National University Admissions 2023: Requirements, Programs, Tuition Fees ,San Diego,USA

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Shilpa Saxena

Located in La Jolla, a hilly seaside community in the city of San Diego, National University is also denoted as NU, California. As one of the largest private and non-profit universities in California, NU is known to offer various levels of academic challenges. The institution has successfully surpassed nationwide benchmarks for the past 10 consecutive years.

The university is widely recognized for its distinctive teaching methodology that allows its students to wrap up their education in comparatively lesser time frame than other four-year degree institutions. Specifically designed for working professionals, NU academic programs help adult learners across the world to take online classes with equal focus and attention. Online tutelage includes video streaming, interactive multimedia sessions, and real-time classrooms. With skilled faculty members and career advisors, the university is committed to offering success to its diverse student body.

Table of Contents
  1. Courses Offered
  2. Eligibility & Documents Required
  3. Application & Tuition Fees
  4. Scholarships & Financial Aid
  5. Admission Process
  6. Student Diversity & Preferred Profile
  7. Part Time Work While Studying
  8. Campuses & Accommodation
  9. University Contact Information

Courses Offered

What all courses are available to international students?

NU adopts a concentrated and exceptional learning model wherein students are provided with teaching on one course per month. The idea is to allow its students to focus on a single subject at a time and master its concepts to the depth. This also saves time and money especially in case of the international students as they can take up all the 12 courses (generally spread across 1.5-2 years within 12 months).


The university offers more than 75 courses to its students that can be undertaken at the university campus as well as online. These can be obtained in the following forms:

  • Certificate
  • Associate
  • Transfer
  • Terminal Associate
  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Post-bachelor’s certificate
  • Master’s degree
  • Doctorate – professional practice


  • Teaching and Education
  • Business and Management
  • Marketing
  • Accounting and Computing
  • Healthcare and Nursing
  • Human Services
  • Social Sciences and Psychology
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Criminal Justice and Law
  • Science and Mathematics
  • Arts and Humanities
  • Languages and more

Business Courses

NU MBA program also features the unique approach of teaching a single course in a month. Its curriculum is exclusively designed to impart business knowledge and managerial skills to transform its students into professionals.

MBA Specializations

  • Accounting
  • Finance and Economics
  • Leadership and Human Resources Management
  • Management and Marketing

The other business programs can be availed in the form of undergraduate and graduate degrees. These degrees cover the following areas:

  • Accounting
  • Business
  • Management
  • Human Resources
  • Leadership

NU has been acknowledged with specialized accreditation for many of its business programs through the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE). With a total endowments value of $558 million, the 2019 endowment of National University was $13,320.

Popular Courses

  • Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
  • Business Administration and Management
  • Teacher Education and Professional Development
  • Psychology
  • Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration

Special Programs

  • Service Learning
  • Senior Capstone or Culminating Academic Experience
  • Undergraduate Research/Creative Projects

Note: NU also offers English Language Learning programs for international students at all levels. There is no minimum eligibility criteria or requirement of official transcripts for the same.

Eligibility & Documents Required

What are the eligibility requirements?

Apart from the minimum education qualification, International students from non-English-speaking countries must undergo standardized English proficiency exams accepted worldwide.

Undergraduate Level Eligibility Requirements

The undergraduate-level entry requirements for international students are as follows:

  • Grade 12 in relevant discipline with a minimum GPA of 2 out of 4
  • English proficiency test (either of three):
    • TOEFL: Minimum score of 70
    • IELTS: Minimum 5.5 bands
    • PTE: Minimum score of 50
    • International English Proficiency Test (iTEP): Minimum score of 5
  • SAT or ACT (not mandatory but considered)

Graduate Level Eligibility Requirements

The graduate-level entry requirements for international students are as follows:

  • Four-year bachelor’s degree in relevant discipline or equivalent with a minimum GPA of 2.5 out of 4
  • English proficiency test (either of three):
    • TOEFL: Minimum score of 79
    • IELTS: Minimum 6 bands
    • PTE: Minimum score of 58 (above 79 for MBA)
    • International English Proficiency Test (iTEP): Minimum score of 5
  • GRE or GMAT (optional)

Note: To know the exact entry requirements, it is recommended to visit the exact course page on the official website for both graduate and undergraduate programs.

What documents are needed for the application?

The documents required at the time of application at National University are as follows:

  • Official academic transcripts
  • English proficiency score
  • Proof of employment (if any)
  • Copy of passport
  • GMAT/GRE (if any)

Note: Applicants are not required to submit personal essays or recommendation letters.

Requirements at the time of joining NU:

  • Proof of medical insurance
  • F-1 Student Visa
  • Financial documents in English in the form of either of the following:
    • Foreign bank: Minimum balance of $33,500 (written on bank letterhead with seal, date, and type of account)
    • US bank: Minimum ending balance of $3,722 (statements of two consecutive months from a US bank)
    • Section C of Affidavit of Support for international education (stamped/attested/signed by the sponsor’s bank)

Note: These application requirements for National University may vary with different courses or program specializations. Hence, it is advisable to visit the course pages of the official website to confirm the exact requirements.

Application & Tuition Fees

Is there any application fees?

International students need to pay a non-refundable application fee of $60 for applying to any graduate or undergraduate course. This payment needs to be made online at the time of application via international debit or credit cards.

What is the fee structure of courses offered by the university?

The tuition fee as well as the application fee for all the courses is the same. Nonetheless, the fee may vary with the level of courses offered.

Since all NU programs can be pursued using a monthly approach, the tuition for pursuing the same is not available in annual format but a quarter and unit format. Refer to the table below to get an idea on the same:

Course Type

4.5 Quarter Unit Course*

Cost Per Quarter Unit*

Bachelor Degrees



Master Degrees



Source: National University

Level of Courses Offered

NU offers seven levels of educational courses, viz.

  • Undergraduate (UG) levels: 100, 200, 300, 400, and 500
  • Graduate or Postgraduate (PG) levels: 500, 600, and 700

So far, the fee for all the levels in bachelors as well as masters is the same. However, with increasing levels, this cost may vary. Fee increases with levels, which means that variation would be experienced in the following way:

  • Fee of bachelor’s degrees would always be lesser than that of master’s degrees
  • Fee of UG level 500 would always be lesser than PG level 500
  • Fee of UG levels 100, 200, 300, and 400 may be lesser than that of UG level 500
  • Fee of PG levels 500 and 600 may be lesser than that of PG level 700

International Student Orientation Fee

Apart from the application fee, international students need to consider the following related fee and conditional charges:



International Student Orientation Fee


Transcript Fee

$5 per copy ($2 surcharge applicable to e-transcripts)

Returned Check Charge

$20 (applicable to unpaid delinquent financial obligations)

Credit by Examination Fee

$100 per examination

Challenge Examinations Fee

$50 per course

Source: National University

*Fee varies depending on the course and progressive years. We encourage you to check the school/department’s website for the exact fee.

Scholarships & Financial Aid

Is there any scholarship or financial aid available for international students?

National University awards its students with need and merit-based scholarships as well as financial assistance.

International Scholarships

International Student Scholarship for Prospective Students:

  • Criteria: Applicants must meet the minimum eligibility requirements to get considered
  • Award: An award of 50% tuition reimbursement of the initial four courses (modules) of the chosen academic program

International Student Leadership Scholarship for Current International Students:

  • Criteria: Applicants must demonstrate extraordinary leadership qualities in either academics or community service
  • Award: An award of 50% tuition reimbursement of any two courses in the current academic program

Financial Assistance

Though the international students are not eligible to avail the United States Federal or State Financial Aid, NU offers transfer-friendly programs and scholarships. This helps students save their tuition fee using either of the two options:

  • CCC-ADT Transfer Scholarship
  • Transfer to Success Scholarship

The latest guide provided by the university is of the financial year 2017-2018. Students may refer to its eligibility sections and procedure of application. Referring to FAFSA tips would allow students to apply for financial aid in a quick and hassle-free manner.

Admission Process

When do the admissions start?

National University follows a continuous-based academic calendar, which means that admissions happen round the year. Thus, there are no fixed intakes or deadlines to be followed or considered at the time of application. Though it is always good to apply in advance.

Early application: 2 to 4 months in advance

All the applicants must apply two-four months before the desired date of commencement of a program to get sufficient time for F1 Visa process.

The Office of International Affairs is responsible to look after all the queries and applications of the international students who apply at NU. They are also responsible for giving a comprehensive resource of:

  • Information
  • Advice
  • Assistance

As soon as international students come into the application loop of NU, they are assigned an International Admission Advisor. Applicants can contact their respective advisors to get details on specific course deadlines.

What are the steps to the application process? Does this involve an interview round?

Unlike other US Universities, National University requires both graduate and undergraduate applicants to follow the same steps to apply through its application portal.

Refer to the given below step-by-step approach for the same:

Step 1: Click on Apply Now button on top of any page of the university website and following window will open up.

Step 2: Choose the International Student Application option from the list of application options available.

Step 3: Read Tab 1 and check the admission requirements carefully.

Step 4: Get ready with application information and documents.

Step 5: Click on Tab 2 and note the fee requirements.

Step 6: On Tab 3, check document requirements that need to be uploaded/submitted.

Step 7: On Tab 4, students need to complete an ‘Intent to Register’ form.

Step 8: Next, click on ‘Register’ at the top of the page and create a new account at NU.

Step 9: Enter the required details such as first name, last name, and date of birth.

Step 10: Then click on ‘I agree’ checkbox and press ‘Continue’ button.

Step 11: To complete the registration steps, fill in the necessary details again along with an active email address.

Step 12: After this, start filling the step-by-step-form as given below:

The application goes as follow:

Tab 1: The foremost step includes entering the application objective, personal information, educational background, and visa information (if any).

Tab 2: The second step includes paying an application of $60.

Tab 3: The third step involved submitting the required documents, which are evaluated at the same time.

Tab 4: The fourth, and the last, step provides information on university seminars.

The application is not very extensive, hence it is recommended to keep the supporting documents and international debit/credit card handy to save time.

When will I hear from the university after I submit my application?

NU has simplified and streamlined its course application process to such an extent that the students can get enrolled in any chosen program right away. Since NU has rolling deadlines for all the courses it offers, there is no decision deadline either. The respective International Admission Advisors assigned to the international students can be contacted anytime to get an update on the application status.

Student Diversity & Preferred Profile

How difficult is it to get an admission? What is the acceptance rate of the university for international students?

With an acceptance rate of almost 89%, National University does not have a very selective admission committee. They prefer the good profiles for sure with overall experiences yet they accept students with average profiles easily.

In some cases, graduate applicants with less than 2.5 GPA in bachelors (which is the normal eligibility criterion) have also been admitted to the university with the help of a Bridge Program. International students, however, need to provide proof of their English proficiency.

Nevertheless, an important point to note here is that even with such a less acceptance ratio, the class size at NU is relatively small. It means that each batch has limited seats making it difficult for below-average students to procure admission. Limited seats also read to imparting quality education while maintaining a student to faculty ratio of 17:1.

NU Class Size

The university ensures to keep a small class size for better information exchange and educational conduct. This also allows students to perform better in academic projects and laboratories while working closely under the direct guidance of their professors.

Refer to the chart below to understand the average class size at NU:

Source: National University

As the chart shows above, more than 73% of classes have 20 students or less, while classes with more than 20 and less 50 students are less than 27%. An important point to note here is that there is no class or course offered with more than 50 seats, which makes it easier for professors to pay utmost attention to their students.

Factors Contributing to the Approval of a Graduate Application

The university has identified a number of factors that combine to increase the weightage of a graduate application. These are:

To learn how to go about these, check out the following helpful links:

Application Writing to Study Abroad:

Preparation of Standardized:

How many Indian/international students are studying at the university?

NU has a total of 23,909 students studying at its campus comprising both national as well as international scholars pursuing different programs. The university boasts more than 150,000 alumni from 82 countries.

Students in 2019

The table below gives the headcount of National University of 2019 batch:


Number of Students

Total Students






International Students


Source: National University

Popular Streams in 2019

Out of the most popular courses offered at NU, student segregation has been reported as follows:

Source: National University

As the chart indicates, from the popular courses at NU, students are the most interested in pursuing Nursing courses followed by Business and Management. Courses on Professional Teaching, Psychology, and Law have also shown an attractive number of participants. The remaining 47% of NU students are attracted towards the world-renowned STEM Education, Natural Sciences, Social Sciences, Humanities, and Arts courses.

Part Time Work While Studying

Can I work while studying here?

The Federal Work-Study Program of National University allows its students to work part-time during their study tenure. International students must adhere to the rules and regulations of working in the USA.


  • Both full-time and part-time students can work while studying at NU
  • Students are eligible to find jobs within and outside the campus
  • Working hours should not be exceeded by the amount of Federal Work-Study Program Award

Type of Job

Federal Work-Study Program accentuates the students to work within their civic education and find jobs related to the course of study.

Earnings and Payments

  • Salaries can be procured by the hours in case of undergraduate workers
  • Graduate students can be hired on either basis of hourly payments or salaried jobs
  • All students working within the campus must be paid by the school at least a month

Note: Students must understand the benefits they would be eligible to avail as an employee under any organization. For this, students need to go through the university’s Federal Work-Study Program guidelines thoroughly.

Campuses & Accommodation

How many colleges and campuses does the university have?

National University has four schools, two colleges, and one institute within its two main campuses with easy access to downtown, museums, parks, state beaches, and so on. The two main campuses are:

Campus Life

The beautiful locations of these campuses allow NU students to enjoy many fun activities during their break time, such as:

  • A welcome orientation
  • Educational field trips
  • Sight-seeing excursions
  • Workshops and seminars
  • Monthly networking events
  • Local sporting events

Campus Highlights

  • Student organizations: For learning and networking
  • Student Wellness Staff: For housing and financial guidance, food insecurities, mental health concerns, etc.
  • Student Academic Success Center (SASC): For providing support services to the academic needs of the students through career guidance contributing to the personal advancement of learners
  • On-Campus Writing Center: Allows students to show their creativity and talent

International Students Office

NU’s Office of International Affairs offers extensive services to its international students. These services include but are not limited to:

  • Assistance with the admissions process
  • Program planning
  • Credit transferring
  • Immigration services
  • Homestay options

The advisors and supervisors are capable of speaking in multiple languages, which makes it easy for international to connect and receive personal guidance.

Is on-campus housing available? How much does it cost?

Though National University does not provide on-campus accommodation, it values and understands the needs of its international students. Hence, the students may connect with their respective International Admission Advisors to get details on off-campus accommodation options.

To get an idea about the expenses, the total cost including the tuition, living, and miscellaneous cost at National University would be around $32,000 for one academic year. Hence, planning about the budget in advance is highly recommended.

Check out the Cost of Living in the USA for International Students and when to start thinking about Finances to Study Abroad.

University Contact Information

Whom should I contact in case of any doubts?

The website link and contact information for international students are as follows:


Telephone: + 858 541 7747


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