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North Arizona University

Before comprasion and all first of all let know more about the Norht Arizona University (NAU).

Northern Arizona University (NAU) is a public research university with its main campus in Flagstaff, Arizona.[9] Governed by the Arizona Board of Regents and accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, the university offers 158 baccalaureate and graduate degree programs.

As of fall 2019, 30,736 students were enrolled, 22,791 at the Flagstaff campus.[7] The average cost of tuition and fees for a full-time, Arizona resident undergraduate student for two semesters is $11,896,[10] and out-of-state undergraduates pay an estimated $26,516.[11] NAU also participates in the Western Undergraduate Exchange Program, which offers lower tuition rates for students from the Western United States. For 2018–19, WUE tuition and fees are $16,759.[12] NAU offers Flagstaff undergraduate students the Pledge Program, which guarantees the same tuition rate for four years.

Nau History

Initially named the Northern Arizona Normal School, the institution opened on September 11, 1899, with 23 students, two faculty members—one, Almon Nicholas Taylor, who was also the school president—and “two copies of Webster’s International Dictionary bound in sheepskin” as teaching resources.[13] The first graduating class, in 1901, consisted of four women who received credentials to teach in the Arizona Territory. In 1925, the Arizona State Legislature allowed the school, which was then called the Northern Arizona State Teachers College (ASTC), to grant bachelor of education degrees. In 1929, the school became Arizona State Teachers College at Flagstaff.[14]

Also in 1929, the Great Depression struck the nation, and the ASTC found new meaning in community outreach. Rather than collapsing, the school endured through the depression. In fact, Grady Gammage, the school president at the time, described higher education as “a ‘depression industry’ that fared well in hard times.” Despite financial difficulties, enrollment increased from 321 students to 535 students between 1930 and 1940, and graduate work was introduced in 1937.[15]

ASTC provided an education during economically trying times, often creating jobs to help students afford their education; they worked in the school-owned dairy farm, in the campus kitchen and dining hall, and as newspaper deliverers. The self-sufficiency of the college helped conserve monetary resources, and it was a major contributor to the local economy of the surrounding Flagstaff community, injecting almost a half million dollars in 1938.[16]

ASTC was known for its diverse student body and ethnic tolerance. In fact, the first Hopi to receive a college degree was Ida Mae Fredericks in 1939.[16] Students came from rural farms, mining families, the East Coast, and points between. During the depression, lots of fraternities and clubs sprang up, reflecting the diversity of background and interests.

Enrollment dropped sharply at the beginning of World War II, dropping to 161 in 1945.[17] During this time, ASTC became a Navy V-12 program training site.[18] However, the end of World War II brought increased enrollment as returning veterans returned to continue their education.

The end of the war also expanded programs beyond teaching degrees, especially in the fields of art and science. To reflect this growth, the school changed its name to Arizona State College at Flagstaff in 1945 and, in 1958, became Arizona State College after the former Arizona State College at Tempe became Arizona State University. Also in 1958, the Forestry Program was introduced. With further growth over the next two decades, the Arizona Board of Regents granted Arizona State College university status as Northern Arizona University in 1966.

What are Some Pros and Cons of NAU?

not much, really.

just, i guess the best overall weather for a four season kind of person. dry winter air lots of snow and great skiing. dumps three feet, next day shirts off shovelling. never too hot in summer, dry. no bugs or mosquitoes much. funny, so many trees.

other than that nothing really. other than maybe, my engineering college was rated above harvard the year i graduated, actually no. 7 for hireability. i had 7 job offers during a recession.

thats it, really. the peaks do capture my awe at all times of the year though. and when the sunset is that light burgundy i refuse to attempt expressing that emotion. ahh, thats right its nearly the best spot to view stars at night on the planet apparently.

i ran a lot, so i pioneered straight through sparse brush in every direction, found very cool little spots to go hang out in, right off the campus. did well in 10k’s because we were at 2333m altitude. flag is cool too, i mean just waaay cool, but thats the end of it i guess.

we did have more phd engineer profs, with no research program, per capita than any school in the usa but that was then…you had wine tastings with them and they came to your parties. and we had so many of those man. and one prof who rode a harley with a marijuana-leaf beltbuckle.

and i could have left after my degree, and my 7 job offers. so many friends, gone. i stayed for another degree. so many more.

grand canyon they say is going to be really something someday. just, to the north a bit. heard of sedona? just south, and oak creek just before that, slide rocks and long narrow hiking canyons. thats just about those places though. actually, also theres a meteor crater, a moonscape full of obsidian, ice caves, then you’re in the white mountains, deserts are all around actually, even a painted one with monuments near the grand.

i dunno, tryin to help you out here…i learned scuba diving with the financial aid director, jumped out of a plane piloted by the engineering lab tech ( imean, whaddya want to know?).

flew a flag of raided panties on the lightpole over the dome (what, oh the worlds largest wooden dome that hosts football games and rock concerts- who would even build one….). i guess i didnt need to add that one sorry. nobody could believe we were actually doing a panty raid never mind i digress…

i guess i ran out of reasons there. kind of looks like an ivy league school actually, but far too woodsy, close-knit and intimate for the snobset. maybe not. lived out in the woods, a few times, elk and raccoons, but thats ok i could still walk or bike to class if i ran out of gas.

knew every street in town, when i delivered the best pizza i ever knew. next to the best breakfast, next to the old old hotel with that classy bar and creaky wooden stairs.

knew pretty well the local judge too, was in THERE a few times. he always listened, i always got free. when he died god rest his beautiful soul- my parole officer was the new judge. we were buds…

rode the train from the wooden platform there straight to chicago to see dad. and again to california to see mom.

got so sick of hearing the word ‘great’ describing things, every single hour, every day. seriously, get a new adjective!

and now i bore, i fear. just, sorry i couldnt think of anything. sorry i didnt get the one real job i applied for there. sorry people pass but time doesn’t and i’m still there on the tip of my fingers and my tongue tasting cottony chunks of winter’s blessing in no hurry to reach ground and which levitate, briefly, when you try catching them.

well, the human dilemma has been expressed in terms of not being able to transfer directly to the experience of another, that which you directly experience, and feel and know. i wish you could be me, just for this, for just that flash of a moment when all can be known, to truly receive this, to BE my reply to you and not mere black alphabet on white.

i  hope you find what you’re looking for.

Here are Some More.


  • The Weather. Coming from Phoenix, it’s nice being in Flagstaff and getting to experience all 4 seasons. The summers are nothing like the Phoenix heatwaves I’m used to, and seeing snow on the peaks of Mount Humphreys in the winter is beautiful.
  • On-campus Transportation. Getting from north to south campus and vice-versa is about a 15-minute walk if you’re putting some pep in your step. However, the school offers free bike rentals, as well as free buses running throughout the entire day to make the commute even shorter.
  • The Organizations and Clubs. My personal favorite was the Transfer and Commuter Connections organization on campus. I transferred to NAU from a community college and commuted to campus every day. This was a pretty great way to meet people and make friends that were in the same situation as me.
  • The Media Innovation Center. If you’re a fan of writing, photography, film, or communication, the MIC is going to become your best friend. This bad boy is located in the Communications building and has classes where you can do things like write for the student newspaper, host a radio show on the student-run KJACK radio station, and help put together the NAZ Today television show.
  • The Location. Flagstaff is the perfect location for nature lovers. It’s only about an 80-minute drive from the Grand Canyon, a 45-minute drive to Sedona, and a 2-hour drive to Antelope Canyon. There are endless hiking trails, camping spots, rock-climbing locations, and more in Northern Arizona and I highly suggest taking advantage of these outdoor activities for cheap entertainment and exercise. Flagstaff is also a tourist town, which is another perk. Working as a bartender, I got to meet a ton of people from all over the world and learn a lot about the places they’re from.


  • Bias. Something I wish that I knew before coming into NAU was the political bias. Universities should be unbiased when it comes to their programs and education. However, it became apparent once I became a student that there was a liberal-leaning bias on campus. I’m talking about things like there being a Young Democrats club, but no conservative organizations on campus. Also, the student newspaper and NAZ Today television show got almost all of their information through CNN, which is broadcasted on multiple TVs throughout the Media Innovation Center at any given time. I find myself neutral on the political scale, but it was disheartening to see an educational institution lean one way and not keep it equal.
  • The Price of Living. Flagstaff is not a cheap city to call home, especially for a broke college student. The average rent is around $700–750 a month if you’re staying in an apartment complex. My suggestion would look to move into a house with roommates as opposed to an apartment to cut that cost back around $200. Groceries are also significantly more expensive than the Phoenix Valley.
  • The HLC Recreation Center. The student gym is horrible. It’s always packed, and it’s impossible to get a full workout in without having to wait a half an hour for equipment.

What is Northern Arizona University known for?

I enjoyed NAU’s ability to offer a hybrid program that includes campus instruction and online classes. They offer many different degrees in Bachelor, Masters, and some Doctoral programs. Well respected school, heavy in the sciences arena. I chose a Masters in Administration with the Leadership emphasis, a subject I really love. Looking back, I probably would have chosen the Project Management area since jobs are aplenty for certified applicants.

I liked the option to pay cash on a monthly basis for my tuition, since I didn’t want ANY school debt. It was still reasonable and recognized as one of the most “bang for your buck” hybrid degrees available. Mine was approx: $12k + supplies

Support was excellent and any questions that arose were easily answered. I also felt like I was part of the big campus in Flagstaff (I lived in Phoenix). We were invited up anytime and could access all parts of the Graduate school support team. The professors were great—except two…ha, ha.

Tons of writing in my program, so be prepared for that—especially the online classes. I wrote at least 32 papers/essays for just one class! Hundreds for the overall program 😉 Shed a few tears on a late night after a long day’s work in my Dog biz…

Loved my experience! I highly recommend these programs for working professionals. My cohort had many different industries represented and interesting people of all ages—I liked that.

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