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Apply to an NU Bachelor’s Degree Program – We’ll Be with You Every Step of the Way!

To remain competitive in today’s job market, land a promotion, or pursue an opportunity in a new career field, a bachelor’s degree can be the catalyst to your next big achievement. National University offers over 60 career-focused bachelor’s programs in today’s most in-demand and lucrative career fields, most of which can be earned entirely online, so you can balance work and family obligations while earning your degree.

At many institutions of higher education, the application and admission processes can be daunting, but at National University, we believe in a streamlined, stress-free process that helps you cross all the T’s, dot all the I’s , and be ready to start the journey of a lifetime.

If at any point during the application process you have questions or need help, just contact our admissions team at (855) 355-6288 or via email at [email protected]. Here’s what we need to do to get started.


Step 1: Complete Your Online Application

Once you’ve determined the bachelor’s degree that’s right for you, our streamlined, online application process will help you get enrolled and on your way to achieving your goals. Because NU accepts and reviews applications year-round, you can start your first course as soon as next month, depending on your program of study and location of choice.

One more thing – there’s no application fee to take this first step on your journey towards personal, professional, and academic achievement at NU!

Step 2: Submit Your Transcripts and Other Required Documents

Admission to undergraduate programs at NU is based on evidence, including a student’s academic record at other institutions, test scores, interviews, professional experience, motivation, and educational objectives.

You can send your official transcripts from other schools you attended by using our transcript request form. Please provide all transcripts promptly to avoid admission delays. Your application is valid for one year.

Step 3: Discuss Your Plans With Your NU Enrollment Counselor

At NU, we support you every step of the way with an ecosystem of resources to help you succeed. Whether you’re a working parent or busy professional, you will never feel like you’re going it alone.

This team effort begins with a conversation you’ll have with your NU Enrollment Counselor, during which we’ll start by discussing your current situation and what you hope to achieve by earning your bachelor’s degree. Your counselor will then look for ways NU can provide financial, academic, social and emotional, family and community, and career support to help ensure your success. We believe in your potential, and we want you to succeed like over 185,000 NU alumni already have. 

Have a question now? Just ask!

Step 4: Determine the Best Way to Pay for Your Education

Education is an investment in yourself that can pay dividends for a lifetime. Having a bachelor’s degree on your resume can increase your earning potential, improve your job prospects, and set you up for a more secure future.

At National University, we strive to make higher education accessible to all adult learners, and we are committed to helping you find the resources you need to pay for college and achieve your goals. To help reduce the cost of education, we accept all federally funded financial aid programs, including grants, loans, and scholarships. We also award tuition scholarships and grants to those who qualify.

Most college students pay for their education with grants, scholarships, loans, or a combination of the three. It can seem like a daunting process, but at NU you won’t have to go it alone. Between your admissions advisor and our experienced team of financial aid experts, we’ll review the results of your student aid report and help determine the best options available to you.

First things first. Visit fafsa.ed.gov to fill out the FAFSA application for federal student aid, including federal student loans. Then, contact our financial aid team at [email protected] or (800) 628-8647, ext. 8500.

Step 5: Start Earning Your Bachelor’s Degree!

Because your life’s already in progress and time is a precious commodity, National University created an innovative way to help you fit your education into your current work and family responsibilities. We offer four-week classes, so you can focus on one subject at a time, one month at a time, and finish your degree faster. 

Best of all, we’ve simplified and streamlined our application process so you can get enrolled in your chosen associate degree right away. And because we accept and review applications year-round, you can start learning as soon as next month, depending on your program of study and location of choice.

Ready to get started? Let’s take your current situation and turn it up a degree!

Frequently Asked Questions

Applying to college is a big decision, and you’ll surely have questions. If yours isn’t answered here, just give us a call at (855) 355-6288 or email us at [email protected].

There are a few important details for you to know, but the most important thing is that our admissions team is really good at supporting you through the entire process if you get stuck. Please take a few minutes to review this checklist for undergraduate admissions requirements before submitting your application:

  • All entering undergraduate students without prior college level English and/or Math courses must take the ACCUPLACER mathematics and English evaluation as part of the admissions process. The results of the evaluation are printed immediately and a copy is provided to the student. Read more about Placement by Evaluation. The ACCUPLACER may be taken once at no charge. Subsequent examinations can be repeated after 14 days for a $5 fee. Applicants who have not earned an associate degree from a regionally accredited institution or who have completed fewer than 90 quarter (60 semester) units of transferable college credit must have graduated from high school, passed a high school level proficiency test or received a Certificate of Proficiency from a state Department of Education.
  • Applicants who are considered first time students based on the criteria below must attend an orientation course through WES Training and Development prior to enrolling:
    • Never attended a college or university
    • Education experience is limited to:
      • Competency based education
      • College level courses completed during high school
      • Advanced Placement (AP) credit
      • Military service or training
      • Prior learning credit (CLEP, Dantes, Excelsior, portfolio assessment, etc.)
  • High school graduates transferring from regionally accredited colleges and universities are admitted as degree students if their cumulative GPA is 2.0 or higher. Applicants with a GPA below 2.0 may be admitted on probationary admission if the Committee on the Application of Standards (Committee) judges that there is sufficient evidence of potential to complete college studies. Applicants below a 2.0 may submit a petition letter to their advisor for review by the Committee.
  • Individual degree programs may have additional admission requirements.
  • Complete an application for admission and enrollment agreement.

For further information, please contact an admissions advisor at (855) 355-6288, or via e-mail at [email protected].

At National University, you can pursue any of more than 60 career-focused bachelor’s degrees in today’s most in-demand fields:

National University accepts and reviews applications year-round, so you can start learning as soon as next month, depending on your program of study and location of choice. Plus, we offer four-week classes, so you can focus on one subject at a time, one month at a time, and finish your degree faster. 

Yes. We know your life may not happen on a 9-5 schedule, so we offer courses online or on-campus for most of our degree programs. Courses are taught by experienced faculty and are delivered using the latest technology to provide dynamic, interactive online learning environments. Designed for busy adult learners, our bachelor’s degree programs include four-week course formats enabling you to balance work and family obligations while earning your degree. 

Yes. Our goal is to make transferring to NU as seamless as possible, whether you’re coming from a community college or have credits from another university. NU has articulation agreements with more than 116 community colleges, and we offer financial aid and scholarship opportunities, including the CCC-ADT transfer scholarship and the Transfer to Success Scholarship (available to those who qualify).

As a Yellow Ribbon school, we also offer tuition discounts for military personnel and their dependents. Contact an experienced admissions advisor today to learn more about transferring to NU.

Yes! In honor of our students, and in celebration of our 50th anniversary, National University is investing $50 million in new student scholarships. To learn more about numerous scholarships and grants funded by National University, how to apply, and how much you can save on your bachelor’s degree, click here.

Absolutely. At NU, we value workplace experience as highly as educational experience. That’s why we allow incoming students to earn as many as 22.5 quarter credits with work experience, which is approximately equivalent to 15 semester credits, toward some of our most popular undergraduate degree programs.

If you plan on enrolling or transferring to National University and have prior work or military experience, ask our enrollment counselors about how to get credit for your service, your employment history, or your previous coursework. This guide will help you understand more about earning college credit for your work experience.

We’re a veteran-founded, San Diego-based nonprofit. Since 1971, our mission has been to provide accessible, achievable higher education to adult learners. Today, we educate students from across the U.S. and around the globe, with over 185,000 alumni worldwide.

The value of a college education is undeniable. Think of a bachelor’s degree as an investment in your future and imagine the dividends it can pay over the course of your career.

At National University, we strive to make higher education accessible and achievable by helping you find financial aid, including grants, loans, and scholarships, that will help defer or delay tuition costs and related expenses. Our financial aid representatives are happy to help you. Please call 1-800-NAT-UNIV or e-mail us for assistance.

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Program Disclosure

Successful completion and attainment of National University degrees do not lead to automatic or immediate licensure, employment, or certification in any state/country. The University cannot guarantee that any professional organization or business will accept a graduate’s application to sit for any certification, licensure, or related exam for the purpose of professional certification.

Program availability varies by state. Many disciplines, professions, and jobs require disclosure of an individual’s criminal history, and a variety of states require background checks to apply to, or be eligible for, certain certificates, registrations, and licenses. Existence of a criminal history may also subject an individual to denial of an initial application for a certificate, registration, or license and/or result in the revocation or suspension of an existing certificate, registration, or license. Requirements can vary by state, occupation, and/or licensing authority.

NU graduates will be subject to additional requirements in a program, certification/licensure, employment, and state-by-state basis that can include one or more of the following items: internships, practicum experience, additional coursework, exams, tests, drug testing, earning an additional degree, and/or other training/education requirements.

All prospective students are advised to review employment, certification, and/or licensure requirements in their state, and to contact the certification/licensing body of the state and/or country where they intend to obtain certification/licensure to verify that these courses/programs qualify in that state/country, prior to enrolling. Prospective students are also advised to regularly review the state’s/country’s policies and procedures relating to certification/licensure, as those policies are subject to change.

*Positions may require additional experience, training, and other factors beyond successfully completing this degree program. Depending on where you reside, many positions may also require state licensure, and it is the responsibility of the student to ensure that all licensure requirements are met. We encourage you to also review program-specific requirements. Any data provided on this page is for informational purposes only and does not guarantee that completion of any degree program will achieve the underlying occupation or commensurate salary.

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