National American University

NAU makes it possible for students to earn their degree on a more flexible schedule..

Unless you are Bill Gates, going to college and receiving a degree is important. However, dropping everything and shipping off to the state university isn’t possible for everyone. National American University (NAU) is a network of colleges offering professional degrees both online and offline in the comfort of most major metropolitan cities.

National American University is a well-known and trustworthy institution that was founded in 1941. The college prides itself on its ability to help working adults achieve an education without having to sacrifice their jobs to do it. The staff and professors are all former industry professionals themselves and understand what it takes to keep up with current trends. In fact, classes sizes range from 15-24 students, so all students receive individual attention. NAU offers Associate, Bachelor’s, Master’s and Specialty Degree Programs. NAU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission which means credits will probably not transfer to traditional schools. Financial aid is available as well which means any can achieve the goal of a college education.

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- Many levels of degree programs
- Small class sizes
- Experienced professors
- Learning/Career Assistance after graduation
- Online and campus classes
- Financial aid accepted

- Not a lot of information about degree programs
- No information about student life
- No information about tuition cost
- Credits will likely not transfer

- No information about tuition cost

There are dozens of degrees available from NAU. Whether you're pursuing a bachelor's, master's or more technical degree- they are sure to have something that fits your career goals. Some of the more popular programs include:
- Accounting
- Athletic Training
- Business Administration
- Health Care Management
- Paralegal Studies
- Master of Management 
- Therapeutic Massage
- Veterinary Assisting

The best part about NAU is that it's virtually everywhere you are. Online classes make it possible for students anywhere to attend school without sacrificing a work or personal schedule. If one of their many locations is near you, then you can attend a more traditional classroom-style program. National American University's physical locations include:
- Albuquerque, NM
- Austin, TX
- Bloomington, MN
- Brooklyn Center, MN
- Colorado Springs, CO
- Denver, CO
- Independence, MO
- International Partner
- Kansas City (Northland), MO
- Overland Park, KS
- Rapid City, SD
- Rio Rancho, NM
- Roseville, MN
- Sioux Falls, SD
- Watertown, SD
- Wichita, KS

While attending NAU will not generate the same experience students have at large state schools, it does offer more flexibility. Students can attend to careers, family and other personal obligations without being in a classroom full time, and still complete their degrees in a timely manner.

National American University offers a fair amount of popular and specialty degrees which you don’t find all that often with non-traditional colleges. The fact that they are a trusted name in higher education means you will not be disappointed with NAU. However, they could include more information about tuition and student life, but that can all be obtained by requesting more information.

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NAU, N.A.U., Nationl American University, National American, National American Univ, Nat'l American University, American National College,

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For those who have enrolled or completed a masters degree with NAU, I would appreciate some feedback! What you think, good program, help resources, etc. Thank you posted Mar 29th, 2018 1:41 pm

Rocky Mantle


I do not have a review, rather a question. I would very much appreciate some feedback from those who are enrolled, or have completed an online MBA. I'm looking for an online program that gives me flexibility due to my daytime job. I also want to be able to complete it fairly quickly. I'm in my mid 40s and have a husband who works full time as well as two teenagers. Having a MBA will allow me to gain a better position within the company I work for. posted Mar 28th, 2018 2:04 pm

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I Love this School ! I cant believe there are so many poor reviews..... I am graduating this summer in the Medical Assisting Program and I already have a job lined up at a clinic starting little over $18 an hour. I think as long as you are motivated and do what your suppose to you will be a great and successful student here. The students that I saw that didn't do well at school skipped classes often, showed up late, and were always making excuses. Just do what your suppose to do and its great. Don't give up and make sure to pass all of your classes and then your Financial Aid will cover it all. I think some students are just lazy and make excuses and thats their own issue. I have two kids and work full time and I did it just fine ! NAU is Flexible with their classes. posted May 10th, 2016 12:41 am



I think for as much money being invested by all the student the West campus can have a damn decent coffee machine. Also I don't understand why no school not even NAU offers nursing classes in the evenings!!

Just a thought!! On a + note , NAU has been good to me, I have come across 2 bad apples in the office at West Campus but they are no longer there. posted Apr 16th, 2015 5:26 pm



This school has so terrible and helpless advisor as well as teachers. 3/7/2014 . posted Mar 7th, 2014 7:14 pm


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To PATRENA: What are you talking about that it is THEIR money. It is not their is the student's money that the STUDENT has to pay back with interest. I suggest you educate yourself on subjects you know little/nothing about before you post on public forums about them. One of the most common complaints about NAU is the Financial Aid department not disbursing the funds in a timely manner...and they don't. Here is why and some information you did not know...once the money is released and sent from the lender to the school...any funds that are left over after tuition costs are paid to the school goes to the student (if the STUDENT decides they want the extra money for other school supplies or cost). But guess what...NAU keeps the disbursed funds from the student because while it is sitting in their account they gain interest on it and they are making a TON of money that way. IT IS NOT RIGHT!! Any extra money that the student decides to receive can be used for most things related to going to college such as room and board, gas, books, supplies, laptop for school, etc.

Please do not talk about things you do not know anything about!

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I attended one quarter at this college. I felt that the classes were not informative enough to help me in the professional world, and so I dropped out to attend a different school. From those three classes I took, they pulled four thousand stafford loans in my name. They are also going after my mom for eight thousand dollars on a parent plus loan that they high pressured her into signing. How the hell does one quarter cost twelve thousand dollars? posted Dec 17th, 2013 4:32 pm


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I am really worried about these complainers. Have any of you ever wonder why you are still searching to find a school to attend. Are you people serious, you complain about car's to go to school, the financial aid department and the fact that they work slower that other schools. I must say that I am glad NAU work so slow when it comes to giving you their money. As far a I see most of you are only in for the money and do not care much about your future. Who said that they have to give you anything, its theirs not yours and when you gat it is when the school see that you have completed the required amount of time set forth by the school to have it.

Now that I have said my piece, let my tell you how wonderful NAU is. As a single mother of 4, and tired of working a call center job, or shuffling papers as a temp, a PRN admin assist and many more jobs that I do not even want to remember, they have given me on an yielding skill that will have me learning for the rest of my life.

In November 18 I will be graduating with an A.A.S degree in Health Information Technology and I love everyday that I went up to this moment. I have never needed help to which it was never given or offered to me. I love all my instructors both the ones that were easy to like and those that were not likable at all.

Those that were unlikable I took as an opportunity to work harder on their assignments so that I will not get on their bad sides.

None the less I appreciate them being as tough as a drill Sargent because if they were not I would not have gotten straight A in their classes.

To those who have graduated from NAU, thank you for sharing your superb stories. To those who are still waiting on the financial aid check or do not want to attend our school. We will not miss you, you are just one bad apple that we refuse to spoil our wonderful bunch.

Peace!! posted Oct 16th, 2013 2:30 am


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Not a real college want everyone online so the CEO and investors do not have to pay for a building...A scam out to take advantage of any willing victim. What a joke All they care about is your money ANY of these for Profit Schools are only after money posted Jul 6th, 2013 10:32 pm

April Hopkins-Freeman


I have been teaching at NAU since last Sept. and find the culture, climate and dedication of staff to students to be what I expected after reading the employee hand book, and interacting with staff and students.

We are given an opportunity to take the best we have to offer and provide a forum for students to find out what they do know, what they do not know, and what there is to learn, so long as they are willing to spend the time, effort, energy, and money to learn. I enjoy the learning process, and find myself learning with and from the students I am privileged to be able to spend time with. The staff, I find dedicated and commited to the student's ability to earn their place in the educational system, some are students as well as staff. The organization is commited to providing students with the tools for learning regardless of prior preparation for academic endevors. I am fortunate and grateful for the opportunity to be engaged with National American University, the staff and students. posted Mar 18th, 2012 6:33 pm


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I enrolled December, they keep sending me bills and every two weeks they tell me they will have my award letter. I advised them I need transportation so they said another 3-4 weeks. I'm frustrated, no way to pay my portion of my bills, cant get around to get assignments done. New classes start March and I have not gotten anything yet!! Smh...all they have to do is keep it real. I am going to check into this!! This is not right. Other students started after December 1st, they have there checks before we do at NAU. posted Jan 27th, 2012 2:20 pm


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I am amazed at what I am reading. NAU is regionally accredited and their classes are more transferrable than some state colleges. In MN, you cannot transfer classes from some BigNameCollege campuses to other BigNameCollege campuses because they have different accreditation. I know this for a fact, as I will explain later. I have taken classes at 4 State Colleges (in various states) and NAU is just as good as any of the rest of them. Instructors do not write the curriculum, NAU does and the same people who approve many MNSCU operated school's curriculum, approve NAU curriculum.

Yes, there may be a higher 'drop rate' that is because NAU actually caters to 'other than average students'. Students who have families and may indeed work 2 & 3 jobs. Their job/family may cause them to drop (I know mine has in the past). I wonder what the drop out rate is for freshmen at other colleges?!

Yes, the tuition is not cheap, but it not more expensive than private college or other for-profit-colleges. The reality is that because NAU IS a corporation; they are not bound by the red-tape (like receiving approval from a Board of Regents) to make things happen. This helps them to be more efficient; they are able to stay more current. There is no fighting for grants/money to develop courses; the money is there because of the tuition paid by students. State run colleges are always begging for money, threatening the public with tuition hikes and cut-backs because they lack efficiency. NAU will never do that.

They are also sensitive to the adult learner, and design the structure to meet that need.

Finally, yes I USED to work for NAU. To complete my earlier statement re: transfer credits; I worked in that area and was amazed when I learned that we accepted credits from 1 State College that a different campus within that same system would not accept. I would have been furious to learn that if I had attended that school and wanted to transfer within that system!

I agree a student can run into bad workers, just like any other organization. However, having worked at a campus; I witnessed the primary issues being with the students not doing what they were supposed to do or not comprehending the instruction and then complaining when their FA falls apart. Just by reading some of the complaints, I know EXACTLY the type of student who is complaining. In terms of enrollment process, by God; EVERY time I enrolled in a state college I wanted to slit my wrist. It was an endless procedure with poor response times. Yes, enrollment process has improved significantly for ALL schools as things like FAFSA move to an online system. I will say that my enrollment process & registration process has never taken 1 week as it did with NAU. It was always 30 to 60 days with any other college (& NAU is my 5th school).

Yes, their marketing is a bit extreme to some, but it gets your attention (so their marketing works). As does many ridiculous commercials I see countless times per day. Yes, they do send items to promote their school; so does every other school. I am now receiving promo's from colleges for my child who is only 15! NAU does not send promo's unless they have been contacted.

They also realize that many adult learners procrastinate (due to lack of time). If education is on the forefront of their mind via mailings/phone calls; they will hopefully come to the decision more quickly to improve their lives with a better education.

I will admit that prior to working at NAU, I had little respect for ANY for-profit college. I did my homework and found that my pre-conceived notions were completely unfounded and simply false. NAU is the college for anyone who wants to get down to brass-tacks; learn a trade/skillset and forget all of the collegiate learning for the sake of posterity. You will not attend NAU for philosophy, you will attend NAU so that you can get a real job and earn real money instead of flippen burgers with some non-useful degree from some universtiy with a fancy name.

Man, I wish I could get paid for this!

Clearly, if you are reading this, you are researching education. Wherever you choose to attend; make sure their credits are transferrable to the most amount of colleges (regional accred. is typically better than national accred. in all things). You can call a school and ask. Make sure that your credits will transfer in case you change your mind as to 'what you want to be when you grow up'. Remember, "The truly educated never graduate". Learning is a journey that ends when we take our last breath on this planet; so let's appreciate education. Best Wishes! posted Nov 21st, 2011 8:07 am

Lam Helder


I'm not quite sure what people are complaining about? A lot of your issues could happen at any university. Just because your specific situation is going sour doesn't reflect the school. Instead of waiting for FA to do their job, go above them and ask for the Campus Director - do something about it!

On top of that go through admissions dept - they are required to be in contact with you - and they work with the people side of things - so talk to them first before you get all hopped up mad and posting nonsense. If you tell them your feelings, guaranteed they will help you out - that's their job.

The problem with the majority of "students" is that they spend their time on message boards complaining about school - and dreaming about dreams that won't happen unless they do something about it.

Become a graduate, you want things handed to you - it's not going to happen in school. NAU is accredited by the HLC - and those other online schools that you are considering are under investigation - what does that say? posted Nov 10th, 2011 5:17 am


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NAU is a complete joke, especially with the financial aid department. Poeple are totally lost in there, I have issue that originated the 23rd of September. As of today there is still no resolution, have been lied to sevearl times on the status. Was told that something was expressed mail to me Tuesday and as of today "still nothing". Most items would have a tracking for credits being transferable. I have checked with sevearl schools and "NOWAY", they won't accept the credits from this great university. A degree from here is like being a doctor and getting a degree in a third world country....not worth much!!!!! If my VA benefits hadn't been wasted here would seriously consider some other school. Emails and phone calls are never replied from the school.

NAU...Not A University posted Oct 14th, 2011 1:05 am



Im scared now Im enrolled for december classes and all Ive heard is bad stuff about the school. Are they at least accredited? posted Oct 13th, 2011 12:31 am

E. Jones


As I have read everyone's comments, I am going to school online to at NAU to obtain my Associates in Applied Science in Health Information & Technology. So far I have some good instructors, because If I would come across a problem I will ask them, and get the understanding of the material clear. So on that part of it has been OK so far... But on the other hand when it comes to asking questions about important things; such as financial aid, or credits, are other scholarships they have a TONE that I do not appreciate. I feel that if any student ask a question about anything that is of importance they need to do their job, POINT BLANK.... This is the only problem that I have had thus far, but I just hope that it changes, because I feel that this is there job to answer any of our questions.. Oh by the way the tuition is going up to 307.00 a credit hour sometime I think August of this year....

Also has anyone gained employment from NAU in Austin, Texas??????

Thank you,,,,, posted Jul 2nd, 2011 10:53 am


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I am graduating 2011 in May. Going to work for the Mayo Clinic in Rochester MN. IDK what school I go to. What matters to me is the degree. Unfortunately I must say I saw lots of ppl go to NAU but never finish. At the same time the worse is the ppl who have something to say but go to the school. That's just like ppl from Chicago coming to Minnesota to say they hate the state. But live here. So, yes, I am proud of the school. And getting my Associates. By the time u ppl on the internet get done with deciding which school to go to I would have already set my self free. posted Feb 28th, 2011 9:49 pm


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I love NAU. Why don't the people complaining enroll at Westwood, Phoenix, Kaplan, Everest, or College America. Those school's are double the tuition at NAU and are under investigation by the dept of Education. At least NAU is regionally accredited and will transfer. posted Jan 18th, 2011 1:49 pm


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Total Gimmick!!! They harass you into joining their programs, and once they get you in, they forget all about you! Nevermind, they send you a collection notice, without EVER sending a bill for the tuition!!!! I had to drop my classes due to an unfortunate accident that left me disabled, and their comment was "I am sorry no one informed you in financial aid that we had to take your financial aid away".....that counselor no longer works here!! OMG! What a sham! They approve financial aid, after taking classes, then having to drop out the second semester, their comment was "I'm sorry, but...." Absurd, DO NOT WASTE YOUR MONEY OR TIME!!!! posted Dec 6th, 2010 4:56 pm


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This school is a total waste of time and money. Not only do you spend 3 times the amount on tuition, but the teachers are a joke. I have 2 weeks left of the first and LAST quarter at NAU. One of the classes I took this quarter, that is required for ALL students to take, Strategies for Success. This class is supposed to teach us all how to become good college students and how to be prepared. The teacher was late to EVERY single class so far, then when she finally decided to show up we would have to wait another 15-20 mins for her to get prepared for class, making copies for journal entries etc. She added the points for my final incorrectly and added the total number of points possible wrong, 95 total points and she did it out of 100, then would not correct my grade. The dean recieved so many complaints about the teacher that he ended up sitting in on one of our classes to try and figure out what the problem was. Later speaking with him, I was told that yes there are somethings the teacher needed to improve but they would not make any changes in the middle of the quarter. The employee assigned to my financial aid was a total @%*# and would get a total attitude when I would come ask questions about my aid, which I just got today. Jerri, the financial aid officer at my school couldn't be bothered to pick up the phone and call to find out what was taking so long on my check for me, nor give me the number to do it myself. I had to look up the number to Rapid City (Central Office where they process the financial aid) just to get the hold removed from my account so they could process the check. And this is only half of the problem I ran into up at NAU. DON'T WASTE YOUR TIME OR MONEY!!!! They have a graduation rate of 30% and there is a reason for that....THEY ARE A HORRIBLE SCHOOL. I can't wait for my new semester at JCCC...a REAL school! posted Nov 15th, 2010 7:50 pm


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This school is a joke and not worth your time or money. Its way to expensive 299$ a credit hour! And nothing they tell you is true they will say anything to get you enrolled then your screwed by the time you relise their lies!! I finished my summer '10 semester a week ago and still do not have my award letter or any info about my financial aid! I enrolled at another local school for fall an have been treated soooo much better already have my financial aid so I don't have to stress over how school is gettin paid for. Nau is nothing but a scam in my eyes! posted Aug 20th, 2010 9:39 pm



I am wondering why these people have chosen not to list which campus they went to school. There are many campuses all over the country, and aside from my on-line instructors, the campus in Independence, MO has wonderful instructors. The online instructors I've had has been much to be desired, with only 1 out of 6 being a good instructor. So if you're going to post negative or positive information, it is only helpful to others if you let us know where the problems lie.

My only other question to these posters, is were you able to find employment in the field where their degree is? posted Aug 2nd, 2010 4:33 pm

Darryl C.

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Just finished the applied management program. overall had no issue with the university or staff posted Jun 2nd, 2010 9:30 am


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As a former faculty member at NAU, I cannot recommend it. It was my very 1st teaching job & I was told that I would be observed each semester by the Dean. I was never once observed my whole time there (2+ years). So - without any proof that I could teach, they let me loose to do my thing. Naturally, I think I can teach, but they shouldn't have taken that for granted. And they wouldn't have, if their students' education were actually a priority.

I taught Advanced Composition, and the students who came into my class had to pass Composition 1. Well, many of these students wrote papers without verbs in them. They didn't know what a topic sentence was. They didn't use spell check. How on earth did they pass Composition 1???

I also taught Speech. One important component in Speech is to get up in front of a group & give a speech. Another important piece is to provide feedback to those giving speeches. There was a student who signed up for my class & couldn't attend any of them. The Dean suggested that the student just come in and give their speeches to him & that I give the student a grade. I told the Dean that I couldn't ethically give a grade to speeches I didn't hear, nor could I let someone in the class who wasn't ever in class. It might have been different for a writing course, but for Speech, attendance was crucial to success. I believe the Dean passed the student anyway. I wonder if the student learned anything???

While at NAU, I noticed that MANY students were "encouraged" to take a full-time schedule of classes. For most, this was not a good option, they were working 1-2 jobs, were single parents, or just weren't ready to attack college full-time. At NAU, it seemed like all they were interested in was getting money & processing their students - the quality of education wasn't a concern. As a result, I think a diploma from NAU is a very expensive, useless piece of paper.

It may not be like this at all campuses, but this was my experience. My best piece of advice for you is to go to the places you want to work when you graduate & ask them how much value they give a degree from NAU. because in the end, you need to go to a school that is considered to be good by your future employers. Just ask: are graduates from NAU considered competitive in your company? What schools do you like to hire from?

And remember, you get out of your education what you put in to it. If you don't feel challenged, demand better. Schools are there to provide a service to you.

Good Luck!

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I enjoy my classes, and I feel that I'm getting an excellent education in my Master's program. posted May 8th, 2010 11:55 am


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I've been dealing with these people for almost 3 years & have had nothing but trouble...between technical issues with online classes that made my final grade an F (and they wouldn't change it), a teacher getting in my face and now graduation is upon me and they are saying I have another class I have to take. Why don't they just say "we want more money"? Oh that would mean admitting they are in it for the cash and not my educational future. I would recommend going elsewhere for a real education. posted Apr 16th, 2010 11:16 am


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This seems like a great option to get some higher ed under your belt with out crazy stress. posted Jun 11th, 2009 11:59 pm

Rodger H.

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I am getting the - Master of Management - degree. The cirriculum has been top notch. posted Jun 11th, 2009 11:58 pm

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