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Though National American University is now one of the largest chains of for-profit colleges in the country, it started with just one single location. That campus opened in the 1940s as the National College of Business. It offered a program in secretarial science that allowed men and women to earn a diploma in the subject in just one year. The campus changed hands in the 1960s and expanded to include diploma programs and later degree programs in other business subjects, including business administration and accounting. After obtaining accreditation in the 1960s, the business school opened more locations in neighboring cities and states. National American University Holdings, Inc. now owns the college, including its traditional campuses and its online campus.

NAU now owns and operates campuses in eight states, including Kansas, Colorado, New Mexico and Texas. It also operates education centers that allow students to take classes and get help from trained instructors in states like Minnesota and Indiana. NAU announced plans to close several campuses in 2016 that did not perform to its expectations but allowed students attending those campuses to enroll in one of its online programs. More than half of all enrolled students complete their degrees online, and nearly 20% of all its students take at least one online class.

National American University Accreditation Details

During its days as a junior college, National American University received accreditation from the Accrediting Commission of the Association of Independent Colleges and Schools. This same organization granted the university accreditation for all its degree programs after it became a senior college. The North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCACS), which is a division of the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) granted the university full accreditation in the 1980s and continues granting its regional/institutional accreditation today. It also has accreditation from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) for its Bachelor of Science in Nursing program and from the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs for its medical assisting program. Certain programs available on campuses across the country may have additional accreditation as well.

National American University Application Requirements

NAU makes it easier for students to apply for admissions because it offers an online application and does not charge an application fee. The university operates on a standard quarter schedule and has a deadline of one week before the next quarter starts. As long as you complete the application and send in any verifying documents and materials prior to that deadline, you should have the chance to start classes right away. The university does ask that students applying for financial aid complete the application in time to register for classes at least two weeks before the next quarter starts. Registering later may interfere with the financial aid you should get.

Those hoping to enroll in classes must have a high school diploma or its equivalent. You'll need to submit a transcript from your high school after completing the online application. This application is fairly straightforward and simply asks you about where you went to high school, if you took any college classes and where you took those classes and what you want to enroll in once you start. It also asks for general background information, including your age, birthday and current address. National American University also accepts students with a GED, those who completed a home-school program and foreign students who graduated from high school or an equivalent program. You should check with the program you want to enroll in for any additional admissions requirements.

Tuition and Financial Aid

The cost of attending NAU depends on whether you take classes online or on one of its multiple campuses. In-state students pay $347 per credit, but nonresidents, which are students who live from outside that state, pay more than $700 per credit. This brings the total cost up to just over $13,000 for in-state residents and to around $25,000 a year for nonresidents. If you plan to live on one of those campuses, you can look forward to paying around $4,000 for room and board. The university charges the same tuition rate for online students, though you don't need to pay for room and board. You're also responsible for the textbooks used in all your classes and any other supplies you need.

NAU accepts the GI Bill and works with military students to help them better understand how they can use their benefits for college. It also accepts students who receive tuition reimbursement from their employers. For federal financial aid like grants and loans, you'll need to fill out the FAFSA online, select NAU as the college you will attend and wait for the university to process and determine the aid package you'll get. National American University also has several scholarship opportunities and programs available for veterans, incoming freshmen, older students and those majoring in a specific field like education. You can request a scholarship application from the university directly.

Online Business Administration Degrees

Though you have a lot of options in terms of online programs available through National American University, one of its top programs is its Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. Also known as its BSBA program, it comes with 10 emphasis areas. Choosing the right concentration can help you meet all your career goals. Those emphasis areas include:

management information systems
retail management
financial management
human resource management
general management
supply chain management
tourism and hospitality management

The NAU business administration program with an emphasis in tourism and hospitality management is one of the top programs of its type. It trains students for working as hotel and restaurant managers but can also help them gain work in other management positions. Courses in this program include food services and lodging management, event and convention management, destination tourism and IT applications for the hospitality industry. Students must also take an internship during one of their later years.

Though this program and all its areas of emphasis are available entirely online, students can also take one or more classes on a local campus. National American University requires that all undergrad BSBA students complete at least one internship and will offer assistance to help students find one in their own areas working in a restaurant, corporation, nonprofit organization or other business.

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