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National University
Motto Discendo Vivimus
(Latin, "We live through learning.")
Established 1971
Type Private school
Endowment US$341.2 million[1]
President Patricia Potter, Interim
Undergraduates 6,000
Postgraduates 19,000
Location San Diego, Ca., USA
Colors blue and gray         

National University is an accredited, private university based in La Jolla, California with regional campuses located throughout that state and one in Nevada.



National University is organized into five schools and one college; the School of Business and Management; the School of Education; the School of Engineering and Technology; the School of Health and Human Services; the School of Media and Communication; and the College of Letters and Sciences.[2] Students can earn associate's, bachelor's, and master's degrees. The university offers 100 undergraduate and graduate degrees, as well as 22 teacher credential and certificate programs. It offers more than 100 graduate and undergraduate degree programs and over 300 courses online.[3]


National University is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC),[4] one of six official academic bodies responsible for the accreditation of public and private universities, colleges, secondary and elementary schools in the United States.


The National University System includes; National University, John F. Kennedy University, National Polytechnic College of Science, National University International, National University Virtual High School, National University Academy, Spectrum Pacific Learning Company, and WestMed College. Entities related to the System include the Center for Integrative Health, the National University System Institute for Policy Research, and National University Golf Academy.


National University has more than 30 regional locations in California and one in Henderson, Nevada. National University also supports 11 Learning Centers located on U.S. military bases throughout California and Washington including:

  • Naval Air Station North Island Learning Center
  • Naval Base Bremerton Admissions Office
  • Naval Base Coronado Learning Center
  • Naval Base San Diego Learning Center
  • Naval Hospital Admissions Office
  • Naval Submarine Base Admissions Office
  • Marine Corps Air Station Miramar Learning Center
  • Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton Learning Center
  • Marine Corps Recruit Depot Learning Center
  • Twentynine Palms Marine Air Ground Task Force Training Center Learning Center
  • Fleet ASW Training Center Learning Center


In 2008, the university boasted 3 alumni as having received recognition as California Teacher of the Year by the State Superintendent of Public Instruction.[5]

According to figures released in 2008 by the Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC), National University has prepared more candidates for teaching credentials than any other university in California over the past nine years.[6]

According to data from the ninth annual report of the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) released on November 10, 2008, National University has surpassed nationwide benchmarks measuring the level of academic educational standards at four-year colleges and universities seven years in a row.[7]

In 2006, National University earned an Emmy award from the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, Pacific Southwest Chapter, for its "One University" commercial.[8]

In 2002, National University received a "Baby Baldrige" Eureka Award from the California Council for Excellence, and repeated this honor in 2003.[3]

Regional campuses

Regional campuses are located in (California unless otherwise noted):

Student body

Roughly 22,000 full-time undergraduate and graduate students are currently enrolled.[2]. The university was founded in 1971, and is the second-largest private nonprofit university in the state of California.[3] With 12,907 graduate students officially listed, National University ranks above all other institutions of higher education except University of Phoenix (40,432 enrolled) and Nova Southeastern University (13,717 enrolled).

See also


  1. ^ "College and University Endowments Over $250-Million, 2007". Chronicle of Higher Education: pp. 28. 2008-08-29. 
  2. ^ a b Statistical information and history of NU San Diego: Global Wireless Education Consortium website. Retrieved on January 2, 2008.
  3. ^ a b c Information on National University, San Diego: website. Retrieved on January 2, 2008.
  4. ^ Accreditation: Office for Postsecondary Education website. Retrieved on January 23, 2008.
  5. ^ 2008 California Teachers Of The Year, National University alumni Lewis Chappelear, Gregory McFall, and Tamara Reina: announced by Jack O'Connell at the California Department of Education website. Retrieved on January 2, 2008.
  6. ^ CCTC information on teaching credential candidate preparation: AllEducationSchools website. Retrieved on January 2, 2008.
  7. ^ National Survey of Student Engagement - benchmarks: NSSE website. Retrieved on January 23, 2008.
  8. ^ Emmy award 2007 (Commercial, "One University"): National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences website. Retrieved on January 2, 2008.

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