National University

Providing accessible, achievable education to a diverse population of students

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About National University

National University (NU) is an accredited, private nonprofit institution founded in 1971 by retired U.S. Navy Capt. David Chigos. As the largest, private nonprofit university in San Diego, the University’s mission is to provide accessible, achievable, market-relevant educational and career development opportunities to lifelong learners.

NU offers on-campus and online programs with flexible four-week classes to students across the U.S. and around the globe. NU’s undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral programs prepare students to enter or advance in fields such as education, business, healthcare, cybersecurity and engineering, and public safety. As a champion for educators, NU recommends more teachers for credentials than any other university in California.

Since its founding, the National University community has grown to over 180,000 alumni worldwide.

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National University High School

NUVHS is a comprehensive, private, independent online high school serving both full-time and part-time students. NUVHS consists of three tuition-free K-12 California public charter schools, with 11 statewide learning centers.

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National University Fast Facts

  • Veteran-founded nonprofit university
  • Accredited by WASC Senor College and University Commission
  • Undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral programs
  • Four-week classes offered online or on-site
  • Based in San Diego
  • Locations across California and in Nevada
  • Classes taught by faculty working in their fields
  • #1 choice for California teachers
  • Named Best Value College by Money Magazine
  • Yellow Ribbon and Military-Friendly® School

National University Highlights

Explore Our Programs

Ready to advance in your field or change your career path? Check out our degree, certificate, and credential programs.

Serving Those Who Serve

Learn more about National University’s dedication to serving active-duty servicemembers and veterans.

Teacher Pathway Inclusion Program

NU is working to meet a nationwide demand for educators of diverse backgrounds to serve high-need areas.

Demand for Cybersecurity Experts

NU is one of six designated centers in California to be recognized as a Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense.

Public Safety Promise

Learn more about National University’s commitment to providing affordable, accessible education to public safety professionals and their dependents.

Opportunities in Healthcare

The National University-Sharp HealthCare partnership includes scholarship opportunities for employees of Sharp HealthCare.

Transforming Higher Ed

Learn how the Precision Institute at National University is personalizing education to adapt to individual student needs and interests.

Contact Us

Get in touch with us to learn more about National University, our mission, and our programs.

Meet Our President

Randy C. Frisch was named interim president of National University, effective August 1, 2021. Previously, Interim President Frisch served as president of City University of Seattle for five years and as vice chancellor of business and administration for National University System for four years. Interim President Frisch also has extensive experience in the publishing, law, and business sectors and has been an active member of the community. He is devoted to ensuring students are provided with world-class education that’s both accessible and affordable.

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