27,086
Students
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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

Address Box 4084
Flagstaff, AZ  86011
United States
Contact Undergraduate Admissions
Email: admissions@nau.edu
Phone: 928-523-5511
Fax: 928-523-6023

Majors & Degrees

Area, Ethnic, Cultural, And Gender Studies Associate Bachelors
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Biological And Biomedical Sciences Associate Bachelors
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Environmental Biology Checkmark
Microbiology Checkmark
Business, Management, Marketing, And Related Support Services Associate Bachelors
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Business/managerial Economics Checkmark
Construction Management Checkmark
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Hospitality Administration Checkmark
Management Information Systems Checkmark
Marketing/marketing Management Checkmark
Communication, Journalism And Related Programs Associate Bachelors
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Speech Communication And Rhetoric Checkmark
Computer And Information Sciences And Support Services Associate Bachelors
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Education Associate Bachelors
Early Childhood Education Checkmark
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Music Teacher Education Checkmark
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Engineering Associate Bachelors
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Electrical And Electronics Engineering Checkmark
Environmental/environmental Health Engineering Checkmark
Mechanical Engineering Checkmark
English Language And Literature/Letters Associate Bachelors
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Foreign Languages, Literatures, And Linguistics Associate Bachelors
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Spanish Checkmark
Health Professions And Related Clinical Sciences Associate Bachelors
Dental Hygiene Checkmark
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Registered Nursing/registered Nurse Checkmark
History Associate Bachelors
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Legal Professions And Studies Associate Bachelors
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Liberal Arts And Sciences, General Studies And Humanities Associate Bachelors
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Mathematics And Statistics Associate Bachelors
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Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies Associate Bachelors
Cultural Studies/critical Theory And Analysis Checkmark
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Natural Resources And Conservation Associate Bachelors
Environmental Science Checkmark
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Forest Sciences And Biology Checkmark
Parks, Recreation, Leisure And Fitness Studies Associate Bachelors
Kinesiology And Exercise Science Checkmark
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Philosophy And Religious Studies Associate Bachelors
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Physical Sciences Associate Bachelors
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Psychology Associate Bachelors
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Public Administration And Social Service Professions Associate Bachelors
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Social Sciences Associate Bachelors
Anthropology Checkmark
Criminology Checkmark
Geography Checkmark
International Relations And Affairs Checkmark
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Visual And Performing Arts Associate Bachelors
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Interior Design Checkmark
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Admissions

Acceptance Rate

36,875
Applied
29,812
Accepted
27,086
Enrolled
81%
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Female Admissions

22,918
Females Applied
18,989
Females Accepted
83%
Acceptance Rate
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Male Admissions

13,957
Males Applied
10,823
Males Accepted
78%
Acceptance Rate

Applying

25
Application Fee
3.57
Avg. high school GPA for freshman
Admission Requirements
Required Transcript of high school record
A minimum high school GPA of 2.5
Other requirements exist (see below)
Other requirements: 16 college preparatory courses with minimum 2.0 in each subject

Application Deadlines

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 Accepted 25th PercentileInfo icon 75th PercentileInfo icon
SAT Critical Reading 520 620
SAT Math 510 610
ACT Composite 23 20 25

Tuition & Fees

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Tuition

10,390
In-state
24,654
Out-of-state
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Fees

1,174
Full-time student fees
10,334
Room & board
7,100
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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 Employees

Financial Aid

12,003
Avg. Financial Aid Package
13,241
Avg. Freshman Financial Aid Package
4,237
Avg. Loan Aid
6,610
Avg. Grant Aid
6,941
Avg. Scholarship and/or Grant Aid awarded
98% Percentage of students with need who receive financial aid
61%
Avg. Percentage of Financial Need Met
11%
Percentage of Students Who Had Their Need Fully Met

Student Body

27,086
Total undergrad students
4%
International Students
28%
Out-of-state students

Race/Ethnicity

Hispanic/Latino 23.9%
Black or African American 3.32%
White or Caucasian 56.86%
American Indian or Alaska Native 2.53%
Asian 1.96%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 0.26%
Two or more races 5.68%
Other 1.1%

Gender

Male (40.04%)
Female (59.96%)

Campus Life

Housing

Type
College-owned housing Yes
Housing requirements None
Housing options Co-ed housing
Disabled housing
Freshman car parking
% of undergrad students who live in college housing 35%

Student Activities

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Campus events:
Welcome Week, Family Weekend and Homecoming Week

Student Services

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More services
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Student Organizations

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Local fraternities
Local sororities
Most popular organizations:
Louie's Cupboard, Feral Cat Alliance, American Medical Student Association, National Alliance on Mental Illness local chapter and National Society of Collegiate Scholars

Campus Security & Safety

24-hour emergency telephone/alarm services Checkmark
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Athletics

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Men's Sports

Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
Archery Checkmark No No
Badminton Checkmark No No
Baseball Checkmark No No
Basketball Checkmark Division 1 Checkmark
Bowling Checkmark No No
Cross-country Running No Division 1 Checkmark
Equestrian Sports Checkmark No No
Fencing Checkmark No No
Football Checkmark Division 1 Checkmark
Golf No No No
Gymnastics Checkmark No No
Ice Hockey Checkmark No No
Lacrosse Checkmark No No
Racquetball Checkmark No No
Rock Climbing Checkmark No No
Rugby Checkmark No No
Sand Volleyball Checkmark No No
Skiing (downhill) Checkmark No No
Soccer Checkmark No No
Softball Checkmark No No
Swimming And Diving No No No
Tennis Checkmark Division 1 Checkmark
Track And Field Checkmark Division 1 Checkmark
Triathlon Checkmark No No
Ultimate Frisbee Checkmark No No
Volleyball Checkmark No No
Water Polo Checkmark No No
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Women's Sports

Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
Archery Checkmark No No
Badminton Checkmark No No
Baseball No No No
Basketball No Division 1 Checkmark
Bowling Checkmark No No
Cross-country Running No Division 1 Checkmark
Equestrian Sports Checkmark No No
Fencing Checkmark No No
Football Checkmark No No
Golf No Division 1 Checkmark
Gymnastics Checkmark No No
Ice Hockey No No No
Lacrosse Checkmark No No
Racquetball Checkmark No No
Rock Climbing Checkmark No No
Rugby Checkmark No No
Sand Volleyball Checkmark No No
Skiing (downhill) Checkmark No No
Soccer Checkmark Division 1 Checkmark
Softball Checkmark No No
Swimming And Diving No Division 1 Checkmark
Tennis Checkmark Division 1 Checkmark
Track And Field Checkmark Division 1 Checkmark
Triathlon Checkmark No No
Ultimate Frisbee Checkmark No No
Volleyball Checkmark Division 1 Checkmark
Water Polo No No No

Faculty

1,725
Total Faculty
19:1
Student-Faculty Ratio
Full-time - 1,132
Part-time - 593
Male - 769
Female - 956
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