National University: Academics, Admissions & Tuition Info

About National University

Established in 1971, National University is a private, non-profit university. It's the second largest institution of its kind in California. National University's main campus is in La Jolla, just over 13 miles from downtown San Diego, but the university has additional locations all over San Diego County. It also has a number of regional campuses throughout California, as well as elsewhere in the country.


With five schools and one college, National University offers students about 150 undergraduate and graduate degree programs and more than 50 certificate or credential programs. Also catering to online learners, National University offers more than 70 undergraduate and graduate online degree programs. According to Diverse Issues in Higher Education, National University confers more master's degrees in education to ethnic minority students than any other college or university in the state. Additionally, the university ranks in the national top ten annually for awarding master's degrees to women as of 2012. In 2011-2012, the most popular associate's degree program was general studies. The registered nursing program awarded the most bachelor's degrees. Teacher education was the most popular master's degree program, and the most popular post-baccalaureate certificate program was in special education.


Students can apply and begin to take classes any month of the year. Applications can be submitted electronically and must include a high school transcript or college transcript, if a student is transferring from another accredited college or university. Students must also complete placement exams in math and English. There may be additional admissions requirements for individual programs.

Tuition & Financial Aid

The total cost to attend National University in 2012-2013 came to more than $25,000. This included tuition, fees, books, supplies, and off-campus housing costs. To help offset these costs, the school offers a variety of scholarships, based on academic performance or military service. National University also provides services to help students apply for available federal loan or grant money.

School Type Four-year, private, not-for-profit*
Degrees Offered Associate's, bachelor's, master's, and certificates*
Religious Affiliation None*
Academic Calendar Quarters**
School Setting Large city*
Student Body 17,898 students, 9,482 of whom were undergraduates in 2011*
Student Housing None available*
Schools and Programs Five schools and one college; over 200 degree and certificate programs**
Student-Faculty Ratio 11:1*
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) In 2011-2012:
Associate's: General Studies (56)
Bachelor's: Registered Nursing (250)
Master's: Teacher Education (709)*
Undergraduate Graduation Rates (Students Who Began Studies in 2006) 20% in four years
23% in six years*
Admission Rate 100% (open admissions)*
First-Year Retention Rates (2011-2012) 58% (full-time students)
47% (part-time students)*
Tuition $11,736 (Includes tuition and fees for 2012-2013)*
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percent of Students Receiving It) In 2011-2012: Grants or scholarships (38%), Pell grants (36%), federal student loans (46%)*
Percent of First-Year Students Receiving Some Sort of Aid 25% in 2011-2012*

Sources: *National Center for Education Statistics, **National University.

School Contact Information

  • Address: Office of Admissions, National University, 11255 North Torrey Pines Road, La Jolla, CA 92037-1011
  • Phone: (800) 628-8648
  • Website:

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