• 40%
    First-generation college students
  • 72%
    First-to-second year retention
  • 52%
    Six-year graduation
  • 39%
    Six-year graduation for under-represented minority groups

With nationally-ranked undergraduate and graduate programs, Northern Arizona University (NAU) delivers a rigorous, learner-centered education in multiple places, including Flagstaff, online, and at more than 30 statewide locations. Founded in 1899, the university promotes a learning community where students are prepared to contribute to the social, economic, and environmental needs of a changing world. From its inception, NAU has implemented innovative and accountable teaching practices, including the effective use of technology. With nearly 22,500 undergraduate and graduate students from 50 states and 70 countries, students become active citizens, leaders, and problem solvers with an understanding of global issues.

Programs Supporting First-Generation College Students

Pre-College Prep & Outreach Nizhoni Academy

Nizhoni Academy is a pre-college program designed to encourage Native American students to seriously prepare for scholastic achievement in secondary and post-secondary education. The Academy emphasizes a rigorous academic discipline to provide students a clear understanding of the demands of college studies and the requirements of academic study skills necessary to be successful in college.

Pre-College Prep & Outreach Educational Talent Search (ETS)

Talent Search is a year round pre-college program that provides services to low income and potential firstgeneration middle and high school students in Northern Arizona. Talent Search’s goals are to increase educational and career awareness among its participants, increase the number of students who complete high school and encourage our participants to continue and enroll in post-secondary education.

Pre-College Prep & Outreach Upward Bound

Upward Bound is a year-round program providing educational services and college preparatory assistance to Northern Arizona high school students who attend either Williams, Coconino, Hopi or Winslow high schools. There is also a 5-week summer academy held every year.

First-Year Experience & Transition Successful Transition and Academic Readiness (STAR)

The STAR program offers selected new freshmen an innovating and exciting way to begin their higher education at the university. STAR assists students with making the important transition from high school to college. STAR students will earn six university credit hours, live in the STAR residence hall, develop leadership skills through Club STAR, experience campus life and connect with other new students. Learn more about Successful Transition and Academic Readiness (STAR)

Academic Advising & Support Student Support Services

The Student Support Services (SSS) program assists eligible students in adjusting to campus life and the rigors of academic study. Throughout participation in the SSS program, students will receive free individual mentoring from our staff members, who can guide them in their transition to the university and Flagstaff community. Students also attend educational workshops, cultural activities, community service projects, and retreats. Freshmen and sophomores can earn grant money (up to $500 per semester) after a full semester of participation in our program. Learn more about Student Support Services

Student Diversity

  • 20,750
  • 42/58
  • 40%
    First-generation college students
  • 4%
    American Indian or Alaskan Native
  • 2%
  • 3%
    Black or African American
  • 17%
  • <1%
    Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander
  • 66%
  • 3%
    Two or more races
  • <1%
    Race and/or ethnicity unknown
  • <1%

Student Success

  • 72%
    First-to-second year retention
  • 52%
    Six-year graduation
  • 39%
    Six-year graduation for underrepresented minority groups
  • 87%
    Freshmen who live on campus
  • 32%
    Undergraduates who live on campus
  • 1,496
    Full-time faculty
  • 178
    Full-time minority faculty
  • 20:1
    Student–faculty ratio
  • Top 5 Majors
    Elementary Education, Hotel and Restaurant Management, Biology, Nursing, Management
  • Multicultural Student Clubs and Organizations
    Black Student Union, Hispanic Honor Society, MEChA-Native Americans United, National Society of Minorities in Hospitality, Native American Business Association, American Indian Science and Engineering Society, Club STAR


Cost of Attendance

  • $20,364
  • $8,008
    In-state Tuition
  • $818
    Required Fees
  • $8,474
    Room and Board

Financial Aid

  • 90,180,087
    Total institutional scholarships/grants
  • $10,057
    Average aid package
  • $20,602
    Average student loan debt upon graduation (of those who borrow)
  • 31%
    Pell Grant recipients among freshmen


  • 62%
    Students with financial need
  • 97%
    Students awarded any financial aid
  • 70%
    Students awarded any need-based scholarship or grant aid
  • 9%
    Students whose need was fully met


Applicant Academics

  • 31,995
    # of applicants
  • 65%
  • 470 — 590
    SAT Critical Reading
  • 480 — 590
    SAT Math


  • 460 — 570
    SAT Writing
  • 23
    ACT Composite
  • no
    SAT/ACT optional
  • 3.40
    Average HS GPA


  • 3/1
    Regular application closing date
  • $25
    Application Fee
  • $25
    Application Fee (online)
  • yes
    Fee waiver for applicants with financial need


  • n/a
    Early decision plan
  • n/a
    Early decision application closing date
  • n/a
    Early action plan
  • n/a
    Early action application closing date
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