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Reviews 3718 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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4 College Junior

Campus Quality: It's a good school. There's something for everyone, and there's nothing too big to complain about overall. If you end up going here, you should be pretty happy with the choice.

2 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: The selection is limited and some landlords are slumlords taking advantage of poor college students. College students do not have money and it is difficult to find somewhere to live. The cheap and decent places are ridiculously hard to get into.

3 Recent Alumnus

Party Scene: Tequila Sunrise is all you need

4 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Dining: There are many many restaurants around town that students can dine at. Sadly, most sit down restaurants do not enjoy serving the student crowd since they tend to be cheap, poor tippers, insincere, and extremely messy. Students need to be more polite when dining out.

3 Recent Alumnus

Administration: Administration is very difficult to deal with since there are many protocols and not all are posted online for the NAU community. Since we are living in an internet age, I believe that it is important to have access to all protocols and rules online as well as given a paper documentation as well.

3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Food: I've heard good things about the food, but I have not tried anything on campus.

3 Recent Alumnus

Scholarships: It is difficult to discuss matters with the financial aid office. They are usually extremely busy and sometimes send you through loops and make you run in circles before finding the right answer. Most of the time I feel like they are rushed and do not feel like they care about helping me with my financial aid.

3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Housing: There is a huge influx of freshmen on campus every year. It is limiting to upperclass students to find housing off campus since it is extremely limited and very expensive when looking at the size, amenities, and quality of housing off campus. Many upperclass student cannot live on campus even though it is the best option. Family housing is extremely limited and the facilities are old and can be renovated to reflect a modernized and more functional design. While there are new housing options being built, they are extremely expensive and are taking advantage of the college community.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I love it, the people are fantastic. Especially the RAs. But getting in to good housing is extremely hard.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: A lot of the financial aid is given to incoming freshman, they try to give quite a few thousand to upperclassmen but it's so hard to get financial aid if you weren't top five percent in your high school.

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4 College Freshman

Greek Life: The Greek Life is a great way to meet new people

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Off campus housing is way more expensive than living on campus.

4 College Freshman

Party Scene: The party scene is so much fun

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5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: A variety of different places to eat of campus

4 College Freshman

Administration: The administration is very helpful

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: The food is good , could have more choices on campus

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: Many scholarships available just getting them is the problem .

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The dorms could be bigger

3 College Junior

Administration: Pretty average. I've never had any truly negative interactions with administration.

3 College Junior

Scholarships: It's pretty easy to apply for financial aid each year. It's just difficult to actually get any.

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3 College Junior

Campus Food: Not very many options. A lot of the options kind of overlap and are the same. A lot of places close on the weekends. Not many late night options.

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2 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Off campus housing is expensive and hard to come by. Flagstaff is an expensive place to live and there are not many options for students on a college budget.

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4 College Junior

Party Scene: I prefer off campus house shows and the music venues to on campus college parties. Off campus stuff usually has a positive impact.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: It's decent. Not many late night options. It's a bit of a small town so there aren't loads of options. But there's constantly new places popping up.

4 College Junior

Campus Housing: Campus living is pretty nice at NAU. The residence life is vibrant and dorms are close to classes but still somewhat isolated.

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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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