Northern Arizona University

Flagstaff, AZ

Brief Description

Situated on a 740-acre rural campus in sunny Flagstaff at the base of the Colorado Plateau with its famous four-season climate, Northern Arizona University is a comprehensive public research institution governed by the Arizona Board of Regents. Perched at 6,950 feet above sea level and surrounded by the largest contiguous ponderosa pine forest on the entire North American continent, NAU is a favorite among winter sport enthusiasts for being within miles of the renowned Arizona Snowbowl alpine ski resort. Home to more than 26,000 student, NAU also offers courses at 36 satellite campuses across Arizona and online from anywhere in the world.

First established as the Northern Arizona Normal School in 1899, the school initially had an inaugural class of just four women who received credentials to teach in the Arizona Territory. Since its inception, the institution has been named the Northern Arizona State Teacher's College, the Arizona State Teacher's College, and finally Northern Arizona University. After the campus was utilized as a Navy V-12 program training site in World War II, NAU became the first university in Arizona to obtain program accredited from the NCATE and the first public university to offer a competency-based online program that enables students to earn credit for experience.

Fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association (NCA), NAU provides students with access to 87 bachelor's, 48 master's, and 10 doctoral degree programs along with 39 undergraduate and 26 graduate certificates. Consistently named among the "Best for Vets" by Military Times magazine, Northern Arizona University also offers more than 50 online accredited degree programs with a unique locked-in tuition rate and the lowest per-credit-hour costs in the state. The top undergraduate degrees by enrollment at NAU are elementary education, biology, nursing, criminal justice, and hotel and restaurant management.

For students on-campus, Northern Arizona University offers more than 200 recognized professional, academic, community service, and social organizations, an intramural sports program, and the award-winning student newspaper. Nicknamed the Lumberjacks, student athletes at NAU can compete in the Big Sky Conference of the NCAA Division I in football, basketball, baseball, ice hockey, track and field, or swimming and diving. Some of the most distinguished former Lumberjacks include artist R.C. Gorman, Olympian Lopez Lomong, actor Seamus Dever, author Diana Gabaldon, and former Governor Raul Hector Castro.

Request Admissions Information

At A Glance

Total undergraduate enrollment: 13905

Total institution enrollment: 19964

School type: 4-year public

School classification: Doctoral/Research Universities--Intensive: These institutions typically offer a wide range of baccalaureate programs, and they are committed to graduate education through the doctorate. They award at least ten doctoral degrees/1 per year across three or more disciplines,2 or at least 20 doctoral degrees per year overall.

Campus Location

Main Address

Northern Arizona University
Knoles Drive
Flagstaff, AZ 86024


(928) 523-9011


Undergraduate Demographics

Male undergraduate population: 41%

Female undergraduate population: 59%

Undergrad visible minorities: No Data

Majors & Degrees

Degrees Offered: Bachelor's, Master's, Doctor's

Accounting And Finance
Advertising And Marketing
Art History Criticism And Conservation
Art Teacher Education
Arts And Design
Arts Management
Bilingual / Bicultural Education
Biological And Physical Sciences
Biology General
Biology Teacher Education
Botany General
Business / Managerial Economics
Business Administration And Management
Business Marketing And Marketing Management
Chemistry General
Chemistry Other
Civil Engineering General
Communications Other
Computer And Information Sciences General
Construction / Building Technology / Technician
Counselor Education / Counseling And Guidance
Criminal Justice / Law Enforcement Administration
Curriculum And Instruction
Dental Hygienist
Drama / Theater Arts General
Drama And Dance Teacher Education
Earth And Planetary Sciences
Economics General
Education Administration And Supervision
Education Of The Specific Learning Disability
Education Of The Speech Impaired
Educational Psychology
Electrical Electronics And Communication
Elementary Teacher Education
English Language And Literature General
English Teacher Education
Environmental / Environmental Health Engineer
Environmental Science / Studies
Exercise Sciences / Physiology And Movement
Fashion Merchandising
Finance General
Foods And Nutrition Studies General
Forestry Sciences
French Language And Literature
French Language Teacher Education
General Studies
German Language And Literature
German Language Teacher Education
Health Teacher Education
History General
History Teacher Education
Hotel / Motel And Restaurant Management
Humanities / Humanistic Studies
Interior Design General
International Relations And Affairs
Liberal Arts And Sciences / General Studies
Liberal Arts And Sciences / Liberal Studies
Management Information Systems And Business Data
Mathematics Other
Mathematics Teacher Education
Mechanical Engineering
Mechanical Engineering Related Technologies
Microbiology / Bacteriology
Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies Other
Music General
Music General Performance
Music Teacher Education
Nursing Rn Training
Parks Recreation And Leisure Studies
Physical Education Teaching And Coaching
Physical Sciences General
Physical Sciences Other
Physical Therapy General
Physics General
Physics Teacher Education
Political Science And Government General
Pre Elementary Early Childhood Kindergarten
Psychology General
Public Administration
Public Policy Analysis
Public Relations
Radio And Television Broadcasting
Religion / Religious Studies
School Psychology
Science Teacher Education General
Secondary Teacher Education
Social Science Teacher Education
Social Sciences And History Other
Social Sciences General
Social Work
Spanish Language And Literature
Spanish Language Teacher Education
Special Education General
Speech And Rhetorical Studies
Speech Language Pathology
Speech Language Pathology And Audiology
Speech Teacher Education
Teacher Education Specific Programs Other
Teaching English As A Second Language
Technology / Industrial Arts Teacher
Wildlife And Wildlands Management
Zoology General