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National University

3.9 out of 5 (15 ratings / 12 reviews) San Diego, California, United States
We’re proud to be San Diego’s largest private nonprofit university, founded in 1971 by retired U.S. Navy Capt. David Chigos. Our mission is to provide accessible, achievable higher education to adult learners. Today, we educate students from across the U.S. and around the globe, with over 150,000 alumni worldwide.

Bachelor's programmes

Arts, Design & Architecture (2)
Applied Sciences & Professions (1)
Engineering & Technology (1)
Hospitality, Leisure & Sports (1)
Natural Sciences & Mathematics (1)



National University is a San Diego-based nonprofit founded in 1971 by retired U.S. Navy Lt. Cmdr. 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.


Focus on one subject at a time — one month at a time — and finish your degree faster. Study when and where it’s convenient for you with evening, weekend, and 100% online classes.


Our mission is to build a culture of inquiry and foster data-informed decision making by providing research services, expertise, and coaching to the National University community in support of the college’s institutional effectiveness. The National University Office of Institutional Research conducts a variety of research activities in support of the college’s mission, strategic directions, and initiatives, and responds to ad hoc research and consultation requests from the campus community.


The Career Services team offers quality career and internship resources to help students and alumni identify and fulfill their career goals. We will help you define your unique potential for success and foster lifelong professional and career development skills. You will benefit from our innovative workshops, exceptional support, expanded employment opportunities, and community partnerships.

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Student services

  • National University provides a wide range of services and resources to assist you in attaining your educational goals.
  • Student Concierge Services is your one-stop center for all of your questions about National University. Student advocates are available seven days a week from 7 a.m. to midnight Pacific. Live phone support is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Library services

Find books, e-books, reference materials, and videos in the library catalog. Refine your results by material type, date, and more.

Medical services

At National University, we believe holistic wellness is integral to student learning and success. Wellness is a practice that’s cultivated over time.


Earn your degree from a private nonprofit that’s accredited by WASC Senior College and University Commission.

Student Reviews

Extremely excited
Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

Everything seems to be going okay soo far i love the fact that i am able to take my studies within my buzy schedule

National University College
Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

Excellent, good program, should add more programs and profesors.

Was it worth it?
Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

I liked the monthly based classes, it went by fast, my writing improved significantly and I learned a lot from my favorite professors. Also, classes are diverse environments and that helps a lot with becoming a better team player.

San Diego, California, United States

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