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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?

2,899 Full-Time Undergraduates
  • 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%.
  • Although it may not be available for every major, the doctor's degree is the highest one a student can attain 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.

National University Rankings

National University landed the #1,351 spot in College Factual's 2021 ranking of best overall colleges in the United States. The higher ed experts analyzed 1,715 colleges and universities across the nation to determine this ranking. It is also ranked #102 out of 116 schools in California.

The following table lists the notable rankings from College Factual that National University has received.

Notable Undergraduate Rankings for National University

Ranking Type Rank
Best Colleges for Veterans 87
Best Colleges for Non-Traditional Students 182
Best Colleges 1,351
Best Colleges for Diversity 1,598

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

2,899 Full-Time Undergraduates
55% Women
51% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 7,877 undergraduate students at National University, with 2,899 being full-time and 4,978 being part-time.

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

There are also 9,220 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 2,899 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 254
Black or African American 259
Hispanic or Latino 743
White 1,026
International Students 32
Other Races/Ethnicities 585

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 Majors

In 2017-2018, National University awarded 3,936 undergraduate degrees and 6,816 graduate degrees. The table below shows the number of awards for each major.

Major Associate’s Bachelor’s Master’s Doctor’s
Accounting 0 37 48 0
Allied Health Professions 0 10 0 0
Alternative Medicine & Systems 0 0 8 0
Arts & Media Management 0 5 0 0
Biomedical Engineering 0 1 0 0
Business Administration & Management 10 307 259 0
Business/Corporate Communications 0 10 0 0
Cell Biology & Anatomical Sciences 39 0 0 0
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology 0 0 654 0
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science 0 20 0 0
Communication & Media Studies 0 0 21 0
Computer Science 0 33 44 0
Construction Engineering 0 5 0 0
Construction Management 0 9 0 0
Criminal Justice & Corrections 0 95 98 0
Drama & Theater Arts 0 0 16 0
Educational Administration 0 0 227 0
Electrical Engineering 0 20 0 0
Electronics Engineering Technology 0 0 13 0
Engineering-Related Fields 0 0 25 0
Film, Video & Photographic Arts 0 3 15 0
Finance & Financial Management 0 15 0 0
General Biology 0 7 1 0
General Education 0 0 592 0
General Engineering Technology 2 0 0 0
General English Literature 0 16 44 0
General Psychology 0 120 57 0
General Social Sciences 0 1 0 0
Health & Medical Administrative Services 0 39 27 0
Health & Physical Education 0 20 18 0
Health Sciences & Services 0 18 0 0
History 0 15 5 0
Homeland Security 0 57 52 0
Human Resource Management 0 7 83 0
Information Technology 0 51 106 0
Instructional Media Design 0 0 42 0
Interdisciplinary Studies 0 67 0 0
International Business 0 0 10 0
International Studies 0 5 0 0
Legal Support Services 1 7 0 0
Liberal Arts General Studies 120 24 0 0
Management Information Systems 0 29 26 0
Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods 0 0 6 0
Manufacturing Engineering 0 15 0 0
Mathematics 0 8 0 0
Medical Illustration & Informatics 0 0 18 0
Mental & Social Health Services 1 0 0 0
Multilingual Education 0 0 16 0
Non-Professional General Legal Studies 0 17 0 0
Nursing 0 338 18 0
Political Science & Government 0 9 0 0
Practical Nursing & Nursing Assistants 1 1 0 0
Public Administration 0 16 95 0
Public Health 0 76 149 0
Public Relations & Advertising 0 12 0 0
Radio, Television & Digital Communication 0 0 5 0
Romance Languages 0 9 0 0
Sociology 0 38 0 0
Special Education 0 7 304 0
Statistics 0 0 19 0
Student Counseling 0 0 177 0
Sustainability Science 0 0 2 0
Teacher Education Grade Specific 0 185 65 0
Teacher Education Subject Specific 0 9 4 0
Writing Studies 1 0 39 0
Total 350 3,586 6,816 0

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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