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National American University Rapid City Campus Building

National American University

In 1941, National American University, then known as National School of Business, opened its doors to students in Rapid City, South Dakota, 20 miles from Mount Rushmore, which was completed that same year. As the institution expanded both academically and geographically, its name evolved throughout the years, from National School of Business, to National College of Business, to National College, and finally to National American University.

Today, NAU is a multistate institution of higher learning offering associate, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degree programs in traditional, online, and hybrid formats.

College of Military Studies

NAU’s College of Military Studies was created with the specific goal of providing outstanding education and support services tailored to military students and their families. Well-trained staff comprised of current and former servicemembers assist students in choosing a degree plan, receiving credit for qualified military training, and utilizing military educational benefits.

Military Friendly School

As a military friendly school, National American University is:

  • A member of VA Chapter 33 Yellow Ribbon Program. More information is available at
  • Authorized to receive tuition assistance by the DoD Voluntary Education Partnership MOU.
  • A member of Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges Degree Network System, which provides service members and their eligible family members the opportunity to complete college degrees without losing credit because of frequent changes in duty station. More information is available at