If you are planning on applying to NAU, the deadline for Fall 2023 admissions is August 1 and the application fee costs $25.
Students who apply to NAU for the fall semester should receive an admissions decision no later than July 1.
Here's an overiew of some of NAU's admissions stats.
|NAU 2022||Admissions Statistics|
|Mean Unweighted GPA||3.7|
|Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class||22%|
|Mean SAT Score||1165|
|Admissions Test Policy||Not optional and are considered|
|Applicants Who Submit SATs||10%|
|Applicants Who Submit ACTs||23%|
These are the application deadlines for Northern Arizona University.
|Application Type||Offered||Application Deadline||Notification Deadline|
|Early Decision I||No||––||––|
|Early Decision II||––||––||––|
NAU does not offer early decision or early action.
➡️ Explore a list of some top colleges that accept significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.
NAU is a moderately difficult school to get into. NAU evaluates applicants carefully based on multiple criteria to decide who to admit, and who to deny.
In 2021, NAU accepted 78% of students, around 33,592 of the 42,872 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.
It is moderately difficult to be admitted as a transfer student.
NAU has not reported data for waitlisted and admitted students.
Colleges consider a range of factors when deciding who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college determines which factors are are most important 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.
What does NAU consider during the admissions process? Take a look at the list below to see which factors are most important during the admissions process.
|Academic GPA||Very Important|
|Rigor of Secondary School Record||Important|
|Standardized Test Scores||Considered|
Make sure to check with NAU for more information on admission factors.
To apply to NAU, all applicants must submit the following items. Double check with NAU's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.
|Area||Required||Recommended||Required for Some||Details (If Any)|
|Written Essay or Personal Statement|
|Transcript(S) of College Record|
|Standardized Test Scores|
|Statement of Good Standing From Prior Institution(S)|
|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|
Students admitted to NAU have an average unweighted GPA of 3.7.
Out of all students that were admitted, 45% submitted a class rank. At NAU 22% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 54% were in the top 25% and 84% were in the top 50%.
At Northern Arizona University, student GPAs fall in the following ranges.
|GPA||Percent of Students|
|3.75 and 3.99||21%|
|3.50 and 3.74||17%|
|3.25 and 3.49||13%|
|3.00 and 3.24||9%|
|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 NAU directly.
Your high school grade point average (GPA) is a number that reflects 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.
NAU considers ACT or SAT scores as part of the admissions process.
NAU 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, 10% of NAU's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 23% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.
To be competitive with other NAU applicants, you should strive to score between 1070 and 1260 (or higher!) on the SAT. At NAU 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1260 and 25% of scored lower than 1070, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.The mean composite SAT score for a NAU student is 1165.
On the SAT Math Section, 25% of NAU students scored 628 or higher and 75% of students scored 540 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of NAU students scored 640 or higher, and 75% scored a 540 or higher.
To be most competitive at NAU, you should strive to earn between 19 and 26 on the ACT.
An ACT score of 26 means you fall in the 75th percentile for NAU's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 26, and three out of four students scored lower than 26 on the ACT.
A 19 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for NAU students. Only one out of every four students scored below 19.
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For transfer students, it is moderately difficult to get admitted to NAU. Transfer applications are processed on a on a rolling basis as they are received.
Transfer students can enroll in NAU during the following terms:
• Fall Term
• Spring Term
• Summer Term
Can I defer my acceptance to NAU?
✅ Yes, admitted students can defer their admission to NAU.
Does NAU accept transfer credits?
✅ NAU accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions. NAU accepts:
• CLEP subject tests • DSST/DANTES
Does NAU accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?
✅ NAU accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits and Advanced Placement (AP) credits.
Do I have to submit test scores to NAU?
✅ NAU is not test optional. You must submit test scores as part of the application.
What is NAU's acceptance rate?
✅ NAU's acceptance rate is 78%.
What is the early decision acceptance rate at NAU?
❌ NAU does not offer early decision.
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How hard is it to get into NAU? NAU is a somewhat selective institution. The NAU acceptance rate is 78%. This means that the institution accepts 78 out of every 100 applicants.
First-Year Applications are Due
Transfer Applications are Due
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
26 and Above
19 to 26
19 and Less
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.
Composite SAT Range
Math SAT Range
Reading SAT Range
1260 and Above
1070 to 1260
1070 and Less
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.
Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)
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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