Flagstaff, AZ
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$20,364 ($8,008)
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Reviews 3196 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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3 College Junior

Weather: When it snows, it's awful. I'm terrified to drive while it's snowing, so it gives me a little bit of anxiety, also when it's really cold it makes me not want to get up and go outside. When spring rolls around, the weather is absolutely beautiful.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: I eat off campus a lot, I enjoy a lot of the restaurants we have in Flagstaff, I tend to go to the same few over and over again. I think the prices are decent, some more expensive than others.

4 College Junior

Diversity: NAU really does have a pretty diverse group of students on campus

4 College Junior

Campus Strictness: I think that they handle everything the appropriate way. They are strict when they need to be but still good about things.

3 College Junior

Nightlife: Most the options are related to greek life. There are a lot of socials, date parties, bid parties etc for those of us that are Greek. I do wish there was more safe driving options, NAU does have a bus though that takes people downtown and to the grove. For people that are 21 they mostly just go to the bars downtown.

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: I feel safe most the time, but I know there are a lot of instances of sexual assault and that's one of my biggest fears. I don't feel comfortable walking alone in the dark, I feel like security is definitely lacking.

College Junior

Drug Safety: I think that the drug scene is alright. I really don't hear a lot about stuff, nor do I see it that often. At parties I see a lot of alcohol flowing, but I feel like that's normal in college. As far as other drugs, I don't really see it around me very much, I know people smoke marijuana but other than that I don't hear about anything crazy.

5 College Junior

Academics: I love PR! I think our professors really care about us and our well-being, they are all so helpful and willing to help and write recommendation letters. The workload isn't too bad, and most of the work is simple enough, I've never had too much trouble. I'm an honor student. Our department is really good at telling us about internship opportunities, they really want us to succeed.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: I think there are a lot of options for students off campus. I have lived off campus for the past 2 years and I am very happy with my complex. Great distance, affordable rent.

5 College Junior

Majors: I love being a Public relations student. The school of COM has been so wonderful to me. I have had a great experience with professors so far, and am very happy with my decision to learn in this field. My goal overall is to work for a PR firm, preferably in the entertainment or fashion industry. I think I will be able to find a job in the field once I graduate.

5 College Junior

Majors: It's easy, you just declare your major. Sometimes trying to get all my classes can be difficult, but I'm still graduating on time

3 College Junior

Scholarships: Financial aid is a pain to deal with, mainly I just don't like it because I never receive any aid. I just think it's unfair for them to tell me that my mom makes too much money.

3 College Junior

Transportation: It's ok, sometimes the buses are just way to crowded. I personally have a car at school so I can just drive myself, but I know other people feel there aren't a lot of transportation options available to them

3 College Freshman

Academics: The study abroad program at NAU is fantastic, which is why I am so excited to be a part of it.

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3 College Freshman

Majors: The elementary education program at my school seems alright so far. I've only just taken my first education class this semester.

College Freshman

Majors: I haven't had an internship, so that is why I did not give a rating.

2 College Freshman

Drug Safety: There is a great number of students who smoke marijuana all around campus. The campus police won't do anything even if a student tells them that they had had alcohol while being underage.

3 College Freshman

Nightlife: I don't party, so I'm not sure what the party scene is like. However, I know there is a "drunk bus" for intoxicated students to get around campus, which is nice.

3 College Freshman

Weather: Flagstaff weather is incredibly unpredictable. Just last week, it snowed. For one day. The wind is the worst enemy of all the students.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: Most of the girls I know in sororities do not feel close to their sisters. They feel like they have no friends in their sororities.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: There is a pretty good variety in terms of housing - you could live in an apartment or a house. It isn't difficult to find roommates and the cost is much less than on-campus housing.

3 College Freshman

Computers: The computer labs can be busy at times, but in general they aren't very crowded. It costs 10 cents per printed page, but there is a discount if you print double-sided.

3 College Freshman

Computers: Some computers are older, but other labs and classes have nice Mac computers

3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: They are super strict about what you can and can't have in dorms. And they are constantly ticketing people for parking.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: I notice more alcohol than dugs. But this one group of people smoke hooka everyday outside the dorm in clear sight.


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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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