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Northern Arizona University Overview

Northern Arizona University is a public institution situated in Flagstaff, Arizona. The surrounding area of the school is a good match for students who enjoy city life.

What Is Northern Arizona University Known For?

21,990 Full-Time Undergraduates
$14,326 Avg Cost After Aid
81% Acceptance Rate
  • The doctor's degree is the highest degree offered at NAU.
  • For the 2017-2018 academic year, 66% of the faculty were full-time.

Northern Arizona University Rankings

NAU is ranked #939 out of 1,715 schools in the nation for overall quality on College Factual's 2021 Best Colleges list. It is also ranked #8 out of 18 schools in Arizona.

The following table lists the notable rankings from College Factual that NAU has received.

Notable Undergraduate Rankings for NAU

Ranking Type Rank
Best Colleges for Veterans 153
Best Colleges for Non-Traditional Students 341
Best Colleges for Diversity 387
Best Colleges for the Money 453
Best Colleges for International Students 650
Best Colleges 939

Where Is Northern Arizona University?

Location of Northern Arizona University

Contact details for NAU are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 1900 S Knoles Dr, Babbitt Administrative Center, Room 200, Flagstaff, AZ 86011-4092
Phone: 928-523-9011
Website: https://nau.edu/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Northern-Arizona-University/17091779559
Twitter: https://twitter.com/NAU

How Do I Get Into NAU?

You can apply to NAU online at: https://nau.edu/admissions/how-to-apply/

Admission Requirements for NAU

Submission Required?
High School GPA required
High School Rank neither required nor recommended
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program neither required nor recommended
Recommendations neither required nor recommended
SAT or ACT Scores recommended
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into NAU?

81% Acceptance Rate
64% Of Accepted Are Women
The acceptance rate at Northern Arizona University is 81%. This means that is not quite as selective as some schools, but you'll still need to submit a good application if you want to be considered by the admissions department.

Approximately 36% of accepted students are men and 64% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 78%, and the acceptance rate for women is 83%.

Can I Afford Northern Arizona University?

$14,326 Net Price
50% Take Out Loans
6.6% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of NAU is $14,326. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for NAU

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$10,999 $11,585 $13,780 $17,881 $19,822

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At NAU, approximately 50% of students took out student loans averaging $5,822 a year. That adds up to $23,288 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at NAU is 6.6%. Although this is lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, you'll still want to keep this in mind when taking out student loans.

Northern Arizona University Undergraduate Student Diversity

21,990 Full-Time Undergraduates
59% Women
37% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 27,084 undergraduate students at NAU, with 21,990 being full-time and 5,094 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  NAU

There are also 3,967 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 21,990 full-time undergraduates at NAU, 41% are male and 59% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  NAU

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Northern Arizona University students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of NAU Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 424
Black or African American 641
Hispanic or Latino 5,155
White 12,586
International Students 1,074
Other Races/Ethnicities 2,110

Geographic Diversity

Arizona students aren't the only ones who study at Northern Arizona University. At this time, 46 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 80 countries are represented at NAU. The most popular countries sending students to the school are Kuwait, China, and Saudi Arabia.

Online Learning at Northern Arizona University

6,304 Took All Classes Online
13,328 Took At Least One Class Online
5.7% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
There are 18 bachelor’s degree and 25 master’s degree programs available online at NAU. In 2017-2018, 13,328 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at NAU has changed over the last few years.

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This school is the 5th most popular in Arizona for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2017-2018.

Online Growth Rankings of NAU

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Northern Arizona University was 5.7%. This is the #1,618 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at NAU regardless of major.

The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of NAU majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Area, Ethnic, Culture, & Gender Studies 7%
Business Administration & Management 1%
Communication Sciences 5%
Criminology 7%
Dental Support Services 2%
Education 6%
Educational Administration 1%
English Language & Literature 5%
Ethnic Studies 7%
General English Literature 7%
General Psychology 15%
Interdisciplinary Studies 13%
Management Information Systems 1%
Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies 21%
Multilingual Education 38%
Psychology 12%
Public Administration & Social Service 9%
Social Sciences 10%
Social Work 21%
Sociology 26%
Special Education 4%
Student Counseling 13%
Teacher Education Subject Specific 17%
Writing Studies 9%

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at NAU ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at NAU.

Major Growth Rate Rank
English Literature (Other) #2
Other Science Technologies/Technicians #3
Science Technologies / Technicians #4
Parks, Recreation & Leisure Studies #10
Interdisciplinary Studies #11
Public Policy #13
Multilingual Education #14
Communication Sciences #15
Ethnic Studies #19
Area, Ethnic, Culture, & Gender Studies #24
Dental Support Services #26
Criminology #26
Geography & Cartography #31
Human Services #32
Hospitality Management #36
General English Literature #39
Sociology #39
Student Counseling #41
Teaching English or French #42
Homeland Security #45
Writing Studies #50
Management Information Systems #52
Social Work #54
Public Administration #67
Public Health #68
Communication & Media Studies #73
English Language & Literature #82
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies #84
Communication & Journalism #106
General Psychology #107
Special Education #139
Social Sciences #141
Teacher Education Subject Specific #144
Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies #146
Psychology #148
Public Administration & Social Service #149
Educational Administration #188
Teacher Education Grade Specific #192
Criminal Justice & Corrections #285
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting #324
Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities #350
Liberal Arts General Studies #350
Nursing #353
Education #456

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

Northern Arizona University Majors

In 2017-2018, Northern Arizona University awarded 12,496 undergraduate degrees and 2,884 graduate degrees. The table below shows the number of awards for each major.

Major Associate’s Bachelor’s Master’s Doctor’s
Accounting 0 79 0 0
Allied Health Professions 0 0 67 0
Anthropology 0 40 18 0
Astronomy & Astrophysics 0 2 0 0
Business Administration & Management 0 342 135 0
Business/Managerial Economics 0 29 0 0
Chemistry 0 75 3 0
Civil Engineering 0 61 2 0
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology 0 0 9 4
Communication & Journalism (Other) 0 8 0 0
Communication & Media Studies 0 51 13 0
Communication Sciences 0 0 68 0
Computer Engineering 0 12 0 0
Computer Information Systems 0 0 2 0
Computer Science 0 42 3 0
Computer Systems Analysis 0 13 0 0
Construction Management 0 40 0 0
Criminology 0 288 5 0
Cultural Studies & Analysis 0 24 0 0
Curriculum & Instruction 0 0 0 16
Dental Support Services 0 59 0 0
Design & Applied Arts 0 83 0 0
Drama & Theater Arts 0 26 0 0
Ecology, Evolution & Systematics Biology 0 6 0 0
Educational Administration 0 0 273 24
Electrical Engineering 0 78 4 0
Engineering Science 0 0 0 6
English Literature (Other) 0 0 16 0
Environmental Engineering 0 32 3 0
Ethnic Studies 0 10 0 0
Film, Video & Photographic Arts 0 12 0 0
Finance & Financial Management 0 173 0 0
Fine & Studio Arts 0 20 0 0
Forestry 0 28 13 5
General Biology 0 389 19 8
General Engineering 0 0 14 0
General English Literature 0 73 1 0
General Psychology 0 286 10 0
Geography & Cartography 0 11 12 0
Geological & Earth Sciences 0 24 11 0
Health & Physical Education 0 138 0 0
History 0 40 3 0
Hospitality Management 0 217 0 0
Interdisciplinary Studies 0 77 0 0
International Relations & National Security 0 27 0 0
Journalism 0 27 0 0
Liberal Arts General Studies 0 546 0 0
Linguistics & Comparative Literature 0 35 0 2
Management Information Systems 0 98 3 0
Marketing 0 137 0 0
Mathematics 0 38 3 0
Mechanical Engineering 0 198 3 0
Microbiological Sciences & Immunology 0 28 0 0
Multilingual Education 0 0 26 0
Music 0 28 13 0
Natural Resource Management 0 0 6 0
Natural Resources Conservation 0 93 14 0
Non-Professional General Legal Studies 0 9 0 0
Nursing 0 558 51 6
Other Physical Science 0 17 0 0
Other Science Technologies/Technicians 0 76 0 0
Other Social Sciences 0 1 0 0
Parks, Recreation & Leisure Studies 0 72 0 0
Philosophy 0 11 0 0
Physics 0 14 5 0
Political Science & Government 0 63 3 3
Public Administration 0 9 6 0
Public Health 0 249 0 0
Public Relations & Advertising 0 153 0 0
Radio, Television & Digital Communication 0 48 0 0
Rehabilitation & Therapeutic Professions 0 0 0 120
Romance Languages 0 21 0 0
Social Work 0 143 0 0
Sociology 0 76 6 0
Special Education 0 110 55 0
Statistics 0 0 9 0
Student Counseling 0 0 124 0
Sustainability Science 0 0 10 0
Teacher Education Grade Specific 0 335 70 0
Teacher Education Subject Specific 0 139 80 0
Teaching English or French 0 0 12 0
Writing Studies 0 0 45 0
Zoology 0 1 0 0
Total 0 12,496 2,496 388

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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