National University Office of Development

Make a Measurable Impact in the NU Community

Contribute to the Success of Our Students and Alumni

Thank you for your interest in giving to National University. As a private nonprofit, we rely on your generosity to bring affordable and accessible education to adult learners. There are many ways that you can support National University and its students, alumni, faculty, research, and community-focused activities. Discover how you can contribute to the NU community today.

Donor Spotlight

”Helping others is what this is all about, and it’s why I’m so pleased to recognize the remarkable impacts [the Sanford Programs] are having nationwide. To me the greatest gift of all is being able to see for myself how these programs are strengthening our communities and helping children succeed in school and life.”

T. Denny Sanford, philanthropist and entrepreneur, on the impact of his $28 million donation to the National University System in support of the Sanford Education Programs in 2017

What Do Your Donations Support?

Your generous gifts support the following initiatives for our students and faculty:

Scholarship Opportunities

New Degree Programs

State-of-the-art Technologies

Up-to-date Facilities

Impact of Giving to National University

active-duty military and veteran students were awarded NU scholarships in 2017.

million in scholarships was awarded to NU students in 2017.


of students rely on NU scholarships to pay for college.

About National University

National University is a San Diego-based nonprofit founded in 1971 by retired U.S. Navy Lt. Cmdr. David Chigos. As the largest private nonprofit university in San Diego, our mission is to provide accessible, achievable higher education to adult learners. Today, we educate students across all 50 states and from 65 countries, offering flexible four-week classes across over 100 on-campus and online programs. Since our founding, we’ve had the honor and privilege of seeing our community grow to over 150,000 alumni worldwide.