Northern Arizona University

Northern Arizona University


Northern Arizona University (NAU) delivers a rigorous, learner-centered education. The university promotes a learning community where students are prepared to contribute to the social, economic, and environmental needs of a changing world. With 26,606 undergraduate and graduate students, 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 prepare for secondary and post-secondary education in STEM fields. The Academy provides students a clear understanding of the demands of college studies and academic study skills necessary to be successful. Learn more about Nizhoni Academy

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

Talent Search is a year round pre-college program that provides services to low income and potential first-generation students in Northern Arizona. Talent Search’s goals are to increase educational and career awareness, increase the number of students who complete high school and encourage our participants to continue and enroll in post-secondary education. Learn more about Educational Talent Search (TS)

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

The STAR program offers selected new freshmen a unique way to begin their higher education. STAR assists students with making the important transition from high school to college. STAR students will earn six university credit hours, live in a campus residence hall, experience campus life and connect with other new students in the summer before college begins. Learn more about Successful Transition and Academic Readiness (STAR)

First-Year Experience & Transition Student Support Services (SSS)

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

Scholars & Leadership First Scholars

The First Scholars program is a holistic student success program, designed to help first-generation college students succeed in school, graduate, and have a life complete with self-awareness, success and significance. Scholars receive personalized support, including an annual scholarship of $5,000, renewable for an additional 3 years for a total maximum reward of $20,000. The program is open to incoming freshmen whose parents have no more than 2 years of college. Learn more about First Scholars

Scholars & Leadership Lumberjack Leadership Institute

The First Generation Workshops Initiative offers learning and engagement opportunities in five domain areas: academic success, professional development, financial management, health and wellness, and campus and community engagement. Completing the workshop series will enhance a student’s credentials when applying for Peer Mentoring positions, as well as becoming future workshop facilitators. Learn more about Lumberjack Leadership Institute

Student Diversity

  • 19,361
  • 42/58
  • 42%
    First-generation college students
  • 3%
    American Indian or Alaskan Native
  • 2%
  • 3%
    Black or African American
  • 19%
  • <1%
    Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander
  • 62%
  • 5%
    Two or more races
  • 1%
    Race and/or ethnicity unknown
  • 4%

Student Success

  • 74%
    First-to-second year retention
  • 50%
    Six-year graduation
  • 41%
    Six-year graduation for underrepresented minority groups
  • 87%
    Freshmen who live on campus
  • 29%
    Undergraduates who live on campus
  • 1,055
    Full-time faculty
  • 156
    Full-time minority faculty
  • 19:1
    Student–faculty ratio
  • Top 5 Majors

    Criminology and Criminal Justice, Hotel and Restaurant Management, Biomedical Science, Biology, Elementary Ed

  • 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

  • $23,216
  • $9,746
    In-state Tuition
  • $870
    Required Fees
  • $9,292
    Room and Board

Financial Aid

  • $63,585,081
    Total institutional scholarships/grants
  • $10,622
    Average aid package
  • $22,422
    Average student loan debt upon graduation (of those who borrow)
  • 36%
    Pell Grant recipients among freshmen
  • 65%
    Students with financial need
  • 96%
    Students with need awarded financial aid
  • 69%
    Students with need awarded need-based scholarship or grant aid
  • 13%
    Students with need whose need was fully met


Applicant Academics

  • 35,274
    # of applicants
  • 79%
  • 3.70
    Average HS GPA
  • 23
    ACT Composite
  • 470—580
    SAT Critical Reading
  • 460—570
    SAT Math
  • 450—560
    SAT Writing
  • yes
    SAT/ACT optional


  • 07/01
    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