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

89% Acceptance Rate

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National University Rankings

National University landed the #265 spot in our 2022 ranking of best colleges. We analyzed 1,358 colleges and universities across the nation to determine this ranking.

These rankings may look different from those published by other outlets, because we use an outcomes-based approach rather than a subjective one. We get our data from a number of places, including the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard. For more information, check out our rankings and methodology page.

Program Level Awards

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

Rank Ranking Name Share
#4 Best Multilingual Education Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#8 Best Value Multilingual Education Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#25 Best Instructional Media Design Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#26 Best Value Special Education Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#33 Best Value Teacher Education Grade Specific Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#42 Best Value Teacher Education Subject Specific Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#54 Best Educational Administration Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#58 Best Student Counseling Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#74 Best Special Education Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#96 Best Value Educational Administration Master’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
#9 Best Associate Degree Schools Course Advisor
#18 Best Instructional Media Design Schools College Factual
#37 Best Student Counseling Schools College Factual
#54 Best Special Education Schools College Factual
#68 Best Educational Administration Schools College Factual
#198 Best Education Schools College Factual

Where Is National University?

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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

Admission Requirements for National University

Submission Required?
High School GPA required
High School Rank considered but not required
High School Transcript considered but not required
College Prep Program neither required nor recommended
Recommendations neither required nor recommended
SAT or ACT Scores neither required nor recommended
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into National University?

89% Acceptance Rate
50% Of Accepted Are Women
Since National University has an acceptance rate of 89%, it is not too hard to gain acceptance into the school. Still, you need to be sure you complete your application in full and send in any other requested documents.

Approximately 50% of accepted students are men and 50% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 84%, and the acceptance rate for women is 95%.

Can I Afford National University?

55% Take Out Loans
4.5% Loan Default Rate

Student Loan Debt

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At National University, approximately 55% of students took out student loans averaging $7,381 a year. That adds up to $29,524 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at National University is 4.5%. 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

3,292 Full-Time Undergraduates
54% Women
45% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 8,441 undergraduate students at National University, with 3,292 being full-time and 5,149 being part-time.

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There are also 9,629 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 3,292 full-time undergraduates at National University, 46% are male and 54% are female.

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Racial-Ethnic Diversity

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

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Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 0
Black or African American 301
Hispanic or Latino 956
White 1,179
International Students 13
Other Races/Ethnicities 843

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

4,683 Took All Classes Online
7,959 Took At Least One Class Online
-19.3% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
There are 45 bachelor’s degree and 45 master’s degree programs available online at National University. In 2019-2020, 7,959 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 2nd most popular in California for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2019-2020.

Online Affordability Rankings of National University

During the most recent year for which we have data, the full-time undergraduate tuition at National University was $13,320 for both in-state and out-of-state students. The following table shows how National University is ranked for affordability for both in-state and out-of-state students among colleges and universities that are not mostly online.

Major Tuition for In-State Students Tuition for Out-of-State Students
Multicultural Education #1 #1
English & Language Arts Education #1 #1
Multilingual Education #13 #1
Mathematics Education #30 #3
Higher Education/Higher Education Administration #55 #10
Early Childhood Education #64 #28

Online Affordability Rankings of National University Rankings

During the most recent year for which we have data, the full-time undergraduate tuition at National University was $13,016 for both in-state and out-of-state students. The following table shows how National University is ranked for affordability for both in-state and out-of-state students among colleges and universities that are mostly online.

Major Tuition for In-State Students Tuition for Out-of-State Students
English & Language Arts Education #1 #1
Multicultural Education #1 #1
Multilingual Education #4 #4
Mathematics Education #4 #4
Higher Education/Higher Education Administration #4 #4
Counselor Education/School Counseling & Guidance Services #10 #7
Student Counseling #10 #7
Secondary Education #13 #13
Elementary Education #13 #10
Early Childhood Education #19 #19
Teacher Education Subject Specific #21 #18
Instructional Media Design #25 #22
Educational/Instructional Technology #25 #22
General Special Education #25 #19
General Education #27 #24
General Education #27 #24
Teacher Education Grade Specific #28 #28
General Educational Leadership & Administration #49 #43
Educational Administration #49 #43

Online Growth Rankings of National University

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at National University was -19.3%. This is the #1,418 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at National University regardless of major.

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
Multicultural Education #19
English & Language Arts Education #39
Multilingual Education #53
Mathematics Education #73
Counselor Education/School Counseling & Guidance Services #134
Higher Education/Higher Education Administration #135
Student Counseling #149
General Education #245
General Education #245
Early Childhood Education #262
Instructional Media Design #304
Educational/Instructional Technology #304
General Special Education #313
Special Education #465
Teacher Education Subject Specific #475
General Educational Leadership & Administration #481

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 Teaching Concentrations

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

Major TOTAL
General Educational Leadership & Administration 0
Higher Education/Higher Education Administration 0
General Education 0
Educational/Instructional Technology 0
Multicultural Education 0
General Special Education 0
Counselor Education/School Counseling & Guidance Services 0
English & Language Arts Education 0
Mathematics Education 0
Early Childhood Education 0
Elementary Education 0
Secondary Education 0
TOTAL 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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