National American University

National American University
National American University
Motto Quality higher education in a caring and supportive environment.
Established 1941
Type Private, For-Profit (NASDAQ: NAUH)
President Dr. Jerry L. Gallentine
Location See below
Colors Royal Blue and White
Mascot Marvin the Maverick

National American University (NAU) is a private for-profit university owned by National American University Holdings, Inc. Headquartered in Rapid City, SD, NAU operates multiple locations in the United States and an online division.

They are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.



National American University offers a wide variety of undergraduate programs, including Bachelor of Science degrees, Associate of Applied Science degrees, and diplomas in academic areas such as accounting, applied management, business administration, allied health, criminal justice, healthcare management, health and beauty management, nursing, legal studies, and information technology. Graduate degree programs available include an M.B.A.,a Master of Management degree, and a Master of Science in Nursing. Degree offerings vary by location.


National American University was established in 1941 as a one-year secretarial school by Clarence Jacobson. It was called National College of Business and was located in a downtown Rapid City building. In 1960, Jacobson had the building that now houses administration for the Rapid City campus constructed at 321 Kansas City Street and moved National College to that location.

In 1962, NCB was acquired by Harold D. Buckingham and members of his family. Shortly after the Buckinghams purchased the school, a period of growth began which led to the construction of the classroom buildings, dormitories, a library, gymnasium, and an auditorium.

NCB was granted collegiate accreditation as a junior college by the Accrediting Commission of the Association of Independent Colleges and Schools in 1966. Senior college accreditation was granted in 1970.

The 1970s brought another period of growth, this time with the addition of several branch locations in the Midwest and Rocky Mountain regions. This trend toward reaching out to other communities resumed in the 90s with the addition of more campuses nationwide and continues today (See below for a complete listing of National American university campuses.)

In 1985, NCB earned accreditation by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and in 1997 the university name was changed to National American University.

The university made its first foray into the world of online education in 1996 and currently offers many classes and several degrees completely online through its Distance Learning campus.In 2000, the growth of the university system resulted in the creation of Central Administration which is located south of Rapid City.


Campuses are located in Denver and Colorado Springs, Colorado; Albuquerque and Rio Rancho, New Mexico; Independence, and Zona Rosa in northern Kansas City, Missouri; Bloomington, Brooklyn Center, and Roseville, Minnesota; Overland Park and Wichita, Kansas; Allen/Dallas and Austin,Texas; and Rapid City, Ellsworth AFB,and Sioux Falls, South Dakota. NAU has also opened education centers in Centennial and Colorado Springs, Colorado; Watertown, South Dakota; Lee's Summit and Weldon Springs, Missouri; Minnetonka, Minnesota; and Wichita, Kansas.

Distance learning

In 1996 National American University began to develop online courses and degree options for students across the United States as well as internationally. Online programs include associate’s, bachelor’s and master’s degrees in accounting, business, information technology, and health care. Students are also provided access to classes and extensive campus resources including learning resource center services, tutoring services, counseling services, and computer support through a student portal.

Graduate program

In August 2008, NAU's graduate studies program was renamed the Harold D. Buckingham Graduate School, in honor of the late owner of the university. Degrees currently offered are a Master of Science in Nursing, a Master of Business Administration degree, and a Master of Management degree with a variety of emphasis areas. Graduate degrees are also offered primarily online.


NAU is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Several NAU programs are also separately accredited by multiple national educational and professional associations.[1]

Student services and activities

There are many student organizations, both university based and national, that NAU students can join.

National American University Holdings, Inc

National American University Holdings, Inc., is a publicly traded corporation (NASDAQ: NAUH) holding company for NAU and other assets. The corporation was established in 2009 and is located in Rapid City, South Dakota.[2]


External links

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