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I loved the small feel of NAU's campus. Not just the cooler weather, but the old-town feel of the architecture and the environment on and off campus. It's a great place to find yourself. The campus is easy to navigate and the public bus system is great. I spent most of my time on North or Central campus, so I do not know much about South campus. I do know that the classes and course work are appropriate for what is expected of you and it is a very supportive campus.
I took the management emphasis which is essentially useless unless you manage to get a good internship(s) where they teach you applicable skills that are lacking at NAU. I'm sure the other emphasis areas may be better for the job market, however the faculty has fooled themselves (despite complaints from students) into thinking the curriculum they established is what the market needs. The market requires harder science classes. They have watered down this program with irrelevant classes and compared with a specialized science such as chemistry or environmental engineering, the Environmental Science students simply do not compete. I can only speak for the management emphasis but I felt mislead upon picking this because they mention how many electives you can take. I felt I could customize my education and pick from a variety of harder science classes, however I found it to be a rather small selection of classes that would be considered Liberal Arts (i.e. Environmental communication, Environmental Ethics, etc.). They should think about making a more challenging core curriculum for Environmental Science and focus more on natural resources management, atmospheric science, geology, chemistry, mathematics, economics, etc.
I attended the extended campus at Chandler Gilbert Community College. The education program was amazing, all the staff and professors have been very helpful and I felt like they truly cared about all of us. I feel prepared to enter into the career field as teacher because of NAU.
I would recommend perspectives students pursuing a degree in Elementary Education to attend Northern Arizona University. I would recommend this school and degree program because the content given and learned through the courses has allowed me to be the most prepared in becoming a successful teacher. Learning through real-world applications by being placed in various schools with multiple teachers which provides knowledge about the different styles of teaching. As well as learning to teach to a wide variety of students by understanding their needs and how to help them grow to become successful students that make an impact in society. Learning from instructors who have been teachers before and have specific knowledge about the topic they are teaching with effective strategies to implement in the classroom. The course materials at Northern Arizona University gave me the confidence to be this teacher for myself and my future students.
Northern Arizona University is a bargain for the wonderful and rich education you will receive if you choose to attend this University. The class sizes are small (though they were growing towards the end of my time at NAU due to an initiative at the state level) and the professors are knowledgeable, approachable, and helpful. The campus community is strong and inclusive, and the surrounding town of Flagstaff is beautiful, friendly, and something from a time bygone. The academics are rigorous, but you will receive the help and support you need, especially if you take the opportunity to seek it out. Living on campus was an experience that I will never forget, and my time in the dorms are some of the happiest and most memorable to date. I would highly recommend this University if you want an affordable, intimate, challenging education, and a fun and memorable college experience! Go Lumberjacks!
The psychology program is one of the most personal programs I have ever encountered. The teachers genuinely care about their students and desire to see them grow. They have many opportunities such as internships and research opportunities that will prepare each person for the future. The psychology program is geared toward helping each person know where their places are in the field. I personally had the opportunity to take part in these research and internship opportunities and realized the depth and breadth that a career in psychology has. It truly inspired me to make a difference in the world and to understand the value of every human. This program was one of the best choices I have ever made.
There are a lot of wonderful things about Northern Arizona University and the Criminal Justice program. One of the best things was the tight-knit community where you got to grow with those majoring in the same degree as you. However, one thing to take into account is the housing situation and how hard it can be for upper class-men to find a place to live.
Want mentors who vanish? Lack of records? Online classes that cost thousands per class and yet barely cover any academic materials? You may get one sentence reply on an assignment. Maybe. Want scattered financial records? Charges for classes you didn't take? Well, go to NAU, the worst of the three colleges I have attended. I have two BAs and an MA from other unis. This school is uniquely horrific. I left and will not return. It is. It worth finishing.
This university is horrible. They treat you horrible, especially when you have financial issues. That is all I have to say about that. They don't allow you to sign up for classes or housing when you previously have holds on your account, even if you get the hold taken down.
I think most of the other reviewers were correct, very unprofessional. When I started I was told my "mentor" would contact me regularly, but this particular subscription I haven't heard from her once. Also some of the professors seem like they don't even read any of my submissions. For instance, I handed in an essay and was given the score of 76, meaning I had to redo and resubmit. I ended up adding one more citation to the several already in the paper and handed it in again. I eventually heard back a month later with the score of 98. It's amazing how adding one quotation can raise my grade to an A. This isn't the first time I had to wait over a month to get my paper graded. Also getting feedback on your projects can be like pulling teeth. It seems like they delay you in anyway possible to siphon more money out of you. This will be my last subscription. I have wasted enough money on this school.