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 165,000 alumni worldwide.
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Division of Pre-College Programs
National University offers Pre-K-12 educational programs through the Division of Pre-College Programs, which includes National University Virtual High School (NUVHS) and National University Academy (NUA).
NUVHS is a comprehensive, private, independent online high school serving both full-time and part-time students. NUA consists of three tuition-free K-12 California public charter schools, with 11 statewide learning centers.