Northern Arizona University Reviews

  • 89 Reviews
  • Flagstaff (AZ)
  • Annual Tuition: $25,828
84% of 89 students said this degree improved their career prospects
83% of 89 students said they would recommend this school to others
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Genesis Orozco
  • Reviewed: 12/11/2017
  • Degree: Criminal Justice
  • Graduation Year: 2016
"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."
School of horrors
  • Reviewed: 11/24/2017
  • Degree: Education
  • Graduation Year: 2017
"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."
  • Reviewed: 11/2/2017
  • Degree: Psychology
  • Graduation Year: 2021
"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."
  • Reviewed: 10/13/2017
  • Degree: Information Technology
  • Graduation Year: 2018
"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."
Fu Schnick
  • Reviewed: 9/24/2017
  • Degree: Education
  • Graduation Year: 1999
"I was honestly hoping for something worse but NAU disappointed me, everyone was friendly and extremely helpful. I didn't like how all my instructors were very encouraging and such, I wanted them to be mean and unhelpful. My colleagues were the worst, it was so easy to make friends, ugh it just disgusts me. If you're looking for a horrible school like I was, I would not recommend NAU."
Sarah Guinea
  • Reviewed: 9/12/2017
  • Degree: Psychology
  • Graduation Year: 2017
"Northern Arizona University is nestled in the beautiful mountain town of Flagstaff. Not only do you get education from amazing, passionate teachers but you also get the scenic beauty and commandery of the Flagstaff community. You get the excitement, spirit, and experiences of a bigger college but the small class sizes and one on one experiences with teachers that are valued in education. There are many resources, programs, and organizations to fit any needs or wants you may have. Overall, NAU is more than a college; it will be your second home. Go Jacks!"
  • Reviewed: 8/25/2017
  • Degree: Law
  • Graduation Year: 2013
"This school and everybody associated with it is nothing but a complete and utter joke. At times, the entire school felt like it was a scam. Sure, the advisors would do just about ANYTHING in order to get you to sign up. But as soon as I was enrolled, forget about it. I no longer mattered. The law program at the school? Barely taught me anything. I have no idea how it's even considered a school at all, considering that all I did was basically read from the textbook. I literally could have done that on my own. And it's not even just one class, but literally all of them. The teachers were a joke, too; they didn't do ANYTHING. You might as well just swallow a law book for all of the good it does you. Once I was actually enrolled, people became less than helpful towards me. I wanted to complain about my awful first semester, so I went to the office of the councilor that I'd spoken with before enrolling. It was literally empty. I tried to call her, and let's just say that the things that she said to me, if I'd said those things in literally any circumstance, my mom would have washed my mouth out with soap! Everybody who had seemed beyond friendly towards me before I'd enrolled suddenly turned into horrible trolls who wanted nothing at all to do with me. If you value your sanity, and enjoy actually learning rather than wasting thousands upon thousands of dollars, I would recommend just about literally anywhere else."
Nicole Harrington
  • Reviewed: 8/6/2017
  • Degree: Business
  • Graduation Year: 2017
"I attended NAU Personalized Learning program where I was able to complete my Bachelor of Science within 2 years. My experience in business assisted me in the platform that I was faced with while attending NAU online and I was able to complete coursework very quickly with ease. The instructors are very willing to offer feedback and guidance and the program overall is very well planned."
  • Reviewed: 7/6/2017
  • Degree: Marketing
  • Graduation Year: 2020
"NAU is a beautiful campus that has a lot of things to offer. There business program is onl progressing and the Greek life is great I have met a lot of people that will be in my wedding and learned a lot about myself in my freshman year. I will say the cops are a bit strict in Arizona but if your careful it's a great environment to be in with Sedona being so close and the Arizona snow bowl being Even closer. You won't be bored in the city of Flagstaff"
Guillermo Jimenez
  • Reviewed: 6/23/2017
  • 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!"
Emily Appleton
  • Reviewed: 5/16/2017
  • 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."
Karlee Manue
  • Reviewed: 5/15/2017
  • Degree: Special Education
  • 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."
Marleny DeLeon
  • Reviewed: 3/31/2017
  • Degree: Liberal 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."
Dana D
  • Reviewed: 3/20/2017
  • Degree: Teaching
  • 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."
Parth Savani
  • Reviewed: 3/20/2017
  • 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!"
Dakotah Cheyenne Acosta
  • Reviewed: 3/14/2017
  • Degree: Fine Arts
  • 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."
Jahsana Maluhialani Banks
  • Reviewed: 3/7/2017
  • 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."
K Cooper
  • Reviewed: 3/5/2017
  • 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."
Stephanie Dayton
  • Reviewed: 3/1/2017
  • 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!"
Steven F.
  • Reviewed: 2/15/2017
  • Degree: Liberal Arts
  • Graduation Year: 2016
"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."