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Northern Arizona University

  • Flagstaff, AZ
    location
  • Public
    type
  • Small
    setting
  • 58%42%
    student ratio
  • 22,670
    total students
  • $9,120 | $21,640
    in-state tuition | out-of-state tuition
  • Rolling
    fall application deadline
  • 91%
    acceptance rate
  • Moderately Difficult
    admission difficulty
  • Average test scores for all first-year students that were accepted and enrolled.
  • 525
    sat math
  • 524
    sat reading
  • 506
    sat writing
  • 23
    act composite

Overview

A Mountain University with a Focus on Undergraduate Education

Northern Arizona University (NAU) is a state supported university with 14,000 undergraduate students. Since its founding in1899, the university has focused on undergraduate education. Its goal is to foster a friendly campus atmosphere and close student-faculty relationships through high quality classroom teaching and faculty guidance for each student.

NAU's main campus is in Flagstaff, an arts and entertainment hub nestled at the base of the San Francisco Peaks. The campus is about 140 miles north of Phoenix, a 45-minute drive from Sedona's red rocks, and 75 miles from the majestic Grand Canyon. Oak Creek Canyon, a favorite recreation area among NAU students, is nearby, as well.

Spectacular Natural Classrooms and Laboratories

The university makes extensive use of the Colorado Plateau country surrounding its campus. This varied landscape of mountains, gorges, forests, and lakes provides a natural laboratory for biology, ecology, environmental sciences, geology, geophysics, paleontology, and other sciences.

Prehistoric Indian ruins and the living cultures of the Navajo, Hopi, and other Southwest peoples provide rich resources for students of archaeology, anthropology, ethnology, and linguistics.

Students also have access to the 50,000-acre Centennial Forest for environmental and forestry research. The area's 7,000-foot elevation and unusually clear, dry air have made it a major center for astronomy and the atmospheric sciences.

A Grand Canyon Semester

Each fall, Northern Arizona University co-sponsors its Grand Canyon Semester program (GCS) with the National Park Service. GCS students join research faculty in the natural sciences, social sciences, fine arts, and humanities to study the region and its past and present human cultures.

On back-country hikes, in classrooms and art galleries, and floating down the Colorado River through gorges, participants tackle questions such as: How can park managers protect the "crown jewel" of the U.S. National Park system and still make the Grand Canyon available to almost five million visitors a year? What are the rights of native peoples whose ancestors lived in the canyon for thousands of years?

National Park Service professionals serve as visiting lecturers in the program. GCS also includes presentations by guest artists, photographers, writers, political activists, and native leaders.

Traditional, Pre-professional, Interdisciplinary, and Specialized Majors

NAU offers 85 baccalaureate degrees. Traditional majors include anthropology, civil engineering, journalism, microbiology, physics/astronomy, and social work. Less traditional majors include applied indigenous studies, construction management, electronic media and film, geographic information science, and printmaking.

In addition, the university offers pre-professional programs in dentistry, law, medicine, optometry, pharmacy, and veterinary medicine.

Specialized NAU programs include criminal justice, dental hygiene, forestry, hotel and restaurant management, and parks and recreation management.

A Strong Commitment to Student Advising and Close Student-Faculty Relationships

NAU's Gateway Student Success Center offers academic advising services and career exploration assistance.

An average class size of 28 helps to ensure that students receive individual attention. Faculty members hold regular office hours, as well. The student-faculty ratio is 17 to 1.

Freshmen Learning Communities

About 50 percent of undergraduates live on campus in 20 residence halls and 226 family housing apartments. Many freshmen choose to live in residence hall Learning Communities (LCs), groups of students with common majors or interests.

For example, one LC is called SEED: Sustainable Environments and Engaged Democracy. This LC includes students majoring in environmental studies, ethnic studies, political science, and related fields. Students in SEED participate in activities such as hikes, challenge courses, faculty dinners, and community group work.

Off-Campus Scientific Research Programs

NAU actively cooperates in the work and research programs of several major scientific institutions that are located close to its campus. These include the Lowell Observatory; the U.S. Naval Observatory's Flagstaff station; various facilities of the U.S. Geological Survey, including its space-oriented Astrogeology Center; the U.S. Forest Service Rocky Mountain and Range Experiment station; and the Museum of Northern Arizona and its multidisciplinary Colton Research Center. The specialized libraries, laboratories, and other facilities of these institutions are available to qualified NAU students.

An Honors Program that Challenges the Talented Student

NAU's long-established honors program challenges the talented student and leads to graduation with honors. The program offers students opportunities for independent study and research and provides special courses and seminars.

For example, honors courses offered in 2010 include Philosophy in Children's Literature; Murder, Madness, and Monsters in 19th Century Fiction; and Critical Communities, a class that investigates U.S. society's recent drop in community activities (including a 35 percent drop in having friends over).

Northern Arizona University also offers a 3-year bachelor's degree program for well-prepared and motivated students, allowing them to take the fast track to graduation and graduate programs.

Graduate and Online Degree Programs

While NAU focuses on undergraduate education, the university offers a variety of graduate, certificate, and online programs. The university awards master's degrees in fields such as creative writing, education, environmental sciences and policy, nursing, statistics, and sustainable communities.

Northern Arizona certificate programs include ethnic studies, musical performance, and women's studies. Online programs at NAU include career and technical education (M.Ed.); English: literacy, technology, and professional writing (M.A.); and the positive behavior support certificate program.

NAU also offers doctoral degrees in such fields as applied linguistics, educational psychology, forestry, political science, and physical therapy.

The W.A. Franke College of Business

Named for Arizona businessman William A. Franke, the college is "especially interested in recruiting and retaining Native American, Hispanic, and first-generation students."

The college offers MBA degrees, as well as bachelor's degrees in fields such as finance, hotel and restaurant management, and marketing.


Location & Contact

South San Francisco Street
Flagstaff, AZ 86011
USA

Undergraduate Admissions

Phone: 928-523-5511
Fax: 928-523-6023
Email: Admissions@nau.edu

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Majors & Degrees

Degrees Offered
Bachelor's
Associate's
  • Area and ethnic studies
    • American Indian/Native American Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Women's Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Biological/life sciences
    • Biology/Biological Sciences
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Biomedical Sciences
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Microbiology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Business/marketing
    • Accounting
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Business Administration and Management
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Business/Managerial Economics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Construction Management
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Finance
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Hospitality Administration
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Management Information Systems
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Marketing/Marketing Management
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Communication/Journalism
    • Journalism
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Public Relations, Advertising, and Applied Communication Related
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Radio and Television
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Speech Communication and Rhetoric
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Computer and information sciences
    • Computer Science
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Computer Systems Analysis
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Education
    • Early Childhood Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Elementary Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Music Teacher Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Special Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Engineering
    • Civil Engineering
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Electrical and Electronics Engineering
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Mechanical Engineering
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • English
    • English
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Foreign languages and literature
    • Foreign Languages and Literatures
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Spanish
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Health professions and related sciences
    • Dental Hygiene
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Public Health
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • History
    • History
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Interdisciplinary studies
    • Cultural Studies/Critical Theory and Analysis
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Interdisciplinary Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Law/legal studies
    • Pre-Law Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Liberal arts/general studies
    • Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Mathematics and statistics
    • Mathematics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Natural resources/environmental science
    • Environmental Science
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Environmental Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Forest Sciences and Biology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Parks and recreation
    • Kinesiology and Exercise Science
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Parks, Recreation and Leisure
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Philosophy and religious studies
    • Philosophy
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Physical sciences
    • Astronomy
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Chemistry
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Geology/Earth Science
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Physics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Psychology
    • Psychology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Public administration and social services
    • Public Administration
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Social Work
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Science technologies
    • Science Technologies Related
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Social sciences
    • Anthropology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Criminology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Geography
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • International Relations and Affairs
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Political Science and Government
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Social Sciences Related
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Sociology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Visual and performing arts
    • Design and Visual Communications
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Dramatic/Theater Arts
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Fine/Studio Arts
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Interior Design
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Music
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Music Performance
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Photography
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.

Admissions

91% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied33,989
    • Accepted31,057
    • Acceptance Rate91%
    • Enrolled22,670
    • Female Applicants20,898
    • Females Accepted19,407
    • Female Acceptance Rate92%
    • Male Applicants13,091
    • Males Accepted11,650
    • Male Acceptance Rate88%
  • Applying
    • Application Fee
    • Required for All Transcript of high school record
      Minimum high school GPA of 3
      Completion of 16 required college preparatory courses with minimum 2.0 in each subject area
    • Required for Some
    • Average high school GPA for first-year freshman3.40
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Application Closing Notification Date Rolling Admissions
    • Fall freshmen Yes
    • Out-of-state Fall freshmen Yes
    • Early decision plan Not Reported
    • Other early decision plan Not Reported
    • Transfer Yes
  • Test Scores Accepted
    • Test Average School Accepted 25th Percentile* 75th Percentile*
    • SAT Critical Reading 524 470 580
    • SAT Math 525 470 580
    • SAT Writing 506 450 560
    • ACT Composite 23 20 25
    • * 25th and 75th percentile is the score that 25/75 percent of students score at or below.

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition
    • In-state tuition *$9,120
    • Out-of-state tuition *$21,640
    • In-district tuitionNot Reported
    • * Tuition costs are based on a full academic year typically extending from September to June.
  • Fees
    • Full-time student fees$870.00
    • Room and board *$9,020.00
    • Room only *$4,990.00
    • * Room and board charges vary according to board plan selected (i.e., 12-meal plan, 19-meal plan, etc.) and student level (freshman, sophomore, etc.)
  • Other Payment Considerations
    • Guaranteed tuition plan offeredYes
    • Tuition pre-payment planNo
    • Tuition payment plans offeredInstallments
    • Student groups that qualify for full or partial waiver of tuitionEmployees or children of employees

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Undergraduate Students22,670
    • Male Student Percentage42%
    • Female Student Percentage58%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic/Latino19.07%
    • Black or African American3.23%
    • White or Caucasian62.93%
    • American Indian or Alaska Native3.12%
    • Asian1.61%
    • Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander.34%
    • Two or more races4.73%
    • Unknown.64%
  • Other Student Statistics
    • International Breakout4.33% representing 42 other countries
    • Out-of-state Students28% out-of-state student

Campus Life

  • Housing
    • College-owned housing available Yes
    • Housing Requirements Not Reported
    • Housing options Coed housing , Female-only housing, Special housing for disabled, Male-only housing
    • Percentage of undergraduate students who live in college-owned housing 32%
  • Student Activities
    • Student-run campus newspaper Yes
    • Drama / theater group Yes
    • Student-run radio station Yes
    • Student-run television station Yes
    • Marching band Yes
    • Choral groups Yes
  • Student Services
    • Legal services Yes
    • Health clinic Yes
    • Personal / psychological counseling Yes
    • Women's center No
  • Student Organizations
    • Greek fraternities Yes
    • Greek sororities Yes
    • Local fraternities No
    • Local sororities No
    • Other organizations Not Reported
    • Most popular organizations National Society of Collegiate Scholars, Northern Arizona Snow Association, International Club, Hiking Club, Golden Key Honor Society
  • Campus Security and Safety
    • 24-hour emergency telephone / alarm services Yes
    • 24-hour patrols by trained officers Yes
    • Students patrols Not Reported
    • Late-night transport / escort services Yes
    • Electronically-operated dormitory entrances Yes
    • Other Not Reported

Athletics

Member of the: NCAA Division I
  • Men's Sports
    • Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
    • Archery Yes No No
    • Badminton Yes No No
    • Baseball Yes No No
    • Basketball Yes Division 1 Yes
    • Cheerleading Yes No No
    • Cross-country running No Division 1 Yes
    • Fencing Yes No No
    • Football Yes Division 1 Yes
    • Golf No No No
    • Gymnastics Yes No No
    • Ice hockey Yes No No
    • Lacrosse Yes No No
    • Racquetball Yes No No
    • Rugby Yes No No
    • Soccer Yes No No
    • Softball Yes No No
    • Swimming No No No
    • Tennis Yes Division 1 Yes
    • Track No Division 1 Yes
    • Ultimate Frisbee Yes No No
    • Volleyball Yes No No
    • Water polo Yes No No
    • Wrestling Yes No No
  • Women's Sports
    • Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
    • Archery Yes No No
    • Badminton Yes No No
    • Baseball Yes No No
    • Basketball Yes Division 1 Yes
    • Cheerleading Yes No No
    • Cross-country running No Division 1 Yes
    • Fencing Yes No No
    • Football Yes No No
    • Golf No Division 1 Yes
    • Gymnastics Yes No No
    • Ice hockey Yes No No
    • Lacrosse Yes No No
    • Racquetball Yes No No
    • Rugby Yes No No
    • Soccer Yes Division 1 Yes
    • Softball Yes No No
    • Swimming No Division 1 Yes
    • Tennis Yes Division 1 Yes
    • Track No Division 1 Yes
    • Ultimate Frisbee Yes No No
    • Volleyball Yes Division 1 Yes
    • Water polo Yes No No
    • Wrestling Yes No No

Faculty

  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty1,589
    • Full-time Percentage61%
    • Part-time Percentage39%
    • Female Percentage54%
    • Male Percentage46%
    • Student:Faculty Ratio19:1 or 22,560 students to 1,178 faculty


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