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IPEDS ID: 119605
OPE ID: 01146000
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National University
11255 North Torrey Pines Road, La Jolla, California 92037-1011
Distance from ZIP:  0.0 miles from 92037
General information:  (800) 628-8648
Website:  www.nu.edu
Type:  4-year, Private not-for-profit
Awards offered:  Less than one year certificate
Associate's degree
Bachelor's degree
Postbaccalaureate certificate
Master's degree
Doctor's degree - professional practice
Campus setting:  City: Large
Campus housing:  No
Student population:  17,898 (9,482 undergraduate)
Student-to-faculty ratio:  11 to 1
Carnegie Classification
Master's Colleges and Universities (larger programs)
Religious Affiliation
Not applicable
Federal Aid
Eligible students may receive Pell Grants and other federal aid (e.g. Direct Loans).
Undergraduate students enrolled who are formally registered with office of disability services
3% or less
Special Learning Opportunities
Teacher certification
Distance education opportunities - undergraduate level
Distance education opportunities - graduate level
Weekend/evening college
Student Services
Remedial services
Academic/career counseling service
Employment services for students
Placement services for completers
Credit Accepted
Credit for life experiences
Advanced placement (AP) credits
Faculty and graduate assistants by primary function, Fall 2012Full timePart time
Total faculty2612,495
Instructional2612,495
Research and public service00
Total graduate assistants-3
Instructional-0
Research-3
Estimated Expenses for Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
Estimated expenses for academic year2010-20112011-20122012-20132013-2014% change 2012-2013 to 2013-2014
Tuition and fees$11,088$11,376$11,736$12,0963.1%
Books and supplies$1,440$1,472$1,480$1,5202.7%
Living arrangement
Off Campus
Room and board$9,760$9,656$9,744$10,0162.8%
Other$2,504$2,536$2,528$3,70446.5%
Off Campus with Family
Other$2,736$2,768$2,784$3,80036.5%
Total Expenses2010-20112011-20122012-20132013-2014% change 2012-2013 to 2013-2014
Off Campus$24,792$25,040$25,488$27,3367.3%
Off Campus with Family$15,264$15,616$16,000$17,4168.9%
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Average graduate student tuition and fees for academic year2013-2014
Tuition$10,368
Fees$0
Alternative Tuition Plans
  • No alternative tuition plans are offered by this institution.
Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2012-2013
Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
Type of AidNumber receiving aidPercent receiving aidTotal amount of aid receivedAverage amount of aid received
Any student financial aid110241%————
Grant or scholarship aid6225%$184,078$2,969
Federal grants6225%$183,578$2,961
Pell grants6024%$177,078$2,951
Other federal grants(*)1%(*)(*)
State/local government grant or scholarships00%$0
Institutional grants or scholarships(*)0%(*)(*)
Student loan aid10040%$1,049,692$10,497
Federal student loans9739%$900,631$9,285
Other student loans3213%$149,061$4,658
  • 1 Includes students receiving Federal work study aid and aid from other sources not listed above.
  • (*) Number receiving aid and total and average amounts of aid received are withheld to preserve the privacy of individuals.
All Undergraduate Students
Type of AidNumber receiving aidPercent receiving aidTotal amount of aid receivedAverage amount of aid received
Grant or scholarship aid12,72129%$12,413,976$4,562
Pell grants2,54227%$9,527,486$3,748
Federal student loans3,70139%$41,892,662$11,319
  • 1 Grant or scholarship aid includes aid received, from the federal government, state or local government, the institution, and other sources known by the institution.

  • For more information on Student Financial Assistance Programs or to apply for financial aid via the web, visit Federal Student Aid.
Average Net Price for Full-Time Beginning Students
Full-time beginning undergraduate students who were awarded grant or scholarship aid from federal, state or local governments, or the institution.
2010-20112011-20122012-2013
Average net price$20,128$19,779$21,142
Full-time beginning undergraduate students who were awarded Title IV aid by income.
Average net price by Income2010-20112011-20122012-2013
$0 – $30,000$22,018$20,269$21,407
$30,001 – $48,000$22,472$21,624$22,478
$48,001 – $75,000$22,422$22,323$23,106
$75,001 – $110,000$23,601$21,165$23,268
$110,001 and more$22,781
  • Average net price is generated by subtracting the average amount of federal, state/local government, or institutional grant or scholarship aid from the total cost of attendance. Total cost of attendance is the sum of published tuition and required fees, books and supplies, and the weighted average for room and board and other expenses.
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
  • Title IV aid to students includes grant aid, work study aid, and loan aid. These include: Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG), Academic Competitiveness Grant (ACG), National Science and Mathematics Access to Retain Talent Grant (National SMART Grant), Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant, Federal Work-Study, Federal Perkins Loan, Subsidized Direct or FFEL Stafford Loan, and Unsubsidized Direct or FFEL Stafford Loan. For those Title IV recipients, net price is reported by income category and includes students who received federal aid even if none of that aid was provided in the form of grants. While Title IV status defines the cohort of student for which the data are reported, the definition of net price remains the same – total cost of attendance minus grant aid.
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Fall 2012
Total enrollment17,898
Undergraduate enrollment9,482
Undergraduate transfer-in enrollment5,006
Graduate enrollment8,416
Undergraduate Attendance StatusUndergraduate Student Gender
Undergraduate Attendance Status:
Full-time: 55%
Part-time: 45%Undergraduate Student Gender:
Male: 42%
Female: 58%
Undergraduate Race/ethnicity
Undergraduate Race/ethnicity:
American Indian or Alaska Native: 1%
Asian: 10%
Black or African American: 11%
Hispanic/Latino: 25%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander: 2%
White: 40%
Two or more races: 4%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 7%
Non-resident alien: 2%
Undergraduate Student AgeUndergraduate Student Residence
Undergraduate Student Age:
24 and under: 27%
25 and over: 72%
Age unknown: 1%Undergraduate Student Residence:
In-state: 82%
Out-of-state: 11%
Foreign countries: 3%
Unknown: 4%
  • Age data are reported for Fall 2011.
  • Residence data are reported for first-time degree/certificate-seeking undergraduates.
Graduate Attendance Status
Graduate Attendance Status:
Full-time: 53%
Part-time: 47%
Undergraduate Distance Education StatusGraduate Distance Education Status
Undergraduate Enrollment by Distance Education Status:
Enrolled only in distance education: 58%
Enrolled in some distance education: 9%
Not enrolled in any distance education: 33%Graduate Enrollment by Distance Education Status:
Enrolled only in distance education: 66%
Enrolled in some distance education: 10%
Not enrolled in any distance education: 24%
Undergraduate application fee (2013-2014): $60
  • This institution has an open admission policy. Contact the institution for more information.
First-to-Second Year Retention Rates

Retention rates measure the percentage of first-time students who are seeking bachelor's degrees who return to the institution to continue their studies the following fall.

Retention Rates for First-Time Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
Student retention:
Full-time students: 58%
Part-time students: 47%
Percentage of Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2011 and Returned in Fall 2012
Overall Graduation Rate and Transfer-Out Rate

The overall graduation rate is also known as the "Student Right to Know" or IPEDS graduation rate. It tracks the progress of students who began their studies as full-time, first-time degree- or certificate-seeking students to see if they complete a degree or other award such as a certificate within 150% of "normal time" for completing the program in which they are enrolled.

Some institutions also report a transfer-out rate, which is the percentage of the full-time, first-time students who transferred to another institution.

Note that not all students at the institution are tracked for these rates. Students who have already attended another postsecondary institution, or who began their studies on a part-time basis, are not tracked for this rate.

Overall Graduation and Transfer-Out Rates for Students Who Began Their Studies in 2007-08
Overall graduation rate:
Overall graduation rate: 31%
(*) Transfer-out rate:
Percentage of Full-time, First-Time Students Who Graduated or Transferred Out Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
  • (*) Not all institutions report transfer-out rates.
Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rates

Bachelor’s degree graduation rates measure the percentage of entering students beginning their studies full-time and are planning to get a bachelor’s degree and who complete their degree program within a specified amount of time.

Graduation Rates for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
Bachelor's degree rate:
4-year: 38%
6-year: 38%
8-year: 38%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Graduated in the Specified Amount of Time
6-Year Graduation Rate by Gender for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
6-Year Graduation Rate by Gender for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees:
Male: 29%
Female: 50%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in 2007-08 and Received a Degree or Award Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
6-Year Graduation Rate by Race/Ethnicity for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
6-Year Graduation Rate by Race/Ethnicity for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees:
Black or African American: 0%
Hispanic/Latino: 50%
White: 43%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 50%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in 2007-08 and Received a Degree or Award Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
Completions (Number of awards conferred) 2012-2013
Completions are the number of awards conferred by program and award level.
sort byProgramAssociateBachelorMasterUndergraduate
Certificate
Postgraduate
Certificate
  • Data shown are for first majors.
  • (-) Program is not offered at this award level.
  • d identifies programs and award levels that are offered as a distance education program. For program category totals, d is shown if one or more programs in the category are offered as a distance education program.
Biological And Biomedical Sciences
Biology/Biological Sciences, General-90--
Biostatistics-0---
Cell/Cellular Biology and Anatomical Sciences, Other1----
Category total190--
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services
Accounting-83d62d1d5d
Business Administration and Management, General0d266d277d--
Business/Corporate Communications-0d---
Casino Management-5d-0d-
Construction Management-7-0d-
E-Commerce/Electronic Commerce--1-0
Finance, General-10d02d-
General Merchandising, Sales, and Related Marketing Operations, Other---0-
Hospitality Administration/Management, General0d----
Human Resources Management and Services, Other---4d0d
Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General--52d26d-
International Business/Trade/Commerce--12d-0d
International Finance--0--
Knowledge Management--0--
Logistics, Materials, and Supply Chain Management----0
Management Information Systems, General-45d30d0-
Management Science-0---
Marketing/Marketing Management, General-2d-1d-
Organizational Behavior Studies-5d---
Organizational Leadership-22d74d--
Project Management----1d
Real Estate0----
Taxation--0--
Telecommunications Management--0--
Category total0d445d508d34d6d
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs
Communication, General0d12d25d--
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs, Other-0---
Digital Communication and Media/Multimedia0d3d5d--
Category total0d15d30d--
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services
Computer and Information Systems Security/Information Assurance--41d--
Computer Science-15d33d--
Data Modeling/Warehousing and Database Administration--0--
Information Technology Project Management-51d1d0-
Category total-66d75d0-
Construction Trades
Construction Trades, General-0---
Construction Trades, Other---0-
Category total-0-0-
Education
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services--131--
Early Childhood Education and Teaching0d136d--5d
Education, General0-896d-1
Education/Teaching of Individuals in Early Childhood Special Education Programs----19
Education/Teaching of Individuals with Autism----15d
Education/Teaching of Individuals with Hearing Impairments Including Deafness--12--
Education/Teaching of the Gifted and Talented--1--
Educational Leadership and Administration, General--135-0d
Educational, Instructional, and Curriculum Supervision--23d--
Educational/Instructional Technology-015d-3d
Elementary Education and Teaching-242--
English/Language Arts Teacher Education-10d0--
Higher Education/Higher Education Administration--0d--
Mathematics Teacher Education-2000
Multicultural Education--112--
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching-0---
Reading Teacher Education----18d
Secondary Education and Teaching-02--
Social and Philosophical Foundations of Education-0---
Special Education and Teaching, General--279--
Special Education and Teaching, Other--0--
Teacher Assistant/Aide0d----
Category total0d172d1,608d061d
Engineering
Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering-0---
Computer Software Engineering-00--
Construction Engineering-9d---
Electrical and Electronics Engineering-0---
Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering--7--
Manufacturing Engineering-11---
Systems Engineering--0--
Telecommunications Engineering--9d--
Category total-20d16d--
Engineering Technology and Engineering-Related Fields
Architectural Engineering Technology/Technician----0
Drafting/Design Engineering Technologies/Technicians, Other-0---
Engineering Technology, General0d----
Engineering/Industrial Management--37d--
Category total0d037d-0
English Language and Literature/Letters
Creative Writing0d-49d--
English Language and Literature, General-37d115d--
Rhetoric and Composition--0--
Category total0d37d164d--
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
Applied Linguistics--0--
Arabic Language and Literature-5-1-
Chinese Language and Literature-0-0-
Comparative Literature-0---
Iranian Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics-0---
Spanish Language and Literature-4d---
Category total-9d01-
Health Professions and Related Programs
Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist-4d---
Clinical Research Coordinator--1--
Community Health and Preventive Medicine000--
Emergency Medical Technology/Technician (EMT Paramedic)---0-
Health and Wellness, General-0--0d
Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences, General-29d---
Health/Health Care Administration/Management01d9--
Holistic Health--0--
Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse Training019-0-
Medical Informatics0d-2d-0
Medical Insurance Coding Specialist/Coder0d----
Medical Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiation Therapist-0---
Nurse Anesthetist--0--
Nursing Practice--0--
Pre-Nursing Studies100---
Public Health, General-10d17d--
Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research and Clinical Nursing, Other----0
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse302630-0
Rehabilitation and Therapeutic Professions, Other0----
Substance Abuse/Addiction Counseling0d--3d-
Category total40d326d29d3d0d
History
History, General-19d11d--
Category total-19d11d--
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services
Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration0d105d7d4d-
Forensic Science and Technology--51d-1d
Homeland Security-28d16d--
Juvenile Corrections--0--
Category total0d133d74d4d1d
Legal Professions and Studies
Legal Assistant/Paralegal12-1-
Legal Studies, General-1-1-
Pre-Law Studies-17d---
Category total120d-2-
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities
General Studies67d31d---
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Other-0---
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies-0---
Category total67d31d---
Mathematics and Statistics
Mathematics, General-4---
Category total-4---
Mechanic and Repair Technologies/Technicians
Electrical/Electronics Equipment Installation and Repair, General---0-
Category total---0-
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies
Biological and Physical Sciences-0---
Gerontology--0--
International/Global Studies-5d---
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, General-54d---
Natural Sciences-1---
Sustainability Studies--0d--
Category total-60d0d--
Natural Resources and Conservation
Environmental Science-5---
Category total-5---
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management3d--0-
Sports Studies-13d4d--
Category total3d13d4d0-
Personal and Culinary Services
Funeral Service and Mortuary Science, Other----0d
Category total----0d
Physical Sciences
Geology/Earth Science, General-1---
Category total-1---
Psychology
Applied Behavior Analysis----27
Counseling Psychology--226--
Industrial and Organizational Psychology--0--
Psychology, General-164d113d--
School Psychology--54d--
Category total-164d393d-27
Public Administration and Social Service Professions
Public Administration-9d136d--
Category total-9d136d--
Social Sciences
Political Science and Government, General-8d---
Social Sciences, General-0d---
Sociology-40d---
Category total-48d---
Transportation and Materials Moving
Diver, Professional and Instructor---14-
Category total---14-
Visual and Performing Arts
Arts, Entertainment,and Media Management, General-5---
Cinematography and Film/Video Production--12d--
Film/Cinema/Video Studies--0d--
Game and Interactive Media Design0-1--
Playwriting and Screenwriting--3d--
Category total0516d--
Grand total1121,6113,1015895
  • No varsity sports data reported for this institution.
Institutional Accreditation
AgencyPeriods of AccreditationStatus
Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities 2/28/1977 -  Accredited
Specialized Accreditation
Agency / ProgramPeriods of AccreditationStatus
Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels4/21/2001 -  Accredited
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the graduate degree levels4/21/2001 - 5/1/2003Terminated
Council on Education for Public Health
Public Health Programs (PHPG) - Graduate programs offered outside schools of public health(!)6/6/2013 -  Accredited
  • (!) Estimated date
2012 Crime Statistics
Arrests - On-Campus201020112012
Illegal weapons possession000
Drug law violations000
Liquor law violations000
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus201020112012
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter000
Negligent manslaughter000
Sex offenses - Forcible000
Sex offenses - Non-forcible (incest and statutory rape only)000
Robbery000
Aggravated assault000
Burglary010
Motor vehicle theft000
Arson000
  • The crime data reported by the institutions have not been subjected to independent verification by the U.S. Department of Education. Therefore, the Department cannot vouch for the accuracy of the data reported here.
  • These data do not include incidents that: (a) took place off campus on public property immediately adjacent to and accessible from the Campus; (b) took place on a noncampus building or property owned or controlled by a student organization that is officially recognized by the institution; or (c) incidents at buildings/property owned or controlled by an institution but is not contiguous to the institution. For further information, see http://ope.ed.gov/security.
Three-year Official Cohort Default Rates
Fiscal Year20102009
Default rate7.4%7.0%
Number in default449438
Number in repayment6,0636,190
Aid Programs
  • Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan)
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