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Making higher education accessible to everyone

Why Choose NU?

For more than 50 years, we’ve been putting passion into practice by offering accessible, achievable higher education to adult learners. As San Diego’s largest private nonprofit university, we proudly educate students from across the U.S. and around the globe, with over 230,000 alumni worldwide.

Here’s why you should choose National University:

  • $77 million in scholarships awarded last year – Explore millions in scholarship and grant opportunities. All scholarships and grants are based upon eligibility requirements.
  • 4-week and 8-week courses available – Studying and completing just one course each month keeps you focused on your goals, balanced in your life, and on the fast track to graduation.
  • 190+ degree programs – Whether you’re starting fresh or seeking advancement, our career-focused programs are designed to help you make an impact in your chosen field.
  • WSCUC accredited – At NU, you’ll earn your degree from a reputable, private, nonprofit university accredited by WSCUC.

An innovative approach to student success

Our 5 Pillars of Support

National University offers a holistic approach to student support, well-being, and success, called “Whole Human Education”. It means we’ll be with you side-by-side, every step of the way, helping break any barriers you face in achieving your education.

  • Financial – 1:1 assistance for navigating the financial aid process, generous transfer credit policy, needs-based tuition reduction grant, and $77+ million in scholarships.
  • Academic – 4-week and 8-week online classes, unlimited free tutoring, individual coaching, writing center, and 190+ degree programs, credentials, and certificates.
  • Career – NU Mentoring Network for individual student and alumni career guidance, professional development opportunities, access to job listings, and customized career support.
  • Family & Community – Web-based student networking platform, student clubs and community service events, plus convenient course formats and flexible online options to balance work and family.
  • Social & Emotional – Free virtual mental health counseling, access to wellness resources, and Student Wellness Center offering 1:1 support for life challenges.

What our students are saying about NU

  1. Student Success Stories

    “National University helped me through social-emotional support. That’s important because that sustains where you want to go. That’s what I got and that’s what I want to share and create with other people so that they can do the same.”

    Nikki S.
    MS in Applied Behavior Analysis, 2019


Since 1977, National University has been accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC).