B+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    B
  2. Value
    B
  3. Diversity
    A
  4. Campus
    A-
  5. Athletics
    B+
  6. Party Scene
    A-
  7. Professors
    B+
  8. Location
    A
  9. Dorms
    B+
  10. Campus Food
    B+
  11. Student Life
    A-
  12. Safety
    B
Northern Arizona University is ...
Public
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-FCS
Athletic Conference
Big Sky Conference
Address
S San Francisco St
Flagstaff, AZ 86011
Website
From Northern Arizona University

At Northern Arizona University, you'll find opportunity in every direction—‭all in a ‬‭beautiful, four-season mountain setting that breaks Arizona's desert stereotype and ranks among the nation's best ‭college towns.‬‬

Discover a comprehensive range of majors with many nationally ranked programs taught by professors who recognize potential and will help you realize yours. Students can work alongside skilled faculty and mentors who believe that providing abundant undergraduate research opportunities instills the real-life experiences needed to thrive academically and professionally.

Northern Arizona University Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Application Deadline
Rolling Admissions
Acceptance Rate
78%
SAT Range
940-1160
ACT Range
20-25
Application Fee
$25
SAT/ACT
Recommended
High School GPA
Required
Accepts Common App

Cost

Net Price
$14,664/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $11,907/ year
  • $30-48k
    $12,395/ year
  • $49-75k
    $14,836/ year
  • $76-110k
    $17,411/ year
  • $110k+
    $19,345/ year
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Academics

Professors
B+
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
18:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
77%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.297 responses
63%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.312 responses
64%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.310 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
21,494Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
11%
Pell Grant
36%
Varsity Athletes
2%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 193 responses
Report
  • Depends on student, driven vs. just getting by.
    31%
  • Friendly
    23%
  • Welcoming
    15%
  • Adventurous
    11%
  • Ambitious
    8%
  • Self Sufficient
    6%
  • Awesome
    4%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
87%
Poll
63%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.388 responses
Poll
51%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.438 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 209 responses
Report
  • Green
    22%
  • All of the above
    22%
  • AMAZING
    16%
  • Environmentally healthy
    15%
  • All of the above except ignoring the needs
    8%
  • Cost-Friendly
    3%
  • Great Online Program
    3%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$39,300/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
53%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
91%
National
83%
84%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.207 responses
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NAU is a cozy home-away-from-home town. The weather is wonderful; we have all four seasons. Flagstaff is especially great if you enjoy the outdoors since we're close to the Grand Canyon and other national parks. The instructors are wonderful (that I've had) and they take the time to get to know their students. Academically, if you take the time to study and communicate with your instructors then it's not too difficult. There are also a lot of academic resources (for free) that NAU provides for their students to succeed in their classes. Overall, NAU is a solid university to attend and I'm glad that I picked it. Go Jacks (our mascot is the Lumberjack)!
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I am a freshman this year, and this is my first semester in college. So far, it has been great. I love my classes so much, and my teachers really care about their students and the material they teach. The campus is beautiful year round, which is a huge plus. While the student body size is large, it really feels like home. The campus is big, but you are always within walking distance of any building you could ever need. The food is not bad, with lots of options around campus open from 7am to 2am! There are some downsides, however. There is a large housing crisis, with housing on campus only guaranteed for freshman. A recent survey done on campus shows that only 9,000 out of 19,000 students can live on campus. That is the biggest, and one of the only, drawbacks to this school. It may seem difficult, but it is manageable, and extremely worth it. My time here will be well spent.
I am an incoming sophomore at NAU and I am majoring in Physics and Astronomy. I chose NAU because the very first moment I set foot on campus, I felt like I was home. The students and teachers are overwhelmingly nice and the location could not be more perfect. Downtown Flagstaff is so interesting and incredibly close to campus, and seeing the San Fransisco peaks while trekking to and from classes is such a unique and inspirational experience. I love that other students within my college (College of Engineering, Forestry, and Natural Sciences, CEFNS) get to attend educational colloquiums that occur on campus as well as at the Lowell Observatory that's just off campus, which also happens to be where Pluto was discovered! I'm glad that I am associated with the physics and astronomy community at NAU and I'm glad that I attend a university where I feel like I belong.