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4 College Sophomore

Academics: There are many different colleges on campus. I attent the college of education and there are so many options in this college! I get to choose what classes and times work best for me. There is a plan I have to follow but with my advisor, and online, I am able to personalize my course load.

3 College Freshman

Academics: They have been average so far

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3 College Freshman

Academics: Classes individually are not hard to get A's in but when you factor in all of your classes plus work life and sleeping and social life as well as family it can become very stressful and seem like you cant get anything done.

3 College Freshman

Academics: Some professors are good, some bad. I've had professors who barely speak English and don't know much about the topic, boring professors who spend the class reading off of the powerpoints and repeating the same things over, and occassionally a good professor who is interesting and interacts with the class.

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3 College Freshman

Academics: its really easy to fall behind but if you get help from your teachers and are able to excel at their standards then you will be fine in your classes.

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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
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
Total FT Faculty
Faculty with Terminal Degree
Average Faculty Salary
Full-Time Retention Rate
Part-Time Retention Rate
Graduation Rate
Programs/Majors Offered
Academic/Career Counseling?
Remedial Services?
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
  • Post-master's certificate
Most Popular Majors
  • Educational Administration: 2%
  • Elementary Education: 4%
  • Hospitality Management: 2%
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences: 4%
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

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?    Based on 281 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • Grading is generally consistent and fair.
  • There are a variety of interesting courses to take.
  • Students are encouraged to explore a wide range of courses and topics.
  • The workload is easy to manage.
  • There are plenty of good online course options.
  • Teaching assistants (TAs) are used effectively.
  • The course scheduling/registration process is efficient and student-friendly.
  • Classrooms/labs are up-to-date and incorporate new technologies effectively.

How often do you:    Based on 155 responses

  • Attend class (lectures and recitation)
  • Do all of your homework
  • Do all of your assigned reading
  • Adequately study
  • Take advantage of office hours/study sessions
  • Take notes

Where did this school rank in your list of potential schools when applying?    Based on 154 responses

  • 24% This was my dream school.
  • 59% This was one of my top choices.
  • 17% This was a school I settled for (safety school).



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