Northern Arizona

Northern Arizona University

Northern Arizona University (NAU) is a public university in Flagstaff, Arizona in the United States.

The university's mission is to provide an outstanding undergraduate residential education strengthened by research, graduate and professional programs, and sophisticated methods of distance delivery. Northern Arizona University emphasizes hands-on experiential learning where students are encouraged to conduct research, author articles, participate in internships, study abroad, and volunteer in their areas of study.

As of fall 2007, 21,352 students were enrolled, 13,989 at the main Flagstaff campus. Average class sizes are 38 students in 100-level courses; 34 in 200-level courses; 22 in 300-level courses; 17 in 400 level courses; and 12 in graduate courses. Average cost of tuition for an on-campus, full-time, Arizona resident student for two semesters is $4,845.

Perched at 6,950 feet (2118 m) above sea level, the main campus is surrounded by the largest contiguous ponderosa pine forest in the world and enjoys a four-season climate.

NAU is governed by the Arizona Board of Regents.


Initially named the Northern Arizona Normal School, the institution was formed on September 11, 1899. In 1925, the Arizona State Legislature allowed it to grant the Bachelor of Education degree. Following this change, the school renamed itself Northern Arizona State Teacher's College. In 1928, the name was changed to Arizona State Teacher's College of Flagstaff. In 1945 the name was changed to Arizona State College of Flagstaff. In 1966 the name was changed to the current incarnation Northern Arizona University

There are an estimated 4,146 universities in the United States of America that are located in the different fifty states. Northern Arizona University is included in this estimation. How did this esteemed university come to be? Like all great school, NAU has a long history.

The building that was to be Northern Arizona University was not meant to become a school. In the early 1800's, construction of the building began under the watchful eye of Govenor Hughes and Anson Smith. By the end of the first year of constuction, all of the funds for the building had been spent, and the building stood unfinished. The Flagstaff community, however, didn't complain about the building being unfinished, and for a good reason. The act of 1883 stated that when the building was able to be used, the surrounding counties would be instructed to start sending their "delinquents" there. The building that was to become the home of the Lumberjack first started out as an establishment for the insane.

When the community learned that a building was to be constructed to house the mentally ill, Govenor Hughes in his 1885 report proposed that the government establish a summer school of science instead. The Phoenix Enterprise stated that, "Northern Arizona is entitled to an educational institution" (


Ninety-one academic programs at Northern Arizona University let students tailor their education to any career. The university's pre-professional programs in law, medicine, veterinary medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, and optometry put students on the fast track to graduate school.

The university consists of six colleges:

  • College of Arts and Letters
  • College of Education
  • College of Engineering, Forestry and Natural Sciences
  • College of Health and Human Services
  • College of Social and Behavioral Sciences
  • The W.A. Franke College of Business

College of Arts and Letters

The College of Arts and Letters encompasses everything from philosophy to music education, from theatre to teaching tolerance. The college creates an outstanding academic environment in which students, faculty, and the community experience the arts and letters as intellectual and aesthetic adventure. Programs include Asian studies, English, history, humanities, arts and religion, modern languages, philosophy, theatre, art, music, and liberal studies. The college hosts many productions every semester in opera, voice, dance, theatre, and more.

College of Education

The College of Education is primarily responsible for preparing professional educators at the university: “Our vision is to prepare educational professionals who create tomorrow’s opportunities.” In addition to future teachers, the college prepares counselors, school psychologists, and administrators. The college draws on the best practices of the past, experimenting with and researching new ideas, and helps professionals becomeleaders in education. The college's mission is to prepare competent and committed professionals who will make positive differences for children, young adults, and others in schools.

Accredited by the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, the college was ranked seventh in the nation for providing degrees in education to all minorities.

Fields of study include teaching and learning (e.g., early childhood, elementary, secondary, and science education), educational leadership, educational psychology, and educational specialties(e.g., bilingual and multicultural education, career and technical education, educational technology, and special education).

College of Engineering, Forestry and Natural Sciences

The College of Engineering, Forestry and Natural Sciences promotes undergraduate and graduate learning experiences that integrate science, engineering, and mathematics, sustained by a commitment to research, scholarship, and the creative application of knowledge. The faculty, staff, and students collaborate to actively engage in the possibilities and practicalities of their fields.

The college has 11 departments and a Quaternary Program, 13 centers and two institutes, and supports 300 baccalaureate degrees. 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.

The School of Forestry was incorporated into the College of Engineering and Natural Sciences in 2008.

College of Health and Human Services

The College of Health and Human Services promotes excellence in teaching, scholarship, and service, provides students with a broad educational background, and prepares students to assume professional responsibilities as providers of health and human services.

NAU's College of Health and Human Services, the only one of its kind within the Arizona state university system, consists of the School of Nursing, and three departments:

Rehabilitation sciences: physical therapy, athletic training, and communication sciences and disorders

Health sciences: physical education and school health, community health, Bachelor of Interdisciplinary studies (BIS) in Speech-language Sciences and Technology (SST), diagnostic medical imaging and therapy, respiratory care, physical therapist assisting, paramedic care and medical assisting, and a Bachelor of Applied Studies in health sciences for allied health professionals

Dental Hygiene: a residential degree program and a degree completion program for licensed hygienists

The School of Nursing offers the following undergraduate degree programs: Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing. The School of Nursing also offers the a Master of Science (MS) family nurse practitioner specialty, MS nursing education specialty, and MS public health nursing specialty.

College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

The College of Social and Behavioral Sciences (SBS) teaches, discovers, disseminates, and applies knowledge in the social and behavioral sciences. The focus of the college is on human connections between students and faculty, academic disciplines, the college and communities, and people and their cultures. SBS helps students to understand the diversity and complexity of human experience via perspectives that are informed by the scholarship of the social and behavioral sciences.

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.

The School of Communication was incorporated into Social and Behavioral Sciences in 2004. It offers undergraduate degrees in Advertising, Electronic Media & Film, Journalism, Merchandising, Photography, Public Relations, Speech Communication and Visual Communication, and a masters program in Applied Communication.

The W.A. Franke College of Business

The W.A. Franke College of Business is becoming a leading provider of personalized business education. Though the primary focus is undergraduate education, it also offers a master’s level education and research opportunities.

Businessman Bill Franke's commitment of $25 million, the largest in NAU's history, resulted in the renaming of the college in his honor. The W.A. Franke College of Business was fully reaccredited November 5, 1998, 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, LEED-certified building.

The 2008 Princeton Review ranked the MBA program in three top-10 categories: No. 4 for Best Professors, No. 9 for Best Campus Facilities, and No. 10 for Greatest Opportunity for Minority Students. NAU also was ranked in the 2007 edition. The college also houses the School of Hotel and Restaurant Management, which prepares students for leadership responsibilities in hospitality-related enterprises. The undergraduate degree curriculum provides intellectual growth, communication skills, ethical awareness, appreciation of values and society, and professional knowledge of the hospitality industry.

NAU's School of Hotel and Restaurant Management is ranked among the top three hotel/restaurant schools in the United States.

On-Campus Living

Northern Arizona University (NAU) has a plethora of options for on-campus housing, both on South and North campus. Students who wish to live on-campus can choose from freshmen connection halls, traditional-style halls, apartment-style halls, and family living. Freshmen only have the option of living in freshmen connection halls where as sophomores and upperclassmen can choose from any of the other three options.

Freshmen Connection Halls

Freshmen Connection halls, which include Allen, Cowden Learning Community, McConnell, Reilly, and Sechrist, cost $3,848.00 per school year, two semesters. Freshmen connection halls, like traditional hall, are single rooms shared between two people with a community bathroom down the hall. These halls are open only to freshmen and are all coed, usually the sexes are split up by floor. All of these dorms are single rooms with two students each.

Allen Hall is a three story building that houses a maximum of 450 students and was built in 1964. This hall participates in the annual "Allen/Wilson Wiffleball Tournament" which raises money for the Jennifer Wilson Scholarship Fund which gives scholarship money for athletes. Within the building, there is a computer lab, lounges on every floor, community bathrooms, kitchens, and laundry rooms, as well as an exercise room and a piano for student use.

Cowden Learning Community was built in 1964. It is three stories high and houses up to 416 students. This building offers freshmen connection programs and houses the Honors Learning community, the Global Village Learning Community and the Education House Learning Community. Within the building there is a computer lab, community bathrooms, kitchens, and laundry rooms, as well as a TV lounge, an exercise room, and a piano. McConnell Hall was built in 1969 and houses a maximum of 752 students. This four story hall is the only freshmen connection hall that is located on South campus.

McConnell Hall annually hosts the Snow Ball which is a social event that raises money for the American Cancer Society. It features a computer lab, study lounges, resource center, community bathrooms, kitchens and laundry rooms, as well as an exercise room and volley ball courts.

Reilly Hall is seven stories high and was built in 1996. The hall houses up to 560 students and hosts events including swing dancing, ethnic food nights, and ice cream socials. The dorm has community lounges, a resource center with tutoring, community bathrooms, kitchen, and laundry room, as well as two elevators and a piano.

Sechrist Hall was built in 1966 and houses a maximum of 570 students. It is an eight story dorm, making it the tallest building in Flagstaff. The New Student Programs, Campus Tours and one of the Undergraduate Admissions Officers is located here. In the movie Forest Gump, Sechrist Hall was shown as forest ran past it in his cross-continental run. The hall features a computer lab, study lounges, a resource center, community bathrooms, kitchen, and laundry rooms, as well as an exercise room, two elevators, and an outdoor patio. During the 2008 fall semester the newest hall will be used as a freshmen connection hall.

Aspen Crossing Learning Community was built in 2008 and is NAU's first "green" hall. The price for living in this hall is $4,248.00 per academic year. This is the only suite-style hall that freshmen have access to. It is coed, three stories tall, and houses 350 students. The hall has 24 hour quiet time, community kitchens, laundry rooms, and lounges. Starting fall of 2009 this hall will be used for upperclassmen only.

Traditonal-Style Halls

The traditional-style halls, Campbell, Morton, Taylor, Tinsley, and Wilson, are $3,440.00 per academic year. Traditional-style halls are halls that have single rooms that have one to two occupants and have a floor bathroom down the hall. These halls are open to sophomores and upperclassmen and only two of these halls are coed.

Campbell was built in 1917, has two stories, and houses up to 43 students. This is an all-female dorm and students interested in living here must have a 3.2 GPA, fill out an application and have an interview. There are 34 single rooms and 9 two-student rooms here. There are also community bathrooms, kitchens, and laundry rooms as well as a piano.

Morton Hall was built in 1914, is three stories, and is also an all female dorm. The hall houses 68 students and there are both single student rooms and two student rooms. The dorm features a lounge, community bathrooms, a kitchen and a laundry room.

Taylor was built in 1903 and is the oldest dorm on campus. This is a three-story, all-male dorm which houses a maximum of 140 students. There is only the option of two students per room. The hall has community bathrooms, a community kitchen a laundry room and a recreation room. Every year at the end of October the Taylor men host the Taylor Haunted House.

Tinsley Hall was built in 1964 and has an all year housing option open. It is three stories, housing up to 402 students, and is coed. This hall features a tradition called "Tinsley Crazies" were the students of the dorm paint their faces and attend athletic events. There are a computer lab, lounges, study rooms, community bathroom, a kitchen, and laundry rooms in this dorm.

Wilson Hall was built in 1965 and is the other coed traditional hall. The building is three stories high and has up to 422 students. This dorm also participates in the annual "Allen/Wilson Wiffleball Tournament" which is the biggest spring event on campus. Wilson Hall additionally holds 50 to 60 educational and social programs a year. The dorm features a computer lab, lounges, an exercise room, community bathrooms, kitchens, and laundry rooms.

Suite-Style Halls

Suite-Style Halls, including Gabaldon and Mountain View, are $3,664.00 per school year. As shown in figure 2 these rooms have two people per room with a bathroom connecting every other room. This means that two rooms with a total four students share a bathroom. These rooms are also slightly bigger than a traditional styled dorm room. Both suite-styled halls are coed

Gabaldon Hall was built in 1984, has four stories, and houses up to 586 students. This hall, along with Tinsley Hall, offers year-round housing. Every spring Gabaldon Hall hosts Gabapalooza, an outdoor festival which features live music, food and recreational activities. The dorm features a computer lab, lounges, a recreation room, an exercise room, a fireplace, one elevator, community kitchens, bathrooms, and laundry rooms.

Mountain View was built in 1990. The building is split so one side of it is four stories and the other is five stories. It is a coed hall that houses a maximum of 574 students. This is the Greek Hall and houses eight sororities and fourteen fraternities. This hall has one computer lab, a study lounge, community kitchens, laundry rooms, a fireplace, two conference rooms, sand volleyball courts, and its own parking structure.

Apartment-Style Halls

NAU also offers apartment-style halls. Apartment-style halls are halls that have a kitchen, bedroom, bathroom, and some kind of living space shared between two to three people. These dorms cost $3,736.00 per academic year. These dorms all come with their own kitchen and bathroom. NAU apartment-styles halls are Gillenwater, McDonald, Raymond, and Roseberry.

Gillenwater Hall is a two story, coed hall that was built in 1960. It houses up to 173 students and has an inner courtyard, TV lounges, and study lounges. These rooms house three students per one bedroom apartment and have a living room, kitchen, bedroom, and bathroom.

McDonald Hall was built in 1962 and houses a maximum of 113 students. It is coed and three stories high. The hall features an inner courtyard, recreation lounges, study lounges and BBQ grills. There are three students per three bedroom apartment and the apartment has a front room, a kitchen, a bedroom, and a bathroom.

Raymond hall was built in 1962. It is two stories, coed and houses at most 202 students. It has an inner courtyard, TV lounges, and exercise room, BBQ grills, and laundry facilities. There are three students per one bedroom apartment and have a living room, a kitchen, one bedroom and a bathroom.

Roseberry was built in 1962 and is three stories it is the only all female apartment-styled dorm and houses up to 100 students. The hall has a laundry room and offices. There are two students per studio apartment and the apartment has a living room/bedroom, a kitchen and a bathroom.

There are also two other apartment styled dorms at NAU that are set up as communities. Those dorms are Pine Ridge Village and McKay Village. Students must be juniors, seniors, Graduates or students over 25 years of age to live at these two dorms.

Pine Ridge Village was built in 2001 and has six, three-story buildings. The Hall houses up to 332 students and is coed. Pine Ridge Village is located on South campus. It features a community center with a game room and an exercise room. The living area is four bedrooms and two bathrooms that house fours students for $500.00 per month.

McKay Village was built in 2006 and is three stories high. It is coed and houses up to 438 students. It is located in central campus and consists of six buildings. The Hall has its own convenience store, a community center with a game room and an exercise room and on-site mail delivery. As shown in table one, students have many choices on types of rooms at McKay Village. There are two bedrooms and two bathrooms that house four students for $441.00 per month, four bedrooms and two bathrooms that house four students for $500.00 per month, three bedrooms and one bathroom that houses three students for $522.00 per month, and two bedrooms and one bathroom that houses two students for $555.00 per month.

Famliy Housing

NAU has two housing options for family living; Campus Heights and South Family. These apartment-styled halls are for married couples and students with children.

At Campus Heights a one bedroom apartment is $623 a month and a two bedroom apartment is $687 per month. In South Family a two bedroom apartment is $687 per month and a large two bedroom apartment is $816 per month. Campus Heights is two stories and was built in 1963. The hall has 81 apartments and is located in central campus. It features a computer lab, a playground, laundry facilities, and an office.

South Family was built in 1970. It is two stories and has 145 apartments. It is located on south camps and has a computer lab, a playground, laundry facilities, an office, and a basketball court. With nineteen dorms situated all around campus

Distance Learning

Northern Arizona University maintains campuses throughout Arizona that offer numerous alternatives to the traditional learning experience including evening, weekend and accelerated classes.

For more than 30 years, NAU has provided higher education opportunities to students through distance learning. As a result, students have access to high quality, flexible degree programs that meet the needs of today’s busy students—often in their own communities. Through distance learning, the university is helping Arizona meet its workforce development needs both in urban and rural areas.

The U.S. Distance Learning Association, the nation's premier distance learning organization, honored Northern Arizona University's Distance Learning with the 2007 21st Century Best Practice Distance Learning Award. The award goes to institutions with outstanding leadership, innovation, and technology in distance learning.

Northern Arizona University currently offers more than 123 degree, certificate, and endorsement programs in person and/or on the web. The majority of Distance Learning students are learning in-person in classrooms across the state at 38 different locations throughout Arizona. One-third of Northern Arizona University students are served through Distance Learning.

Center for International Education

The Center for International Education welcomes international students from around the world and provides services for our students ranging from foreign student and scholar advising, field trips to area attractions like the Grand Canyon and leadership opportunities through the International Club.


NAU's athletic teams have gained national prominence with their accomplishments. Student athletes go on to compete at national, international, and professional levels in football, basketball, baseball (including catcher Robert Howeth), track and field, tennis, and swimming and diving. The university participates in 15 intercollegiate sports programs.

The Lumberjacks compete at the NCAA Division I level (Football Championship Subdivision for football). NAU competes in the Big Sky Conference in all sports except swimming and diving, which is part of the Western Athletic Conference. All NAU students receive free admission to regular-season home contests.

Center for High Altitude Training

The Center for High Altitude Training at Northern Arizona University offers a world-class location to train in a fully-supported altitude environment (7,000ft / 2100m).

From the finest in elite training facilities to comprehensive performance services and sports medicine support, the center customizes and manages every component of every altitude training camp so athletes can focus on training—and winning. Elite athletes training through NAU have won 191 Olympic and Paralympic medals since the 1996 Games in Atlanta. Since 1994, NAU has hosted nearly 5,000 athletes from 40 countries in 15 different sports.

More than 75% of all athletes and teams training with NAU return for repeat training camps.

The U.S. Olympic Committee designated NAU one of only nine official U.S. Olympic Training Sites in the states.

Flagstaff Peaks Aquatic Club

Created in 2003, the Flagstaff Peaks Aquatic Club (FPAC) is a non-profit organization that prides itself on the development of young adults and athletes. FPAC trains out of the Aquatic Center on the campus of Northern Arizona University.

Coached by a group of talented young adults and overseen by experienced personnel, FPAC has grown into the premiere place in Northern Arizona for competitive swimming. Dave Rollins ,along with Andy Johns,heads the coaching staff of this up and coming swim team.

On Campus Activities

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.

Lumberjack, KJACK, NAZ Today, and UTV62

The university's award-winning, weekly newspaper is an independent, student-run publication called The Lumberjack Founded in 1914, it is the second-oldest newspaper in Northern Arizona. In May 2007, the newspaper won a Society of Professional Journalists national award in the editorial writing category for articles printed during 2006.

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 July 2008, NAZ Today is now the only 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 Northern Arizona University Choral Union consists of eight ensembles: Men's Chorale, Women's Chorale, University Singers, two Vocal Jazz Ensembles, Vocal Chamber Ensemble, the Harold M. Harter Memorial Handbell Choir, and the Shrine of the Ages Choir.

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.

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, hockey, lacrosse, 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 NAU Association represents more than 96,509 alumni from the US.

Famous alumni include:

Other Information

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


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