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National University

461 Reviews

Locations:   La Jolla (CA) 

Annual Tuition: $13,320

54% of students said this degree improved their career prospects
47% of students said they would recommend this school to others
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Reviewed: 10/27/2023

Degree: Marriage & Family Therapy

My experience at National University (formerly Northcentral) has been very positive. I know there are a lot of negative reviews and I was hesitant when I enrolled, but I want to add my experience to the conversation. I am in the MFT Master's program, have done very well (3.98 GPA), and have had only positive experiences with all of my professors and advisors. I've never had any difficulty with the financial aid or student advisors; everyone replies within a few days via email. I completed my undergraduate... Read More


Reviewed: 10/5/2023

Degree: Engineering

Do not attend to National University. The amount of calls and texts I received when I was considering enrolling was insane and when I did enrolled and tried to call/email my advisor or financial aid or any type of department in the university they wouldn’t answer. They would mess up your account and financial aid that you would receive a letter without a notification from the school via email or call that apparently you are owning them money and that your FASFA is cancelled/didn’t go through. Then... Read More


Reviewed: 9/22/2023

Degree: Business

Nobody answers the phone no matter what number you call. Getting someone to call me back os a major issue as well. I have been trying to start classes for a few months now but no communication is established. I give up. The 1 time i did get thru to someone the phone was static on thier end and I couldn't hear them.


Reviewed: 9/20/2023

Degree: Criminal Justice

I am currently enrolled as an online student pursuing a master's degree in criminal justice leadership. I am pleased with the quality of instruction provided by my professors, as they consistently respond to my emails within 48 hours, often even sooner. While I have not had the need to contact them via phone, their responsiveness through email has been commendable. In terms of administrative matters, I have encountered some challenges when dealing with the financial aid and academic office. However,... Read More

Jonni Wyatt

Reviewed: 8/27/2023

Degree: Teaching

WARNING DO NOT GO HERE: Sanford School of Education. All except one professor were helpful and supportive to a point. "credential support" will not support you.They throw up roadblock after roadblock (they say they're nonprofit) setting candidates up for failure by making it impossible for interns to take and pass TPAs in the time allotted. They wait until the last 4 months of the program to start TPA seminar. You are then expected to submit (to the state) and pass them both by the end of the 4 months... Read More


Reviewed: 8/18/2023

Degree: Business Administration

If you want to waste your money and time, then NORTHCENTRAL is the place. I was a student there for over 3 years pursuing my education in PhD in business administration management. I've successfully completed the first 16 courses with a GPA of 3.57. However, for the dissertation which is 5 chapters I have been stuck in Chapter 1 for 24 weeks, every week I submit Chapter 1 my chair denied it then they dismissed me from school. I sought opinions from esteemed professors at various universities, all... Read More

Erin Russell

Reviewed: 8/17/2023

Degree: Marriage & Family Therapy

Absolut nightmare. They make you take extra classes you do not need. I was told they follow state guidelines and that is not the case. I feel like my degree is being help hostage. Advisors are incompetent and DO NOT help you unless you become aggressive. This is not how I like to live my life. I have never had a worse experience with a school in my life.

Frustrated student

Reviewed: 7/14/2023

Degree: Special Education

Do not be fooled by this college’s incessant calls prior to registration. Once they have you, it will be nearly impossible to make contact with anyone who can do anything for you. Pros: The classes are organized well. Classes are relatively easy which is great when you are a single parent working full time. Not a lot of textbook fees. Cons: You can never get in touch with anyone ever. My advisor never enrolled me in my second class and when I realized this, I sent her multiple emails and calls and... Read More

Another unhappy student

Reviewed: 7/6/2023

Degree: Early Childhood Education

Please read all reviews before attending. They will call multiple times when you first enroll and once enrolled they are no where to be found. It is very hard to get a straight concise answer from anyone. AVOID AT ALL COSTS. It is more expensive to attend here and not worth the headache or incompetence.

Jarred K.

Reviewed: 6/23/2023

Degree: Business Administration

Overall, I had a positive experience at the university. I’m generally a self-motivated person so that may have helped me through the process, but I believe that I will be better off because of my experience. Choosing the correct degree program was probably the most difficult part for me, but in the end I felt that a Bachelor’s in Business Administration was the best fit for me and would accelerate my career.

L. Santiago

Reviewed: 6/13/2023

Degree: Psychology

Use this as a warning. Plan on the career taking an extra year and a few thousand dollars more. Went in after being told it would be 80k and 4 years. Here I am at 94k with Lord only knows how much longer. See the thing is after you are done with academics you will need an extra 4 courses at 3k each. Or maybe 8 because if they need the money they will put you on a "supplemental" course. These are created to help you with the dissertation but who needs 12 weeks to get through 1 chapter? Or 20 weeks,... Read More

N. Carr

Reviewed: 6/3/2023

Degree: Law

Fantastic school. The program I graduated from is great. My degree definitely assisted in getting promoted. The teachers helped in keeping me motivated because I worked full time and attended classes in the evening. Overall it was a great experience.


Reviewed: 6/1/2023

Degree: Computer Science

National University's Incompetence Destroyed My Financial Future! I cannot begin to express my disappointment and frustration with the abysmal handling of my student loan by National University. What was supposed to be a straightforward process of placing my loan in forbearance turned into a nightmarish ordeal that has left me reeling from the consequences for the past 6 years. Firstly, it is essential to note that I followed all the necessary protocols and submitted the required documentation to... Read More


Reviewed: 5/4/2023

Degree: Marketing

DO NOT ATTEND THIS UNIVERSITY. The administration is terrible...ALL of them. They give you the run-around while not doing their job or contacting you back to correct or change anything. They make sure during enrollment you believe you will have their help but the moment you are enrolled, you have a great chance of NEVER hearing from any of the administration. Attend at your own risk and ensure you have a lawyer on hand...because you made need it.


Reviewed: 5/3/2023

Degree: Education

If you're interested in a trash masters program full of repetitive & useless tasks, then you've come to the right place. Guaranteed to detract from your overall happiness, career development, and financial health. Expect unresponsive professors, professor turnover, time wasted on repeat questions/assignments, and a cohort of students who constantly question: "How did I get here?"


Reviewed: 5/1/2023

Degree: Computer Science

I see many negative reviews on National University, some positive. Speaking for myself, I loved the time I spend earning my Masters Degree in Computer science. The fast pace (one course a month) keeps you on your toes, and very much involved. Most (but admittedly not all) professors were highly knowledgeable and great instructors. It was not always easy, but I did learn a lot (this from someone who thought he knew it all) met some interesting people, and definitely received a boost in my career as... Read More

Unhappy student

Reviewed: 4/28/2023

Degree: Special Education

RUN AWAY FROM THIS SCHOOL. DO NOT IGNORE THE REVEIWS. I have been here for a month and can't get any calls returned. The school advertises false promises. You get a lot of calls and motivated returned calls from enrollment specialist in the beginning. I think they like are on commision. Once you enroll and attend (gotcha) it is a whole new ball game. I am trying to stay positive and hope this nightmare turns around. I am not one to write reviews nor am I a complainer. This school is worth warning... Read More

Disappointed Veteran

Reviewed: 4/25/2023

Degree: Criminal Justice

This school is an absolute nightmare. I honestly do not know how they made it this far. I strongly urge anyone searching for a school to look anywhere and I mean anywhere but here. The staff here are the worst staff I have ever dealt with at any establishment anywhere. Nobody answers the phone and your voicemails are never addressed. You might have an email returned several days later but by the time anything is addressed it will be far too late to make any difference. I urge you to find any other... Read More

Ms. Point

Reviewed: 4/14/2023

Degree: Nursing

National University Post Graduate PMHNP program is a pathetic excuse for a postgraduate program. I am not sure how or who they hire as "professors." It was literally the worse educational experience I have had. There was no learning except through books. Even the discussion forums often needed to be made more sense. It was obvious the teachers did not read them because there was blatant cut and paste. The list goes on. If you want to buy an expensive degree, you have your school


Reviewed: 3/16/2023

Degree: School Counseling

Prior to enrolling in the MS in Educational Counseling program, I was not told that I would have to find my own internship and practicum hours placement. Miscommunication/lack of communication from the very start. The MS in Educational Counseling program lacked a lot in terms of communication and despite being an asynchronous program, teachers still required us to attend classes despite informing them that I would be at work during those class sessions. Out of all the instructors that I had, I feel... Read More


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