About National University

Since 1971, National University has been dedicated to meeting the needs of hard-working adults by providing accessible, affordable, achievable higher education opportunities. Founded by retired U.S. Navy Capt. David Chigos, we now educate students across the U.S. and around the globe as the largest private nonprofit university in San Diego.

NU offers over 75 programs and flexible four-week classes designed to help students reach their goals while balancing busy lives. A pioneer in online education, NU has offered online classes for over 20 years, as well as classes on campuses in California and Nevada and on military bases nationwide.

Since its founding, the National University community has grown to over 25,000 students and 175,000 alumni worldwide, many of whom serve in helping industries such as business, education, health care, cybersecurity, and law and criminal justice. NU is a top educator of the U.S. military, providing tuition discounts to active duty servicemembers and their dependents. As the top educator of educators in California, NU has recommended more candidates for California teaching credentials than any other university in the state.

Through educational partnerships, we 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.

As a veteran-founded nonprofit, National University is proud to serve those who serve by offering military tuition discounts and scholarships for veterans and dependents. In addition to online programs, military students have access to classes on military bases nationwide and to our Veteran Center designed to ease the transition from military to civilian life. As a Yellow Ribbon school, we accept the post 9/11 GI Bill®, so veteran and active-duty students pay virtually no out-of-pocket costs for their education.

National University is the flagship institution of the National University System, which was established in 2001 to meet the emerging demands for education in the 21st century. In addition to National University, the affiliates of the National University System are Northcentral University; City University of Seattle; National University Virtual High School, part of our Division of Pre-College Programs; and Sanford Education Programs at National University, designed to develop nonprofit professionals and educators, so they can lead inspirational programs worldwide.

Our administrative and academic headquarters are located in La Jolla, California.

GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government Web site at https://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill.