National University

La Jolla, CA 92037
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National University is one of the one hundred thirty-eight private, not-for-profit 4-year colleges in California. The campus is located in an urban area, in La Jolla.

According to the NCES 2017 report, a total of 17,097 students attend the school. Every year 42% of the graduating class students graduate in 150% of the time it takes to complete their studies.

Institution Overview

Campus LocaleLarge City
Number of Students17,097
Student to Faculty Ratio19:1
Is Admission OpenYes
Religious Affiliation -
Business ModelNot-for-profit
On Campus Housing-
Retention Rate57%

Nursing Programs

The National University Department of Nursing is intended to prepare nurses for the growing field of nursing. The nursing program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education and approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing.

The program allows options designed to meet the variegated needs of students. These options include tracks that allow applicants new to nursing or Licensed Vocational Nurses can join the ASN or BSN tracks. Registered Nurses can attain their Bachelor’s Degree thorough the track offering RN completion.

Programs Include:

  1. Generic Entry (BSN)
  2. Accelerated Post-Bachelor Degree (BSN)
  3. RN Completion (BSN)
  4. LVN-to-BSN

Admissions Requirements:

  1. Application to the university
  2. Obtain a cumulative GPA of 2.75 from an accredited institution
  3. Submit a separate application for admission into a particular nursing track
  4. Test of Essential Academic Skills Score
  5. Proctored essay

Applicants should attend a Pre-Nursing Program Information Forum and arrange for a meeting with an Admissions Advisor to best describe the application and admissions procedures to the Nursing program.

Each application will be evaluated thorough a Calculation Worksheet by the admissions committee of the nursing department. The application packet of prospective students will be ranked in comparison with other applicants for that application period.


Nursing Programs Graduates (2017-2018 academic year)

Number of Graduates
Degree type Men Women
Associate's degree 0 0
Bachelor's degree 0 0
Postbaccalaureate certificate 0 0
Master's degree 0 0
Post-master's certificate 0 0
Certificate 0 0
Average NCLEX pass rate
  • NCLEX-RN: 93.2%

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Institutional Accreditations
Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges
09/01/1974 - Current
Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Senior College and University Commission
02/28/1977 - Current
Nursing Programs Accreditations
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels
04/21/2001 - Current
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the graduate degree levels
04/21/2001 - 05/01/2003
Nurse Anesthesia (ANEST) - Institutions and programs at the master's degree, post master's certificate or doctoral degree levels
05/30/2014 - Current



Acceptance Rate
The college has an open admission policy. However each nursing program might have its own admission criteria (such as: TEAS score, HESI A2 score, nursing prerequisites GPA, etc).

Application fee
Undergrads $60
Graduates $60

Cost to Attend

The following table details the reported cost of attendance per credit hour for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Undergrad courses
In District Students$362/credit
In State Students$362/credit
Out of State Students$362/credit
Graduate courses
In District Students$416/credit
In State Students$416/credit
Out of State Students$416/credit

Tuition Estimates

Based on the above credit hour costs, here is a sample tuition for different nursing programs.

Program Credit Hours In district In State Out of State
LPN 45 $16,290 $16,290 $16,290
ADN 70 $25,340 $25,340 $25,340
BSN 125 $45,250 $45,250 $45,250
FNP 50 $20,800 $20,800 $20,800
Please note that the above cost estimate does not include school fees, books, supplies, etc.You need to allot additional money for that.
If you attend a private, for-profit school, usually the additional cost (besides tuition) is about 10% of the tuition. If you attend a public school or a not-for-profit private school, the additional cost is around 50% of the tuition.

Financial Aid

In 2017-2018 academic year, 52% of National University's students received financial aid. Below is the breakdown of the financial aid provided to students.

Students Receiving Aid Average Amount/Student
Pell Grant 22% $3,637
Other Federal Grant 9% $400
State Grant & Scholarships -- --
Institutional Grant & Scholarships 4% $3,800
Federal Student Loans 39% $2,176
Private Loans 4% $796


Average Net Price
The average net price is calculated by subtracting the average amount of financial aid received by students from the total cost of attendance.
Average Net Price by Family Income
Less than $30,000$25,056
$30,001 to $48,000$27,247
$48,001 to $75,000$25,424
$75,001 to $110,000$27,247
Over $110,000--

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Student Population













Ethnic Diversity
Race/ethnicity unknown
Black/African American
Two or more races
Non-resident alien
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander

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Data source: (2017-2018 colleges survey) and California state board of nursing.
National University
11255 North Torrey Pines Road
La Jolla, CA 92037

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