Northern Arizona University

Northern Arizona University
Northern Arizona University
Motto The Difference that Matters
Established 1899
Type Public
Endowment $46.4 million[1]
President John D. Haeger
Vice-president M. J. McMahon[2]
Provost Liz Grobsmith
Academic staff 813[3]
Students 23,600[3]
Undergraduates 18,301[3]
Postgraduates 5,299[3]
Location Flagstaff, Arizona, United States
Coordinates: 35°11′16″N 111°39′10″W / 35.18782°N 111.6528°W / 35.18782; -111.6528
Campus Small town
740 acres (3,000,000 m2)
Former names Northern Arizona Normal School
Northern Arizona State Teacher's College
Arizona State Teacher's College of Flagstaff
Arizona State College of Flagstaff
Colors Blue & Sage         
Athletics NCAA Division I
Big Sky Conference
Western Athletic Conference
Sports 12 varsity teams [4]
Nickname Lumberjacks
Mascot Louie the Lumberjack
Northern Arizona University Logo.svg

Northern Arizona University (NAU) is a public university located in Flagstaff, Arizona, United States. It is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, and has 39 satellite campuses in the state of Arizona. The university offers both undergraduate and graduate degrees.

As of fall 2010, 25,204 students were enrolled, 17,529 at the Flagstaff campus.[5] The average cost of tuition for an full-time, Arizona resident undergraduate student for two semesters is $6,964.[6]

The Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education clasifies NAU as a Research University with High research activity.[7] NAU is governed by the Arizona Board of Regents.



Old Main, site of Northern Arizona Normal School; currently houses an art gallery, museum, and offices

Old Main, site of Northern Arizona Normal School; currently houses an art gallery, museum, and offices Initially named the Northern Arizona Normal School, the institution was formed on September 11, 1899. 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 now called the Northern Arizona State Teacher's College, to grant the Bachelor of Education degree. The school became Northern Arizona State Teacher's College.

In 1929, the name was changed to Arizona State Teacher's College of Flagstaff. The Great Depression took a toll on Flagstaff, but the college, which was able to provide more than 410 jobs for students, saw enrollment rise.[citation needed]

Enrollment dropped sharply, however, as World War II dawned. ASTC became a Navy V-12 program training site,[8] and an aircraft spotting post was maintained by the Campus Civilian Defense Program.[citation needed]

In 1945 the name was changed to Arizona State College of Flagstaff, as the college now awarded degrees outside of the education realm. The forestry program, created in 1958, marked the beginning of the college’s journey to becoming a university. In 1966, the Arizona Board of Regents recommended the name be changed to the current incarnation, Northern Arizona University.[citation needed]


Flagstaff campus

Perched at 6,950 feet (2,120 m) above sea level, the main campus is surrounded by the largest contiguous ponderosa pine forest on the North American continent[9] and enjoys a four-season climate. Snow is common in winter, with accumulations most prevalent in December and January. Winter skiing is accessible at Arizona Snowbowl, an alpine ski resort located on the San Francisco Peaks, 7 miles (11 km) northwest of Flagstaff.

Extended Campuses

Northern Arizona University maintains campuses throughout Arizona offering alternatives to the traditional learning experience including evening, weekend and accelerated classes. The university offer more than 123 degree, certificate, and endorsement programs in person and/or on the web. Extended Campus students are learning in-person in classrooms across the state at 39 different locations throughout Arizona. One-third of Northern Arizona University students are served through the Extended Campuses program.[10][Full citation needed]


University rankings (overall)
Forbes[11] 460
U.S. News & World Report[12] NR
Washington Monthly[13] 96

NAU is ranked 78th on Forbes Magazine's "America's Best Public Colleges" list[14] and is ranked 460th overall on Forbes "America's Best Colleges 2010" list.[15] It has 93 academic programs; and consists of six colleges.

In fall 2010, the top undergraduate degrees by enrollment were elementary education, biology, hotel and restaurant management, nursing, and criminology and criminal justice.[16][Full citation needed]

College of Arts and Letters

The College of Arts and Letters houses and oversees the NAU Art Museum, Martin-Springer Institute (promoting lessons of the Holocaust), Northern Arizona Writing Project, Ardrey Memorial Auditorium, Ashurst Hall. The College of Arts and Letters Film Series has been providing quality classic films to the NAU and Flagstaff community for more than 5 years. Department faculty and students share their scholarly work and artistic achievement through more than 300 performances, lectures, films, and exhibitions a year.[17][Full citation needed]

College of Education

The College of Education prepares educators, counselors, school psychologists, and school administrators. Fields of study include teaching and learning (e.g., early childhood, elementary, and secondary), educational leadership, educational psychology, and educational specialties (e.g., bilingual and multicultural education, career and technical education, educational technology, and special education).[18][Full citation needed]

College of Engineering, Forestry, and Natural Sciences

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Engineering Building

The College of Engineering, Forestry, and Natural Sciences has 11 departments and a Quaternary Program; 13 centers and two institutes. It continues to expand its degree programs. Programs include Biological Sciences, Chemistry and Biochemistry, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Computer Science, Construction Management, Electrical Engineering, Environmental Sciences and Education, Geology, Mathematics and Statistics, Mechanical Engineering, Physics and Astronomy, Quaternary Studies, Master of Engineering, and Master of Science in Engineering. NAUTeach is the secondary school teacher preparation program for mathematics and the sciences.

College of Health and Human Services

NAU's College of Health and Human Services consists of the School of Nursing, and three departments [8]

College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

The College of Social and Behavioral Sciences undergraduate programs include anthropology, applied indigenous studies, criminology and criminal justice, ethnic studies, geography, planning and recreation, political science, psychology, communication, sociology/social work, and women's and gender studies.[19][Full citation needed]

The W.A. Franke College of Business

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W.A. Franke College of Business

The W.A. Franke College of Business' primary focus is undergraduate education, but it also offers a master’s level education and research opportunities.[20][Full citation needed]

Businessman Bill Franke's commitment of $25 million resulted in the renaming of the college in his honor. The W.A. Franke College of Business was fully re-accredited in fall 2008 by the national accrediting body AACSB International - The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. The NAU program is one of about 400 accredited programs among the more than 1,000 throughout the nation. In 2006, the college moved into a new 111,000-square-foot (10,300 m2), LEED-certified building.[21][Full citation needed]

Residence halls

Northern Arizona University has 21 dorms on its Flagstaff campus.[22]

Freshman residence halls


Sechrist Hall
  • Allen Hall (formerly an upperclassmen hall)
  • Cowden Learning Community
  • McConnell Hall
  • Reilly Hall
  • Wilson Hall
  • Sechrist Hall (an eight-story residence hall, making it the tallest building in Flagstaff)[24]
  • Tinsley Hall (beginning fall 2011, Tinsley will be a Freshman connections hall) [25]

Family housing

These apartment-styled halls are for married couples and students with children.[26]

  • Campus Heights has 63 apartments.[27]
  • South Family Apartments has 145 apartments.[28]

Residents of both family units are within the Flagstaff Unified School District.[29] Residents are zoned to Kinsey Elementary School, Mount Elden Middle School, and Flagstaff High School.[30]


Northern Arizona Lumberjacks logo

Student athletes go on to compete at national, international, and professional levels in football, basketball, baseball, ice hockey, track and field, tennis, swimming and diving. The university participates in 15 intercollegiate sports programs. NAU teams compete at the Walkup Skydome, which is a multipurpose building which provides facilities for football, basketball, indoor track and field, soccer, weight lifting, lacrosse, student recreation, major concert events, commencements, intramurrals, and a variety of other university and community activities.[31]

The Lumberjacks compete at the NCAA Division I level in all sports. In football, the Lumberjacks compete at the Football Championship Subdivision (formerly known as Division I-AA) level. NAU competes in the Big Sky Conference in all sports except swimming and diving, which is part of the Western Athletic Conference.

On Campus Activities/Student Media

NAU has more than 180 recognized professional, academic, service and social organizations; an intramural sports program; The Lumberjack student newspaper; and active residence hall organization.

The Lumberjack

The university's award-winning, weekly newspaper is an independent, student-run publication called The Lumberjack. In May 2007, the newspaper won a Society of Professional Journalists national award in the editorial writing category for articles printed during 2006.[32][33]

KJACK, NAZ Today, and UTV62

KJACK is available in Flagstaff on 1680 AM or online. KJACK reports to the College Music Journal and specializes in new music. NAU's televised news program, NAZ Today airs Monday through Thursday in Flagstaff on NPG cable channels 4, 59 and UTV 62 on campus at 6pm MST, and on Dish Network's UniversityHouse Channel (9411) 9pm MST. Since the shutdown of Channel 2 news in August 2008, NAZ Today is now the only TV news source for all of Northern Arizona. UTV 62 is NAU's student run and produced television station. UTV 62 runs 24 hours a day 7 days a week on channel 62 on campus.

The Dark City Times

In Summer 2010, a group of student journalists previously employed by The Lumberjack created an independent, student-run website called The Dark City Times, in response to NAU faculty taking more control in the affairs of the student media outlets. The Dark City Times currently publishes news, life and entertainment stories, along with a variety of blogs covering politics, pop culture and student life. There are efforts being taken to create a print magazine version of the site. The site receives content from both regular contributors or students who want to work as freelance writers, photographers or videographers.


The Northern Arizona University Choral Union consists of eight ensembles contained within the School of Music: Men's Chorale, Women's Chorale, University Singers, two Vocal Jazz Ensembles: Northern Voices and High Altitude, Vocal Chamber Ensemble, the Harold M. Harter Memorial Handbell Choir, and the Shrine of the Ages Choir, the premier choral ensemble that tours internationally.

Recreation services

The NAU Recreation Center provides facilities for all students, including a fully equipped weight room, a two-court basketball/volleyball gymnasium, five glass-back racquetball courts, an aerobic/dance studio, a six-station climbing wall, locker rooms with dry saunas, and conference rooms for meetings, classes, or activities.

In Fall 2011, the remodel of the NAU Recreation Center will be complete, creating the NAU Health and Learning Center in its place. Features include an Indoor jogging track, 38 foot climbing wall, larger weight room, multipurpose gym, and a cardio theatre. The Health and Learning Center will also include all of the on-campus medical services that were previously housed in the Fronske Health Center, a pharmacy, and the offices for Disability Resources on campus. [34]

Intramural sports

Intramural sports are organized for teams and individuals and include flag football, soccer, volleyball, softball, racquetball, and backgammon. Sports clubs include sports such as rugby, soccer, hockey, lacrosse, water polo, and judo.

Movies and other events

Unions and Student Activities offers many services and events for the campus community, such as movies and the popular Friday night AfterHours program produced by SUN Entertainment. SUN also presents several concerts and special events each year and coordinates Welcome Week concerts. The College of Arts and Letters Film Series presents classic films every Tuesday night during the school year, and the College of Arts and Letters presents more than 300 music and theatrical performances, lectures, films and art exhibitions yearly.


The NAU Alumni Association represents more than 115,000[35] alumni from the U.S.

Other information

The Arizona Cardinals of the NFL conduct their summer training camp at Northern Arizona University's Flagstaff campus.[36]

See also

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  2. ^ Organization Chart - NAU
  3. ^ a b c d Key Statistics
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  5. ^ Enrollment Highlights Northern Arizona University Planning, Budget and Institutional Research Office. Retrieved 2010-08-13
  6. ^ Northern Arizona University Academic Year Budgets 2010-2011. Retrieved 2010-08-13
  7. ^ The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching
  8. ^ "The Former Deans of FCB". Flagstaff, Arizona: Northern Arizona University. 2011. Retrieved September 28, 2011. 
  9. ^ Biotic Communities of the Colorado Plateau
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  11. ^ "America's Best Colleges". Forbes. 2011. Retrieved October 6, 2011. 
  12. ^ "National Universities Rankings". America's Best Colleges 2012. U.S. News & World Report. September 13, 2011. Retrieved September 25, 2011. 
  13. ^ "The Washington Monthly National University Rankings". The Washington Monthly. 2011. Retrieved August 30, 2011. 
  14. ^ "America's Best Public Colleges". Forbes Magazine. August 5, 2009. Retrieved 2009-09-13. 
  15. ^ "America's Best Colleges 2010". Forbes Magazine. August 11, 2010. Retrieved 2010-12-18. 
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  17. ^ [4]
  18. ^ [5]
  19. ^ [6]
  20. ^
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  22. ^ Northern Arizona University- Residence Life
  23. ^ List of Freshman Connections Halls
  24. ^ NAU Residence Life- Communities at a Glance Sechrist Hall
  25. ^ Mountain View rumors false, Tinsley to become freshman hall
  26. ^ NAU-Family Housing
  27. ^ "Campus Heights." Northern Arizona University. Retrieved on October 2, 2011.
  28. ^ "South Family." Northern Arizona University. Retrieved on October 2, 2011.
  29. ^ "Parking Map." Northern Arizona University. Retrieved on October 2, 2011.
  30. ^ "2010/11 Middle (6-8) and High (9-12) School Attendance Areas with Elementary School (K-5) Attendance Area Outlines (Zoomed-In View of the City of Flagstaff." Flagstaff Unified School District. Retrieved on October 2, 2011.
  31. ^ J. Lawrence Walkup Skydome
  32. ^ Society of Professional Journalists Mark of Excellence Awards, Society of Professional Journalists, 2005
  33. ^ NAU's 'Lumberjack' wins 4 awards, Northern Arizona University, March 30, 2005
  34. ^ [7]
  35. ^ Frequently Asked Questions- NAU Alumni Association, September 2008
  36. ^

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