Northern Arizona University


Founded in 1899, Northern Arizona University is located on a 740-acre campus in Flagstaff, Ariz., about 7,000 feet above sea level in a region that gets an average of 288 sunny days a year, Northern Arizona offers 95 degree programs to its undergraduates, and another 57 graduate and doctoral degree programs. As of June 2011, undergraduate enrollment at Northern Arizona is 18,301, and another 5,299 graduate students are enrolled.


Information Summary

Ranks 8th in Arizona and 778th overall. See the entire top 2,000 colleges and universities list
Overall Score (about) 83.1
Total Cost On-Campus Attendance $27,266
Admission Success rate N/A
SAT 75%ile scores 1160
Student Ratio Students-to-Faculty 21 : 1
Retention (full-time / part-time) 73% / 49%
Enrollment Total (all students) 31,066


Six colleges offers degree programs at Northern Arizona University: the College of Arts and Letters, the College of Engineering, Forestry and Natural Sciences, the College of Education, the College of Health and Human Services, the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, and the W.A. Franke College of Business.

The College of Arts and Letters offers degrees in art; English; humanities, arts and religion; history; modern languages; music; philosophy and theater. The College of Engineering, Forestry, and Natural Sciences offers degrees in biological sciences, chemistry and biology, civil and environmental engineering, computer science, construction management, electrical engineering, environmental sciences and education, forestry, geology, math and statistics, mechanical engineering, and physics and astronomy.

Programs of study offered by the College of Education are career and technical education, elementary education, and secondary education. The College of Health and Human Services offers four programs — athletic training, dental hygiene, health sciences, and nursing. The College of Social and Behavioral Sciences offers degrees in advertising, anthropology, applied indigenous studies, criminal justice, electronic media and film, ethnic studies, geography, journalism, merchandising, public agency service, photography, political science, parks and recreation, psychology, public planning, social work, sociology, speech communications, visual communications, and women’s and gender studies.

The W.A. Franke College of Business majors include accounting, computer information systems, economics, finance, hotel and restaurant management, management, and marketing.

The Center for International Education

Northern Arizona’s Center for International Education provides services to international students and visiting scholars, recruits and admits international students, and offers study abroad opportunities to NAU students.

Students can choose from among dozens of semester-long and year-long study abroad programs at universities and colleges from Botswana to the United Arab Emirates, and many more.

Northern Arizona also participates in the National Student Exchange program, an association of colleges and universities in the U.S. and Canada that provide exchange opportunities to more than 90,000 students who might like to switch places for a semester with a student attending another U.S. or Canadian university. The more affordable alternative to study abroad permits students to apply for exchanges to other member institutions.

Encouraging alternative learning environments, Northern Arizona also offers non-traditional, adult and working students with the option of enrolling at one of its Extended Campuses. Some Extended Campus classes are delivered online and others are provided on smaller satellite campuses at more than 30 other locations in Arizona, including in Tucson, Scottsdale, Tempe and Yuma. More than 70 degree, certificate, and endorsement programs are available through the Extended Campuses program.

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About 73 percent of all applicants are admitted to NAU, which has rolling admissions. Admissions requirements for undergraduates hoping to attend the university include a minimum high school grade point average of 2.0.

Applicants must have completed four years of high school English, and earned a minimum score of 21 on the ACT English or a 530 on the SAT verbal. The math requirement is four years of high school math including algebra 1 and 2, and geometry, along with a minimum ACT math score of 24 or a 540 on the math SAT. Applicants are also required to complete three years of high school lab science, including biology, chemistry, earth science or physics. Northern Arizona also requires applicants to have completed two years of foreign language and one year of fine arts.

Prospective students can sign up for campus tours, which are offered Monday through Friday and some Saturdays. Tours start at 8 a.m. and last until around 3:30 p.m. Several different tour packages are offered depending on your area of interest, so call ahead. Accepted students are encouraged to participate in NAU’s summer orientation, when they can stay with other prospective students, get a detailed tour of campus, and meet with professors.

Financial Aid

Northern Arizona University offers its students need-based and merit-based loans, grants and scholarships. Scholarships include the Arizona Board of Regents High Honors Scholarship, which waives tuition for qualifying students, the President’s Scholarship for residents of Arizona, the President’s Scholarship for non-residents, the Dean’s Scholarship for residents, and the Merit Scholarship for residents. Arizona students also might qualify for the AIMS Scholarship, which provides full in-state tuition.

Grants offered to qualifying students include the Academic Competitiveness Grant, the Arizona Special Leveraging Educational Assistance Grant, the federal TEACH grant, the Pell Grant, the Science and Mathematics to Retain Talent grant, and tribal grants for Native American students.

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Campus Housing

The Northern Arizona University campus is home to seven freshman residence halls, three traditional residence halls for upper class students, three suite-style residence halls, and seven apartment complexes for upper class students, graduate students and families. Some freshman residence halls house learning communities, including the honors community, leadership community and Global Village.

Freshmen residence halls are coeducational, feature community bathrooms, and house two students per room. Each room includes two ethernet connections, and residence halls feature recreation rooms, kitchens, laundry facilities, study rooms, and computer labs.

Dining on Campus

The NAU campus has 25 restaurants, including three late-night options. Most eateries can be found at the University Union, which houses an all-you-can-eat dining hall and 11 chain restaurants, including Einsten Bagels, Pizza Hut Express, Chick-fil-A Express, Sub Connection, Jamba Juice and Denny’s Fresh Express. There is also a Starbucks in the Union. At the du Bois Center, there’s an all-you-can-eat dining hall, along with five sit-down restaurants and a convenience store. There are plenty of coffee shops on campus, among the most popular the Bean and Beaker Cafe at the Science Lab and Scholars Corner at the Cline Library.

Campus Facilities and Organizations

The 200,000-square-foot Cline Library houses more than 1.4 million books, periodicals, videos recordings and government publications, and the 400-seat Cline Library Assembly Hall where large university and community events are held. Students have access to more than 160 desktops at the library, which is also wireless throughout.

If you want to get involved, NAU has more than 150 student clubs and organizations ranging from student government, to rock climbing, to theater groups. Fraternities and sororities have been active on the NAU campus for 75 years, with 22 Greek organizations. Eighteen sororities and fraternities are housed in Mountain View Hall, a suite-style residence hall that can accommodate 600 students.

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The Northern Arizona Lumberjacks are members of the NCAA. Intercollegiate teams are men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s tennis, cross country, football, golf, soccer, volleyball, swimming and diving, and track and field. NAU students are permitted to attend all home events for free. The Lumberjacks participate in the Big Sky Conference, and play schools that include Sacramento State, University of Montana and Montana State.

Athletic facilities include the J. Lawrence Walkup Skydome, which is home to NAU football, basketball and indoor track and field. The skydome seat 15,000 for football games and 7,000 for basketball games. The Douglas J. Wall Aquatic Center is an Olympic-sized swimming and diving complex used not only by the NAU swim team but also open to the public, students, faculty and staff, and the NAU water polo club teams. The pool features two one-meter and two three-meter diving boards, a 13-foot diving tank, 14 lap lanes, and a therapy pool area.

The Lumberjack volleyball team makes its home at the Joseph C. Rolle Activity Center on the south side of campus. The facility includes four practice volleyball courts. For home matches, Rolle is set up with one court surrounded by bleachers that seat 1,080 fans.

Max Spilsbury Field at Lumberjack Stadium is home to Northern Arizona women’s soccer, with seating capacity at 3,000. The stadium also houses part of the High Altitude Sports Training Complex and is the spring home of the NAU outdoor track and field teams.

The University Union Fieldhouse houses a multipurpose Recreation Center that is open to all students. It includes a fully equipped weight room, cardio studio, two basketball courts, two volleyball/tennis courts, an indoor climbing wall, an aerobic/dance studio, and locker rooms.

Intramural sports are extremely popular at Northern Arizona, drawing plenty of fan support and including a wide range of sports, from flag football to softball.


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