Northern Arizona University Reviews

  • 149 Reviews
  • Flagstaff (AZ)
  • Annual Tuition: $25,828
85% of 149 students said this degree improved their career prospects
86% of 149 students said they would recommend this school to others
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Student & Graduate Reviews

  • Reviewed: 8/5/2014
  • Degree: Social Work
"I'm currently a junior here at NAU. I bounced around between two majors and I honestly still am unsure what I'll be graduating with. Let me talk about two of the majors and they types of classes. I took 3 semesters worth of biology classes for my nursing major. I can tell you that I want to be a nurse more than anything in the world. In fact, the only reason I started another major was because here at NAU getting into the nursing program is near impossible in the first semester you apply. The biology classes I took were extremely hard. When you're taking 17 credits worth of classes and 9 of them are science, you have no time to breathe. I tried extremely hard and failed miserably in trying to get As in all my classes. It's not easy. I found myself down in the dumps for months frustrated with the fact that I probably won't get into the program any time soon. That's why I switched to Social Work. SW is a much easier major and the program doesn't have a limited amount of applicants it takes. I applied the first chance I got, before I had even finished taking my first SW class and got in. The over all major is about helping people of all walks of life no mater age, sex, gender, orientation, nationality, etc. I haven't found a class that was so hard that I found myself unable to comprehend the ideas. Right now my plan is to graduate with a degree in Social Work and go back to school in the future, probably out of state, for nursing. If you are lucky enough to make it into the nursing program here, I am sure it is fantastic. Good luck with everything when it comes to your college future!"
Natalie Lemire
  • Reviewed: 8/5/2014
  • Degree: Psychology
"NAU has a great school psych program. I am very well prepared in internship."
Ivy Loney
  • Reviewed: 8/5/2014
  • Degree: Psychology
"Northern Arizona University has a great social sciences department. My major was psychology and my minor was sociology. Almost every professor I had was engaging and genuinely cared about the students success. I worked hard to earn a 4.0 GPA but it wasn't an impossible work load. The campus is beautiful, nestled in the tall pines of northern Arizona. It is only a 2 hour drive from Sky Harbor Airport and metropolitan Phoenix. I took advantage of a summer study abroad program that was faculty lead and it was an experience I will never forget. I went on to graduate school at another university and the professors from NAU who helped me along my academic journey still check in from time to time. Flagstaff is a great place to live and NAU is an outstanding university, I would highly recommend it to anyone."
  • Reviewed: 8/5/2014
  • Degree: Visual Communications
"Visual Communications program does not adequately prepare for a career. You learn basic art and design skills. Outside of that, you don't learn marketing, how to communicate with clients. I learned a great deal of what I know by outside research."
Jeremiah Gloria
  • Reviewed: 7/24/2014
  • Degree: Communications
""This program is relatively new, but it is focused and we currently have a staff that is ready and willing to help any student looking for that help. The graduate program is based upon the student learning from themselves and in a lecture capacity as well. This hybrid is perfect for any student looking for employment opportunities after graduating.""
Marcelina Ryneal
  • Reviewed: 7/14/2014
  • Degree: Political Science
"The best part of my program are mentors who will fight for you. I have also learned a great deal from the rigorous study and high expectations. The one major drawback is that our department is shrinking due to budgetary cuts. We are in desperate need of more tenure-track lines."
Nicole Nokleby
  • Reviewed: 7/9/2014
  • Degree: Physical Therapy
"It is a good overall program. Teachers are concerned and involved. It is very affordable in comparison to other programs. The surrounding area of Flagstaff is a wonderful place to experience the outdoors (especially with Sedona and the Grand Canyon so close.)"
Adrian Venegas Mena
  • Reviewed: 7/7/2014
  • Degree: Education
"This is a really good program with 3 blocks in Pedagogy, Literature and Hispanic linguistics."
Steve Purkiss
  • Reviewed: 5/25/2014
  • Degree: Secondary Education
"NAU's Master's of Education: Secondary Education program prepared me for a career in teaching very well. The staff and professors were exceptionally knowledgeable and helpful. Through student teaching and the program, I was set up with employment immediately. If there were any cons, it would be that the program may be too accelerated for some students ."
Kelsey Gray
  • Reviewed: 5/1/2014
  • Degree: English
"The pros are that the program is small and very communal. The professors and advisors are always there to help and assist you in your professional career any way that they can. I honestly do not have any cons of my program. I knew what I was going in to, and NAU was my first choice for many reasons, and it lived up to them all."
Nichole Miller
  • Reviewed: 5/1/2014
  • Degree: Public Health
"I have nothing but good things to say about the program so far! The faculty and current students are all really nice and helpful. The building is amazing and all of the equipment is really good."
Justin Cummings
  • Reviewed: 3/13/2014
  • Degree: Electrical Engineering
"The university is not known as a engineering and sciences school, but the quality of the professors was well worth the time and effort I put in here during my 3.5 years."
mathew miller
  • Reviewed: 2/18/2014
  • Degree: Educational Leadership
"Nau has an extremely good program for educational leadership. The teaching staff is very strong and prepares students well. Support from advisors is lacking and it the major weakness of the program."
Melissa Goldberg
  • Reviewed: 1/10/2014
  • Degree: Anthropology
"NAU's Anthropology program is one of the best in Applied Anthropology in the country, as far as I can tell. The faculty are dedicated to sharing their applied knowledge and experience with students and ensuring that you leave ready to work as an anthropologist. Flagstaff is a great town and a classroom in and of itself. The only cons I would mention are that there are not (at least during my time here) abundant opportunities to actually conduct research alongside professors. That would have added value and more opportunities. However, the network and reputation the program provides are exceptional."
Heather Salzer
  • Reviewed: 1/2/2014
  • Degree: Physical Therapy
"The Physical Therapy program has amazing professors. A con is that there is not a whole lot of financial aid available."
Ashley McCabe
  • Reviewed: 11/23/2013
  • Degree: Physician Assistant
"I think the Physician Assistant grad program is one of the best in the state, not to mention the most cost effective compared to the other programs in-state."
Shannon Landry
  • Reviewed: 8/28/2013
  • Degree: Anthropology
"This program seems to give students what they expect when they arrive. Though there are a few things about the general university that are sub-par (transportation services on a massive campus!) this department is great. They have faculty who care and want you to learn and succeed in the future. There is no PhD program to take away from your needs and as long as you realize what that means going in (not as many resources, but more funding and time for YOU), you're likely to succeed."
Jessica King
  • Reviewed: 8/26/2013
  • Degree: Communications (Speech Pathology)
"The Clinical Speech-Language Pathology masters program at NAU offers practical learning experiences in a supportive environment. Research possibilities are also readily available. Most importantly, I feel at home in Flagstaff. It's a beautiful place with plenty of outdoor recreation and a great little downtown area."
Vicki Brumberg
  • Reviewed: 8/15/2013
  • Degree: Speech Pathology
"NAU's Speech Language Pathology program has excellent professors that inspire learning and leadership, and the department staff has been very helpful and welcoming. Living on campus in Flagstaff was the perfect setting for me, cooler climate and plenty of recreation. The summer program allows me to work full time during the school year. No cons."
Megan Zitsch
  • Reviewed: 7/1/2013
  • Degree: Communications (Speech Pathology)
"I feel that I am experiencing the same as many other programs. It's busy and intense but very rewarding with a lot of staff support and guidance and we'll leave with a successful career."