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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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.