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Northcentral University and National University are both part of the National University System. We are combining these two institutions because they have complementary strengths and aligned missions. As a result, we will create a strong, single institution that will provide students with a full range of market-relevant programs and more innovative, learning opportunities to prepare them for tomorrow’s jobs today. By combining NCU and NU into one institution, we will have the resources to further advance our position as one of the leading universities for adult learners and enhance our ability to serve students and expand access to an affordable education for decades to come.

National University, headquartered in San Diego, is a veteran-founded nonprofit university established in 1971. Over the past 50 years, it has been dedicated to meeting the needs of hard-working adults by providing accessible, affordable, achievable higher education opportunities. Since its founding, the NU community has grown to over 30,000 students and 185,000 alumni around the globe, many of whom serve in industries such as business, education, health care, cybersecurity, and law and criminal justice. National University and Northcentral University are both part of the National University System, but currently operate independently. Learn more at

National University’s historic commitment to advancing educational opportunities for students of diverse backgrounds, including adult learners, is mission-aligned with NCU. NU serves students nationwide in both on-ground and online formats and is currently transforming the way they serve students to provide an even better experience for all students. For this NU and NCU are bringing their strengths together for the benefits of their students.

The merger is expected to enhance and strengthen academic pathways that align with National University System’s direction as a nonprofit network dedicated to reinvesting in students and providing affordable higher education. It will provide opportunities to grow and diversify degree offerings in addition to delivering superior student services and outcomes.

No. After Northcentral University merges with National University, it will adopt the National University name. Once current Northcentral students finish their programs, they can choose whether to have the Northcentral University or National University name printed on their diploma.

Yes, the Commission sent notification on June 30, 2022, that it approved the merger between National University and Northcentral University.

NCU students will become NU students, but will be able to complete their degrees in the same format and modality as they are currently in. At the conclusion of their degrees, current NCU students will have the option to graduate from NCU or NU, but all students will be NU students.

Yes, NU is regionally accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), which is part of the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC). This is also NCU’s accreditor. WASC accreditation assures that the school's purposes are appropriate and being accomplished through a viable educational program, and that it is a trustworthy institution for student learning

Yes, if you enroll after the official merger date. If you’re currently applying to Northcentral University or are a prospective student, you’re encouraged to complete your application. Students enrolled prior to the official merger date will have the opportunity to complete their NCU program.

Please continue to work with your Admissions Advisor to complete your application process and enroll in your program. Your advisor will also be able to answer general questions about the merger. You’ll receive more information about the official merger date once it has been determined.