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National American University markets itself primarily toward members of the military. This is why NAU maintains a virtual campus at Ellsworth Air Force Base, in South Dakota. This is a private, for-profit university that enables members of the military to earn the degrees they want so they can advance, either in the military or as a civilian.

Overview of National American University - Ellsworth AFB Extension

If you look at an online map for National American University, you’ll see that a large area is marked off over the U.S., part of Canada, and Alaska—this indicates that military members everywhere in the US are able to access the university for online degree programs. However, the Ellsworth Airforce Base Extension is close to their headquarters in Rapid City, South Dakota. There are two ways to contact the university: you can call the campus for general information and you can interact via the internet.

There is no physical campus for you to visit, so all of your interactions with NAU staff and faculty will take place online. The NAU-Ellsworth AFB campus serves 199 students, all of whom are working on their undergraduate degrees. However, degrees awarded from this university can range from a certificate of one to less than two years’ duration, associate, and bachelor’s degrees. The student-to-faculty ratio is 10 to 1, which is excellent, but you must remember that, with all classes being online, it may still be difficult to get in touch with a professor as you’ll only have online communication options.

General Information

School Type Private for-profit
Campus Setting Town: Fringe
Campus Housing No
Student Faculty Ratio 10:1
Graduation Rate NA
Year Founded NA

Student Enrollment

Total Students199


Undergraduate Student

Male 139
Female 60

Graduate Student

Male 0
Female 0

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TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) NA
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Tuition Cost & Financial Aid

The total listed cost of attending NAU-Ellsworth AFB is $14,796. This includes tuition, books, supplies, other costs, and your rent (because there is no campus with dorms, you don’t pay room and board).

If, as a student and member of the military, you qualify for financial aid, grants or scholarships can trim some of that cost off. In a recent academic year, eligible students received an average of $3,367 in grants or scholarships. Some students chose to apply for federal student loans and 27 students received loans in the average amount of 5,395.

Average net price 2018-2019
Net Price NA
Average Total Aid $3,367
Students Receiving Financial Aid NA
Room & Board $7,209

Sticker Price

  • Tuition In-State - $6,075
  • Tuition Out-of-State - $6,075
  • Books and Supplies - $1,350
  • Room & Board - $7,209
  • Other - $162


NAU doesn’t keep track of the student retention rate, primarily because it serves adult students who are working in military roles. Some students may bring transfer credits from other colleges or universities and some students take longer to earn their degrees because they are deployed or for personal reasons, so they also do not measure graduation rates. The retention rate is noted as being 100% in a recent academic year, which means that students who attended for their first year at this school also came back for their sophomore year.

Because you are continuing to work as you take college classes, you are able to schedule study time for non-working hours. However, NAU-Ellsworth AFB does offer evening classes online, so that’s no issue.

The most popular degree programs at NAU-Ellsworth AFB are business, management, marketing and related support services; computer and information sciences, and support services; homeland security, law enforcement, firefighting and related protective services; and transportation and materials moving.

Student Population Total

Student Population 199

Evening Classes : Yes
Online Learning : Yes

Most Popular Programs & Majors

(# of Diplomas Awarded by Subject)

All Business Majors 15 Total Graduates / 79%
Business Administration and Management, General 11 Graduates
Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General 2 Graduates
Construction Management 1 Graduates
Marketing/Marketing Management, General 1 Graduates
All Computer Information Science Majors 2 Total Graduates / 11%
Computer and Information Systems Security/Information Assurance 2 Graduates
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services 1 Total Graduates / 5%
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies 1 Graduates
Transportation and Materials Moving 1 Total Graduates / 5%
Aviation/Airway Management and Operations 1 Graduates
All Other Diplomas 0%

Outcome & Salary

While the school doesn’t maintain records of their graduate’s incomes, the national average is around $64,900 per year. Of course, this depends on what your degree is and what field you work in. Additionally, the unemployment rate of those with a bachelor’s degree is around half that of high school graduates.

On the other hand, for the high school graduate who goes straight to work, the national average salary is $38,792. Their 10-year projected income is $387,920 and their 20-year projected income is $775,840.

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National Average Salary $38,792
10 Year Projected Income $387,920
20 Year Projected Income $775,840

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