Northern Arizona University Reviews

3.69 out of 5 stars
(88 Reviews)
  • Flagstaff (AZ)
  • Annual Tuition: $25,828
84% of 88 students said this degree improved their career prospects
84% of 88 students said they would recommend this school to others
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1.8 out of 5 stars
Joann Byrd - 12/6/2020
Degree: Business Administration
Graduation Year: 2020
"The MBA program at NAU is a bad joke. The bad joke is on the students. Seriously, I advise you to look elsewhere. Maybe the University of Arizona or one of the colleges in California? It just seemed like high-school all over again. NAU is big on all of the typical stuff, students cheating, professors not caring, problems with parking/university transportation, etc. NAU is really disappointing. I had high expectations. I graded from high school and with my BS degree with very high grades. I could have gone "almost" anywhere. This will go down as one of the biggest mistakes of my life."
1.3 out of 5 stars
Johnny T. Perez - 4/1/2020
Degree: Communications
Graduation Year: 2020
"Let's be honest, the surrounding environment is amazing. The education is NOT. I spent the last four years trying to prepare myself for a career only to find out that my classes have taught me nothing. Instructors expect you to write to their personal agenda, assignments have no value, and rarely do students have the opportunity to seek out their own interests. As a student who attended/participated in almost every on-campus academic fair, career expo, and research symposium... I can say with confidence that this campus offers little to academic growth. Capstone experiences are nothing more than lectures, instructors are less than helpful, and our assignments are designed not to further our understanding but to pass students. I am extremely disappointed with my experience at NAU and I would not recommend any prospective high school senior or transfer student to consider this university. For those who would like an example of what I mean, allow me to share my experience with one of my major core classes: I was required to write an essay about how all law enforcement agents (regardless of demographics) promote the white agenda and should be disbanded to promote public welfare in a class that was suppose to focus on communication theory. As a Hispanic student who comes from a family of police officers, I found this asinine and completely ridiculous; the class had nothing to do with government or politics. Needless to say, this was not the first time I experienced a situation where my assignment had nothing to do with the class or that the topic of discussion derailed into a lecture on the instructor's personal philosophy. All in all, what did I learn from my classes from NAU? Nothing. What can I apply from my classes into my career? Nothing. If I can summarize Northern Arizona University into a single sentence, it would be this: You don't come here for an education, you come here for an easy diploma."
2.9 out of 5 stars
Mattson Heidemann - 3/2/2020
Degree: Construction Management
Graduation Year: 2022
"I would not recommend going to NAU to ANYONE. The culture here is rotten to the core and it starts with Rita Chang spending our money for her own personal gain. In addition there is very limited opportunity for campus involvement. Limited sports, unresponsive clubs, and a Greek life that is oppressed. The sports are no fun to support because the stadium is empty any time they play. I reached out to three clubs I thought I might want to join and got no response from any of them. Made it really difficult to make friends as a freshman. So I joined Greek life and enjoyed it. Until campus stripped ya of our resources and picked us apart multiple times for different “violations” that they seemingly made up. One of them was for having a disagreement amongst new members about which power tool to use. My one opportunity to make friends and enjoy my time at college was taken from me and ruined. I would NEVER go here if you have any other choice. The only benefit is the scholarship they offer. Other than that you may as well be going to a community college."
2.0 out of 5 stars
P. Fuller - 12/21/2019
Degree: Fine Arts
Graduation Year: 2020
"I've yet to investigate the source of a report made not to my benefit for"disrupting the educational process". I was a B+ student for more than 3 years with no conflict whatsoever. Conceivably that I am old enough to be considered a professor or parent there was age discrimination. Now as a Flagstaff resident and one who used the library regularly am banned from the campus by their police. I have received no response from the appeals department. who is disrupting the educational process? Another question might be whether the police are interested in representing the school and its students. I am friends with a previous assistant dean and his wife, professor there at the same time. Perhaps their influence could make a dent. Until then I will seek other schools though I don't forget!"
3.7 out of 5 stars
Chanty - 12/19/2019
Degree: Biomedical Sciences
Graduation Year: 2018
"I obtained my degree in biomedical sciences with a minor of chemistry and had an overall great experience. NAU is an already large school that is growing rapidly and if you aren't ready for that it can be overwhelming. The campus is laid out beautifully right in the middle of Flagstaff. I would rate the intro classes mediocre mainly because the sizes of the intro classes are well over 100. Once you get past the intro classes, I loved all of my classes and found them super interesting. This seems to be a trend in big schools and there for I think this is something to be prepared of if you are going to a big public University. Probably the most helpful thing NAU offered me were the supplement instruction (SI) sessions which made those big classes, and later on, hard classes, easier to digest and learn the material."
5.0 out of 5 stars
Neal Glover - 11/9/2019
Degree: Speech Pathology
Graduation Year: 2016
"I had a wonderful experience at NAU. The degree that I earned has more than prepared me for my future career. I love the fact that NAU provides a great deal of support and instruction for their students. They are very caring and attend to the needs of each individual students. NAU offers a wide variety of majors. They even have a video array of online degree options. NAU also has a low cost of tuition when compared to other public institutions. I would recommend NAU to any student looking for a quality education."
2.9 out of 5 stars
Shelly - 11/6/2019
Degree: Visual Communications
Graduation Year: 2016
"Northern Arizona University is a large university with a small-town feel. I received a Bachelor of Fine Arts, Visual Communication with an emphasis in Graphic Design in 2016. The program I entered was fairly rigorous and diverse. The senior capstone lacked in assistance with job placement and design challenges. After graduating, I learned more about my field in my job than when I was in school. Many design classes had us teaching ourselves using tutorials. I sometimes feel like I could have become a graphic designer by watching tutorials on YouTube. I could have saved so much money! I am grateful for the degree and it does help with the job search. Just having a degree boosts your chances of getting an interview and better pay. Overall, I enjoyed my college experience and did expand my network."
5.0 out of 5 stars
MKX - 10/27/2019
Degree: Speech Pathology
Graduation Year: 2016
"NAU is an awesome school. The faculty and staff are very supportive and are willing to help anyone who needs it. You can tell that NAU truly cares from its students. I am very happy with my education there and would recommend NAU to anyone. I look back fondly on my experience there."
3.7 out of 5 stars
Benjamin Martin - 9/27/2019
Degree: Spanish
Graduation Year: 2015
"Something that I truly loved about NAU is that despite all of the madness that you can find on a college campus, it felt like home to me. I met hundreds of people during my time there and I would have to say that the staff at NAU was always professional, understanding and helpful. My counselor's always had a let's get it done attitude and they really believed in me throughout my years there. If you ever get the change to work with Ed Hood, he is one of my personal favorites!"
4.7 out of 5 stars
Kaylee McClaine - 9/17/2019
Degree: Psychology
Graduation Year: 2019
"I attended NAU online while working 12 hour days to support my family. NAU online's flexible scheduling made it easy to study while working. The classes and professors were supportive of me, and they also provided me lots of resources for post-graduation."

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