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National University is a private not-for-profit institution located in La Jolla, California. The location of National University is great for students who prefer living in an urban area.

362 Undergraduate Degrees
18 Graduate Degrees

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National University Rankings

National University is ranked #116 out of 1,284 schools in the nation for overall quality on our 2021 Best Colleges list. This puts it in the top 10% of all schools in the nation.

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 been awarded the following overall awards by our latest rankings.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#51 Most Popular Online Nursing Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#70 Most Popular Nursing Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#103 Best Nursing 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 Most Popular Online Practical Nursing & Nursing Assistants Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#51 Most Popular Online Nursing Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#52 Best Value Nursing Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#69 Most Popular Nursing Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#103 Best Nursing 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
#33 Best Nursing Colleges for Veterans College Factual
#63 Highest Paid Nursing Graduates College Factual
#68 Best Nursing Colleges for Non-Traditional Students College Factual
#87 Best Colleges for Veterans College Factual
#89 Best Healthcare Bachelor’s Degree Schools Healthcare Degree Search
#182 Best Colleges for Non-Traditional Students College Factual

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

How Do I Get Into National University?

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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.


This school is the 4th 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 #1,783 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
Nursing 11%
Registered Nursing 9%

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
Nurse Anesthetist #8
Registered Nursing #428

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 Nursing Concentrations

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

Major Basic Certificate Associate’s Bachelor’s Master’s TOTAL
Registered Nursing 19 0 338 7 364
Nurse Anesthetist 0 0 0 11 11
Family Practice Nurse/Nursing 3 0 0 0 3
Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse Training 0 1 1 0 2
TOTAL 22 1 339 18 380


*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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