2014 – National University Selected as a Top School

One in four students at National University identified as active or prior-service military

San Diego, Calif. –  Dec. 19, 2014 – National University, the second-largest private, nonprofit university in California, has been named a Top School in the 2015 Military Advanced Education Guide to Colleges & Universities. The recognition is the latest received by National University for the quality of services offered to its substantial military student population.

About one in four National University students identify as active or prior-service military, and many are drawn to National University’s one-class-per-month format and flexible options to take courses online, at military base locations or at community-based campuses. Through the University’s Center of Excellence for Veteran Student Success, National University has directly served about 4,000 students in areas that include transition to campus life, retention, achievement of educational and career goals, and supporting a higher quality of life.  Among the Center’s many successes is a peer-to-peer academic mentorship program. The Center is the result of a grant awarded to National University by the U.S. Department of Education’s Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE), combined with National University funding.

The University has also regularly been named a “Military Friendly School” by G.I. Jobs Magazine and has received previous recognitions by Military Advanced Education magazine. The University is the recipient of the prestigious Ray Ehrensberger Award for Institutional Excellence in Military Education, and its staff has been recognized for their contributions to military education through the Council of Colleges and Military Educators.

The University has also developed programs that provide military students with opportunities to transition to new careers. For example,  the University recently announced the creation of the Accelerated Track for Vets to BSN (V2BSN) Project that is being launched to provide Veterans interested in nursing careers with academic and professional support through a three-year $1.05 million grant from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services.  

The most recent recognition appears in the Military Advanced Education Guide, which is available in the December 2014 issue of Military Advanced Education magazine. It is based on results from a questionnaire of the military-supportive policies enacted at more than 600 institutions including private, public, for-profit, not-for-profit, four-year, and two-year colleges. Institutes were evaluated on their military culture, financial aid, flexibility, on-campus support and online support services. 

About National University

Founded in 1971, National University is the second-largest private, nonprofit institution of higher education in California. With 30,000 students and more than 230,000 alumni, National University is the flagship institution of the National University System. National University is dedicated to making lifelong learning opportunities accessible, challenging, and relevant to a diverse population of students. Five schools and one college – the College of Letters and Sciences; the School of Business and Management; the School of Education; the School of Engineering and Computing; the School of Health and Human Services; and the School of Professional Studies – offer more than 100 graduate and undergraduate degrees and 23 teacher credentials. Programs are offered at locations throughout California and across the nation, and are also available online. National University is headquartered in La Jolla, California. To learn more, visit www.nu.edu.

Media contact:

Anna Cearley
Director of Public Relations 
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