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Northern Arizona University

Flagstaff, AZ 4-Year Public
Acceptance Rate80%

NAU Admissions

It is moderately difficult to get into Northern Arizona University. The acceptance rate at Northern Arizona University is 80%. Out of 44,855 applications received in 2023, 35,881 students were offered admission.

If you want to apply to Northern Arizona University, the deadline for Fall 2024 admissions is 8/1 and the application fee is $25.

Students who submit their applications to Northern Arizona University for the fall semester should hear back from Northern Arizona University by July 1.

Northern Arizona University Admissions Stats at a Glance

Here's an overiew of some of Northern Arizona University's admissions stats.

Northern Arizona University 2023 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 3.7
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 20%
Mean SAT Score 1162
Admissions Test Policy Not optional
Applicants Who Submit SATs 8%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 27%
Waitlist No

Northern Arizona University Application Deadlines

These are the application deadlines for Northern Arizona University.

Application Type Offered Application Deadline Notification Deadline
Early Decision I No
Early Decision II
Early Action No
Regular Decision Yes 8 1 July 1

Applying Early to Northern Arizona University?

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

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

More on Northern Arizona University Admissions

How Difficult Is It To Get Admitted to NAU?

Getting into NAU is moderately difficult. NAU evaluates applicants carefully based on multiple criteria to decide who to admit, and who to deny.

In 2022, NAU accepted 80% of all applicants, about 35,881 of the 44,855 students who applied.

Schools that are moderately difficult to get into, like NAU, 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.

Transferring to Northern Arizona University

Transfer student admissions is moderately difficult.

For Students Waitlisted to Northern Arizona University

Northern Arizona University has not reported data for waitlisted and admitted students.

What Does Northern Arizona University Look For in an Applicant?

Colleges consider a range of factors when choosing who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college has a different way of determining which factors are given the most weight when choose which applicants to admit, and which to deny. 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 put the most emphasis on the admissions factors where you shine.

Admissions Factors at Northern Arizona University

What does Northern Arizona University consider during the admissions process? Take a look at the list below to see which factors are most important during the admissions process.

Admissions Factor Level
Academic GPA Very Important
Rigor of Secondary School Record Important
Class Rank Considered
Standardized Test Scores Considered

Make sure to check with Northern Arizona University for more information on admission factors.

Northern Arizona University 2022-2023 Application Requirements

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

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
Transcript(S) of College Record
Other Requirements 16 college preparatory courses with minimum 2.0 in each subject
Transcript of High School Record
Minimum High School GPA (On 4.0 Scale) 2.5

GPA and Testing

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, 15% submitted a class rank. At Northern Arizona University 20% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 50% were in the top 25% and 82% were in the top 50%.

GPAs of Admitted Students

At Northern Arizona University, student GPAs fall in the following ranges.

GPA Percent of Students
4.0 GPA 31%
3.75 and 3.99 22%
3.50 and 3.74 17%
3.25 and 3.49 12%
3.00 and 3.24 10%
2.50 and 2.9 7%
2.00 and 2.49 1%

This chart depicts the percentage of all enrolled, degree-seeking, first-time, first year (freshmen) students who had high school grade point average within the given ranges.

Note: Some schools choose not release this information. If you have any questions regarding missing numbers, be sure to reach out to Northern Arizona University directly.

About GPAs

Your high school grade point average (GPA) is a number that highlights your high school academic performance. A weighted GPA or an unweighted GPA are the two possible GPA scores considered by colleges.

An unweighted GPA is an average of your scores from each class on a four-point scale. Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0. A weighted GPA considers your average grade and the difficulty of your classes. A weighted GPA boosts your average by adding extra points for honors or Advanced Placement courses.

Standardized Test Scores

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 2022, 8% of Northern Arizona University's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 27% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What is a Good SAT Score for Northern Arizona University?

To be competitive with other Northern Arizona University applicants, you should aim to score between 1060 and 1260 (or higher!) on the SAT. At Northern Arizona University 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1260 and 25% of scored lower than 1060, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.The mean composite SAT score for a Northern Arizona University student is 1162.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of Northern Arizona University students scored 630 or higher and 75% of students scored 530 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of Northern Arizona University students scored 640 or higher, and 75% scored a 530 or higher.

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.

More Information on 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

• Winter Term

• Spring Term

• Winter 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

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

✅ Northern Arizona University accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits.

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

✅ Northern Arizona University is not test optional.

What is Northern Arizona University's acceptance rate?

✅ Northern Arizona University's acceptance rate is 80%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at Northern Arizona University?

❌ Northern Arizona University does not offer early decision.

Want To Learn More About Northern Arizona University?

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NAU Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Somewhat Selective


How hard is it to get into NAU? NAU is a somewhat selective institution. The NAU acceptance rate is 80%. This means that the institution accepts 79 out of every 100 applicants.


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 SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1060 - 1260


Math SAT Range

520 - 630


Reading SAT Range

530 - 640

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

SAT Score

Estimated Chance

1260 and Above


1060 to 1260


1060 and Less


SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for NAU students is 1162. Applicants with SAT scores of 1260 and above have a good chance of being admitted to NAU, while applicants with SAT scores between 1060 to 1260 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 1060 have a low chance of being offered a spot at NAU.


Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)


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.

Data Source: IPEDs and Peterson's Databases © 2022 Peterson's LLC All rights reserved

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Application Deadline

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