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4 out of 5
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Degree: Biology
Graduation Year: 2020

First of all, the campus is beautiful! There is green everywhere, especially being in northern Arizona! You can easily tell the campus has been very much taken care of! Our student union is a great hang out. It's definitely the place to be campus when you don't have any class. Here, there is always great food and the atmosphere makes it that much better. I also truly love our library! It's a place I know I will be able to get any of my work done. There are plenty of good study areas throughout this library! Some traditional campus events that I enjoy are the concerts that are put on for the student life! It truly makes this a great and fun place to be! You always have something to do here, while still being able to get your studies in!

5 out of 5
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Degree: Psychology
Graduation Year: 2012

I found Northern Arizona University to be an undervalued school. It is located in the small town of Flagstaff, Arizona less than 2 hours away from Phoenix, Arizona. I appreciated the small school environment and the assistance I could find in the writing and math centers when I wanted someone to review my work. NAU attracts a medley of personalities to its campus. I enjoyed the cold weather and snow storms that make it to this little campus each winter. I found this small, liberal arts school to be helpful to my academic and social development. Most of my classes were taught by professors who had impressive academic resumes, as opposed to graduate students. I have felt prepared for the jobs that I have had since graduating from NAU, and I am pleased with my degree from the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences. I would place the earning potential of NAU graduates in the same vein as those who graduated from Arizona State University and University of Arizona. In regard to student diversity, the school is a part of the Western Undergraduate Exchange Program (WUE) which allows students from specific western states to come to NAU as an in-state student where they will pay less for tuition than an out-of-state student normally would. This school attracts students mostly from Arizona, California, Hawaii, and Alaska. I found that a large percentage of my classmates were from Phoenix, Arizona, though. There were also a number of international exchange students from the Middle East and Europe that attended NAU for one semester or a year. When it comes to safety, as with every location where a number of young adults are concentrated, there are security concerns. However, I never personally felt unsafe walking on campus, even late at night. There are students whose on-campus job is to be available to escort students on campus if they need assistance, or feel unsafe. In recent years the university has been increasing enrollment and construction on campus. The university lost a significant amount of funding from the state, which has placed NAU in a predicament of trying to remain a small school, but also needing to increase enrollment. In conclusion, I highly recommend this school to anyone who enjoys snow, and the outdoors, or for anyone who is looking for opportunities to get involved in campus organizations. I found NAU to be a welcoming and non-threatening environment to learn about anything I was interested in.

5 out of 5
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Degree: Special Education and Teaching, General
Graduation Year: 2017

I loved going to Northern Arizona University. The college of education is a great college that prepares future teachers to be the best they can possibly be. NAU has prepared me to teach the diverse cultures I will experience in teaching, as well as, preparing me for getting my masters at Arizona State University.

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3 out of 5
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Degree: Humanities/Humanistic Studies
Graduation Year: 2015

Northern Arizona University (NAU) allowed me to transfer up to 90 credits of my studies from my local Community College and thanks to this, I was able to sustain a full-time job while pursuing my long-term goal of language interpreting. Although the classes I took were all online, each and every one of the instructors were highly encouraging of my progress and always available whenever I had an inquiry or needed additional assistance. All of my instructors always engaged in the online discussions in a meaningful way which in turn, helped my peers and I enjoy the discussions by learning to appreciate viewpoints different than our own.

5 out of 5
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Degree: Art Teacher Education
Graduation Year: 2015

I transferred into Northern Arizona University from my local community college as a third year/Junior. The application and transfer process was nearly effortless - cheaper application fees than most of the other schools I had applied to, and once my application was submitted & then accepted, NAU representatives were quick to contact me in terms of accepting enrollment (planning college tour, what questions did I have, etc). Then once I accepted my enrollment to NAU, representatives were aware of my distance from the college. I was transferring/moving from Northern California so they were very accommodating when I said I was unable to make orientation in person. They put together an online orientation for me to attend and set up a skype/phone call appointment with a counselor to discuss curriculum pacing and courses I needed to take in order to obtain my Bachelors in Art Education within the appropriate time frame. The degree itself was very small - but the staff was incredible. I paced through this program, with the same group of ~25 other students and we all became very close. The leader of the Art Ed Dept, Pamela Stephens, made us all feel very "at home" and guided us through every step of the way with ease. All other professors in the arts department. Getting my placement for student teaching was also made super easy - I think being a part of such a small program made it easy to accomplish all the paperwork because one-on-one time with the professor was easily attainable. Something that is the "norm" for most, if not all, degrees at NAU. Help and support continued from staff even as I was completing my student teaching in Goodyear, AZ and was no longer in Flagstaff or on the Mountain Campus. I can honestly say that I was very fortunate to have each and every one of my professors at this University because they all truly care about the well-being and success of the entire student body. Not to mention they are all excellent educators in their respective fields. Overall, a wonderful and positive educational experience.

4 out of 5
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Degree: Chemistry
Graduation Year: 2016

Northern Arizona University has given me a great faculty, professors and student support that truly allowed me to become a critical, independent thinker. Thanks to the university, I was able to get into an amazing dental program at NYU and allow me to chase my lifelong dream to become a dentist! It helps that NAU is located in an amazing college town at the base of the tallest mountain in Arizona; and I like to think that the clean, thin air at high elevation (7000 ft!) has allowed me to gain a unique perspective!

4 out of 5
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Degree: Fine/Studio Arts, General
Graduation Year: 2014

I loved Northern Arizona Universities atmosphere and small class size. As a Studio Fine Arts Major, I loved the requirement to take other art forms for all four years besides your emphasis. I learned not only painting, but metal working, ceramics, printmaking and tons about drawing and 3 dimensional design. This equips you to not only be excellent at your own media of choice, but experienced with other mediums as well. I wish they would have spoken more about graduate programs that did not have to do with being an artist, such as my Art Therapy or Art Education and spent a little more time with alternative options since being an artist is not the easiest of careers. I absolutely adored attending Northern Arizona University for all four years, whether I lived on campus or off. It was a great experience and I would recommend it for anyone looking to live in a small town and make lasting friendships and connections.

4 out of 5
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Degree: Criminal Justice
Graduation Year: 2016

NAU is located in the heart of Flagstaff, AZ. A beautiful, little mountain town that flourishes around the university and the students that attend it. While the winters can be cold and snowy, the gorgeous San Francisco peaks radiate a type of beauty most can only dream of. Beyond the location of the campus, the professors here truly are hidden gems, with passion for their fields and a true desire to get through to the students they are teaching and pass their passions on. All-in-all, when I look back on my experiences at NAU, I wouldn't trade them for anything.

4 out of 5
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Degree: Exercise Science
Graduation Year: 2016

NAU is a place where students go not only for education but for a place to influence the rest of their lives. Flagstaff the home of NAU is a place where students can go to class one hour and then travel to the Grand Canyon or go skiing or snowboarding in the next hour. The opportunities for outdoor activities do not end there the campus itself has great places to take study breaks. The amenities at NAU include a new gym and Olympic pool training facility. NAU also has a goal of being environmentally friendly, and the first public school in Arizona to be tobacco free. Living on campus at NAU is definitely a recommendation for students the planned events are exceptional and they always make sure to help you feel at home while living in a residence hall. Classes in your major vary teacher to teacher in difficulty and interest. NAU offers a lot of great scholarships and financial aid options. The tuition is on the lower end of the tuition expense and living in Flagstaff is a great experience. Every school has it's good and bad qualities, but I think NAU offers a lot to all students who go there and should be a consideration when applying.

4 out of 5
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Degree: History
Graduation Year: 2016

Northern Arizona University is located in the beautiful city of Flagstaff, Arizona. To start, the city is amazing. The people are mostly friendly, the campus is well placed with an even better community. There are plenty of opportunities for students on and off campus to get involved in whatever passions they want. The campus itself is small enough that you can get around without stressing but also not too small that you feel cramped. The university has so many resources available its incredible. There's multiple bus lines, plenty of food on campus, a large library, and an amazing gym and pool. The professors (depending on what degree you're seeking) are generally incredibly well informed on the subjects they teach. Generally speaking the classes are challenging enough to make you work and think but not too difficult that you want to give up 24/7. The professors are always available to speak to you either about class work or your future goals with your life. The campus is so diverse and open minded that you will hardly ever be shut down in a class for speaking your mind, even if everyone else in the room disagrees with you. The array of classes available is also amazing for those who aren't quite sure what they want to do quite yet. The sports life and social activities put on directly by the university (or any of the clubs or organizations associated with it directly) are absolutely amazing and quite diverse. There is always something to do. Do be aware though that without a car your weekend activities and grocery options are quite limited!

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