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Northern Arizona University

Northern Arizona University
Former names
Northern Arizona Normal School
Northern Arizona State Teacher's College
Arizona State Teacher's College of Flagstaff
Arizona State College of Flagstaff
Motto The Difference that Matters
Established 1899
Type Research university
Endowment $136 million (2014)[1]
President Rita Cheng[2]
Vice-president Joanne Keene (Chief of Staff)[3]
Provost James Coleman[4]
Academic staff
900 (full time)[5]
Students 27,715[5]
Undergraduates 22,670[6]
Postgraduates 3,936[6]
Location Flagstaff, Arizona, U.S.
Campus Small city
740 acres (3.0 km2)
Colors Navy and Sage green[7]
Athletics 12 varsity teams[8]
Nickname Lumberjacks
Mascot Louie the Lumberjack
Affiliations Arizona Board of Regents
NCAA Division I
Big Sky Conference
Western Athletic Conference
Website .edu.nauwww

Northern Arizona University (NAU) is a public university located in Flagstaff, Arizona, United States. It is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, and has 36 satellite campuses in the state of Arizona. The university offers both undergraduate and graduate degrees.

As of fall 2014, 27,715 students were enrolled, 20,134 at the Flagstaff campus.[6] The average cost of tuition and fees for a full-time, Arizona resident undergraduate student for two semesters is $10,346.[9] For the 2015-2016 school year, out-of-state undergraduates will pay an estimated $23,348 for tuition and fees.[10] NAU also participates in the Western Undergraduate Exchange Program, which offers lower tuition rates for students from the Western United States. WUE tuition and fees for 2015-2016 are $15,090.[11] NAU offers Flagstaff undergraduate students the Pledge Program that guarantees the same tuition rate for four years.

The Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education classifies NAU as a research university with high research activity.[12] NAU is governed by the Arizona Board of Regents.


  • History 1
  • Campuses 2
    • Flagstaff Campus 2.1
    • Extended campuses 2.2
  • Academics 3
    • College of Arts and Letters 3.1
    • College of Education 3.2
    • College of Engineering, Forestry, and Natural Sciences 3.3
    • College of Health and Human Services 3.4
    • College of Social and Behavioral Sciences 3.5
    • University College 3.6
    • The W.A. Franke College of Business 3.7
    • Graduate College 3.8
  • Residence halls 4
    • Freshman residence halls 4.1
    • Upper division housing 4.2
      • Suites 4.2.1
      • Apartments 4.2.2
    • NAU Partner Housing by American Campus Communities 4.3
  • Athletics 5
  • On campus activities 6
    • The Lumberjack 6.1
    • KJACK, NAZ Today, and UTV62 6.2
    • Recreation services 6.3
    • Intramural sports 6.4
    • Movies and other events 6.5
  • Alumni 7
  • Professional sports 8
  • See also 9
  • References 10
  • External links 11


Initially named the Northern Arizona Normal School, the institution was established on September 11, 1899. The first graduating class, in 1901, consisted of four women who received credentials to teach in the Arizona Territory. In 1925, the Arizona State Legislature allowed the school, which was now called the Northern Arizona State Teachers College, to grant Bachelor of Education degrees. In 1929 the school became Arizona State Teachers College at Flagstaff.[13]

Enrollment dropped sharply, however, at the beginning of World War II. ASTC became a Navy V-12 program training site.[14]

The end of World War II brought increased enrollment, as well as growth beyond teaching degrees. To reflect this growth, the school changed its name to Arizona State College at Flagstaff in 1945. It became simply Arizona State College in 1958 after Arizona State College at Tempe became Arizona State University. With further growth over the next two decades, the Arizona Board of Regents granted Arizona State College university status as Northern Arizona University in 1966.[13]


Flagstaff Campus

Perched at 6,950 feet (2,120 m) above sea level, and one of the highest four-year college campuses in the country, the main campus is surrounded by the largest contiguous ponderosa pine forest on the North American continent[15] and enjoys a four-season climate. Snow is common in winter, with accumulations most prevalent in January, February and March. Winter skiing is accessible at Arizona Snowbowl, an alpine ski resort located on the San Francisco Peaks, 7 miles (11 km) northwest of Flagstaff. In addition to 260 inches of average annual snowfall, the recent approval of artificial snowmaking on the San Francisco Peaks consistenly extends the ski season from November to early April.[16]

NAU offers 91 bachelor's degree programs, 49 master's degree programs and 11 doctoral degree programs, along with 38 undergraduate and 26 graduate certificates. The university was charged by the Arizona Board of Regents in 2006 to develop innovative ways to provide access and affordability to all Arizona residents. NAU developed the Pledge Program, 2NAU partnerships with community colleges and NAU-Yavapai, a collaboration with Yavapai College in Prescott Valley, Arizona. NAU-Yuma just celebrated its 25th anniversary of the partnership with Arizona Western College.

Extended campuses

Northern Arizona University is a public university accredited by the Higher Learning Commission North Central Association. In addition to 19,000 students on the Flagstaff campus, NAU currently serves more than 7,000 students statewide.

NAU's Extended Campuses offer 99 online accredited degree programs on more than 30 campuses throughout the state. NAU is the first public university to offer a competency-based online degree program that allows students to earn credit for experience. Personalized Learning was launched in May 2013, and federal financial aid is available for the program, which has a flat fee of $5,000 per year.

NAU is the first university in Arizona to attain program accreditation from the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Educators (NCATE). Additional accreditations include Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) and Hotel and Restaurant Management has earned accreditation from the Accreditation Commission for Programs in Hospitality Administration, an honor earned by fewer than 20% of the nation's baccalaureate degree-granting programs in the field.


University rankings
Forbes[17] 540
Washington Monthly[18] 96
Fall Freshman Statistics[19][20][21][22][23][24]
  2014 2013 2012 2011 2010
Applicants 27,780 33,989 34,461 31,995 31,773
Admits 25,153 31,057 26,299 20,727 20,724
% Admitted 90.54 91.37 76.31 64.78 65.22
Enrolled 5,035 4,772 4,254 3,872 4,132
Avg Freshman GPA 3.50 3.40 3.40 3.40 3.40
Avg ACT Composite 23 23 23 23 23
Avg SAT Composite* 1044 1053 1057 1081 1068
*(out of 1600)

In the fall of 2010, the top undergraduate degrees by enrollment were elementary education, biology, hotel and restaurant management, nursing, and criminology and criminal justice.[6]

College of Arts and Letters

The College of Arts and Letters (CAL) houses the Asian Studies Program, Cinema Studies, Comparative Cultural Studies (formerly Humanities, Arts, and Religion), English, History, Latin American Studies, Modern Languages, Museum Studies, Philosophy, School of Art, School of Music, and Theatre. The college also oversees the NAU Art Museum, Martin-Springer Institute (promoting lessons of the Holocaust), Northern Arizona Writing Project, Ardrey Memorial Auditorium, and Ashurst Hall. The College of Arts and Letters Film Series has been providing quality classic films to the NAU and Flagstaff community for more than nine years, and the NAU International Film Series has recently been established. Department faculty and students share their scholarly work and artistic achievement through more than 300 performances, lectures, films, and exhibitions a year.[25]

College of Education

The College of Education prepares educators, counselors, school psychologists, and school administrators. Fields of study include teaching and learning (e.g., early childhood, elementary, and secondary), educational leadership, educational psychology, and educational specialties (e.g., bilingual and multicultural education, career and technical education, educational technology, and special education).[26]

College of Engineering, Forestry, and Natural Sciences

The College of Engineering, Forestry, and Natural Sciences has eleven departments and a Quaternary Program, thirteen centers, and two institutes.

College of Health and Human Services

NAU's College of Health and Human Services consists of the School of Nursing, Health Sciences, Dental Hygiene, Communication Sciences and Disorders, Physical Therapy, and a newly formed (as of Fall 2012) Physician Assistant school based out of Phoenix, Arizona.[27]

College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

The College of Social and Behavioral Sciences undergraduate programs include anthropology, applied indigenous studies, criminology and criminal justice, ethnic studies, geography, planning and recreation, political science, psychology, communication, sociology/social work, and women's and gender studies.[28]

University College

University College acts as a portal for students to make an efficient, informed decision about pursuing a path for the future. Undergraduate students automatically become a part of University College when admitted to Northern Arizona University. Various programs, resources and support are offered to students, faculty and staff which include academic transition programs, the First Year Learning Initiative, and the Bachelor of University Studies degree program.[29]

The W.A. Franke College of Business

The W.A. Franke College of Business's primary focus is undergraduate education, but it also offers a master’s level education and research opportunities. Businessman Bill Franke's commitment of $25 million resulted in the renaming of the college in his honor. The W.A. Franke College of Business was fully re-accredited in fall 2008 by the national accrediting body AACSB International - The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. The NAU program is one of about 400 accredited programs among the more than 1,000 throughout the nation. In 2006, the college moved into a new 111,000-square-foot (10,300 m2), LEED-certified building.[30]

Graduate College

The Graduate College offers programs in fields such as biotechnology, health, business, environmental and sustainable systems, and teaching. It offers more than 50 master’s degrees, 13 doctoral degrees, and more than 20 graduate certificates, both in-person and online.[31]

Residence halls

Northern Arizona University has 21 residence halls on its Flagstaff campus.[32]

Freshman residence halls

Sechrist Hall
  • Allen Hall
  • Campbell Hall
  • Cowden Hall
  • Ernest Calderón Learning Community
  • Gabaldon Hall
  • McConnell Hall
  • Morton Hall
  • Reilly Hall
  • Sechrist Hall (an eight-story residence hall, making it the tallest building in Northern Arizona)[33]
  • Taylor Hall
  • Tinsley Hall
  • Wilson Hall

Upper division housing


  • Gabaldon
  • Mountain View (Greek Student's Hall)


Campus apartments consist of:

  • Campus Heights
  • Gillenwater
  • McDonald
  • McKay Village
  • Pine Ridge Village
  • Raymond
  • Roseberry
  • South Village[34] (As of Fall 2013, South Village houses both upper division students and families.)

Residents of family units are within the Flagstaff Unified School District.[35] Residents are zoned to Kinsey Elementary School, Mount Elden Middle School, and Flagstaff High School.[36]

NAU Partner Housing by American Campus Communities

These halls are located on the NAU campus but are operated by American Campus Communities.

  • The Suites
  • Hilltop Townhomes


Northern Arizona Lumberjacks logo

Student athletes compete at national, international, and professional levels in football, basketball, baseball, ice hockey, track and field, tennis, and swimming and diving. The university participates in fifteen intercollegiate sports programs. NAU teams compete at the Walkup Skydome, a multipurpose building providing facilities for football, basketball, indoor track and field, soccer, weight lifting, lacrosse, student recreation, major concert events, commencements, intramurals, and a variety of other university and community activities.[37]

The Lumberjacks compete at the NCAA Division I level in all sports. In football, the Lumberjacks compete at the Football Championship Subdivision level (formerly known as Division I-AA). NAU competes in the Big Sky Conference in all sports except swimming and diving, which is part of the Western Athletic Conference.

Because of its altitude, the facilities are sometimes used for training by Olympic athletes (who will then go on to compete at sea level).

On campus activities

NAU has more than 200 recognized professional, academic, service and social organizations, an intramural sports program, The Lumberjack student newspaper, and active residence hall organizations.[38]

The Lumberjack

The university's award-winning, weekly newspaper is an independent, student-run publication called The Lumberjack." In May 2007, the newspaper won a Society of Professional Journalists national award in the editorial writing category for articles printed during 2006.[39][40]

KJACK, NAZ Today, and UTV62

KJACK is available in Flagstaff on 1680 AM or online. KJACK reports to the College Music Journal and specializes in new and local music. NAU's televised news program, NAZ Today, airs Monday through Thursday in Flagstaff on NPG cable channels 4, 59 and UTV 62 on campus at 6pm MST; formerly, it also aired on UniversityHouse (Dish Network channel 9411) until it folded. Since the shutdown of Channel 2 news in August 2008, NAZ Today is now the only TV news source for the Flagstaff area. UTV62 is NAU's student run and produced television station. UTV62 runs 24 hours a day and 7 days a week on channel 62 on campus.

Recreation services

The NAU Recreation Center was remodeled in the fall of 2011, creating the NAU Health and Learning Center in its place. Features include an indoor jogging track, 38 foot climbing wall, larger weight room, multipurpose gym, and a cardio theatre. The Health and Learning Center also includes all of the on-campus medical services that were previously housed in the Fronske Health Center, a pharmacy, and the offices for Disability Resources on campus.[41]

Intramural sports

Intramural sports are organized for teams and individuals and include flag football, soccer, volleyball, softball, racquetball, and backgammon. Sports clubs include baseball, rugby, soccer, hockey, lacrosse, Wushu, kendo and judo (martial arts), and water polo.

Movies and other events

Unions and Student Activities offers many services and events for the campus community, such as movies and the popular Friday night AfterHours program produced by SUN Entertainment. SUN also presents several concerts and special events each year and coordinates Welcome Week concerts. The College of Arts and Letters presents classic films every Tuesday night during the school year, and also presents more than 300 music and theatrical performances, lectures, films and art exhibitions yearly.


The NAU Alumni Association represents more than 125,809[6] alumni from the U.S.

Professional sports

The Arizona Cardinals of the NFL conducted their summer training camp at Northern Arizona University's Flagstaff campus for many years until 2013.[42] The Cardinals left Flagstaff to conduct their camp in Glendale in 2013.[43] Beginning in 2014, NAU entered into partnerships with the Phoenix Suns and the Phoenix Mercury of the NBA and WNBA respectively.[44]

See also


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External links

  • Official website
  • Northern Arizona University athletics website
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