National University

Private, Four-years School Located in San Diego, CA

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How much is the National tuition? For the academic year 2022-2023, National's tuition & fees is $13,320 based on the NCES data.
With indirect costs not billed by school, such as room & boards and personal living expenses, the total cost of attendance for one academic year is $37,116 when a student lives off-campus.

National Tuition & Expenses

2022-2023 Rate
Tuition & Fees$13,320
Books & Supplies Costs$1,152
Off-campus Room & Board$17,784
Off-campus Expenses$4,860
2023-2024 Estimates
Tuition & Fees$13,320

How Much Does it Cost to Go to National for 4 Years?

For the class of 2027, who entering colleges in 2023, the 4 years tuition & fees is $53,280 at National. The estimated tuition rate is based on the changes over last 5 years. With room & board, books, and other personal expenses, the estimated 4 years costs of attendance is $53,272. After receiving financial aid including grants, scholarships, and/or student loans, the 4 years COA is down to $31,780.
The following table computes the 4 years tuition and COA by class of year.
College YearTuition & FeesCOAAfter Financial Aid
Freshmen (2023-24)$13,320$13,318$7,945
Sophomore (2024-25)$13,320$13,318$7,945
Junior (2025-26)$13,320$13,318$7,945
Senior (2026-27)$13,320$13,318$7,945
4 Years Total$53,280$53,272$31,780
College YearTuition & FeesCOAAfter Financial Aid
Freshmen (2024-25)$13,320$13,318$7,945
Sophomore (2025-26)$13,320$13,318$7,945
Junior (2026-27)$13,320$13,318$7,945
Senior (2027-28)$13,320$13,318$7,945
4 Years Total$53,280$53,272$31,780
College YearTuition & FeesCOAAfter Financial Aid
Freshmen (2025-26)$13,320$13,318$7,945
Sophomore (2026-27)$13,320$13,318$7,945
Junior (2027-28)$13,320$13,318$7,945
Senior (2028-29)$13,320$13,318$7,945
4 Years Total$53,280$53,272$31,780
College YearTuition & FeesCOAAfter Financial Aid
Freshmen (2026-27)$13,320$13,318$7,945
Sophomore (2027-28)$13,320$13,318$7,945
Junior (2028-29)$13,320$13,318$7,945
Senior (2029-30)$13,320$13,318$7,945
4 Years Total$53,280$53,272$31,780
College YearTuition & FeesCOAAfter Financial Aid
Freshmen (2027-28)$13,320$13,318$7,945
Sophomore (2028-29)$13,320$13,318$7,945
Junior (2029-30)$13,320$13,318$7,945
Senior (2030-31)$13,320$13,318$7,945
4 Years Total$53,280$53,272$31,780

Average Tuition By School Type and Comparison

Compared to four-years schools nationwide, National' tuition is lower than the average tuition of $20,449. Compared to private, four-years colleges in California, its tuition is much lower than the average tuition of $22,481.
In-StateOut-of-State
National University$13,320
U.S. Four-years Colleges$18,259
Public Schools$7,023$12,740
Private Schools$20,449
California Four-years Colleges$20,202
Public Schools$3,888$12,488
Private Schools$22,481

Compare Similar School's Tuition

The next table compares the tuition & fees between National and similar schools. The similar colleges are selected by school type & level (private, four-years), ranking, and comparison frequency by our users. The comparison is based on 2022-2023 tuition rate.
LocationUndergraduateGraduate
National UniversitySan Diego, CA$13,320$15,912
Campbell UniversityBuies Creek, NC$39,230$15,557
Adams State UniversityAlamosa, CO$21,848$13,161
La Sierra UniversityRiverside, CA$34,902$15,997
Baldwin Wallace UniversityBerea, OH$36,975$11,530
Saint Mary's College of CaliforniaMoraga, CA$53,572$32,335
University of Alaska AnchorageAnchorage, AK$21,635$21,001
University of RedlandsRedlands, CA$55,678$24,232
The University of Tennessee-ChattanoogaChattanooga, TN$25,966$18,538
Southern Utah UniversityCedar City, UT$20,586$24,548
Marist CollegePoughkeepsie, NY$44,560$16,120

Financial Aid and COA

At National University, 5,750 students (75%) received grant or scholarship from the federal government, state or local government, the institution, and other sources. The average amount of grant/scholarship received is $5,373.
After receiving financial aid, the cost of attendance (COA) at National is $31,743 for students living off-campus.
For beginning students (i.e. first-time freshmen), 10 students received any type of financial aid including grants/scholarship and student loans. The average amount of grant/scholarship for the first-time students is $5,932 and the average amount of student loans is $8,722.
The financial aid data is based on 2021-2022 statistics from IPEDS.
COA (off-campus)$37,116
Tuition & Fees$13,320
Indirect Costs (off-campus)$23,796
COA (off-campus) after Receiving Aid$31,743
Average Financial Aid$5,373
Type of AidNumber Receiving AidPercent Receiving AidAverage Amount of Aid Received
Grant or Scholarship5,75075%$5,373
Pell Grants1,92225%$4,758
Federal Student Loan1,81624%$11,559
Type of AidNumber Receiving AidPercent Receiving AidAverage Amount of Aid Received
Any Financial Aid1091%-
Grants or Scholarships1091%$5,932
Federal Grants1091%$3,144
Pell Grants327%$4,678
Other Federal Grants1091%$1,740
State/Local Grants0--
Institutional Grants655%$4,648
Student Loan Aid436%$8,722
Federal Student Loans436%$8,722
Other Student Loans0--

Admission Stats and Requirements to Apply

National's acceptance rate is 54.55%. A total of 154 applicants applied to and 84 students were accepted. Of the admitted students, 38 enrolled finally, and the yield (i.e. enrollment rate) is 45.24%.
To apply to National, 2 items are required - Secondary school GPA and TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language).
TotalMenWomen
Applicants15493$61
Admitted8440$44
Enrolled3820$18
Acceptance Rate54.55%43.01%72.13%
Yield (Enrollment Rate)45.24%50.00%40.91%
Secondary school GPARequired
Secondary school rankConsidered But Not Required
Secondary school recordConsidered But Not Required
Completion of college-preparatory programNeither Required Nor Recommended
RecommendationsNeither Required Nor Recommended
Formal demonstration of competenciesConsidered But Not Required
Admission test scoresNeither Required Nor Recommended
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)Required
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)Neither Required Nor Recommended

Student Population

National University has a total of 18,631 students including 8,485 undergraduate and 10,146 graduate students. By gender, there are 6,321 male students and 10,814 female students attending National. The school offers online degree programs and 11,757 students enrolled online exclusively (63.10% of all students).
TotalMaleFemale
Total17,135 6,32110,814
Undergraduate7,648 3,6014,047
Graduate9,487 2,7206,767

Directory & Academic Information

Directory Information
Address11255 North Torrey Pines Road, San Diego, CA
Phone800-628-8648
WEBwww.nu.edu
Degree & Programs
DegreeUndergraduate, Graduate
Program Offered139 Programs
Online Program Offered123 Online Programs
Graduate Program Offered58 Graduate Programs
Academic Stats
Student Population18,631
Graduation Rate22%
Transfer-out Rate22%
Retention Rate64% (Full-time), 26% (Part-time)
Students to Faculty Ratio Rate16 to 1
Faculty & Staffs
Number of Faculties211 (Full-time), 2,293 (Part-time)
Number of Staffs1,009 (Full-time), 2,352 (Part-time)
Average Faculty Salary$91,301
Average Staff Salary$61,813