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Location
Flagstaff, AZ
Undergrads
17,610
Tuition (in-state)
$20,364 ($8,008)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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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.

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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.

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4 College Freshman

Academics: Being a nursing student is tough. You have to have an outstanding GPA to get into the program in your third semester. The classes are tough, but you learn a lot. Right now I am in five biology courses and will be applying for the program in the fall. You have to work hard to get through this program, but in the end it will all be worth it because you can help save lives.

3 College Student

Academics: A lot of clubs and events you can attend.

3 College Senior

Academics: I am an Applied Indigenous Studies major. It's interesting. The program is pretty standard. The curriculum is probably the most interesting thing about AIS. There is a lot of policy reviewing, cultural examinations, and history involved. The facilities are pretty low, AIS is kept in a small decaying building. The Native American Cultural center is much better and brand new. The AIS staff is the best. There are two Elders on NAU campus who are always wonderful to speak with. They give lectures and workshops throughout the semester. The teachers are vary down to earth and know tons of information form personal experience. They often are very good at explaining and answering questions.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 59th
    Best Online Course Options
  • 135th
    Best Use of Teaching Assistants
  • 447th
    Most Manageable Workloads
  • 623rd
    Best Course Variety
  • 809th
    Most Flexible Curriculums

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Audrey Hirschl
Hometown
Tempe, AZ
Major
Advertising
Grad Year
2013
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NAU is a hidden gem. Most people don't generally view NAU as a highly regarded academic institution; however, the school's small class sizes really give students the opportunity to ask questions and develop personal relationships with their professors. The instructors themselves are passionate about their fields. The salaries at NAU are not very high, so it's more likely that your teachers really enjoy what they do and aren't just here because it allows them to buy a Beamer.

Aside from that, there is a definite culture at NAU that you'll either like or you won't. This applies in almost every area, including academics. The classes are not the most challenging you will find, but the pride of NAU is undergraduate education. NAU does have the highest standards of the three Arizona universities for admissions, but that is coming from the 49th-ranked public education system in the country. The TAs in most programs are another bright spot, as are the free Supplemental Instructors in most programs. TAs generally will take the time to help you study or do better on an assignment you've had trouble with. The education you receive is rewarding; it just takes time to get deeper into the upper-level courses. NAU began as a teacher's college, and while the education program is still near the top of its programs, the College of Business has been flooded with funding the past few years, leading to the building of a state-of-the-art business building. The hotel and restaurant management and forestry programs don't attract as many students but are regionally seen as near the top in their fields. The School of Communication also houses many majors, and you'll have at least one class there during your time at NAU. In short, NAU has carved out a niche as an undergraduate-focused university in a state where that is definitely unique.

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
21:1
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
851
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
632
Total FT Faculty
864
Faculty with Terminal Degree
76%
Average Faculty Salary
$69,530
Full-Time Retention Rate
76%
Part-Time Retention Rate
60%
Graduation Rate
49%
Programs/Majors Offered
178
Academic/Career Counseling?
Yes
Remedial Services?
No
Class Sizes
  • Fewer than 20 students: 32%
  • 20 to 49 students: 53%
  • 50 or more students: 15%
Instructional Programs
Occupational: No
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: No
Recreational/Avocational: No
Adult Basic Remedial: No
Secondary (High School): No
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: Yes
Life Experience Credits: No
Undergraduate Schools/Divisions
  • College of Arts and Letters
  • College of Education
  • College of Engineering, Forestry, and Natural Sciences
  • College of Health & Human Services
  • College of Social & Behavioral Sciences
  • W.A. Franke College of Business
Degrees Awarded
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Certificate
  • Doctorate - Professional practice
  • Doctorate - Research/scholarship
  • Master's degree
  • Post-bachelor's certificate
Most Popular Majors
  • Business Administration and Management: 2%
  • Educational Administration: 3%
  • Elementary Education: 5%
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences: 3%
Graduation Requirements
  • Arts/fine arts
  • English (including composition)
  • History
  • Humanities
  • Mathematics
  • Philosophy
  • Sciences (biological or physical)
  • Social science
Special Study Options
  • Study abroad
  • Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)
Other Academic Offerings
  • Accelerated program
  • Cooperative education program
  • Double major
  • Dual enrollment
  • English as a Second Language (ESL)
  • Exchange student program (domestic)
  • Honors program
  • Independent study
  • Internships
Online Courses
Online classes are much easier than in-person classes, but much more tedious. You'll spend a lot of time on your computer, but the bright side is that every quiz or test you take will essentially be open-book because there's no way to monitor it. The teachers are great at responding to emails and communicating with students exactly what is required for the course.
Best Places to Study
  • Aspen Crossing Learning Community
  • Bookman's Bookstore
  • Chemistry Lab Building
  • Cline Library
  • Cowden Learning Community
  • Macy's Coffee
Tips to Succeed
  • Be responsible for yourself.
  • Don't be afraid to communicate with people.
  • Get as involved as you can with extracurriculars.
  • Go. To. Class.
  • If you have a question, ask.
  • Keep in touch with your parents.
  • Keep on top of your homework.
  • Try to at least skim the readings.
  • Use your professors' office hours.
Did You Know?
  • Washington Monthly ranked NAU 107th out of 245 schools in its evaluation of U.S. universities. According to an NAU press release, the survey criteria held that universities should be "engines of social mobility," produce scientific research and sound academic minds, and also "inculcate and encourage an ethic of service." The Lumberjacks ranked ahead of universities such as Florida State, Baylor, and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
  • NAU's Keim Genetics Lab and subsequent TGen North program are internationally renowned facilities that received national headlines amidst the post-9/11 bioterrorism attacks. They contain one of the largest anthrax labs in the world, and the faculty continues to be on the forefront of the United States' defense against bioterrorism.
  • What is LOUIE? LOUIE is the Lumberjack's Online University Information Environment, NAU's Web-based information system. Through it, you can access grades, transcripts, financial information, and course catalogue information, as well as numerous other helpful facts. LOUIE is also where you will enroll in classes and pay fees. Be prepared: the finances section can be very confusing and causes many a headache until you figure it out.

Student Polls

Rate your school's academic environment on the following topics    Based on 143 responses

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  • Academic advisers
  • Class availability
  • Consistency in grading
  • Course subject variety
  • Curriculum flexibility
  • Gen-Ed requirements
  • Manageability of workload
  • Online course options
  • Quality of teaching assistants (TAs)
  • Scheduling/registration process
  • Technology in the classroom

Who are the most notable alumni from this school?    Based on 15 responses

  • 21% Rick Renzi - Arizona congressman
  • 19% Diana Gabaldon - Bestselling novelist
  • 17% R. Carlos Nakai - Grammy-nominated musician
  • 15% Clarence Moore - NFL player
  • 12% Mark Thatcher - Founder of Teva Sport Sandals
  • 8% J.S. Cardone - Screenwriter and filmmaker
  • 6% Steve Altman - President of Qualcomm
  • 2% Thomas P. Smith - co-founder, Taser International

Rate your school's professors on the following topics    Based on 145 responses

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  • Accessibility
  • Communication skills
  • General knowledge
  • Interest in class subjects
  • Interest in students
  • Time spent in classroom
  • Use of teaching assistants

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