Flagstaff, AZ
Tuition (in-state)
$20,364 ($8,008)
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Reviews 3620 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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3 College Senior

Campus Strictness: There is a lot of campus police involvement, but there are still plenty of people that can get away with selling drugs in the dorms or committing other crimes on campus.

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4 College Senior

Academics: There are so many diverse majors offered on campus, and the faculty is always knowledgeable and helpful if you need it.

3 College Senior

Academics: It is pretty easy to get registered for classes at NAU, as everything is online. They usually offer multiple sections of the same courses so most of the time you will get in to the classes that you need.

3 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: There is a high demand for off campus housing so it is very hard to secure a place to live each year that is clean and in a safe area.

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4 College Senior

Athletics: The athletics department has a lot of new equipment and a lot of great programs and activities to take part in.

3 College Senior

Facilities: NAU has a lot of great sculptures and architecture on campus, and is constantly renovating and updating the facilities.

3 College Senior

Campus Housing: There is never enough on campus housing to meet the demand of students that want/need it

4 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: There are so many great local restaurants in downtown flagstaff!

4 College Senior

Diversity: There is so much diversity on campus at NAU. NAU also does a great job at highlighting and respecting diverse students.

4 College Senior

Majors: All you have to do for most of the programs is talk to your advisor and they can get your major listed on your degree plan. Some of the degrees have high GPA requirements that need to be met but most are reasonable.

5 College Senior

Majors: The Chemistry Program at NAU has so many opportunities for undergraduate students to get involved with teaching labs and doing research.

1 College Senior

Scholarships: The people that work in the office have little to no idea what they are talking about when it comes tom financial aid. These lose documents all the time and multiple years in a row I am only offered a really low amount of aid until I appeal and petition for more.

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4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Aside from the homelessness and sexual assault problems, the atmosphere is great. Flagstaff is a beautiful city and the people are so nice and welcoming.

5 College Sophomore

Majors: I love my major. I find fitness & wellness to be very interesting, and the subjects are exciting to learn about. Physical education classes are required for my major and it is a great way to keep in shape as well as get involved with other students on campus.

2 College Sophomore

Majors: I have been trying to start an internship in my field but have not been accepted. There were not many opportunities on campus for me.

5 College Sophomore

Diversity: Campus is full of ethnically, sexually, economically, and politically diverse student. No matter who you are, you are accepted by most on campus. The diversity of students really helps to open the eyes of other students who grew up in one place with one type of people.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Some people highly enjoy their experience in greek life. However, one student I know was harassed constantly because she joined a sorority mainly for homosexuals.

4 College Sophomore

Scholarships: I received an academic scholarship which covers tuition. FAFSA was difficult to receive because of divorced parents, but eventually I got some financial aid. More aid would have been very helpful but I am grateful for what I received.

3 College Senior

Scholarships: You really have to be on top of every little thing in order for stuff to go smoothly with financial aid. I wish it was easier and I wish it was easier to apply for larger loans.

3 College Senior

Campus Housing: I have stayed in dorms but never lived in one. I prefer off campus living.

4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: There are plenty of attractive people on campus. However, what's more important is the personalities. Everyone is very friendly and accepting. It is easy to get along with people you just met.

4 College Senior

Greek Life: I personally haven'y been to a Greek party, but i have been to many others, since I am actually Greek, Spartan to be precise. I should show them how Greek toga parties are really done...I feel like no one could keep up.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: Not too many people attend the sporting events. Many of the seats remain open at football, soccer, and basketball games. The rec center is always filled, though, and is in great condition.

4 College Senior

Athletics: Football is a big deal here at NAU, its fun because we all root for the same team, were all on the same team in a sense. I haven't explored many of the athletic divisions. Since I'm on the other spectrum of education...Art

4 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: The strictness is exactly where it needs to be. Lenient enough to have a great college experience, but strict enough as to keep students out of danger.


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Audrey Hirschl
Tempe, AZ
Grad Year
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When asked to reflect back on their time at NAU, the overwhelming majority of students give it the thumbs up. Most will tell you that they love Flagstaff and would recommend NAU to anyone. The small class sizes and beautiful location make it a perfect spot to learn and develop within the confines of higher education. It's too bad that many people write the school off as nothing more than a gathering of hippies. When you peel the stereotypes away, you find that it's a school where you'll get a pretty good education, lots of opportunities, and maybe a few lifelong friends on the way. Flagstaff itself is a town of great history, great food, and a decent amount of things to see. However, Northern Arizona University is not perfect by any means. The school will be hit drastically by the recent budget cuts affecting the Arizona public universities that were passed by the state legislation. While the administration and President are very active in dealing with the slashed budget, extracurriculars will be cut, and class size is bound to go up.

The people here are nice and friendly and usually will return your hello if you offer it. The parking situation definitely needs improvement, but that won’t be coming anytime soon, so you should definitely get used to walking or biking. Most of the early 100- and 200-level classes are simplistic, and students need to keep patience until they reach the more challenging courses. Eating on campus is painful—the rates for meal plans are skyrocketing thanks to the budget cuts, and although the new Union Expansion has offered students more options, campus dining still leaves much to be desired. But overall, students really love being Lumberjacks. It's not the place for everyone, but most say the combination of a solid education and friendly social environment make NAU a great spot to grow up, make some serious memories, and expand your horizons. And, you know, get an education, too.

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