2004-09-21 National University is Third Largest in the U.S. in Terms of its Graduate Student Enrollment

La Jolla, Calif. – National University is among the top three colleges and universities in the nation, in terms of the number of graduate students it has enrolled, according to data provided by the Council of Graduate Schools.

With 12,907 graduate students officially listed, National University ranks above all other institutions of higher education except University of Phoenix (40,432 enrolled) and Nova Southeastern University (13,717 enrolled). University of Southern California and Pennsylvania State University round out the nation’s largest five graduate programs, with enrollment figures of 11,322 and 10,646 respectively.

The above rankings are based upon the 450 members within the Council of Graduate Schools. Members must be accredited institutions, and include virtually all accredited graduate programs in the United States. National University is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education, and the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

Close to three out of every four National University students (73 percent) are graduate students. National University is the second-largest private non-profit university in California, with close to 17,000 full-time equivalent students.  Many of National University’s students are working adults who are balancing the pursuit of a degree with full-time employment. The average age of a National University student is 32.

For more information on the Council of Graduate Schools, visit the organization’s website at http://cgsnet.org/. For more information regarding National University, please contact David Neville, director of information and community relations, at (858) 642-8163.

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