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School Overview

Founded in 1971, National University (NU), is an independent, non-profit private university whose main campus is located in La Jolla, California. However NU has campus locations throughout the state of California as well as one in Henderson, Nevada. National University is composed of 5 academic schools and one college which include the School of Business and Management, the School of Health and Human Services, the School of Engineering, Technology and Media, the School of Education, the College of Letters and Sciences, and the School of Professional Studies. National University offers a variety of online academic learning programs and degrees supported by real-time lectures and forums, streaming video, a variety of multimedia learning tools, and interactive chat rooms for students. Educational programs at National University are designed for adults with five or more years of work experience. In addition to convenient and flexible online degree programs, students can also take advantage of on-campus classes that are offered during the evenings and on weekends.

General Information

Admission Office

11255 North Torrey Pines Road

La Jolla, CA 92037-1011

(800) 628-8648

(800) 628-8648

Fax: (858) 541-7792

Contact: Dominick Giovanniello

Associate Regional Dean – San Diego
Main Address

11255 North Torrey Pines Road

La Jolla, CA 92037-1011

(800) 628-8648

Total undergrads: 6,789

Degree-seeking undergrads: 6,092

Graduate enrollment: 18,742


Urban setting

Very large city (over 500,000)

Commuter campus

Degrees offered:

Admissions Information

Application Fee

College has an application fee: Yes

Regular application fee: $60

Online application fee: $60

Enrollment Rates

Percent applicants admitted: 100%

Open admission, but with selective admission to some programs

Tuition & Fees

Estimated Expenses for Academic Year 2008-’09 2009-’10 2010-’11 2011-’12 % change 2010-’12
Tuition and fees $9,720 $10,224 $10,728 $11,088 +3.36%
Books and Supplies $1,386 $1,392 $1,456 $1,440 -1.10%
Total Expenses 2008-’09 2009-’10 2010-’11 2011-’12 % change 2010-’12
In-state Off Campus $0 $0 $0 $0 0.00%
In-state with Family $11,106 $11,616 $12,184 $12,528 +2.82%
Average Graduate School Tuition & Fees
Tuition for In-state Students $9,450
In-state Student Fees $0
Tuition for Out-of-state Students $9,450
Out-of-state Student Fees $0

Financial Aid

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
Type of Aid Students Percent Amount Average Per Student
All students financial aid 295 100%
Grant or scholarship aid 178 60% $353,138 $1,984
• Federal grants 144 49% $304,851 $2,117
• Pell grants 144 49% $298,026 $2,070
• Other federal grants 4 1% $6,825 $1,706
Institutional scholarships or grants 5 2% $18,897 $3,779
Institutional grants or scholarships 44 15% $29,390 $668
Student loan financial aid 290 98% $2,305,153 $7,949
• Federal student loans 269 91% $2,106,744 $7,832
• Other student loans 21 7% $198,409 $9,448
Includes students receiving Federal work study aid and aid from other sources included above.
All Undergraduate Students
Type of Aid Students Percent Amount Average Per Student
Grant or scholarship aid 786 11% $2,500,246 $3,181
• Pell grants 631 9% $1,402,767 $2,223
• Federal student loans 1,464 21% $14,356,395 $9,806

All Degrees and Programs

Program Completions for Most Recent Year BA/BS MA/MS Doctor AA/AS CERT
Total of All Education Programs 1027 3413 65 3496
Business, Administration, Management, Marketing, etc. 265 472
Accounting 44
Accounting and Business/management 56
Business Administration and Management 136 296
Business Administration, Management and Operations, Other 26
Finance and Financial Management Services, Other 11
Finance 9
Human Resources Management and Services, Other 49
Management Information Systems and Services, Other 1
Marketing Research 1
Office Management and Supervision 46
Organizational Behavior Studies 15 46
Taxation 1
Communication and Journalism Programs 3
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs, Other 1
Journalism, Other 2
Computing and Information Sciences 77 72
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services, Other 19
Computer and Information Sciences 24 8
Computer Science 9 39
Computer/information Technology Services Administration and Management, Other 40 6
Information Science/studies 4
Education 100 1978 3438
Agricultural Teacher Education 4
Bilingual and Multilingual Education 643
Bilingual, Multilingual, and Multicultural Education, Other 31
Counselor Education/school Counseling and Guidance Services 146
Early Childhood Education and Teaching 100
Education 13
Education/teaching Of Individuals In Early Childhood Special Education Programs 23
Education/teaching Of Individuals With Hearing Impairments Including Deafness 10
Education/teaching Of Individuals With Multiple Disabilities 15
Educational Administration and Supervision, Other 47
Educational Leadership and Administration 87
Educational/instructional Technology 4
Elementary and Middle School Administration/principalship 231
Elementary Education and Teaching 713
Reading Teacher Education 71
Secondary Education and Teaching 1075
Special Education and Teaching 105 1149
Special Education and Teaching, Other 1
Student Counseling and Personnel Services, Other 143
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Subject Areas, Other 52
Teacher Education, Multiple Levels 821
Technology Teacher Education/industrial Arts Teacher Education 32
Engineering 21
Computer Software Engineering 7
Engineering Science 10
Engineering 4
Engineering Technology 11 65
Drafting/design Engineering Technologies/technicians, Other 2
Engineering/industrial Management 9 20
Environmental Engineering Technology/environmental Technology 4
Telecommunications Technology/technician 41
English Language, Composition and Literature/letters 47 222
Creative Writing 222
English Language and Literature 47
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 1
Arabic Language and Literature 1
Health Services and Allied Health Sciences 127 15 27
Health Aide 14
Health and Wellness 7
Health/health Care Administration/management 4
Hospital and Health Care Facilities Administration/management 8
Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research and Clinical Nursing, Other 123
Registered Nursing/registered Nurse 12
Rehabilitation and Therapeutic Professions, Other 1
History 13
History, Other 13
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services 95 75
Criminal Justice/law Enforcement Administration 82
Forensic Science and Technology 75
Security and Loss Prevention Services 13
Human Services 22 160
Public Administration 22 160
Legal and Law Studies 8
Legal Assistant/paralegal 5
Legal Professions and Studies, Other 3
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 45 38
General Studies 30 38
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Other 15
Mathematics and Statistics 5
Mathematics 5
Multi-/interdisciplinary Studies 64
Biological and Physical Sciences 4
Multi-/interdisciplinary Studies, Other 58
Natural Sciences 2
Natural Resources and Conservation 4
Environmental Studies 4
Physical Sciences 1
Geology and Earth Science 1
Psychology 115 326 58
Counseling Psychology 190
Educational Psychology 58
Industrial and organizational Psychology 1
Psychology 115
Psychology, Other 75
School Psychology 60
Social Sciences 19
Political Science and Government, Other 2
Sociology 17
Visual and Performing Arts 5 7
Art/art Studies 5
Film/cinema/video Studies 7
Above data represent first majors only.
(-) Indicates that program is not offered at this award level.

Undergraduate Majors

Area, Ethnic, Cultural, & Gender Studies

Chinese Studies B
Near/Middle Eastern Studies B

Arts, Visual & Performing

Multimedia B

Business, Management, & Marketing

Accounting B,C
Business – General B
Business Administration/Management B
Construction Management B
Finance/Banking B,C
Hospitality Administration/Management A,B,C
Human Resources Management B
Marketing Management C
Operations Management B
Organizational Behavior Studies B

Communications & Journalism

Broadcast Journalism B
Digital Communications/Multimedia B
Journalism B
Mass Communications/Media Studies B
Radio/Television B

Computer & Information Sciences

Computer Science B
Computer Systems Analysis B
Computer/Information Sciences – General A,B
Computer/Systems Security B
Game design and development B
Information Sciences/Systems B
Information Technology B
System Administration B


Early Childhood Education B
Mathematics Education B
Secondary Education B
Teacher Education, Multiple Levels B


Construction Engineering B
Systems Engineering B

Engineering Technologies

Civil Drafting/Civil Engineering B
Engineering/Industrial Management B

English Language & Literature

English Language & Literature – General B

Family & Consumer Sciences

Child Development B

Foreign Language & Literature

American Sign Language (ASL) B
Arabic B
Chinese B
Iranian/Persian B

Health Professions & Clinical Sciences

Health Aide A
Health System Administration B,C
Medical Insurance Billing C
Nursing (RN) B
Nursing – Practical A
Nursing – Preoperative/Surgical B
Orthopedic technology C
Pharmacy Assistance C


History – General B

Law & Legal Studies

Law & Legal Studies – General B

Liberal Arts & Sciences

Liberal Arts & Sciences A,B


Mathematics – General B

Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

Biological/Physical Sciences B
Global Studies B
Intercultural/Multicultural/Diversity Studies B

Natural Resources & Conservation

Environmental Science B
Natural Resources Management/Policy B

Parks, Recreation & Fitness

Parks/Leisure Facilities Management C
Sport/Fitness Administration C

Physical Sciences

Geology B
Physical Sciences – General B


Psychology – General B

Public Administration & Services

Public Administration B

Security & Protective Services

Criminal Justice Studies B
Law Enforcement Administration B
Security/Loss Prevention B

Social Sciences

Economics B
Sociology B

Degree levels for each major are designated by the following letters:

    A = Associate degree
    B = Bachelor’s degree
    C = Certificate or diploma

*We do not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

National University Highlights

School Information

Phone Number:(800) 628-8648
Type of School:4-year, Private non-profit
Address:11255 North Torrey Pines Road, La Jolla, CA 92037-1011
Setting:Rural: Distant
Campus Housing:No

Students & Programs

Student Population:17,192
6-yr Graduation Rate (Bachelor's):38%
Student-to-faculty Ratio:19 to 1
Distance Learning Programs:Yes
Distance Learning Students*:4,024 (23% of total students)
Degree Levels Offered:Certificates, Associates, Bachelor's, Master's

* Students taking at least 1 distance learning course

Tuition & Financial Aid*

In-state Tuition:$13,016
Out-of-state Tuition:$13,016
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid:51%
Avg. Amount of Grant or Scholarship Aid Awarded:$4,182

* Full-time beginning undergraduate students

National University Programs

See the degree programs that are offered at National University.

Degree NameCertAssocBachMastDoct
Biological and Biomedical Sciences121
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services1631112
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs242
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services124
Construction Trades11
Engineering Technologies and Engineering-related Fields1112
English Language and Literature/Letters113
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics251
Health Professions and Related Programs891010
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting, and Related Protective Service2124
Legal Professions and Studies213
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities13
Mathematics and Statistics11
Mechanic and Repair Technologies/Technicians1
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies42
Natural Resources and Conservation1
Parks, Recreation, Leisure and Fitness Studies1111
Personal and Culinary Services1
Physical Sciences1
Public Administration and Social Service Professions11
Social Sciences3
Transportation and Materials Moving1
Visual and Performing Arts114
Grand total48257372

* Based on programs that produced 2016-2017 graduates

Online Programs & Distance Learning

See the distance education degree programs that are offered at National University.

Degree NameCertAssocBachMastDoct
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services5166
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs22
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services123
Engineering Technologies and Engineering-related Fields2
English Language and Literature/Letters112
Health Professions and Related Programs264
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting, and Related Protective Service123
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities1
Mathematics and Statistics1
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies11
Parks, Recreation, Leisure and Fitness Studies111
Public Administration and Social Service Professions11
Social Sciences1
Visual and Performing Arts12
Grand total872834

* Based on programs that produced 2016-2017 graduates

Tuition & Financial Aid

See what it costs to enroll at National University and how many students are receiving scholarships, grants, or loans as financial aid to help cover the costs of tuition.

Undergraduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees2016-2017
Books and supplies$1,592

Graduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees2016-2017

Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2015-2016

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

Type of AidNumber Receiving Aid% Receiving AidAvg. Amt. of Aid
Any student financial aid3651%
Grant or scholarship aid3550%$4,182
Student loan aid1826%$9,988

All Undergraduate Students

Type of AidNumber Receiving Aid% Receiving AidAvg. Amt. of Aid
Grant or scholarship aid3,61641%$4,744
Federal student loans3,13135%$11,057

Admissions & Enrollment

See the admission requirements for National University. Find out how many students apply and how many are accepted. View a graphical breakdown of the gender, age, and ethnicity of currently enrolled National University students.

Undergraduate Admissions, Fall 2017

Number of applicants000
Percent admitted%%%
Percent admitted who enrolled%%%

Admissions Considerations

Secondary school GPA
Secondary school rank
Secondary school record
Completion of college-preparatory program
Formal demonstration of competencies
Admission test scores
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language

National University Enrollment, Fall 2017

Total Enrollment17,192
Undergraduate enrollment8,319
Graduate enrollment8,873

Undergraduate Attendance

Undergraduate Gender

Undergraduate Age

Undergraduate Race/Ethnicity

Undergraduate Distance Education

Undergraduates taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Graduate Distance Education

Graduate students taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

National University Accreditation

This institution is accredited by Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Senior College and University Commission

Specialized institution accreditations:

  • Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
    • Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels
    • Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the graduate degree levels
  • Council on Education for Public Health
    • Public Health Programs (PHPG) - Graduate level program offered outside a school of public health
  • Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs
    • Nurse Anesthesia (ANEST) - Institutions and programs at the master's degree, post master's certificate or doctoral degree levels
  • Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology
    • Radiologic Technology (RADTT) - Programs for radiation therapists

*General information for this school has been gathered from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) database, a service provided by the U.S. Department of Education. does not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

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