Northern Arizona University

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PO Box 4084

Flagstaff, AZ 86011-4084

Phone: (928) 523-9011
2012-2013 Tuition
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Northern Arizona University is a public institution that was founded in 1899. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 21,774, its setting is rural, and the campus size is 740 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Northern Arizona University's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is National Universities, Tier 2. Its in-state tuition and fees are $9,271 (2012-13); out-of-state tuition and fees are $21,626 (2012-13).

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):


To provide an outstanding undergraduate residential education strengthened by research, graduate and professional programs, and sophisticated methods of distance delivery

Northern Arizona University, a university with a personal touch, offers small classes with full-time professors who know their students and a staff committed to helping students succeed. While NAU's primary emphasis is undergraduate education, it offers nationally known masters and doctoral programs and research in selected areas that build from its base on the Colorado Plateau and extend to forest health and bioterrorism. Almost all first-year students live on campus. Students participate in a wide range of intramurals, clubs and organizations. NAU is located in sunny, beautiful Flagstaff, with a four-season climate and a population of 65,000.

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School type public, coed college
Year founded 1899
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting rural
2012 Endowment $112,921,057


When applying to Northern Arizona University, it's important to note the application deadline is rolling. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due August 1. The application fee at Northern Arizona University is $25. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 76.3 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 76.3%
Application deadline rolling
SAT/ACT scores must be received by August 1

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Northern Arizona University is 20:1, and the school has 32.1 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Northern Arizona University include: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Education; Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities; Social Sciences; and Health Professions and Related Programs. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 72.8 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 20:1
4-year graduation rate 30%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 21%
Education 14%
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 10%
Social Sciences 8%
Health Professions and Related Programs 7%

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Student Life

Northern Arizona University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 21,774, with a gender distribution of 42.3 percent male students and 57.7 percent female students. At this school, 33 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 67 percent of students live off campus. Northern Arizona University is part of the NCAA I athletic conference.

Total enrollment 26,002
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity N/A
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority N/A
Collegiate athletic association NCAA I

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Campus Info & Services

Northern Arizona University offers a number of student services including placement service, health service, and health insurance. Northern Arizona University also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Northern Arizona University, 30 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is not permitted for students of legal age at Northern Arizona University.

Students who have cars on campus 30%
Health insurance offered Yes

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In-state tuition and fees $9,271 (2012-13)
Out-of-state tuition and fees $21,626 (2012-13)
Room and board $8,784 (2012-13)
Financial aid statistics N/A

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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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