Flagstaff, AZ
Tuition (in-state)
$20,364 ($8,008)
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Reviews 3183 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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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.

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.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Most people get help, however when I had a sinus infection they gave me no help and charged me $70

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: I received financial aid, but what exactly the scholarship included was not very clear and very confusing.

4 College Freshman

Nightlife: I honestly don't attend any parties, this info is based off of what I have heard.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: There's a lot of diversity and most people are very accepting of everyone's opinions and beliefs here.

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Flagstaff is a beautiful area and there are plenty of things to do: shopping, hiking, parties, museums, tours, great restaurants, etc.

1 College Freshman

Weather: I hate the cold, and the wind only makes it worse!

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: I don't know too much about Greek life, but they do lots of events and charity work in the community.

1 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I've had a hard time making friends in the dorm and I don't even have a roommate so there's no one to talk to

5 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Everyone in Flagstaff has a good attitude and is friendly. It is honestly an amazing place to live because it is so different from any city or town I have ever been to, in a good way.

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4 College Freshman

Computers: It is pretty necessary to bring your own computer to school. There are tons of computers available around campus, but for your own convenience it is smart to bring your own. Most of the school work is online.

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5 College Freshman

Weather: The weather here is amazing. There was some snow in the winter, but not a horrible amount like in the eastern states. Most days it is sunny and breezy outside. It is a place that you can take your homework outside and just sit and enjoy beautiful nature.

5 people found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: Northern Arizona University is pretty strict on the things that could potentially harm other students. I think that is a good thing because we all need to feel safe here on campus.

4 people found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Transportation: The campus buses are great during the week, but they do not run on the weekend so it is a hassle to walk to north campus from south campus those days. The city buses run everyday and you can usually catch one pretty easy on the weekends if you have the bus application.

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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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