Flagstaff, AZ
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$20,364 ($8,008)
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Reviews 3563 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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3 College Junior

Campus Strictness: It all really depends on who is on duty in the dorms and who is around at the time for how strict things get.

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: While there are a few places on campus to avoid when it comes to being alone at night, the campus feels relatively safe and the campus police force are always on call and relatively eager to help. The blue light system is a great idea and makes me feel a lot safer on campus knowing that if something happens that there's almost always a blue light somewhere around with a direct line to campus police

3 College Junior

Guys & Girls: There's a lot of variety around NAU's campus when it comes to the guys and girls. I'm sure everyone can find someone at NAU if they're willing to put in the effort. I find a lot of the guys at school attractive but am personally too shy to try and strike of a conversation with them.

4 College Junior

Campus Dining: I love the on campus dining options. There's multiple places to choose from and two dining halls. I think some of the hours of operation are a little awkward but manageable.

College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: I don't have any experience with off campus housing and unable to answer this question.

4 College Junior

Athletics: Student involvement in varsity and intramural sports seem to be a huge part of campus life for a large part of the student body and the fan support seems to be huge. Personally I've only been to a few football and soccer games but everyone there seems to have a lot of school spirit

College Junior

Nightlife: I don't do the party scene at all so I am unable to answer this question

3 College Junior

Diversity: I see a lot of diversity on campus as we have students coming from all over the world. Sure there are some hiccups with a few people here and there being outright rude but from what I've seen there doesn't seem to be too much of an acceptance issue. But I could be wrong

3 College Junior

Scholarships: My experience with the financial aid process at NAU has been up and down. My first year everything went great. My second year they completely screwed me over and I had to leave at the end of the first semester. I'm hoping that this year everything goes as smoothly as possible. My tips are to stay on top of them and to make copies of all your paperwork.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Personally, I love the variety of off campus dining options Flagstaff has to offer. At least once a semester my friends and I go out and have either Thai, Mexican, or Asian food from some really nice restaraunts such as Salsa Brava, Karma, and Dara Thai. A lot of places are within walking distance or there is a bus system that NAU students can take for free that go right by these places. Some of these places are a little costly, such as Olive Garden but the food is usually worth the splurge.

3 College Junior

Greek Life: I don't know much about the Greek Life at Northern Arizona University, but from what I can tell you have your good Greeks which are the ones that are community service based chapters and do a lot of good for the school and community, and then there are the bad Greeks who are out getting wasted and throwing house parties and are snobs. There's just two sides to the same coin and it all depends on who you talk to.

4 College Junior

Guys & Girls: Students feel free to dress however they want, and there is a wide variety of the way students act and dress at NAU.

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3 College Junior

Athletics: Some people don't consider NAU to even be a part of the Arizona Rivalry schools like ASU and UA are. But many students love being on the NAU sports teams because everyone is so kind and there is always such great spirit at the hockey, basketball, and football games. When I sang the NAtional Anthem for the school hockey games, everyone came to support me and I was definitely able to feel like i belonged to part of the team.

3 College Junior

Campus Dining: The food is great at first when you are a freshman, but due to there not being many options you start to get tired of it. But there are good places to choose from that are healthy such as jamba juice and Einsteins.

5 College Junior

Greek Life: After rushing Fall semester of my sophomore year, my life changed dramatically for the better. I have never been happier or felt like I belonged better anywhere else. After joining a sorority, I became friends with the best group of girls, and have even met someone that I want to marry in the future. Greek life at NAU does so many social events, including philanthropies, and volunteering opportunities that have made me better as a person. Since all chapters have a chance to live in one dorm building on campus, it makes the Greek life community closer as a whole, and more friendly than any other campus. I could talk about Greek life for hours and would encourage anyone to join. I love it!

4 College Junior

Campus Strictness: The dorm RA's are excellent at keeping the peace with on-campus living, and are always there to keep you safe.

4 College Junior

Facilities: Going to school in Flagstaff has given me tons of amazing opportunities to go sledding, and skiing at a nearby place call The SnowBowl. It is also extremely close to The Grand Canyon, as well as beautiful mountain spots to go on hikes. So if you're an outdoorsy person then NAU would be the best college for you.

4 College Junior

Facilities: Student life on campus is amazing. Being a part of Greek life on campus has given me the chance to make more friends than I ever have before, and possible have even brought me to my future husband. It is so exciting and everyone gets along extremely well. I feel comfortable socializing with everyone I meet on campus due to their friendly personalities.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Some of my favorite restaurants are located just outside of campus. Downtown Flagstaff provides a unique assortment of pizza places, diners, and every brewing companies.

3 College Junior

Scholarships: I would say it was overall an easy process.

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: NAU provides several blue light push button stations that are about a block away from each other surrounding all of campus. If you are in trouble you go to the blue light and press a button which immediately contacts the police and sends them to wherever that station is. I can say that I feel extremely safe if I were to ever walk back to my dorm alone at night, or even just in the day time where crime can happen.

4 College Junior

Majors: Being a communications major can be difficult due to there being so many different job opportunities you can have with this specific major. I do enjoy it because i have so many different career options, and I will be able to do almost anything with this major. the amazing communications building provides students with all of the classes they need, as well as a unique filming and news program that is also affiliated with being a communications major.

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4 College Junior

Majors: As an internship as a Public Relations Firm called MarketingWorx, I have been able to write blogs, post press releases, and I even had the opportunity of seeing a segment being filmed for one of our clients on a local news station. I think that the communications classes that i have taken have definitely given me an upper hand in receiving this internship, and I would definitely recommend it to anyone who is looking for one in the future.

4 College Junior

Diversity: Walking around campus you notice so many different kinds of people. From the color of their skin, to the way they dress, and even who they hangout with, everyone is still able to be kind to one another, and enjoy the beautiful weather that surrounds the Flagstaff campus.

4 College Junior

Academics: Northern Arizona University offers a wonderful Communications programs, providing me with all of the knowledge I need for my emphasis in Public Relations and Advertising. There is a Communications building set aside that is beautiful, comfortable, and includes amazing professors that are always there to help you when you need it. There are a ton of opportunities to go to study sessions when you need help, and even free tutors if you need a hand in one of your classes. All in all, I would say that being a communications major at NAU will be a great standpoint for my future career.


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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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