About National University
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National University is a San Diego-based nonprofit founded in 1971 by retired U.S. Navy Captain David Chigos. As the largest private nonprofit university in San Diego, our mission is to provide accessible, achievable higher education to adult learners. A pioneer in the digital space, we’ve offered online classes for more than 20 years.
Today, we educate students across all 50 states and from 65 countries, offering over 100 on-campus and online programs through our unique four-week class format. Our undergraduate and graduate programs include healthcare, business, education, engineering, law and criminal justice, and homeland security. Classes are available online or at over 20 locations in California and Nevada. As the top educator of educators in California, we have credentialed more teachers than any other California university.
Through educational partnerships, we help businesses and organizations attract and retain employees through customized education and training programs. Our partners include top San Diego-based employers, including Sharp Healthcare, Hunter Industries, and the City of San Diego. We also support organizations throughout California and nationwide, including the YMCA, County of Riverside, and AMN Healthcare.