Northern Arizona University

Northern Arizona University

Flagstaff, AZ
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23,845
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Tuition Cost $9,462 | $22,452
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Average Financial Aid Package $11,505
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Overview

At Northern Arizona University, students find opportunity in every direction. The university’s Flagstaff campus offers the amenities of a big-campus environment with a small-campus feel—all in a beautiful mountain location that ranks among the best college towns in the nation. NAU also has innovative partnerships with dozens of Arizona community colleges, which gives students affordable and convenient options for transferring into an NAU bachelor’s degree program.

NAU offers a comprehensive range of nearly 100 majors to choose from and many nationally ranked programs taught by professors who recognize potential and will help students realize theirs. The university holds a tradition of undergraduate research and experiential learning, with nearly 3,000 undergraduates participating in research and professional internships each year. High-achieving students can even work simultaneously on select master's degrees and graduate in as few as five years with both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree. 

Students have the opportunity to study abroad at partner institutions in 61 countries or stay closer to home at one of 200 U.S. institutions through the National Student Exchange.

Dozens of Residential Learning Communities allow students to live and study in halls where others share their interests or academic major. And the Honors College offers a dynamic living and learning environment that brings together high-achieving students from various backgrounds who are eager to learn and grow, both personally and professionally.

More than 350 student clubs and organizations make it easy to get involved, while the four-season climate—including an average annual snowfall of 100 inches—breaks the Arizona stereotype in a picturesque setting that provides opportunities for everything from hiking and biking to skiing and snowboarding.

NAU also delivers a predictable price tag through its fixed tuition rate, known as The Pledge. Students who attend the Flagstaff campus will pay the same fixed tuition rate for up to four years with a no-increases guarantee. Students and families can use NAU's online Net Price Calculator to create an estimated budget and identify eligibility for scholarships and grants. And students who live in one of 14 Western states can save nearly 40 percent on the out-of-state tuition rate through the Western Undergraduate Exchange. Every major is eligible for the WUE rate.

Academics

There are eight colleges within the university, each organized by related disciplines: 

Arts and Letters:

Students interested in majors that focus on the humanities, arts, music, and modern languages can become part of an intellectually vibrant community of artists and scholars while developing professional skills such as analytical thinking, writing, aesthetic understanding, and problem solving. 

The W.A. Franke College of Business:
With degrees that focus on management, accounting, finance, economics, marketing, information systems, and hotel and restaurant management, this college provides a collaborative and rigorous professional environment to prepare students for a successful future in the global economy.

Education:

Founded as a teachers’ college in 1899, NAU remains deeply grounded in its tradition of educational excellence. The College of Education prepares caring, committed teachers and encourages the development of innovative teaching methods.

Engineering, Forestry and Natural Sciences:

Join the next generation of innovators discovering solutions to growing environmental, technological, and scientific challenges through internationally recognized programs in natural sciences, physical sciences, engineering, and informatics. 

Health and Human Services:

Those with a passion for health care can choose from majors that will prepare them to provide health and wellness services for individuals, families, and communities. Curriculum includes hands-on, rigorous training that promotes critical thinking as students work toward improving the health and well-being of the communities they serve and making a difference in the lives of others. 

Social and Behavioral Sciences:

Students whose interests lie in media, social problems, government, world cultures, justice, public policy, sustainability, or communication will find one-of-a-kind opportunities to work with faculty who will help them think critically about local, national, and international issues.

Honors College:

Pursue a rewarding and enriching academic path that emphasizes small, interactive classes where students gain critical-thinking skills that appeal to employers and graduate schools. Academically motivated students are inspired by the meaningful engagement found by living and working among a group of motivated students who share a passion for learning.

Graduate College:

With nearly 100 doctoral, master’s, and graduate certificate programs, NAU offers significant research, scholarship, and creative opportunities with exceptional mentorship, career training and professional partnerships.

Every undergraduate degree program requires its students to participate in a "capstone" learning experience, and an internationalization strategy incorporates global cultures into every discipline.

Students routinely work alongside skilled faculty and mentors who believe that providing abundant research opportunities for undergraduates instills the real-life experiences they need to thrive academically and professionally.

Interesting facts:

• Nearly 100 bachelor's degrees, 65 master's degrees and 10 doctoral degrees offered

• Average class size: 34 students

• 20,000+ students on the Flagstaff campus

• 19:1 faculty-to-student ratio

• Most popular majors: Criminology and Criminal Justice, Biomedical Science, Nursing, Mechanical Engineering, Hotel and Restaurant Management, Psychology

• Nearly 30 on-campus dining options

• Four-year fixed tuition rate for Flagstaff campus undergraduates

• More than 90 percent of first-year students choose to live on campus

• Support services and student success resources that are second to none

• 15 NCAA Division 1 athletic teams as part of the Big Sky Conference; students enjoy free admission to all home athletic events

• 7,000-foot elevation and four-season climate in Flagstaff

• Named the No. 1 Best College Town in Arizona and No. 3 in the nation by the American Institute for Economic Research’s 2017 College Destinations Index, and one of nation's happiest cities by Time.com

Visit Us

The best way to see if NAU is the right fit for you is to come visit our beautiful campus. If you can't make it here in person, our fully immersive virtual tour is the next best thing!


Location & Contact

PO Box 4084
Sechrist Hall
Flagstaff, AZ 86011-4084
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.
    • Environmental Biology
      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.
    • Informatics
      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.
  • 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.
    • 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

  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied36,875
    • Accepted29,812
    • Acceptance Rate
    • Enrolled27,086
    • Female Applicants22,918
    • Females Accepted18,989
    • Female Acceptance Rate82%
    • Male Applicants13,957
    • Males Accepted10,823
    • Male Acceptance Rate77%
  • Applying
    • Application Fee $25
    • Required for All Transcript of high school record
      Minimum high school GPA of 2.5
      16 college preparatory courses with minimum 2.0 in each subject area
    • Required for Some
    • Average high school GPA for first-year freshman3.57
  • 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 520 620
    • SAT Math 510 610
    • SAT Writing
    • ACT Composite 23 20 25
    • * 25th and 75th percentile is the score that 25/75 percent of students score at or below.

Financial Aid

    • Average Financial Aid Package:$11,505
    • Average Freshman Financial Aid Package:$12,205
    • Average Loan Aid:$4,253
    • Average Grant Aid:$6,483
    • Average Scholarship and/or Grant Aid Awarded:$6,784
    • Percentage of Students with Need who Receive Financial Aid:97%
    • Average Percentage of Financial Need Met: 60%
    • Percentage of Students Who Had Their Need Fully Met: 10%

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition
    • In-state tuition *$9,462
    • Out-of-state tuition *$22,452
    • In-district tuition *$14,193
    • * Tuition costs are based on a full academic year typically extending from September to June.
  • Fees
    • Full-time student fees$896.00
    • Room and board *$9,132.00
    • 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 Students27,086
    • Male Student Percentage40%
    • Female Student Percentage60%
  • Race/Ethnicity
    • Hispanic/Latino23.9%
    • Black or African American3.32%
    • White or Caucasian56.86%
    • American Indian or Alaska Native2.53%
    • Asian1.96%
    • Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander.26%
    • Two or more races5.68%
    • Unknown or International Student1.1%
  • Other Student Statistics
    • International Breakout4.39% representing 70 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 , Special housing for disabled
    • Percentage of undergraduate students who live in college-owned housing 35%
  • 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 Louie¿s Cupboard, Northern Arizona University Feral Cat Alliance, American Medical Student Association of NAU, National Alliance on Mental Illness ¿ Northern Arizona University Chapter, National Society of Collegiate Scholars
  • 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
    • Bowling Yes No No
    • Cross-country running No Division 1 Yes
    • Equestrian sports Yes No No
    • 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
    • Rock climbing Yes No No
    • Rugby Yes No No
    • Skiing Yes No No
    • Soccer Yes No No
    • Softball Yes No No
    • Swimming No No No
    • Tennis Yes Division 1 Yes
    • Track Yes Division 1 Yes
    • Ultimate Frisbee Yes No No
    • Volleyball Yes No No
    • Water polo Yes No No
  • Women's Sports
    • Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
    • Archery Yes No No
    • Badminton Yes No No
    • Baseball No No No
    • Basketball No Division 1 Yes
    • Bowling Yes No No
    • Cross-country running No Division 1 Yes
    • Equestrian sports Yes No No
    • Fencing Yes No No
    • Football Yes No No
    • Golf No Division 1 Yes
    • Gymnastics Yes No No
    • Ice hockey No No No
    • Lacrosse Yes No No
    • Racquetball Yes No No
    • Rock climbing Yes No No
    • Rugby Yes No No
    • Skiing Yes No No
    • Soccer Yes Division 1 Yes
    • Softball Yes No No
    • Swimming No Division 1 Yes
    • Tennis Yes Division 1 Yes
    • Track Yes Division 1 Yes
    • Ultimate Frisbee Yes No No
    • Volleyball Yes Division 1 Yes
    • Water polo No No No

Faculty

  • Faculty Breakdown
    • Total Faculty1,725
    • Full-time Percentage66%
    • Part-time Percentage34%
    • Female Percentage55%
    • Male Percentage45%
    • Student:Faculty Ratio19:1 or 25,767 students to 1,335 faculty


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