Northern Arizona University Reviews
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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!
Northern Arizona University offers a unique competency based platform called "Personalized Learning". The platform is a up and coming development in higher education, and I was given an opportunity to obtain an undergraduate degree that I could earn on my own time. The subscription model is an incentive to students to finish their degree sooner, than later, and pay less in the end. My only issue with the Personalized Learning program was that I went through the program while it was in its infancy, and many of the "kinks" and "bugs" were still being worked out. The experience got better as time went on. Another one of my gripes was the change in how I interacted with my faculty mentor. Early on in the program, my Faculty Mentor was always available, but as the program grew and her student load grew, she became less available and began to interact with students only during office hours. This totally contradicts the Personalized Learning program's mission of providing accessible education to students, especially those who have life obligations such as a career or a family and may not be able to work during "office hours". All in all, this is a great program and do not let my scathing review of my personal experience deter you from interest in Northern Arizona University, as I feel NAU has a great deal of integrity and offers competitive degrees at reasonable costs.
Northern Arizona University was a great start to my college life. Everyone I dealt with was knowledgeable on how to help me succeed. There are so many programs on campus that are there to help you prepare for your career, you just need to sign up and the professors with the program will guide you into becoming a real professional.
The most important factor that attributes to my school's overall greatness is that availability of online courses/degrees. My entire bachelors degree was earned online and I loved the convenience of it. A variety of classes are also available. I also like that my school provides me with early enrollment because it allows me to register for the classes I need ahead of time.
I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at Northern Arizona University and have received great advisement. My major, Supply Chain Management and Logistics will take me about two years to complete and my advisor has walked me through each and every step to guide me down the right path. I have never had a bad experience with Northern Arizona University and would recommend this school to anyone. The classes I have taken so far have taught me so much pertaining my major and I can't wait to further my education here.
The program has gone from a total enrollment of ten students to SEVENTY. Beware. As with any business that experiences too-rapid growth, the quality of the instruction and the quality of the instructors has plummeted. Most in the program now will clearly tell you to run...not walk..., to a different choice, for your advanced practice studies. The professors are adjunct, with no teaching ability, no passion for their students, and no commitment to truly mentor and guide. In reality, there is no true teaching happening; your learning is dependent upon self-teaching in the textbooks and through your private purchase of FNP review courses. Clinical sites for students are scarce, and many in our program were left with substandard practice sites that were detrimental to their learning. There have also been numerous staffing and faculty "departures" that have been costly in continuity of information and program values.
When I first started my program of study in 2010, the department was restructuring the major to include more classroom exposure to the Teacher candidates BEFORE student teaching. This change made the program even more hands on and provided experience and great networking opportunities with the local teaching community. The department is constantly finding and implementing new methods of instruction and learning. If you thrive in an adapting and growing environment then this is the program for you.
NAU is located in a small town but has a lot to offer on and off campus. The university offers a large variety of majors and does its best to provide great resources for each college. As a science major I enjoyed the benefits of great lab equipment and supplies as well as computer labs available campus wide. The campus itself is beautiful and the city offers amazing weather. Snowboarding, hiking, bars, shopping are all available in this diverse college town. I enjoyed my four years at NAU and gained so many experiences in Flagstaff.
I chose it because I wanted to stay in state. It wasn't as large as the other options but still allowed me to get the college experience. The campus was beautiful, had great campus life and offered a different cultural than I was used to. I enjoyed the liberal atmosphere that it was.
I, like so many others, was hesitant about this school's online program as I have been burned before. I did all of my research about this school's program and only read good things and I also made sure it is regionally accredited. It's really the tuition that clinched it for me. It is absolutely the most affordable way to complete a degree online and I love the fact that it's a subscription and not credit based because they give you six months to complete as many lessons as you can so it's really up to the individual as to how much you complete. Also, if you can pass a pretest you don't have to do the lessons at all and you receive the credit. The tests are challenging and aside from the math are mostly essay based, with one long essay and up to 20 other short essay questions. However, you are allowed to use the resources from the lessons as long as you cite your sources. I learned so much through my program and I would do it again in a second. I wish they offered the Master's degree I need because I would definitely sign up! You are assigned a personal mentor that always answered my question either the same day or the next depending on the time difference (I live on the east coast). Professors are more than willing to help and all of my questions were always answered within a day. I highly recommend this school if you are after either a B.A. or B.S. in Liberal Arts, Information Technology or Small Business Administration however they are actively developing new degrees. I check back often just in case.