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Colleges / Northern Arizona University

Northern Arizona University

Flagstaff, AZ 4-Year Public
Acceptance Rate78%
Acceptance Rate78%

About NAU

Northern Arizona University Overview

Northern Arizona University is a public, state school in the small town setting of Flagstaff, Arizona. NAU was founded in 1899 and presently has around 28,718 students a year, including 24,168 undergrad students. NAU offers on-campus housing for up to 9,853 students. The majority of students live on campus but first-year students are not required to live in the dorms.

📆 Mark your calendar! The final application deadline for Fall 2023 is August 1. Regular decision applicants for Fall 2023 should receive admissions decisions by July 1.

Student Activities at NAU

Interested in music or performing? At NAU you can join a campus band, sing in a chorus, or perform with one of the school's theater groups.

Interested in journalism or communications? NAU students can write for the campus newspaper, host a radio show or be a producer for the student-run television channel.

Excited for Greek life? NAU has fraternities and sororities.

Planning to play sports? NAU has many options for athletes. See them all and learn more about life at NAU on the Student Life page.

2022 NAU Facts At-A-Glance
Academic Calendar Semester
Overall Acceptance Rate 78%
Early Decision Acceptance Rate ED not offered
Early Action Acceptance Rate EA not offered
Average GPA 3.7
Applicants Submitting SAT scores 10%
In-State Tuition $10,650
Out-of-State $25,396
Percent of Need Met 65.7%
Average First-Year Financial Aid Package $14,285

Is NAU a Good School?

There is no one way to define a "good" college or university. Admissions criteria, acceptance rate and average GPA are good indicators of how selective an institution is.

Let's take a look at these factors to get a clearer sense of what NAU offers and if it seems like a good choice for you.

NAU Acceptance Rate 2022

NAU is moderately difficult to get into. Around 78% of applicants get into NAU each year. Last year, 42,872 students applied to NAU and 33,592 were admitted.

Retention and Graduation Rates at NAU

Retention refers to the number of students that stay enrolled at a school over time. This is a way to get a sense of how satisfied students are with their school experience, and if they have the support necessary to succeed in college.

Out of all the first-year, full-time undergrads who start at NAU, around 74% come back their sophomore year. Around 59% of students who started at NAU earn their Bachelor's degrees within six years. Compare this to the average six-year graduation rate for colleges and universities in the U.S., which is around 61% for public schools and 67% for private.

Job Outcomes for NAU Grads

Job placement stats are a good resource for understanding the value of a degree from NAU by providing a look on how job placement has gone for other grads.

Check with NAU directly, for information on any information on starting salaries for recent grads.

NAU's Endowment

An endowment is the total value of a school's investments, donations, and assets. Endowment is not necessarily an indicator of the quality of a school, but it can give you a sense of how much money a college can afford to invest in expanding programs, improving facilities, and support students.

NAU's endowment was valued at $47.4 million in 2022, compared to a national average of $905 million. For each full-time student, NAU spends about $5,279 a year.

Tuition and Financial Aid at NAU

Tuition cost is another important factor when choose a college. Some colleges may have high tuition, but do a better job at meeting students' financial need.

NAU meets 65.7% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. The average financial aid package for a full-time, first-year student is around $14,285 a year.

In 2020, students graduated with an average of $22,368 in student loans for each student with debt. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

The 2023-2024 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2022

Some financial aid is awarded on a first-come, first-served basis, so fill out the FAFSA asap. Visit the FAFSA website to apply for student aid. Remember, the first F in FAFSA stands for FREE! You should never have to pay to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), so be very wary of anyone asking you for money.

Learn more about Tuition and Financial Aid at NAU.

Based on this information, how does NAU sound? Remember, the best school for one person may not be the right school for someone else! So ask yourself: Is NAU a good school for you?

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Where is Northern Arizona University Located?

NAU is located in the small town setting of Flagstaff, Arizona.

If you are interested in seeing NAU for yourself, be sure to plan a visit! The best way to reach campus is to take I-40 and I-17 to Flagstaff, or book a flight to the nearest airport, Flagstaff Pulliam.

You can also take a virtual campus tour to get a sense of what NAU and Flagstaff are like without leaving home.

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College Info

South San Francisco Street Flagstaff, AZ 86011

Campus Setting: Small Town

NAU Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Aug 1

Transfer Applications are Due

Continuous processing

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to NAU is Aug 1.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to NAU is Continuous processing.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

NAU ACT Scores


ACT Range

19 - 26

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

26 and Above


19 to 26


19 and Less


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ACT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median ACT score of an admitted student to NAU is 22. Students with an ACT score of 26 and above have a good chance of getting into NAU. Students with an ACT score that falls between 19 and 26 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 19 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.

NAU SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1070 - 1260


Math SAT Range

520 - 628


Reading SAT Range

540 - 640

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

SAT Score

Estimated Chance

1260 and Above


1070 to 1260


1070 and Less


SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for NAU students is 1165. Applicants with SAT scores of 1260 and above have a good chance of being admitted to NAU, while applicants with SAT scores between 1070 to 1260 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 1070 have a low chance of being offered a spot at NAU.

NAU Tuition & Fees

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Student Life

Wondering what life at NAU is like? There are approximately 28,718 students enrolled at NAU, including 24,168 undergraduate students and 4,550 graduate students. 82% percent of students attend school full-time, 68% percent are from AZ and 32% percent of students are from other states.


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