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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.

89% Acceptance Rate

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National University Rankings

According to our 2022 analysis, National University is ranked #86 out of 1,672 schools in the nation that were analyzed for overall quality. This puts it in the top 10% of all schools in the nation. It is also ranked #17 out of 107 schools in California.

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
#33 Best Nursing Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#67 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 Nursing & Nursing Assistants Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#17 Most Popular Online Nursing Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#37 Best Value Nursing Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#81 Most Popular Nursing Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#101 Best Nursing Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

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
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
With an acceptance rate of 89%, National University is fairly easy to get into, but you must be sure to submit the required materials.

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

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. 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 4th 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
Practical Nursing & Nursing Assistants #1 #1
Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse Training #1 #1

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
Nurse Anesthetist #1 #1
Practical Nursing & Nursing Assistants #1 #1
Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse Training #1 #1
Registered Nursing #75 #66

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 #1,403 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
Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse Training #19
Practical Nursing & Nursing Assistants #28
Family Practice Nurse/Nursing #199

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 TOTAL
Family Practice Nurse/Nursing 0
Nurse Anesthetist 0
Registered Nursing 0
Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse Training 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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