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B+
Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Academics
    B
  2. Value
    B
  3. Diversity
    A
  4. Campus
    A-
  5. Athletics
    B+
  6. Party Scene
    A-
  7. Professors
    B+
  8. Location
    B+
  9. Dorms
    B-
  10. Campus Food
    B+
  11. Student Life
    A-
  12. Safety
    B
About Northern Arizona University...
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.321 responses
64%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.319 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 202 responses
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  • Depends on student, driven vs. just getting by.
    33%
  • Friendly
    23%
  • Welcoming
    14%
  • Adventurous
    10%
  • Ambitious
    8%
  • Self Sufficient
    6%
  • Awesome
    3%

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.397 responses
Poll
51%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.447 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 218 responses
Report
  • Green
    22%
  • All of the above
    21%
  • AMAZING
    17%
  • Environmentally healthy
    15%
  • All of the above except ignoring the needs
    8%
  • Great Online Program
    4%
  • Cost-Friendly
    3%

    After College

    Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
    $40,100/ year
    National
    $33,028
    Graduation Rate
    53%
    National
    49%
    Employed 2 Years After Graduation
    92%
    National
    83%
    84%
    of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.207 responses
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    Northern Arizona University Reviews

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    Freshman year was great! Dorms are fun, might get a strict RA, Sechrist and Reilly are the party dorms, Gabaldon's for rich kids, the others are mediocre. Go here then transfer elsewhere. The tuition's relatively cheap, food is good at first, and professors are great for the most part.

    The food gets old, the town's creepy, people are shady, too many hippies and entitled tree-hugging ignoramuses. The police force has overrun the town and take up 10% of the traffic; they aren't good at their jobs either. They prefer to arrest first-time offenders (freshman) walking around drunk and underage than the plastered homeless native guy stabbing people and firing gunshots at dusk.

    Anyways, I got over it after one year. It's also very cold and windy. First year's great though!
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    I loveee NAU! I'm in the honors college, and it's definitely worth it. The food gets old and meal plans are way too expensive, so if you can do your own shopping and cooking after the first year, do that. Downtown is super fun, and the Flagstaff community is awesome, there are farmer's markets and art fairs to go to. Very bus/bike-friendly. However, if you don't have a car at NAU you're kinda stuck at school, it's harder to get out hiking/camping/sightseeing!

    However, the students at NAU are really friendly and chill, and it's not hard to make friends. We're all bonded together by the pine tree oxygen and everyone dying to graduate already.

    Protip: bring a hammock. You'll fit right in.
    I attend a branch of NAU in Yavapai county. I absolutely love everything about it there. Every staff member has been extremely professional, helpful, and easy to get along with. My counselor is always willing to make things work for the individual student's scheduling needs. I have never been disappointed with how things are run there and I highly recommend attending this branch to anyone who wants a friendly and stress free environment. The classes are small enough the professor knows everyone's first name and every student pretty much knows their fellow classmates from previous classes. It is an amazing campus and it has definitely been a much more relaxed college experience than what I was expecting. I absolutely love NAU!