Northern Arizona University
Box 4084
Flagstaff, AZ 86011
Accrediting Agency:
North Central Association of Colleges and Schools

Northern Arizona University is a four-year, public research institution located in Flagstaff, Ariz. The university is best known for its main Flagstaff campus, but also offers classes at 34 satellite locations across the state. NAU has nationally-ranked graduate programs in education, history, nursing, physical therapy, speech-language pathology, and biological sciences, according to U.S. News & World Report. The university was established in 1899, opening with only 23 students and one professor. From these small beginnings, NAU has grown into a major university with a fall 2011 enrollment of 25,364, including the Flagstaff campus, Yuma campus, community campuses, and online students.

Programs Offered

Northern Arizona University offers a wide variety of academic programs, including 80 undergraduate degree programs, 56 graduate degree programs, and more than 70 online degree programs, according to the NAU website. Some of the university’s best-known programs are offered through the College of Arts and Letters; College of Engineering, Forestry, and Natural Sciences; and the W.A. Frank College of Business. In particular, NAU’s accelerated Master of Business Administration (MBA) program has been recognized in the Princeton Review‘s Best 300 Business Schools guide for 2011, and the business college as a whole is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB-International). NAU offers both master’s and bachelor’s programs fully online, some of which are bachelor’s degree completion programs designed for students who have already completed an associate degree at another college. Online classes provide much-needed flexibility to nontraditional students whose work and family commitments keep them from attending traditional classes on campus. Online classes may be synchronous, which requires students to log in at a certain time of day; asynchronous, which allows students to log in whenever they want; or hybrid, which requires a blend of online and on-campus work.


Northern Arizona University has been accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission, since1930. Many individual programs at NAU also hold specialized accreditation, which prospective students can verify at College Navigator.


First-time freshmen will need to submit a completed application and $25 application fee, as well as their SAT and/or ACT scores if they wish to be considered for scholarships. Freshmen applicants who apply online may self-report, while paper applicants must have their official transcripts sent from their high school. The freshmen admissions deadline is July 13 for the fall semester, Nov. 1 for the spring semester, and May 1 for the summer semester, according to the NAU website. Automatic admission is given to students who have a minimum 3.0 GPA and have taken all the required college prep courses, while admission consideration will be given to students who have a minimum 2.5 GPA and have no more than one deficiency in any two areas of required college prep courses. Graduate admissions requirements vary by department, but in general, students must possess a minimum of a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution, appropriate undergraduate preparation in their chosen major, and a minimum 3.0 GPA, although conditional admission may be granted for those who do not meet GPA requirements. Many graduate departments also require students to submit scores from an entrance exam, such as the GRE, GMAT, or MAT.


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