About National University

National University is a San Diego-based nonprofit founded in 1971 by retired U.S. Navy Captain David Chigos. As the largest private nonprofit university in San Diego, our mission is to provide accessible, achievable higher education to adult learners. A pioneer in the digital space, we’ve offered online classes for more than 20 years.

Today, we educate students across all 50 states and from 65 countries, offering over 75 on-campus and online programs through our unique four-week class format. Our undergraduate and graduate programs include healthcare, business, education, engineering, law and criminal justice, and homeland security. Classes are available online or at over 20 locations in California and Nevada. As the top educator of educators in California, we have credentialed more teachers than any other California university.

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, we’re committed to serving those who serve by offering military tuition discounts and scholarships for military personnel and their dependents. In addition to online programs, military students have access to classes on over a dozen military bases 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.

Since our founding, we’ve had the honor and privilege of seeing our community grow to over 170,000 alumni worldwide.

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 John F. Kennedy University; City University of Seattle; Division of Pre-College Programs, which includes National University Virtual High School and National University Academy; and
Sanford Education Programs at National University, designed to develop nonprofit leaders and educators, so they can lead
inspirational programs worldwide.

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