Northern Arizona University

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School Overview

Northern Arizona University is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and is located in Flagstaff, Arizona. The university offers an extensive selection of undergraduate and graduate degrees in various disciplines and maintains 36 campuses throughout throughout the state of Arizona.

As of the fall 2012 semester, there were approximately 21,600 students enrolled at Northen Arizona University, 18,000 of which attended at the Flagstaff campus. Tuition for a full time undergraduate student is roughly $7,000 for two semesters at the university.

Northern Arizona University has been classified a Research University by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education and is governed by the Arizona Boar of Regents.

A few of the most popular undergraduate degrees at the university include elementary education, biology, hotel and restaurant management, nursing, and criminology and criminal justice.

General Information

Admission Office

PO Box 4084

Flagstaff, AZ 86011-4084

(928) 523-5511

(888) 628-2968

Fax: (928) 523-0226

Contact: Paul Orscheln

Director of Admissions
Main Address

PO Box 4132

Flagstaff, AZ 86011-4132

(928) 523-9011

Total undergrads: 17,087

First-time degree-seeking freshmen: 3,588

Degree-seeking undergrads: 16,887

Graduate enrollment: 5,719


Rural setting

Small city (50,000 – 249,999)

Residential campus

Degrees offered:

Admissions Information

Application Fee

College has an application fee: Yes

Regular application fee: $25

Online application fee: $25

Enrollment Rates

Percent applicants admitted: 74%

Percent of students who return for sophomore year: 69%

Tuition & Fees

Estimated Expenses for Academic Year 2008-’09 2009-’10 2010-’11 2011-’12 % change 2010-’12
Tuition and fees $4,844 $5,449 $6,632 $7,672 +15.68%
Books and Supplies $864 $890 $916 $948 +3.49%
Living Arrangement – On Campus
Room and Board $6,572 $7,086 $7,872 $8,072 +2.54%
Other $3,816 $3,892 $4,335 $4,462 +2.93%
Living Arrangement – Off Campus
Room and Board $7,212 $8,664 $9,742 $10,002 +2.67%
Other $4,162 $4,252 $4,344 $4,462 +2.72%
Total Expenses 2008-’09 2009-’10 2010-’11 2011-’12 % change 2010-’12
In-state On Campus $16,096 $17,317 $19,755 $21,154 +7.08%
In-state Off Campus $17,082 $19,255 $21,634 $23,084 +6.70%
In-state with Family $5,708 $6,339 $7,548 $8,620 +14.20%
Average Graduate School Tuition & Fees
Tuition for In-state Students $6,726
In-state Student Fees $672
Tuition for Out-of-state Students $17,500
Out-of-state Student Fees $672

Financial Aid

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
Type of Aid Students Percent Amount Average Per Student
All students financial aid 2,617 79%
Grant or scholarship aid 2,040 62% $11,887,863 $5,827
• Federal grants 723 22% $3,023,360 $4,182
• Pell grants 700 21% $2,382,778 $3,404
• Other federal grants 489 15% $640,582 $1,310
Local and state government scholarships or grants 166 5% $351,219 $2,116
Institutional scholarships or grants 1,886 57% $8,513,284 $4,514
Student loan financial aid 1,560 47% $8,396,815 $5,383
• Federal student loans 1,536 46% $7,621,356 $4,962
• Other student loans 93 3% $775,459 $8,338

All Degrees and Programs

Program Completions for Most Recent Year BA/BS MA/MS Doctor AA/AS CERT
Total of All Education Programs 3621 1699 91 394
Area, Cultural, Ethnic, Gender, and Group Studies 12 8
American Indian/native American Studies 3
U.S. Studies/civilization 3
Women’s Studies 9 5
Biology, Biological and Biomedical Sciences 180 17 4
Animal Behavior and Ethology
Aquatic Biology/limnology
Biology and Biological Sciences 132 17 4
Biomedical Sciences 11
Botany/plant Biology
Cell/cellular and Molecular Biology 1
Conservation Biology
Evolutionary Biology 1
Microbiology 18
Physiology 2
Wildlife Biology 6
Zoology/animal Biology 9
Zoology/animal Biology, Other
Business, Management, Administration and Marketing Services 685 162 144
Accounting 70 16
Business Administration and Management 139 31 5
Business/managerial Economics 9 19
Construction Management 41
Customer Service Management 14
Entrepreneurship 15
Fashion Merchandising 10
Finance and Financial Management Services, Other 5
Finance 63
Hospitality Administration/management 258 6
Human Resources Management/personnel Administration 15
International Business 6
International Marketing
Investments and Securities 13
Management Information Systems 26 22
Marketing/marketing Management 69
Non-profit Management 131 5
Tourism and Travel Services Management 3
Communication and Journalism Studies 194 10 32
Advertising 60
Communication and Journalism Studies, Other 8
Journalism 35
Public Relations/image Management 58 32
Radio and Television 33
Speech Communication 10
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services 11
Computer and Information Sciences
Computer Science 11
Education 585 1229 21 137
Art Teacher Studies 16
Bilingual and Multilingual Education 38
Biology Teacher Studies 1
Chemistry Teacher Studies
Computer Teacher Education 51
Counselor Education/school Counseling and Guidance Services 187
Curriculum and Instruction 1
Drama and Dance Teacher Education 2
Early Childhood Education and Teaching 12 115
Education, Other
Education/teaching Of Individuals Who Are Developmentally Delayed 14
Educational Leadership, Management and Administration 332 20 7
Elementary and Middle School Administration/principalship 79
Elementary Education, Teaching and Instruction 392 319 33
English LanguageTeacher Education 15 5
French Language Teacher Education 1
German Language Teacher Education
Health Teacher Education 14
History Teacher Education 24
Mathematics Teacher Education 9 8
Music Teacher Education 18 4
Physical Education/coaching Teacher Education
Physics Teacher Education 2
Science Teacher Education 3 6
Secondary Teacher Education 77
Spanish Language Teacher Education 7 5
Special Education Teacher Education 51 62
Speech Teacher Education
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Subject Areas, Other 9
Teaching English As A Second or Foreign Language/esl Language Instructor 11 3
Technical Teacher Education 18 1
Technology and Industrial Arts Teacher Education
Engineering 84 15
Civil Engineering 32 1
Electrical and Electronics Engineering 10
Engineering Physics/applied Physics 1
Engineering 12
Environmental/environmental Health Engineering 6
Mechanical Engineering 35 2
Engineering Technology
Construction Engineering Technology/technician
English Language and Literature/letters 72 68 17
Creative Writing 12
English Language and Literature 55 28
English Language and Literature/letters, Other
Professional, Technical, Business, and Scientific Writing 17
Rhetoric and Composition
Rhetoric and Composition/writing Studies, Other 17 28
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 41 2
Foreign Languages and Literatures 4
French Language and Literature 3
German Language and Literature 8
Linguistics 2
Spanish Language and Literature 26
Health Services/allied Health/health Sciences 321 43 46 39
Athletic Training/trainer 10
Dental Hygiene/hygienist 64
Family Practice Nurse/nursing 5
Health/health Care Administration/management
Physical Therapy/therapist 46
Public Health 66
Public Health/community Nurse/nursing 2
Registered Nursing/registered Nurse 181
Speech-language Pathology/pathologist 36 39
History 34 9 1
History 34 9 1
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services
Corrections Administration
Criminal Justice/law Enforcement Administration
Criminal Justice/safety Studies
Human Services 45 2
Public Administration 2
Public Policy Analysis 7
Social Work 38
Social Work, Other
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 319 11
General Studies 1
Humanities/humanistic Studies 17
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Other 11
Liberal Arts and Sciences/liberal Studies 301
Mathematics and Statistics 14 7 1
Mathematics and Statistics, Other
Mathematics 14 6
Statistics 1
Statistics, Other 1
Multi-/interdisciplinary Studies 2 1 1
Biological and Physical Sciences 1
Intercultural/multicultural and Diversity Studies 1
Multi-/interdisciplinary Studies, Other 2
Natural Resources and Conservation 68 28 5 7
Environmental Science 23 11
Environmental Studies 14
Forest Management/forest Resources Management 7
Forest Sciences and Biology 31 10 5
Forestry 7
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies 92 2
Kinesiology and Exercise Science 33
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Studies 59 2
Physical Sciences 90 15
Astronomy 14
Chemistry 36 3
Chemistry, Other 2
Geology/earth Science 14 9
Geophysics and Seismology 1
Hydrology and Water Resources Science
Physical Sciences 2
Physical Sciences, Other 1
Physics 20 3
Psychology 166 17 6 2
Educational Psychology 6
Health/medical Psychology 2
Psychology 166 8
Psychology, Other 2
School Psychology 7
Science Technologies/technicians 120
Science Technologies/technicians, Other 120
Social Sciences 295 57 6 4
Anthropology 27 25
Criminology 113 11
Economics 7
Geographic Information Science and Cartography 2 1 4
Geography 5 5
Geography, Other
International Relations and Affairs 26
Political Science and Government 46 7 6
Social Sciences
Social Sciences, Other 11
Sociology 58 8
Visual and Performing Arts 191 8
Art History, Criticism and Conservation 9
Art/art Studies
Arts, Entertainment, and Media Management, Other 2
Ceramic Arts and Ceramics 5
Conducting 3
Design and Visual Communications 23
Drama and Dramatics/theatre Arts 20
Fine and Studio Arts Management
Illustration 1
Interior Design 52
Metal and Jewelry Arts 9
Music History, Literature, and Theory 1
Music Performance 8
Music Theory and Composition
Music 10
Music, Other 3
Painting 10
Photography 27
Printmaking 1
Sculpture 5
Voice and Opera 9 1
Above data represent first majors only.
(-) Indicates that program is not offered at this award level.

Undergraduate Majors

Area, Ethnic, Cultural, & Gender Studies
American Studies B
Native American Studies B
Women’s Studies B

Arts, Visual & Performing
rt – General B
Art History/Criticism/Conservation B
Arts – General B
Arts Management B
Ceramics B,C
Design/Visual Communications B
Drama/Theater Arts B
Fine/Studio Arts B
Interior Design B
Metal/Jewelry Arts B
Music – General B
Music – General Performance B
Music – Voice/Opera B
Music History/Literature B
Painting B
Photography B
Printmaking B
Sculpture B

Biological & Biomedical Sciences
Animal Behavior/Ethology B
Aquatic Biology/Limnology B
Bacteriology B
Biology B
Botany B
Cellular Biology/Histology B
Cellular/Molecular Biology B
Ecology B
Microbiology B
Molecular Biology B
Physiology B
Wildlife Biology B
Zoology B

Business, Management, & Marketing
Accounting B,C
Business Administration/Management B
Business/Managerial Economics B,C
Construction Management B
Customer Service Management C
Entrepreneurial Studies C
Fashion Merchandising B
Finance/Banking B
Hospitality Administration/Management B,C
Hotel/Motel Management B
International Marketing C
Investments/Securities C
Management Information Systems B,C
Marketing Management B,C
Travel/Tourism Management C

Communications & Journalism
Advertising B
Broadcast Journalism B
Communications/Rhetoric B
Digital Communications/Multimedia B
Journalism B
Public Relations B
Radio/Television B

Computer & Information Sciences
Computer Science B
Computer/Information Sciences – General B

Art Teacher Education B
Biology Teacher Education B
Chemistry Teacher Education B
Drama/Dance Teacher Education B
Education – General B
Elementary Education B
English Teacher Education B
French Teacher Education B
German Teacher Education B
Health Teacher Education B
History Teacher Education B
Mathematics Education B
Music Teacher Education B
Physical Education B
Physics Teacher Education B
Spanish Language Teacher Education B
Special Education B
Speech Teacher Education B
Technology/Industrial Arts Education B
Trade/Industrial Education B

Civil Engineering B
Computer Engineering – General B
Electrical/Communications Engineering B
Engineering – General B
Engineering Physics B
Environmental Engineering B
Mechanical Engineering B

Engineering Technologies
Computer Systems B
Construction/Building Technologies B

English Language & Literature
English Language & Literature – General B
Speech/Rhetorical Studies B
Technical/Business Writing C

Foreign Language & Literaturee
Foreign Language & Literature – General B
French B
German B
Spanish B

Health Professions & Clinical Sciences
Athletic Training/Sports Medicine B
Dental Hygiene B
Health System Administration B
Nursing (RN) B
Premedicine B
Preveterinary Medicine B

History – General B

Law & Legal Studies
Prelaw B

Liberal Arts & Sciences
General Studies B
Humanities B
Liberal Arts & Sciences B

Mathematics – General B
Statistics/Probability B

Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies
Behavioral Sciences B
Biological/Physical Sciences B

Natural Resources & Conservation
Environmental Science B
Environmental Studies B
Forest Sciences/Biology B
Forestry – General B
Wildlife/Wilderness Management B

Parks, Recreation & Fitness
Exercise Sciences B
Health/Physical Fitness B
Parks, Recreation & Fitness – General B,C
Parks/Leisure Facilities Management B

Philosophy & Religion
Philosophy B
Religion/Religious Studies B

Physical Sciences
Astronomy B
Astrophysics B
Chemistry B
Geochemistry B
Geology B
HydrologyWater Resources B
Paleontology B
Physical Sciences – General B
Physics B
Planetary Sciences B
TheoreticalMathematical Physics B

Psychology – General B

Public Administration & Services
Public Policy Analysis B
Social Work B

Security & Protective Services
Criminal Justice Studies B
Law Enforcement Administration B

Social Sciences
American Government/Politics B
Anthropology B
Cartography B
Economics B
Geography B
International Relations B
Political Science/Government B
Social Sciences – General B
Sociology B

Degree levels for each major are designated by the following letters:

    A = Associate degree
    B = Bachelor’s degree
    C = Certificate or diploma

*We do not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

Northern Arizona University Highlights

School Information

Phone Number: (928) 523-9011
Type of School: 4-year, Public
Apply Online:
Address: 1900 S Knoles Dr, Babbitt Administrative Center, Room 200, Flagstaff, AZ 86011-4092
Setting: City: Small
Campus Housing: Yes

Students & Programs

Student Population: 30,733
6-yr Graduation Rate (Bachelor's): 55%
Student-to-faculty Ratio: 19 to 1
Distance Learning Programs: Yes
Distance Learning Students*: 16,635 (54% of total students)
Degree Levels Offered: Certificates, Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate

* Students taking at least 1 distance learning course

Tuition & Financial Aid*

In-state Tuition: $11,896
Out-of-state Tuition: $26,516
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid: 95%
Avg. Amount of Grant or Scholarship Aid Awarded: $11,656

* Full-time beginning undergraduate students. Financial aid is available to those who qualify.

Northern Arizona University Programs

See the degree programs that are offered at Northern Arizona University.

Degree Name Cert Assoc Bach Mast Doct
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, and Group Studies 32
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 3511
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 1694
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 471
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services 321
Education 1218162
Engineering 1552
English Language and Literature/Letters 315
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 21
Health Professions and Related Programs 4361
History 11
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting, and Related Protective Service 5
Legal Professions and Studies 1
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 12
Mathematics and Statistics 112
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 331
Natural Resources and Conservation 2341
Parks, Recreation, Leisure and Fitness Studies 221
Philosophy and Religious Studies 1
Physical Sciences 531
Psychology 121
Public Administration and Social Service Professions 222
Science Technologies/Technicians 1
Social Sciences 2751
Visual and Performing Arts 381
Grand total 67936212

* Based on programs that produced 2019-2020 graduates

Tuition & Financial Aid

See what it costs to enroll at Northern Arizona University and how many students are receiving scholarships, grants, or loans as financial aid to help cover the costs of tuition.

Undergraduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $11,896
Out-of-state $26,516
Books and supplies $1,000

Graduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $11,121
Out-of-state $20,296

Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2018-2019

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Any student financial aid 4,795 95%
Grant or scholarship aid 4,706 93% $11,656
Student loan aid 2,308 46% $6,199

All Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Grant or scholarship aid 19,399 72% $9,960
Federal student loans 11,478 42% $6,454

Admissions & Enrollment

See the admission requirements for Northern Arizona University. Find out how many students apply and how many are accepted. View a graphical breakdown of the gender, age, and ethnicity of currently enrolled Northern Arizona University students.

Undergraduate Admissions, Fall 2020

Total Male Female
Number of applicants 36,810 13,050 23,760
Percent admitted 100% 82% 86%
Percent admitted who enrolled 15% 16% 14%

Admissions Considerations

Required Recommended Optional
Secondary school GPA
Secondary school rank
Secondary school record
Completion of college-preparatory program
Formal demonstration of competencies
Admission test scores
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language

Northern Arizona University Enrollment, Fall 2020

Total Enrollment 30,733
Undergraduate enrollment 26,511
Graduate enrollment 4,222

Undergraduate Attendance

Undergraduate Gender

Undergraduate Age

Undergraduate Race/Ethnicity

Undergraduate Distance Education

Undergraduates taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Graduate Distance Education

Graduate students taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Northern Arizona University Accreditation

This institution is accredited by Higher Learning Commission

Specialized institution accreditations:

  • American Dental Association, Commission on Dental Accreditation
    • Dental Hygiene (DH)
  • American Physical Therapy Association, Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education
    • Physical Therapy (PT) - Professional programs for the physical therapist
  • American Psychological Association, Commission on Accreditation
    • Professional/Scientific Psychology (PSPSY) - PhD Doctoral programs
  • American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology
    • Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) - Graduate degree programs
  • Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
    • Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels
    • Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the graduate degree levels
    • Nursing (CNDNP) - Nursing education programs at the doctorate degree levels
  • National Association of Schools of Music, Commission on Accreditation
    • Music (MUS) - Institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting and/or non-degree-granting programs
  • National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
    • Teacher Education (TED) - Baccalaureate and graduate programs for the preparation of teachers and other professional personnel for elementary and secondary schools

*General information for this school has been gathered from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) database, a service provided by the U.S. Department of Education. does not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

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