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In 1886, a group of visionary educators and business people saw a need for focused, career-based training in the southeastern United States. Roanoke National Business College was thus born, to fulfill the need for trained business, banking, accounting, administrative, and other professionals.

Through its first century, National College steadily developed a reputation for providing men and women with an efficient and effective education preparing them for the world of professional work. Students from many states made the trek to Roanoke, Virginia, to receive a practical education that was more focused and relevant than that offered by other colleges and universities of the time.

As the college’s first 100 years drew to a close, however, changes had already been underway that would give the institution a different appearance even as it continued to remain true to its original purpose. The dormitories and large central campus gave way to multiple community-based campuses throughout Southwest Virginia, Kentucky, and Tennessee. Business curricula were supplemented by career-focused programs in computers and healthcare. Certificate programs were no longer the norm—students pursued more in-depth study leading to associate’s degrees and the college’s first baccalaureate programs had been introduced. Also during this time, two other distinguished institutions—Kentucky College of Business, founded in 1941, and Fugazzi College of Business & Technology, founded in 1915—became part of National College.

American National UniversityIn March of 2013, in recognition of the addition of graduate-level programs, diversification into programs such as ESL and corporate training, and increasing numbers of international students, National College’s flagship Roanoke Valley Campus became American National University. American, recognizing our role as a leading American institution for career-focused education for students from around the world; National, acknowledging our historical name and nationwide reputation; University, representing our status as a graduate-level institution offering diverse academic, online, international, ESL, and corporate training programs. In April of 2013, the Tysons Corner Campus of American National University welcomed its first students.

American National University continues to offer our students the benefits of more than 125 years of excellence in career education, with an eye toward an ever-increasing breadth and depth of educational options. The college’s motto—Scientia et Civitas, or “knowledge and citizenship”—represents our fundamental purpose of preparing students for both a “full life and a successful career.”


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The Roanoke Valley Campus of National College is accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools to award master's degrees, bachelor's degrees, associate degrees, and diplomas. The Louisville, Bristol, Danville (VA), Lynchburg, Harrisonburg, Lexington, Indianapolis, Parkersburg and Princeton Campuses are accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools to award bachelor's degrees, associate degrees, and diplomas. All other campuses of National College are accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools to award associate degrees and diplomas.

The Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools, founded in 1912, is listed as a nationally recognized accrediting agency by the United States Department of Education. Its accreditation of degree-granting institutions is also recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.

The mission of ACICS is to advance educational excellence at independent, nonpublic career schools, colleges, and organizations in the United States and abroad. This is achieved through a deliberate and thorough accreditation process of quality assessment and enhancement as well as ethical business and educational practices whereby ACICS attempts to maintain minimum standards, policies, and procedures leading to institutional effectiveness.

The Council's evaluation and accreditation activities are directed to post-secondary institutions offering non-degree programs and degree programs through the Master's degree level that are designed to train and educate persons for careers or professions where business applications, business concepts, supervisory or management techniques, or professional or business-related applications or disciplines support or constitute the career or professional activity.

National College is also approved for the training of Veterans and Vocational Rehabilitation students, and is authorized under federal law to enroll non-immigrant alien students. The Virginia campuses are recognized by the State Council of Higher Education; the Kentucky campuses are licensed by the Kentucky Council on Post-secondary Education; the Tennessee campuses are authorized for operation by the Tennessee Higher Education Commission. The Dayton Area Campus, Columbus Campus, Cincinnati Campus, Stow Campus, Cleveland Campus and Youngstown Campus have received the Certificate of Registration and Program Authorization from the State of Ohio Board of Career Colleges and Schools located at 35 East Gay Street, Suite 403, Columbus, OH 43215, and can be reached at (877) 275-4219. The Ohio registration number for the Dayton Area Campus is 04-01-1700B, 08-11-1884B for the Columbus Campus, 04-05-1718B for the Cincinnati Campus, 07-01-1811B for the Stow Campus, 09-07-1905B for the Cleveland Campus and 07-03-1816B for the Youngstown Campus. The Indiana campuses are regulated by the Indiana Commission on Proprietary Education, 302 W. Washington St., Room E201, Indianapolis, IN 46204, and can be reached at (317) 232-1320 or toll free (800) 227-5695. Advertising code is AC-0054. The West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission has assigned the Princeton, West Virginia Campus of National College the status of Category II to offer degree programs and has assigned the Parkersburg, West Virginia Campus the status of Category III to offer degree programs.

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National College is authorized for operation as a postsecondary educational institution by the Tennessee Higher Education Commission. In order to view detailed job placement and graduation information on the programs offered by National College, please visit and click on the Authorized Institutions Data button.

Credits earned at National College may not transfer to another educational institution. Credits earned at another educational institution may not be accepted by National College. You should obtain confirmation that National College will accept any credits you have earned at another educational institution before you execute an enrollment contract or agreement. You should also contact any educational institutions that you may want to transfer credits earned at National College to determine if such institutions will accept credits earned at National College prior to executing an enrollment contract or agreement. The ability to transfer credits from National College to another educational institution may be very limited. Your credits may not transfer and you may have to repeat courses previously taken at National College if you enroll in another educational institution. You should never assume that credits will transfer to or from any educational institution. It is highly recommended and you are advised to make certain that you know the transfer of credit policy of National College and of any other educational institutions you may in the future want to transfer the credits earned at National College before you execute an enrollment contract or agreement.

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