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Admission Requirements

Regular Admission

For admission to one or more of National American University’s diploma or undergraduate degree programs, students must:

  1. Complete and submit a Student Application for Admission (Go to www.national.edu); and
  2. Have graduated from a recognized high school (or the U.S. Department of Education-accepted equivalent); or
  3. Submit an official transcript from an accredited U.S. higher education institution indicating completion of a post-secondary education program of at least two years in length with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0. The official transcript request must be completed during the application process for university approval during the first term of attendance. Students who received their secondary education outside the United States, United States territories, or Department of Defense-recognized U.S. high schools located on military bases outside the territorial United States must provide evidence of secondary-level education completion. Students must submit one or more of the following document(s) during the first term of attendance for university approval prior to the end of the first term:
    1. An official document evidencing completion of the equivalent of a U.S. high school education (Go to International Undergraduate Student Admissions at www.national.edu for further details on country-specific equivalencies of U.S. high school education.). International documentation may include an official academic transcript or marks sheet and/or examination results (Diplomas or certificates of government examinations must show the academic subjects passed, and grades/marks received. All records should be submitted in the original language, and credentials written in languages other than English must be accompanied by a certified English translation. Translations should be literal and not interpretive. A key to the marking system or grading scale should also be included if it is not indicated on the transcript.); or
    2. An original General Education Development (GED) examination report demonstrating passing marks for the overall examination; or
    3. 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 (Transcripts should show marks and credits earned for all post-secondary work. All records should be submitted in the native language, and credentials written in languages other than English must be accompanied by a certified English translation. Translations should be literal and not interpretive. A key to the marking system or grading scale should also be included if it is not indicated on the transcript.).

Non-Native English Speaking Students

In addition to the above-listed requirements, National American University requires all non-native English speaking students to demonstrate sufficient command of the English language necessary to succeed in college-level classes taught in English. The English proficiency requirement can be satisfied through one of the following before attending any course at the university. Students must:

  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. Provide 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).
  3. Provide an official International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score report with an overall minimum score of 5. (The IELTS must have been taken within the past two calendar years. Official test scores must be sent from the testing agency to National American University.); or
  4. Provide evidence of completion of two semesters (or the equivalent) of college-level English (excluding ESL courses) with a grade of "C" or higher at an accredited college or university whose language of instruction is English; or
  5. Provide evidence of English language proficiency by completing the Accuplacer ESL English assessment exam with minimum scores in the following categories:
    • Reading skills of 102 or higher.
    • Sentence meaning of 100 or higher.
    • Language usage of 95 or higher.
    • Writing sample of 5 or higher.

Additional documentation in support of an application under this provision may be requested as deemed necessary by National American University. 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.

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 a National American University 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 National American University. University policies on transfer credits, residency requirements, and other admissions requirements are outlined in this catalog.