I was crushed when my acceptance was withdrawn. I was still able to take a course at SDSU for a semester while being enrolled in units at my community college so I did get to sample SDSU as a school. After completing my .5 of a unit, I had a change of heart and decided that with the crowding situation at state I may be there for another 3 years instead of my preferred 2 years. I decided to look into NU but had doubts because of rumors that it was a diploma mill. I was lucky to have an acquaintance as an advisor and I was blunt about my concerns about diploma mills. He educated me that NU is a non-profit and private university that is accredited by WASC which is the same accreditor for SDSU. All classes could transfer from NU to SDSU without any issues if I should change my mind again. I chose to complete my education at NU with a BA in Management and concentration in HRM. I could not be happier with my experience. I was working full-time so I took a handful of my courses online and have never worked so hard in previous schools as I have at NU. Keep in mind I am an A and B student and always have been, anything below is unacceptable in my book. I've had courses where I had 4 papers, 4 quizzes, 4 discussions, 4 live chats, a midterm, final and a whole lot of reading all in 4 weeks! It was much tougher than the course at SDSU I experienced. However, this is not the school for you if you are straight out of high school and looking for campus life and community. This is for people who are looking to put aside the BS and get straight to the point. I just graduated recently and am thrilled! Commencement was an amazing experience and everyone was very proud of their accomplishments after working so hard. I noticed some concerns about NU's financial and academic advisors. However, I hope my story shows that this is not unique to NU. As a student and an adult, it is up to you to make sure your requirements are met. I looked over my own units and went to TWO advisors on multiple occasions at my community college and the .5 of a unit was overlooked by everyone. I would have to wait another year just to attend SDSU and would probably have to spend 3 years there due to budget cuts. I am so happy that there are other options out there. As a student, remember you must check, re-check, and check again! If something still gets messed up in the process, the good news is you have options! I am now looking into getting my MA in HRM and National University is at the top of the list of schools I am considering. I hope this review finds everyone well! As the President stated at commencement: NU may make it a little easier to get in, but you are going to have to work your way out!
7 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Not What Education should be about
Administrative Services Credential - May 1, 2013
If you just want a diploma mill, then this university is for you. The institution is all about the almighty dollar. They will milk you for every penny they can get out of you. Coming from schools that actually cared about their students, this was a difficult transition. I was able to get my required credential to move on, but the experience left a bad taste in my mouth. Not what education should be about.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
MBA - International Business
MBA International Business - March 5, 2013
The MBA with a specialization in International Business is an excellent program. I am amazed at how much I learned and retained. The teachers are thorough and very much engaged.
12 of 18 people found the following review helpful
Pre Law - 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.
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