Why Choose National University?
We’re proud to be San Diego’s largest private nonprofit university, founded in 1971 by retired U.S. Navy Capt. David Chigos. Our mission is to provide accessible, achievable higher education to adult learners. Today, we educate students from across the U.S. and around the globe, with over 170,000 alumni worldwide.
Focus on one subject at a time — one month at a time — and finish your degree faster.
75+ Degree Programs
Choose from associate, bachelor’s, and master’s degrees, plus credentials and certificates.
On Campus or Online
Study when and where it’s convenient for you with evening, weekend, and 100% online classes.
Earn your degree from a private nonprofit that’s accredited by WASC Senior College and University Commission.
Accreditation & Accolades
Veteran Founded. Military Friendly.
As a Military Friendly® School, we’re committed to serving active-duty servicemembers and veteran from all branches of the military who are earning their college degrees at home, on base, and abroad. We offer flexible four-week classes and tuition discounts for military personnel and their dependents.
Yellow Ribbon School
We accept the post 9/11 GI Bill®, so students pay virtually no out-of-pocket costs for their education.
Online, On Campus, or On Base
Classes are offered online, on campus, or on base, so you can earn a degree while serving your country.
Military Tuition Discount
Active-duty servicemembers and their dependents save on tuition at National University.
Dedicated Military Support
The NU Veteran Center was established to help ease the transition from the military to civilian life.
Transfer Your Credits to NU
Thinking about continuing your education? Whether you’ve recently graduated community college or it’s been a while since you’ve been in school, we’ll make the transfer process as smooth and seamless as possible. Our team is ready to assist you with anything from scholarships and financial aid to determining your transferrable credits, and so much more.
Get the credit you deserve by transferring your college credits into a bachelor’s program.
Save on tuition with the CCC-ADT Transfer Scholarship or Transfer to Success Scholarship.
National University has articulation agreements with over 110 community colleges nationwide.
Get one-on-one support from our admissions and financial aid advisors, plus a host of student services.
Success After National
“I’m using my education as a tool to pay it forward to veterans and the communities I serve.”
#1 Choice for CA Teachers
“Our goal is to deliver high quality educator preparation programs that feature social-emotional learning and evolve inspiring professionals who have positive impact in PK-12 school settings.”