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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
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:  17,488 (8,850 undergraduate)
Student-to-faculty ratio:  20 to 1
Carnegie Classification
Master's Colleges & 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
Credit Accepted
Credit for life experiences
Advanced placement (AP) credits
Faculty and graduate assistants by primary function, Fall 2015Full timePart time
Total faculty299870
Research and public service00
Total graduate assistants-0
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 year2012-20132013-20142014-20152015-2016% change 2014-2015 to 2015-2016
Tuition and fees$11,736$12,096$12,384$12,7442.9%
Books and supplies$1,480$1,520$1,552$1,5681.0%
Living arrangement
Off Campus
Room and board$9,744$10,016$10,216$10,6404.2%
Off Campus with Family
Total Expenses2012-20132013-20142014-20152015-2016% change 2014-2015 to 2015-2016
Off Campus$25,488$27,336$27,840$28,6562.9%
Off Campus with Family$16,000$17,416$17,728$18,1202.2%
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Average graduate student tuition and fees for academic year2015-2016
Alternative Tuition Plans
  • No alternative tuition plans are offered by this institution.
Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2014-2015
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 aid14261%————
Grant or scholarship aid2638%$117,622$4,524
Federal grants2435%$106,882$4,453
Pell grants2435%$101,374$4,224
Other federal grants34%$5,508$1,836
State/local government grant or scholarships(*)1%(*)(*)
Institutional grants or scholarships(*)3%(*)(*)
Student loan aid3145%$329,989$10,645
Federal student loans3145%$312,201$10,071
Other student loans57%$17,788$3,558
  • 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 aid13,80739%$18,546,309$4,872
Pell grants3,56837%$14,189,893$3,977
Federal student loans3,64337%$40,359,140$11,079
  • 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.
Average net price$21,280$22,401$22,149
Full-time beginning undergraduate students who were awarded Title IV aid by income.
Average net price by Income2012-20132013-20142014-2015
$0 – $30,000$21,407$23,949$23,483
$30,001 – $48,000$22,478$24,191$22,496
$48,001 – $75,000$23,106$24,622$25,924
$75,001 – $110,000$23,268$26,406$26,853
$110,001 and more$27,214$26,853
  • 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 2015
Total enrollment17,488
Undergraduate enrollment8,850
Undergraduate transfer-in enrollment3,721
Graduate enrollment8,638
Undergraduate Attendance StatusUndergraduate Student Gender
Undergraduate Attendance Status:
Full-time: 37%
Part-time: 63%Undergraduate Student Gender:
Male: 43%
Female: 57%
Undergraduate Race/ethnicity
Undergraduate Race/ethnicity:
American Indian or Alaska Native: 1%
Asian: 10%
Black or African American: 11%
Hispanic/Latino: 26%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander: 2%
White: 38%
Two or more races: 5%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 6%
Non-resident alien: 2%
Undergraduate Student AgeUndergraduate Student Residence
Undergraduate Student Age:
24 and under: 27%
25 and over: 73%
Age unknown: 0%Undergraduate Student Residence:
In-state: 87%
Out-of-state: 10%
Foreign countries: 0%
Unknown: 2%
  • Residence data are reported for first-time degree/certificate-seeking undergraduates, Fall 2014.
Graduate Attendance Status
Graduate Attendance Status:
Full-time: 61%
Part-time: 39%
Undergraduate Distance Education StatusGraduate Distance Education Status
Undergraduate Enrollment by Distance Education Status:
Enrolled only in distance education: 62%
Enrolled in some distance education: 11%
Not enrolled in any distance education: 27%Graduate Enrollment by Distance Education Status:
Enrolled only in distance education: 58%
Enrolled in some distance education: 8%
Not enrolled in any distance education: 34%
Undergraduate application fee (2015-2016): $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: 64%
Part-time students: 33%
Percentage of Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2014 and Returned in Fall 2015
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 2009-10
Overall graduation rate:
Overall graduation rate: 33%
(*) 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:
[Began in 2007-08]
4-year: 15%
6-year: 38%
8-year: 38%
[Began in 2009-10]
4-year: 13%
6-year: 30%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Graduated in the Specified Amount of Time and Began in 2007-08 or 2009-10
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: 50%
Female: 15%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in 2009-10 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:
American Indian or Alaska Native: 0%
Asian: 100%
Black or African American: 0%
Hispanic/Latino: 0%
White: 29%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 100%
Non-resident alien: 38%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in 2009-10 and Received a Degree or Award Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
Completions (Number of awards conferred) 2014-2015
Completions are the number of awards conferred by program and award level.
sort byProgramAssociateBachelorMasterUndergraduate
  • 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-104--
Cell/Cellular Biology and Anatomical Sciences, Other16----
Category total16104--
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services
Business Administration and Management, General12d318d251d--
Business/Corporate Communications-13d---
Casino Management-1d-0d-
Construction Management-3-0-
E-Commerce/Electronic Commerce--0-0
Finance, General-15d0d1d-
General Merchandising, Sales, and Related Marketing Operations, Other---0-
Hospitality Administration/Management, General0----
Human Resources Management and Services, Other---3d0d
Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General--41d25d-
International Business/Trade/Commerce--8d-0d
International Finance--0--
Knowledge Management--0--
Logistics, Materials, and Supply Chain Management----0
Management Information Systems, General-47d34d0d-
Management Science-0---
Marketing/Marketing Management, General-0d-1d-
Organizational Behavior Studies-12d---
Organizational Leadership-45d101d--
Project Management----3d
Real Estate0----
Telecommunications Management--0--
Category total12d546d511d32d4d
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs
Communication, General2d13d20d--
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs, Other-0---
Digital Communication and Media/Multimedia2d8d2d--
Category total4d21d22d--
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services
Computer and Information Systems Security/Information Assurance--64d--
Computer Science-24d72d--
Data Modeling/Warehousing and Database Administration--0d--
Information Technology Project Management-68d11d-
Category total-92d137d1d-
Construction Trades
Construction Trades, General-0---
Construction Trades, Other---0-
Category total-0-0-
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services--79--
Early Childhood Education and Teaching0d136d--3d
Education, General0d-874d-0d
Education/Teaching of Individuals in Early Childhood Special Education Programs----0
Education/Teaching of Individuals with Autism----2d
Education/Teaching of Individuals with Hearing Impairments Including Deafness--1--
Education/Teaching of the Gifted and Talented--0--
Educational Leadership and Administration, General--195-0
Educational, Instructional, and Curriculum Supervision--14d--
Educational/Instructional Technology-0d17d-0d
Elementary Education and Teaching-203--
English/Language Arts Teacher Education-10d0d--
Higher Education/Higher Education Administration--25d--
Mathematics Teacher Education-0d7d0d0d
Multicultural Education--24--
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching-0---
Reading Teacher Education----0
Secondary Education and Teaching-01--
Social and Philosophical Foundations of Education-0---
Special Education and Teaching, General--296--
Special Education and Teaching, Other--0--
Teacher Assistant/Aide0----
Category total0d166d1,536d0d5d
Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering-0---
Computer Software Engineering-00--
Construction Engineering-7d---
Electrical and Electronics Engineering-0---
Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering--5--
Manufacturing Engineering-11---
Systems Engineering--0--
Telecommunications Engineering--2d--
Category total-18d7d--
Engineering Technology and Engineering-Related Fields
Architectural Engineering Technology/Technician----0
Drafting/Design Engineering Technologies/Technicians, Other-0---
Engineering Technology, General2d----
Engineering/Industrial Management--29d--
Category total2d029d-0
English Language and Literature/Letters
Creative Writing3d-48d--
English Language and Literature, General-30d68d--
Rhetoric and Composition--0--
Category total3d30d116d--
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
Applied Linguistics--0--
Arabic Language and Literature-1-0-
Chinese Language and Literature-0-0-
Comparative Literature-0---
Iranian Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics-0---
Spanish Language and Literature-12d---
Category total-13d00-
Health Professions and Related Programs
Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist-36d---
Clinical Research Coordinator--0--
Community Health and Preventive Medicine000--
Emergency Medical Technology/Technician (EMT Paramedic)---0-
Health and Wellness, General-0--0
Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences, General-31d---
Health/Health Care Administration/Management023d9--
Holistic Health--0--
Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse Training019-0-
Medical Informatics4d-20d-0d
Medical Insurance Coding Specialist/Coder0----
Medical Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiation Therapist-9---
Nurse Anesthetist--9--
Nursing Practice--0--
Pre-Nursing Studies30---
Public Health, General-52d65d--
Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research and Clinical Nursing, Other----0
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse02520-0
Rehabilitation and Therapeutic Professions, Other0----
Substance Abuse/Addiction Counseling2d--0d-
Category total9d422d103d0d0d
History, General-19d4d--
Category total-19d4d--
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services
Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration1d117d30d1d-
Forensic Science and Technology--46d-4d
Homeland Security-47d12d--
Juvenile Corrections--3d--
Category total1d164d91d1d4d
Legal Professions and Studies
Legal Assistant/Paralegal08-3-
Legal Studies, General-0-0-
Pre-Law Studies-13d---
Category total021d-3-
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities
General Studies100d22d---
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Other-0---
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies-0---
Category total100d22d---
Mathematics and Statistics
Mathematics, General-4---
Statistics, General--4d--
Category total-44d--
Mechanic and Repair Technologies/Technicians
Electrical/Electronics Equipment Installation and Repair, General---0-
Category total---0-
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies
Biological and Physical Sciences-0---
International/Global Studies-6d---
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, General-43d---
Natural Sciences-0---
Sustainability Studies--9d--
Category total-49d14d--
Natural Resources and Conservation
Environmental Science-7---
Category total-7---
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management5d--0-
Sports Studies-14d16d--
Category total5d14d16d0-
Personal and Culinary Services
Funeral Service and Mortuary Science, Other----0d
Category total----0d
Physical Sciences
Geology/Earth Science, General-0---
Category total-0---
Applied Behavior Analysis----11
Counseling Psychology--177--
Industrial and Organizational Psychology--0--
Psychology, General-188d65d--
School Psychology--46d--
Category total-188d288d-11
Public Administration and Social Service Professions
Public Administration-21d176d--
Category total-21d176d--
Social Sciences
Political Science and Government, General-11d---
Social Sciences, General-4---
Category total-53d---
Transportation and Materials Moving
Diver, Professional and Instructor---0-
Category total---0-
Visual and Performing Arts
Arts, Entertainment,and Media Management, General-8---
Cinematography and Film/Video Production--8d--
Film/Cinema/Video Studies--11d--
Game and Interactive Media Design0-0--
Playwriting and Screenwriting--4d--
Category total0823d--
Grand total1521,8883,0813724
Services and Programs for Servicemembers and Veterans
Yellow Ribbon Program (officially known as Post-9/11 GI Bill, Yellow Ribbon Program)
Credit for military training
Dedicated point of contact for support services for veterans, military servicemembers, and their families
Member of Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges
Tuition policies specifically for Veterans and Servicemembers
Educational Benefits, 2014-2015
Number of students receiving benefits/assistance
Number of students receiving benefits/assistance:
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - undergraduates: 3195
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - graduates: 994
DoD Tuition Assistance Program - undergraduates: 1994
DoD Tuition Assistance Program - graduates: 412
Average amount of benefits/assistance awarded through the institution
Average amount of benefits/assistance awarded through the institution:
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - undergraduates: $8,096
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - graduates: $6,601
DoD Tuition Assistance Program - undergraduates: $2,035
DoD Tuition Assistance Program - graduates: $2,480
Full-time students: 81%
Part-time students: 74%
Retention rate is the percentage of undergraduate students who began their studies in academic year 2013-14 and returned in academic year 2014-15
  • No varsity sports data reported for this institution.
Institutional Accreditation
AgencyPeriods of AccreditationStatus
Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Senior College and University Commission6/30/1975 - 2/28/1977Accredited
2/28/1977 -  Accredited
2/28/1977 - 6/30/1975Pre-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 level program offered outside a school of public health6/8/2013 -  Accredited
2014 Crime Statistics
Arrests - On-Campus201220132014
Illegal weapons possession000
Drug law violations000
Liquor law violations000
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus201220132014
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter000
Negligent manslaughter000
Sex offenses - Forcible00
Sex offenses - Non-forcible (incest and statutory rape only)00
Statutory rape0
Aggravated assault000
Motor vehicle theft000
  • 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.
  • As of the 2015 data collection (2014 data onwards), statistics for Sex offenses - Forcible and Sex offenses - Non-forcible are no longer collected. Rape, Fondling, Incest and Statutory rape statistics were not collected prior to the 2015 data collection.
  • 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
Three-year Official Cohort Default Rates
Fiscal Year201320122011
Default rate5.3%5.4%7.0%
Number in default356334475
Number in repayment6,6696,1366,783
Aid Programs
  • Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan)