Founded in 1899, Northern Arizona University is a research university with its main campus in Flagstaff, Arizona, where it serves more than 24,000 students. 

NAU offers 151 degree programs across eight colleges, in disciplines like arts and letters, education, business, environment, informatics, engineering, forestry, natural and applied sciences, health and human services, and social and behavioral sciences.

Located at 7,000 feet (2,133 meters) above sea level, Flagstaff is regularly rated as one of the best college towns in the country for its high quality of living, clean air, healthy community, and easy access to outdoor adventure.


Basic details

  • Region: West
  • Location: Flagstaff, Arizona
  • Campus setting: Urban
  • Type of institution: Public

Admissions information and areas of study offered

  • Percentage of students admitted: 85%
  • Average ACT score: 22
  • Average SAT score: 1135
  • Test optional?: Yes
  • Common Application accepted?: No
  • Areas of study offered include: Accounting/Finance, Anthropology, Archaeology, Architecture, Area Studies, Art History, Arts, Astronomy, Biology, Biomedical Engineering, Business, Chemistry, Communications, Computer Science, Creative Writing, Criminal Justice, Dance, Design, Drama/Theatre Arts, Economics, Education, Ethnic/Cultural Studies, Engineering, English, Environmental Sciences, Film/Cinema Studies, Forestry, Gender Studies, Genetics, Geography, Geology, History, Hospitality, Travel & Tourism, Humanities, Information Sciences/Systems, International Relations, Journalism, Languages, Liberal Arts, Linguistics, Literature, Management, Marketing, Mathematics, Medical Sciences, Meteorology, Music, Neuroscience, Nursing, Nutrition, Palaeontology, Philosophy, Physics, Physiology, Political Science, Psychology, Public Health, Public Policy, Public Relations/Affairs, Social Work, Sociology, Urban Planning, Urban Studies
  • Full list of majors available


  • International students are eligible for: Merit based scholarships
  • Estimated yearly cost (including tuition, board, room and student fees): $43,125 


  • Athletic association for the majority of sports: NCAA - Division I
  • Varsity sportsMen's American Football, Men's Athletics / Track and Field, Women's Athletics / Track and field, Men's Basketball, Women's Basketball, Men's Cross Country, Women's Cross Country, Women's Football / Soccer, Men's Golf, Women's Golf, Men's Swimming and Diving, Women''s Swimming and Diving, Men's Tennis, Women's Tennis, Women's Volleyball