National University is a private, nonprofit institution of higher learning, considered to be the second-largest in its category in California. It was founded in 1971 and has been dedicated to providing educational opportunities to minority students from the very start. The university has 28 campuses throughout California and 2 in Nevada. An online information center has also been established in Lima, Peru.

Accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, National University offers undergraduate and graduate programs through its five schools and one college. These include the School of Business and Management, School of Education, School of Engineering and Technology, School of Health and Human Services, School of Media and Communication, and the College of Letters and Sciences. The university offers at least 100 degree programs as well as 22 teacher credential and certificate programs. It likewise offers more than 1,200 courses and 50 undergraduate and graduate degree programs online.

National University is the flagship institution of the National University System established in 2001. The system was designed to connect a diverse body of students into a network of relevant and innovative educational programs. Tuition and fees for enrolling in National University vary depending on the course level. Cost per quarter unit ranges from $ 298.00 to $ 338.00. Other fees apply depending on the chosen program. The university does not offer on-campus housing facilities.

The university maintains its main campus at 11255 North Torrey Pines Road, La Jolla, California. Its other sites in California are located in Citrus Heights, Fresno, Pleasant Hills, Redding, Sacramento, San Jose, Stockton, Bakersfield, Camarillo, Costa Mesa, Los Angeles, Ontario, San Bernardino, Sherman Oaks, Temecula, West Covina, San Diego, Carlsbad, La Mesa, Chula Vista plus several Military locations. Its Nevada locations are in Henderson and Las Vegas. The Orlando Online Information Center facilitates National University’s online courses.