Admission Requirements - Undergraduate

National American University offers online courses using the BrightSpace, Desire to Learn (D2L) learning management system. The university’s online courses and programs give students the opportunity to experience an enhanced learning environment, which transcends the traditional limitations of time and location. Students have access to "learning on demand" literally 24 hours a day from anywhere that has access to the Internet, locally, regionally, or globally. In selected classes, students will also be able to access live lectures over the Internet using an advanced, real-time learning system.

Online students can expect to receive the same high-quality educational experience students have come to expect from NAU. In addition to quality academic programs, students also have access to outstanding technical and student services support. The combination of cutting-edge technology and solid online instruction gives students the opportunity to achieve more in their academic program and career.

The regular admission procedure requires that students visit the NAU website at www.national.edu/online to apply for admission. Students may request additional information at that site or contact the admissions department at 1-800-209-0182 or via e-mail at info@national.edu.

Regular admission applies to citizens of, permanent residents of, or refugees in the United States of America or Canada.

For admission to NAU’s undergraduate academic programs, students must have graduated from a recognized U.S. or Canadian high school (or the U.S. Department of Education- or Canadian province-recognized equivalent). All other students must provide evidence of secondary and/or post-secondary education completion through one of the following requirements:

  1. An official credential evaluation of the academic transcript or marks sheets from the country where secondary education was completed. The documents presented should be those which would allow the student access to post-secondary education in the home country. Diplomas or certificates of government examinations must show the subjects passed, and grades or marks received. All records must be submitted to a NACES (National Association of Credential Evaluation Services) or AICE (Association of International Evaluators, Inc.) member approved credential evaluation service following the requirements listed by the service. The original course-by-course evaluation report and copies of the transcript evaluated should be sent directly to National American University’s Registrar’s Office; or
  2. An official transcript that indicates completion of a post-secondary program of at least two years in length with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0/4.0 or the equivalent from (i) an international higher education institution that is approved by the country’s national ministry of education or appropriate approval body or (ii) an accredited U.S. higher education institution. Any international official transcripts must be evaluated by a NACES or AICE recognized evaluation service. The original course-by-course evaluation report and copies of the transcript evaluated should be sent directly to National American University’s Registrar’s Office; or
  3. An original General Educational Development (GED) examination report demonstrating passing marks for the overall examination.
  4. Demonstrate proficiency in English through satisfaction of one of the following requirements:
    1. Provide an official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score report indicating a minimum score of 520 for a paper-based, 190 for a computer-based, or 68 for an Internet-based exam. (The TOEFL must have been taken within the past two calendar years. Official test scores must be sent from the testing agency to National American University. When ordering TOEFL test results, include the university’s school code of 6464.); or
    2. An official Test of English for International Communication (TOEIC) score report indicating a minimum score of 750 (not applicable to students enrolled in the nursing program); or
Individual programs, schools, or colleges may have additional admissions requirements and fees. Additional requirements are indicated in the specific program and fee sections of this catalog.

To apply for admission, students may complete and submit a Student Application for Admission (see www.national.edu). 

NAU may require documentation in support of an application as deemed necessary by NAU. The university reserves the right to reject documentation or to request verification of documentation as may be necessary. Admissions documentation is considered the property of the university and will not be returned to the applicant (some exceptions may apply). The university reserves the right to reject any submitted application for enrollment.

International Admissions -

Currently not accepting international students on F1 Visas

An international student is a student who is not a citizen of, nor a permanent resident of, nor a refugee in the United States of America or Canada.

For admission to NAU’s undergraduate academic programs, international students must have appropriate evidence of having completed a secondary and/or post-secondary education.  In addition, international students must demonstrate English proficiency or that English is the native language.
To apply for admission, students may complete and submit an International Student Application for Admission (see www.national.edu). 

Additional documentation in support of an applicant’s candidacy may be requested as deemed necessary by NAU. The university reserves the right to reject documentation and to request verification of documents as necessary. Admissions documentation will be considered the property of the university and will not be returned to the applicant (some exceptions may apply). NAU reserves the right to reject any and all student applicants.

Full-time Students

Students who enroll for 12 or more credit hours per quarter are considered to be full-time.

Part-time Students

If a student chooses not to attend full-time, a schedule may be arranged for one or more courses. Credits earned may be applied to degree or diploma programs.

Special Students

A special student is one who is not enrolled in a diploma or degree program. Special students are generally not eligible for federal financial aid. However, alternative loan programs may be available. Contact an NAU financial services representative for more information.

Transfer Students

Students who have successfully completed course work at other accredited post-secondary institutions may apply for admission to NAU. University policies on transfer credits, and other admissions requirements are outlined in this catalog.