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National University Overview

National University is a private not-for-profit institution located in La Jolla, California. La Jolla is a great location for students who prefer city over country life.

What Is National University Known For?

2,003 Undergraduate Awards
  • Students at National University have an easier time paying back their loans. The school's student loan default rate is only 5%, compared to the national rate of 10.1%.
  • The doctor's degree is the highest award offered at National University.
  • In 2017-2018, 22% of the faculty were full-time.
  • A student who earns a bachelor's degree from National University makes roughly $59,400 a year. This is 46% more than their peers from other colleges and universities.

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National University Rankings

National University landed the #296 spot in our 2021 ranking of best colleges. We analyzed 2,320 colleges and universities across the nation to determine this ranking. This puts it in the top 15% of all schools in the nation. Out of the 220 colleges in California, it is ranked at #26.

Our rankings are based on an outcomes-based approach rather than subjective ones used by other media outlets. As such, we utilize data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard, among other sources. Visit our rankings and methodology section to learn more.

National University has also been awarded the following overall awards by our latest rankings.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#28 Most Popular Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#48 Most Popular Online Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#318 Most Popular Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at National University.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#1 Best English Language & Literature Associate’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#1 Best Writing Studies Associate’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#5 Best Student Counseling Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#8 Best Educational Administration Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#10 Best Special Education Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#13 Best General Education Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#16 Best Education Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#17 Best General English Literature Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#36 Best Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#62 Best Psychology Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards National University has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#3 Best Management Information Systems Colleges for Veterans College Factual
#13 Best Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting Colleges for Veterans College Factual
#13 Best General Psychology Colleges for Veterans College Factual
#23 Best Psychology Colleges for Veterans College Factual
#28 Best Business Administration & Management Colleges for Veterans College Factual
#39 Best Teaching Schools Teaching Degree Search

Where Is National University?

Location of National University

Contact details for National University are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 11255 North Torrey Pines Road, La Jolla, CA 92037-1011
Phone: 800-628-8648
Website: www.nu.edu
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/nationaluniversity
Twitter: https://twitter.com/natuniv

How Do I Get Into National University?

You can apply to National University online at: www.nu.edu/Admissions/ApplyOnline.html

Can I Afford National University?

4.9% Loan Default Rate

The student loan default rate at National University is 4.9%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

National University Undergraduate Student Diversity

2,856 Full-Time Undergraduates
55% Women
51% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 7,356 undergraduate students at National University, with 2,856 being full-time and 4,500 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  National University

There are also 9,314 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 2,856 full-time undergraduates at National University, 45% are male and 55% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  National University

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of National University students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of National University Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 229
Black or African American 230
Hispanic or Latino 766
White 1,009
International Students 26
Other Races/Ethnicities 596

Geographic Diversity

California students aren't the only ones who study at National University. At this time, 7 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 29 countries are represented at National University. The most popular countries sending students to the school are China, Germany, and Thailand.

Online Learning at National University

7,627 Took All Classes Online
10,312 Took At Least One Class Online
-7.7% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
There are 40 bachelor’s degree and 41 master’s degree programs available online at National University. In 2017-2018, 10,312 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at National University has changed over the last few years.

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This school is the 3rd most popular in California for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2017-2018.

Online Growth Rankings of National University

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at National University was -7.7%. This is the #2,543 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at National University regardless of major.

The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of National University majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Communication & Journalism 5%
Construction Management 44%
Criminal Justice & Corrections 15%
Drama & Theater Arts 25%
Educational Administration 1%
Electrical Engineering 25%
Film, Video & Photographic Arts 61%
Finance & Financial Management 7%
General Engineering Technology 50%
Health & Physical Education 13%
Health Professions 2%
Homeland Security 22%
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting 17%
Instructional Media Design 50%
Interdisciplinary Studies 52%
International Studies 60%
Legal Professions 14%
Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities 9%
Liberal Arts General Studies 9%
Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies 45%
Multilingual Education 75%
Non-Professional General Legal Studies 47%
Nursing 11%
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies 13%
Psychology 18%
Public Relations & Advertising 8%
Radio, Television & Digital Communication 40%
Social Sciences 4%
Sociology 5%
Special Education 1%
Statistics 5%
Student Counseling 13%
Visual & Performing Arts 23%

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at National University ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at National University.

Major Growth Rate Rank
Construction Engineering #3
Business/Corporate Communications #8
General Engineering Technology #10
Manufacturing Engineering #11
Non-Professional General Legal Studies #13
Drama & Theater Arts #14
Film, Video & Photographic Arts #14
International Studies #15
Arts & Media Management #17
Statistics #17
Construction Management #18
Sustainability Science #18
Interdisciplinary Studies #22
Multilingual Education #23
Romance Languages #27
Radio, Television & Digital Communication #29
Electronics Engineering Technology #31
Gerontology #31
Medical Illustration & Informatics #36
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science #42
Mathematics #43
Public Relations & Advertising #45
Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods #47
International Business #51
Electrical Engineering #51
Foreign Languages & Linguistics #52
Political Science & Government #53
Engineering-Related Fields #57
Student Counseling #59
Computer Science #60
General Social Sciences #62
Health Sciences & Services #63
Mathematics & Statistics #66
Writing Studies #67
Sociology #71
General English Literature #72
Homeland Security #74
Mental & Social Health Services #74
History #77
History #77
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology #82
Management Information Systems #95
Finance & Financial Management #95
Legal Support Services #95
Public Administration #114
Allied Health Professions #115
Health & Physical Education #116
Public Health #117
Communication & Media Studies #119
Visual & Performing Arts #123
General Education #126
Legal Professions #131
English Language & Literature #132
Engineering #133
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies #133
Instructional Media Design #137
Information Technology #151
Human Resource Management #180
Communication & Journalism #180
General Psychology #182
Engineering Technologies #199
Special Education #211
Teacher Education Subject Specific #228
Social Sciences #241
Psychology #245
Public Administration & Social Service #250
Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies #254
Educational Administration #284
Teacher Education Grade Specific #329
Accounting #348
Health & Medical Administrative Services #411
Criminal Justice & Corrections #478
Computer & Information Sciences #492

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

National University Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Basic Certificate Associate’s Bachelor’s Graduate Certificate Master’s TOTAL
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology 0 0 0 33 654 687
General Education 0 0 0 1 592 593
Business Administration & Management 0 10 307 0 259 576
Nursing 22 0 338 0 18 378
Special Education 0 0 7 3 304 314
Teacher Education Grade Specific 0 0 185 2 65 252
Educational Administration 0 0 0 0 227 227
Public Health 0 0 76 0 149 225
Criminal Justice & Corrections 1 0 95 1 98 195
Student Counseling 0 0 0 0 177 177
General Psychology 0 0 120 0 57 177
Information Technology 1 0 51 0 106 158
Liberal Arts General Studies 0 120 24 0 0 144
Public Administration 0 0 16 0 95 111
Homeland Security 0 0 57 0 52 109
Human Resource Management 5 0 7 0 83 95
Accounting 2 0 37 1 48 88
Computer Science 0 0 33 0 44 77
Interdisciplinary Studies 0 0 67 0 0 67
Health & Medical Administrative Services 0 0 39 0 27 66
General English Literature 0 0 16 0 44 60
Management Information Systems 0 0 29 0 26 55
Instructional Media Design 0 0 0 0 42 42
Writing Studies 0 1 0 0 39 40
Cell Biology & Anatomical Sciences 0 39 0 0 0 39
Health & Physical Education 0 0 20 0 18 38
Sociology 0 0 38 0 0 38
Engineering-Related Fields 0 0 0 0 25 25
Communication & Media Studies 0 0 0 0 21 21
Electrical Engineering 0 0 20 0 0 20
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science 0 0 20 0 0 20
History 0 0 15 0 5 20
Statistics 0 0 0 0 19 19
Health Sciences & Services 0 0 18 0 0 18
Medical Illustration & Informatics 0 0 0 0 18 18
Film, Video & Photographic Arts 0 0 3 0 15 18
Non-Professional General Legal Studies 0 0 17 0 0 17
Multilingual Education 0 0 0 0 16 16
Drama & Theater Arts 0 0 0 0 16 16
Finance & Financial Management 0 0 15 0 0 15
Manufacturing Engineering 0 0 15 0 0 15
Teacher Education Subject Specific 0 0 9 0 4 13
Electronics Engineering Technology 0 0 0 0 13 13
Public Relations & Advertising 0 0 12 0 0 12
Legal Support Services 4 1 7 0 0 12
Business/Corporate Communications 0 0 10 0 0 10
International Business 0 0 0 0 10 10
Allied Health Professions 0 0 10 0 0 10
Construction Management 0 0 9 0 0 9
Romance Languages 0 0 9 0 0 9
Political Science & Government 0 0 9 0 0 9
General Biology 0 0 7 0 1 8
Alternative Medicine & Systems 0 0 0 0 8 8
Mathematics 0 0 8 0 0 8
Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods 0 0 0 0 6 6
Radio, Television & Digital Communication 0 0 0 0 5 5
Construction Engineering 0 0 5 0 0 5
International Studies 0 0 5 0 0 5
Arts & Media Management 0 0 5 0 0 5
General Engineering Technology 0 2 0 0 0 2
Practical Nursing & Nursing Assistants 0 1 1 0 0 2
Sustainability Science 0 0 0 0 2 2
Biomedical Engineering 0 0 1 0 0 1
Mental & Social Health Services 0 1 0 0 0 1
General Social Sciences 0 0 1 0 0 1
Allied Health & Medical Assisting Services 0 0 0 0 0 0
Other Health Professions 0 0 0 0 0 0
Gerontology 0 0 0 0 0 0
Natural Resources Conservation 0 0 0 0 0 0
Marine Transportation 0 0 0 0 0 0
Design & Applied Arts 0 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 35 175 1,793 41 3,408 5,452

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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