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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
• 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
Majors & Degrees
|Area, Ethnic, Cultural, And Gender Studies||Associate||Bachelors|
|American Indian/Native American Studies|
|Biological And Biomedical Sciences||Associate||Bachelors|
|Business, Management, Marketing, And Related Support Services||Associate||Bachelors|
|Business Administration And Management|
|Management Information Systems|
|Communication, Journalism And Related Programs||Associate||Bachelors|
|Public Relations, Advertising, And Applied Communication Related|
|Radio And Television|
|Speech Communication And Rhetoric|
|Computer And Information Sciences And Support Services||Associate||Bachelors|
|Computer Systems Analysis|
|Early Childhood Education|
|Music Teacher Education|
|Electrical And Electronics Engineering|
|Environmental/environmental Health Engineering|
|English Language And Literature/Letters||Associate||Bachelors|
|Foreign Languages, Literatures, And Linguistics||Associate||Bachelors|
|Foreign Languages And Literatures|
|Health Professions And Related Clinical Sciences||Associate||Bachelors|
|Registered Nursing/registered Nurse|
|Legal Professions And Studies||Associate||Bachelors|
|Liberal Arts And Sciences, General Studies And Humanities||Associate||Bachelors|
|Liberal Arts And Sciences/liberal Studies|
|Mathematics And Statistics||Associate||Bachelors|
|Cultural Studies/critical Theory And Analysis|
|Natural Resources And Conservation||Associate||Bachelors|
|Forest Sciences And Biology|
|Parks, Recreation, Leisure And Fitness Studies||Associate||Bachelors|
|Kinesiology And Exercise Science|
|Parks, Recreation And Leisure|
|Philosophy And Religious Studies||Associate||Bachelors|
|Public Administration And Social Service Professions||Associate||Bachelors|
|International Relations And Affairs|
|Political Science And Government|
|Visual And Performing Arts||Associate||Bachelors|
|Design And Visual Communications|
|Type||Application Closing||Notification Date||Rolling Admissions|
|Fall freshmen||Not reported||Not reported||Yes|
|Other early decision plan||Not reported||Not reported|
|Transfer||Not reported||Not reported||Yes|
Test Scores Accepted
|Test||Avg. Score||25th %||75th %|
|SAT Critical Reading||520||620|
Tuition & Fees
Other Payment Considerations
|Guaranteed tuition plan offered||Yes|
|Tuition pre-payment plan||No|
|Tuition payment plans offered||Yes|
|Tuition deferred payment||Yes|
|Student groups that qualify for full or partial waiver of tuition||
|Black or African American||3.32%|
|White or Caucasian||56.86%|
|American Indian or Alaska Native||2.53%|
|Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander||0.26%|
|Two or more races||5.68%|
Freshman car parking
|% of undergrad students who live in college housing||35%|
Welcome Week, Family Weekend and Homecoming Week
Louie's Cupboard, Feral Cat Alliance, American Medical Student Association, National Alliance on Mental Illness local chapter and National Society of Collegiate Scholars
|Cross-country Running||No||Division 1|
|Swimming And Diving||No||No||No|
|Track And Field||Division 1|
|Cross-country Running||No||Division 1|
|Swimming And Diving||No||Division 1|
|Track And Field||Division 1|