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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 175,000 alumni alumni worldwide.

Four-Week Classes

Our course structure is built to make earning your degree accessible and achievable, one month at a time, so you can start sooner and finish faster.

75+ Degree Programs

Whether you’re looking to move up in your career or make a change, our degrees are designed to help you make a direct impact in your field.

Online and On Campus

We know your life may not happen on a 9-5 schedule, so we offer 100% online classes, as well as campus-based programs.

WSCUC Accredited

Earn your degree from a reputable private nonprofit that’s accredited by WASC Senior College and University Commission.

Accreditation & Accolades

Money Best Colleges
Western Association of Schools and Colleges
National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

Home of the Help Industry

Nearly 20% of the U.S. population works in “helping” fields, such as nursing, health care, public safety, and education. At National University, 70% of our students work or study in these fields — which is why we’ve made it our mission to provide affordable, accessible education to hard-working adults in this critical sector.

Daniel S. Class of 2019
Crystal G. Class of 2020, Military Servicemember

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.

Transfer-Friendly Programs

Get the credit you deserve by transferring your college credits into a bachelor’s program.

Scholarship Opportunities

Save on tuition with the CCC-ADT Transfer Scholarship or Transfer to Success Scholarship.

Articulation Agreements

National University has articulation agreements with over 110 community colleges nationwide.

Dedicated Support

Get one-on-one support from our admissions and financial aid advisors, plus a host of student services.

Heather P. Class of 2008
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Success After National

“Thanks to NU I have a multifaceted career in nursing that has enriched my life and helped me grow into a person who has the skills to help people when they are at their most vulnerable.”
Lorena S. Class of 2016
Prince M.Class of 2016

#1 Choice for CA Teachers

“I chose NU because it fit my work schedule and, in the midst of supporting a family, this was highly important in order for me to both work and attend school.”

Part of the National University System

National University is proud to be an affiliate institution of the nonprofit National University System, which also includes Northcentral University and City University of Seattle.

When you pursue your education at National University System affiliate institutions, you can benefit from programmatic pathways, allowing you to build on your degree program and gain added specializations or degrees while saving time and tuition.

From associate, bachelor’s, and master’s degrees to doctoral programs, National University System offers hundreds of academic programs, across a variety of learning environments, that are designed to help you stand out and get ahead in your field of interest.

Learn more about the National University System