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Colleges / Northern Arizona University

NAU Admissions

If you want to apply to Northern Arizona University, the deadline for Fall 2022 admissions is August 1 and the fee for the application costs $25.

Application fees can add up, but some schools do have free applications and students with financial need may be eligible for fee waiver for their application.

Students who submit their applications for Fall should hear back from Northern Arizona University by July 1.

Northern Arizona University Admissions Stats at a Glance

Northern Arizona University 2021 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 3.7
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 22%
Admissions Test Policy Not optional and are considered
Applicants Who Submit SATs 29%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 43%
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Applying Early to Northern Arizona University?

Northern Arizona University does not offer early decision or early action.

Some students apply to college early because they believe it will help their chances. Early deadlines may increase the chance of being admitted, since applying early shows your are very interested in a school, and your application is being considered before all the regular decision applicants apply.

See a list of some selective colleges that admit significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

How To Get Into Northern Arizona University

Northern Arizona University is a moderately difficult school to get into. Northern Arizona University evaluates applicants carefully based on multiple criteria to decide who to admit, and who to deny.

In 2021, Northern Arizona University accepted 82% of students, around 30,523 of the 37,386 students who applied.

Schools that are moderately difficult to get into, like Northern Arizona University, accept fewer than 85% of all applicants. At least 75% of all admitted students have GPAs in the top 50% of their high school class and scored over 1010 on the SAT or over 18 on the ACT.

Transfer student admissions is moderately difficult.

What's Most Important to Get In to Northern Arizona University?

Colleges consider a range of factors when choosing who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college decides which factors are given the most weight in the admissions process. When creating your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and choose schools that prioritize the admissions factors where you stand out.

Admissions Factors at Northern Arizona University

Admissions Factor Level
Academic GPA Very Important
Alumni/ae Relations Not Considered
Character/Personal Qualities Not Considered
Geographical Residence Not Considered
Class Rank Considered
Work Experience Not Considered
Extracurricular Activities Not Considered
Level of Applicant's Interest Not Considered
Application Essay Not Considered
First Generation Not Considered
Interview Not Considered
Racial/Ethnic Status Not Considered
Recommendation(s) Not Considered
Religious Affiliation/Commitment Not Considered
Rigor of Secondary School Record Important
State Residency Not Considered
Talent/Ability Not Considered
Standardized Test Scores Considered
Volunteer Work Not Considered

Northern Arizona University 2021-2022 Application Requirements

To apply, all applicants to Northern Arizona University must submit the following items. Double check with Northern Arizona University's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
Minimum High School GPA (On 4.0 Scale) 2.5
Other Requirements 16 college preparatory courses with minimum 2.0 in each subject
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What GPA Do I Need To Get Into Northern Arizona University?

Students admitted to Northern Arizona University have an average unweighted GPA of 3.7.

Out of all students that were admitted, 45% submitted a class rank. At Northern Arizona University 22% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 55% were in the top 25% and 86% were in the top 50%.

Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0.

At Northern Arizona University, student GPAs fall in the following ranges
4.0 GPA 45%

Northern Arizona University does look at standardized tests scores during the admissions process.

Northern Arizona University does not have a test optional admissions policy. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

In 2021, 29% of Northern Arizona University's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 43% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What's a Good SAT Score for Northern Arizona University?

To be competitive with other Northern Arizona University applicants, you should strive to earn between 1040 and 1230 (or higher!) on the SAT. At Northern Arizona University 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1230 and 25% of scored lower than 1040, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of Northern Arizona University students scored 610 or higher and 75% of students scored 520 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of Northern Arizona University students scored 620 or higher, and 75% scored a 520 or higher.

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What's a Good ACT Score for Northern Arizona University?

To be most competitive at Northern Arizona University, you should strive to earn between 19 and 25 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 25 means you fall in the 75th percentile for Northern Arizona University's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 25, and three out of four students scored lower than 25 on the ACT.

A 19 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for Northern Arizona University students. Only one out of every four students scored below 19.

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Transferring to Northern Arizona University

For transfer students, it is moderately difficult to get admitted to Northern Arizona University. Transfer applications are processed on a on a rolling basis as they are received.

Transfer students can enroll in Northern Arizona University during the following terms: - Fall Term - Spring Term - Summer Term

Northern Arizona University Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to Northern Arizona University?

Yes, admitted students can defer their admission to Northern Arizona University.

Does Northern Arizona University accept transfer credits?

Northern Arizona University accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions. Northern Arizona University accepts:

  • CLEP subject tests
  • DSST/DANTES
  • ACE recommendations for credit

Does Northern Arizona University accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?

Northern Arizona University accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits and Advanced Placement (AP) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to Northern Arizona University?

Northern Arizona University is not test optional. You must submit test scores as part of the application.

What is Northern Arizona University's acceptance rate?

Northern Arizona University's acceptance rate is 82%.

Want To Learn More About Northern Arizona University?

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NAU Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Somewhat Selective

82%

How hard is it to get into NAU? NAU is a somewhat selective institution. The NAU acceptance rate is 82%. This means that the institution accepts 81 out of every 100 applicants.

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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

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ACT Range

19 - 25

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

25 and Above

Good

19 to 25

Avg

19 and Less

Low

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NAU SAT Scores

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Composite SAT Range

1040 - 1230

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Math SAT Range

520 - 610

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Reading SAT Range

520 - 620

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NAU GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)

3.7

GPA Needed to Get Accepted

At NAU, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 3.7. This is the average, which means that some applicants submit GPAs lower than this and some applicants submit GPAs above this level. If your GPA falls below the average, strong test scores or other qualifications may help you make you a more competitive applicant.

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Quick Facts

Total Enrollment

29,569

Campus Setting

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Acceptance Rate

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