Flagstaff, AZ
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3 College Senior

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

5 College Junior

Facilities: The best in the state!!

3 College Junior

Facilities: We have lots of green space on campus when it's not winter. The aesthetics of the campus are average, some of the older brick buildings have been redone. We are famous for our green incentive. We have annual concerts and there is usually something going on at any given time.

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.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 8th
    Greenest Campuses
  • 164th
    Best Athletic Facilities
  • 230th
    Best Student Centers
  • 324th
    Best Library
  • 441st
    Best Performance Venues

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Audrey Hirschl
Tempe, AZ
Grad Year
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NAU is in the final stages of a campus facelift. In the past few years, several new college buildings and a brand new expansion to the Union have been built. The chemistry lLab building, for example, is absolutely gorgeous, with giant glass windows and a café inside to boot. The amenities inside the new buildings are also state-of-the-art. The W.A. Franke Business Building is another point of pride—it's also an intimidating reason to not be late on your tuition payments. Also, with the field house and the Rec Center, students have no reason to put on the dreaded Freshman 15.

Even in the campus's older buildings, the University has done a good job of keeping them usable, clean, and technologically sound. The Du Bois Center (the "Doob") and the Union both offer plenty of ambiance. Many different offices and meeting rooms are also located within them, making them a prime location for on-campus events. Anyone on campus will feel like they're on a traditional college campus, but the brand new buildings remind you which century you are in. NAU has done well to mix the old with the new, and the lessening construction across campus is certainly a fantastic development.

Facts & Statistics

Service & Maintenance Staff
Campus Size
740 acres
Student Centers
  • Du Bois Center
  • University Union
Campus Library?
Main Libraries
Cline Library
Popular Places to Chill
  • Lawn outside the Union
  • Starbucks in the Union
  • Upstairs in the Health and Learning Center
Bar on Campus
The new 1899 Bar & Grill offers alcoholic beverages on campus for the first time!
Bowling on Campus
Coffeehouse on Campus
  • Bean & Beaker in the Chemistry Lab Building
  • Jazzman's in the Business Building
  • Scholar's Corner in Cline Library
  • Starbucks in the University Union
Movie Theater on Campus
Prochnow is NAU's movie theater that shows movies that have just left theaters but aren't yet on DVD. Movies are about $3 for students and are fun to go to on a Friday or Saturday night.
"Green" Initiatives
NAU has many "green" buildings. Some recently built ones include: The Health and Learning Center, slated for LEED Gold; The Hotel and Restaurant Management Building renovation, slated for LEED Silver; The Liberal Arts Building renovation-which will be NAU's first LEED for a renovation-slated for LEED Silver; and The Native American Cultural Center, slated for LEED Silver. NAU also has a club called Green Jacks, which is dedicated to keeping the school environmentally friendly.
School Slang
  • Cardiac Hill: The very steep hill between Central and South Campus where students traveling by foot face certain death
  • CEW: Performing arts building's Clifford E. White theater
  • DA: Desk assistant
  • Dana: The computer server for many student services; University e-mail, for example, is referred to as a "Dana account."
  • The Dome: The J. Arthur Walkup Skydome located on South Campus
  • The Doob: The Du Bois Center on South Campus
  • The Field House: The activity center located in the Union
  • French Fries: South Campus monument
  • Fronske: Fronske Health Center
  • LOUIE: Lumberjack's Online University Information Environment-NAU's online database used to enroll in/drop classes, check financial aid, check graduation progress, etc.
  • Louie the Lumberjack: NAU's fierce but lovable mascot
  • McCompton: McConnell Hall
  • MCE: Mountain Campus Express, the campus debit card
  • MCT: Mountain Campus Transit, the free bus system provided by the University
  • MIC: Minor in Consumption, the citation you're issued if you're caught drinking underage by the police
  • NAU: Northern Arizona University, Not A University, Any U
  • OM: Office manager
  • The Raper Lot: The parking lot across the street from Sechrist where residents of Reilly sometimes must park when their lot is filled; the short walk from the Raper Lot to Reilly Hall is unlit, usually covered in pine cones, and very scary for most women who brave it at night.
  • UT&T: The textbook store located right by Arby's, a block off campus
  • Bed Races: Flagstaff is home to the largest bed races in the world. Each year, Wheeler Park plays host to hundreds of people that turn out for this Flag tradition. Businesses in town each sponsor a "bed," a metal frame on wheels that rolls down the street. The teams line up down the street and must try to complete the downhill circuit. It's always a fun time, and all proceeds benefit local charities.
  • Diversity Week: Many on-campus organizations take part in the University's diversity week-a week-long celebration of culture and differences. Presentations on different cultural art, guest speakers, and even a sampling of various ethnic foods in the Union are all part of the festivities.
  • Family Weekend: Usually in October, Family Weekend is the time of year where you invite the folks to come and check out your life for a couple of days. It's always very well-attended by tons of parents, and the whole town seemingly transforms into Lumberjack parent stomping grounds. Events usually include a welcome meeting, a production from NAU theater, and the big Saturday football game. Also, this is the time to mooch a free meal from the 'rents at one of Flagstaff's mouthwatering restaurants.
  • Gabapalooza: Gabaldon Hall puts on this annual event toward the end of the spring semester. It's an outdoor festival with live music, food, raffles, and lots of carnival games. Students that have attended before always look forward to it, and it's a great morale booster for the impending stress of finals.
  • Gala: If you happen to check out the opening night of a production from the Department of Theatre, make sure to stick around in the lobby after the performance. Gala is customarily where the actors present the crew with gifts and signs of gratitude for all the hard work during the production. You'll often see tears, laughter, and a whole lot of yummy cake.
  • Golden Axe Award: The Golden Axe Award is the highest honor granted to students by the University. It is given to outstanding seniors who have made significant contributions in the areas of academics, service, and activities. The award is meant to be a hallmark in a student's career and a great honor to include on résumés. Winners are honored at a banquet at the end of the semester.
  • Greek Week: Greek Week is a week-long celebration of Greeks and the brotherhood and sisterhood of their respective chapters. It's a good way to really get to know the personalities of the different frats and sororities. Events include trivia, games, and a talent show that showcases the finest the Greeks have to offer.
  • Holiday Dinner: For years, the Department of Music has been putting on this wonderful event in the early weeks of December. It is a dinner with performances from all of the different chorale groups, and it has become a very special and meaningful event for many. All of the proceeds are used for scholarships, graduate assistantships, and various other music pursuits.
  • Lumberjack Welcome Weekend: The first weekend the residence halls are open at the beginning of each semester is traditionally called Lumberjack Welcome Weekend. During these two days, a number of events are planned for freshmen. It's usually a great time to go out and meet new people. During the fall semester, the weekend is capped off on Sunday by a giant barbeque in the TWA quad where a band will play and fun will be had.
  • Pine Cone Drop: For New Year's, Flagstaff celebrates in the most stereotypical, northern Arizonan way. While partygoers in New York City have the Big Apple, Flagstaffians have . . . a pine cone. Yes, when the clock strikes 12 on the big day, you and all of your friends can spend it in true hippie fashion by watching the pine cone drop from the top of Charly's at the Weatherford Hotel in downtown. Bring your trail mix!
  • Taylor Haunted House: For Halloween, Taylor Hall puts on one of the best haunted houses in town. It's usually located in the Field House and always manages to draw big crowds from both NAU students and the local community. It's a great fundraising event for charity and also acts as a fantastic canned food drive.
  • Tequila Sunrise: A benchmark event, Tequila Sunrise is the unofficial beginning to the Homecoming festivities. Occurring the Saturday of the game, the local bars open at 6 a.m., and early morning patrons drink up to start the day off. By the time the game comes around, most people are too drunk to really care what happens. Whether the team wins or loses, everyone's happy!
Urban Legends
  • A set of underground steam tunnels provides a subterranean path around campus.
  • McConnell Hall is haunted by the spirit of its architect, who was said to be crazy-thus why the hall's floor plan is so complicated.
  • North Morton is haunted by the spirit of a former student who hanged herself in her room over winter break.
  • The contracting company that built Mountain View Hall went bankrupt because the building was built on top of an Indian burial ground.
  • When NAU first opened, it was a mental institution.
Favorite Things To Do
Hanging out in the Union, especially Starbucks, is a good old pastime. The theatre department puts on 3 or 4 shows a semester in both the Clifford E. White Theater and the studio theater. The music department also puts on several productions a semester in the beautiful Ardrey Auditorium. Oftentimes, you'll hear a band playing or a poetry reading in the Union Expansion. Once a semester or so, a big name music artist will come through and play for the University, with past guests including The Format, 311, and Jimmy Eat World. If you're itching for something to do at NAU, you can play some basketball in the gym, drench yourself in Dance Dance Revolution sweat at the game room, play in a poker tourney, swim some laps in the pool, and even culture yourself with a bit of theater-all in the same day!
Student Organizations Web Site
Student Newspaper
The Lumberjack
Student Activities Offered
  • Choral groups
  • Concert band
  • Dance
  • Drama/theater
  • International student organization
  • Jazz band
  • Literary magazine
  • Marching band
  • Music ensembles
  • Musical theater
  • Opera
  • Radio station
  • Student government
  • Student newspaper
  • Symphony orchestra
  • Television station
Air Force ROTC: Yes
Navy ROTC: No
Army ROTC: Yes
Did You Know?
What is Mountain Campus Express? MCE is your campus debit card. Funds can be deposited online or at various stations around campus. MCE is used for doing laundry in the residence halls and purchasing assorted items around campus. Give it a whirl. MCE, along with your meal plan, is stored on your NAU ID.

Student Polls

Rate the campus facilities in the following areas    Based on 145 responses

Very poor
  • Athletics/recreation
  • Classrooms
  • Computer labs
  • Dining
  • General aesthetics/architecture of campus
  • "Green" buildings/initiatives
  • Housing
  • Lawns/green space
  • Library
  • Modernity of facilities
  • Performing arts
  • Science/research labs
  • Student center
  • Study spots
  • Visual arts (work spaces, galleries)

What are your favorite campus events or traditions?    Based on 17 responses

  • 26% Lumberjack Welcome Weekend
  • 20% Family Weekend
  • 13% Tequila Sunrise
  • 11% Diversity Week
  • 7% Pine Cone Drop
  • 7% Holiday Dinner
  • 7% Greek Week
  • 2% Taylor Haunted House
  • 2% Bed Races
  • 2% Gabapalooza
  • 2% Golden Axe Award
  • 2% Spring Concerts
  • 0% Gala

What are your favorite things to do around campus?    Based on 18 responses

  • 27% Go downtown to eat
  • 23% Hike in sedona
  • 18% Explore the beauty of Flagstaff
  • 9% Go to bars
  • 7% Working in the lab (undergrad research or micro)
  • 5% Workshops
  • 2% Learn biology
  • 2% E-Sports Game nights
  • 2% Programming Contests
  • 2% Robots
  • 2% Seminars

Where are your favorite places to just hang out?    Based on 15 responses

  • 22% Starbucks in the Union
  • 19% Upstairs in the Health and Learning Center
  • 17% Residence Halls
  • 14% Lawn outside the Union
  • 14% University Union
  • 6% Welcome Center
  • 3% Frat House
  • 3% The Amp
  • 3% HLC

What are the best on-campus student jobs?    Based on 14 responses

  • 50% Desk Assistant at any dorms or office buildings
  • 27% RA, Community Mentor
  • 14% Grader-grade things for lazy teachers
  • 9% SI

How would you describe the student center/union?    Based on 172 responses

  • 1% The student center is in need of a major renovation.
  • 17% The student center serves its purpose but is not a popular hangout.
  • 34% The student center is great but isn't central to student life.
  • 48% The student center is state-of-the-art and the hub of student life.

What is your overall opinion of your school and the campus community?    Based on 169 responses

  • 3% I hate my school and have no school spirit.
  • 7% The school community is okay-we're all just here for an education, nothing more.
  • 48% I like mostly everything about my school, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 43% I love everything about my school and have a lot of campus pride.

What is the most interesting urban legend about campus?    Based on 12 responses

  • 100% Many "haunted" locations on and off campus.

What are the worst on-campus student jobs?    Based on 11 responses

  • 100% Anything that has to do with campus dining



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