About National University
Supporting the whole you so you can become the best you.
Since 1971, National University has been breaking barriers in education. As a growing network of nonprofit educational institutions, we’re united in our mission to build a better future for our 41,000 students and more than 3,300 employees. Through our holistic, whole-human approach to education, we offer 75+ career-relevant degree programs with achievable four-week courses backed by the academic, emotional, career, financial, and family support needed to succeed in today’s fast-paced world.
NU is meeting 21st-century demands
Founded by retired U.S. Navy Capt. David Chigos, National University is the flagship institution of the National University System, and has become a top educator of the U.S. military, and the largest private nonprofit university in San Diego. To meet the emerging demands for education in the 21st century, we educate hard-working adults across the U.S. and around the globe, including on-site in California and on select military bases nationwide.
Through educational partnerships, we also help businesses and organizations attract and retain employees through customized education and training programs. Our partners include top San Diego-based employers, including Sharp Healthcare, Hunter Industries, and the City of San Diego. We also support organizations throughout California and nationwide, including the YMCA, County of Riverside, and AMN Healthcare. In addition to National University, the affiliates of the National University System are; City University of Seattle; and Sanford Education Programs at National University, designed to develop nonprofit professionals and educators, so they can lead inspirational programs worldwide.
NU’s history of excellence
Driven by our mission, our diverse and inclusive culture, and our 50+ year history of excellence, we empower students to join the ranks of our more than 185,000 alumni worldwide to become well-rounded professionals striving to share their success with the world around them.
As we look for ways to provide even more programs and services to our students, we’re excited about our upcoming merger with Northcentral University, which is already part of the National University System. NUS received official notification on June 30, 2022, from the WASC Senior College and University Commission—institutional accreditor for both NU and NCU—that the merger is approved. Northcentral University will become part of National University once the merger is complete and help us to secure our place among the nation’s great nonprofit universities.