Northern Arizona University (NAU)

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Northern Arizona University (NAU) is one of three state universities in Arizona. It has a main campus located in Flagstaff, Arizona, and many statewide campuses and learning centers. NAU is a public, research university offering degrees at the bachelor's, master's and doctoral levels. It offers additional degrees through its online programs. NAU has 95 undergraduate programs, 57 graduate programs and more than 70 online programs.


Northern Arizona University was founded in 1899 with 23 enrolled students and one professor. Early administrators had to travel the countryside of Arizona to recruit students for the school's single building. That tiny school grew over the years and underwent several name changes as it expanded. In 1958, the school expanded its research activity through the establishment of its forestry program. In 1966, the school achieved university status when it was recognized for its expanded academic programs. It was renamed from Arizona State College to become Northern Arizona University.


The academic calendar for Northern Arizona University has fall and spring semesters, and also offers three and four week Winter and Summer terms.

Colleges and Schools

  • College of Arts and Letters
    • School of Music
    • School of Art
  • College of Education
  • College of Engineering, Forestry and Natural Sciences
    • School of Earth Sciences and Environmental Sustainability
    • School of Forestry
  • College of Health and Human Services
    • School of Nursing
  • College of Social and Behavioral Sciences
    • School of Communication
  • Graduate College
  • The W.A. Franke College of Business
    • School of Hotel and Restaurant Management

Student Life

Many student organizations and activities are available at NAU. The Recreation Center and Health and Learning Center offer opportunities for staying healthy and fit. There are more than 200 clubs in which to participate, including many intramural sports teams. Outdoor activities are arranged through Student Life and allow for exploration of the natural beauty around the campus.

Many theatre and music events are available on campus through SUN Entertainment, including concerts with headliners such as Jason Mraz and Mason Jennings.

On campus housing is available, along with many dining options.


The NAU school colors are dark blue, white and gold. The school mascot is "Louie" the lumberjack.

Some NAU tradition include Greek Week, which includes many events and projects sponsored by the campus fraternities and sororities, Homecoming, which includes returning alumni joining in a bonfire and pep rally, a Mr. Lumberjack pageant, a parade, and more.

The annual "Gabapalooza" event at Gabaldon Hall on campus is an outdoor party open to all, which includes concerts, free food and carnival games.

Other NAU traditions include celebrations throughout the year to honor Native American Heritage, Asian-Pacific American Heritage and African-American Heritage.


The NAU "Lumberjacks" athletic teams are members of the Big Sky Conference, which sponsors 15 NCAA Division I level athletic programs. Students can show their school spirit for the award-winning NAU football and basketball teams at the Walkup Skydome, one of the largest wooden dome structures in the U.S.

The NAU "Lumberjacks" compete in 15 intercollegiate sports, including:

Men's Sports:

  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Cheer and Dance
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Swimming and Diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field 

Women's Sports:

  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Cheer and Dance
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Swimming and Diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field
  • Volleyball

Satellite Campuses

The primary campus for NAU is in Flagstaff, Arizona, but students may choose to study at 34 different satellite campuses around the state. More information about satellite locations can be found at the Extended Campuses of Northern Arizona University website.

Community Life

NAU is located in Flagstaff, Arizona, a city that is nestled in the San Francisco mountain range. The area is known for its tall Ponderosa pines, high mountain peaks and scenic canyons. There are many other natural attractions, and the community enjoys many active outdoor activities.

Admission Requirements & Details

The admissions information below may provide a better idea of the students NAU accepts. The details may include admissions application requirements and recommendations, as well as any AP college credits that may be transferred.

College Credits Accepted

  • Dual Credits
  • AP Course Credits

Student Enrollment

Total enrollment at Northern Arizona University is around 29,000 students. The student body is made up of 87% undergraduate students and 18% graduate students.


Estimated Costs & Financial Aid

The average "out of pocket" cost of attendance, after any grants and scholarships are considered, is around $14,600. To calculate a more personalized cost visit the net price calculator. There is also a $25 application fee for students applying to the school. The figures listed below are for informational purposes only and do not represent current or future tuition, fees, and expenses.

Tuition & Fees Information

  • Annual tuition estimates are:
    • In-State: $8,400-$10,000
    • Out-of-State: $15,000-$17,890
  • Part-time students are charged:
    • In-State: $680-$810 per unit
    • Out-of-State: $940-$1,100 per unit
  • Some programs may have tuition rates locked at the first year rate for up to five years.

Financial Aid Details

The table below breaks down the types of financial aid, the percent of students receiving aid, and average amount of aid per student per year.

 Percent of StudentsAverage Amount
Any Financial Aid86%-
Receiving Grants & Scholarships72%$9,619
Receiving Student Loans55%$6,323

Academics & Student Services

Student Services

To help students and alumni, Northern Arizona University may provide services like those listed below:

  • Online classes
  • Counseling assistance
  • Student employment
  • Assistance to find work

Graduation Rates

The overall graduation rate of Northern Arizona University is approximately 49%.

Number of Year to GraduatePercent of Entering Class
Students Graduating in 4 Years30%
Graduating in 5 Years15%
Graduating in 6 Years4%

Specialized Programs & Accreditations

Campus: Northern Arizona University

  • Dental Hygienist Program (more info)
  • Music Program (more info)
  • Bachelor's Degree in Nursing (BSN) Program (more info)
  • Nursing (MSN, DSN) Program (more info)
  • Occupational Therapy (OT) Program
  • Speech-Language Pathology Program
  • Elementary and Secondary School Teacher Education Program (more info)

Campus: Northern Arizona University - Phoenix Biomedical Campus

    Intercollegiate Athletics

    NAU is a Member of National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), with many of the sports belonging to the NCAA Division I-AA classification. The most popular sports played are listed below:

    • Basketball (Big Sky Conference)
    • Track and Field (Big Sky Conference)
    • Football (Big Sky Conference)
    • Golf
    • Soccer
    • Swimming and Diving
    • Tennis
    • Volleyball

    Programs Offered

    The program list below is organized by areas of study. The programs that have a link will direct you to the program's profile page where you can learn more about education requirements and career pathways.

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    (C) Certificate or Award | (A) Associate's | (B) Bachelor's | (M) Master's Degree | (D) Doctorate (PhD,...)

    Biological and Biomedical Sciences

    Business and Marketing Studies

    Communications and Journalism

    Computer and Information Sciences



    English Language and Literature

    Ethnic Cultural and Gender Studies

    Foreign Languages and Literature

    Health and Clinical Professions


    Interdisciplinary Studies

    Legal Professions and Studies

    Liberal Arts and Sciences

    Mathematics and Statistics

    Natural Resources and Conservation

    Philosophy and Religious Studies

    Physical Sciences


    Public Administration and Social Services

    Recreation and Fitness Studies

    Science Technology

      Security and Protective Services

      Social Sciences

      Visual and Performing Arts

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