Northern Arizona University Reviews
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Facilities of the school do not accomodate the number of students they accept. Parking, Bus Transportation, Dining, Housing, Classrooms, Number of Teachers, Number of sections of a class that are offered, Class diversity/Elective/Major Electives offered (ie. very few of the classes in the course catalog are actually offered, many classes are fall only, spring only, offered every other year, etc.); These are all areas where the school is lacking. In addition, freshman and major advisors both do not provide very much assistance, and may actually lead you in the wrong direction or cause you to stay at the school longer than 4 years. Classrooms are horrible (I have had classrooms in basements, classrooms with no air conditioning, etc.) Classrooms are over filled; students may be sitting on the floor or standing for the first week or two of class. In addition, classroom size is not as it says on the website. For many engineering classes, the class ratio is 120:1 or 70:1, with few being 30:1. (I core CS class I took was 126:1) Dorm rooms are pretty standard other than some dorms dont have elevators and sometimes you will end up in a triple or quad; while they give you a reduced rate this can be incredibly inconvenient. You will wait in line for a long time for dining, especially in peak hours of the day. You wont have time to get lunch and eat during a 30 minute break. Meals are expensive (burritos are $8.50, sandwiches are $8, etc). Disability resources is a joke and the process to get accommodations is difficult. Good aspects are that teachers try to teach you. The bblearn website could be simplified, however, to make it easier for teachers and students. City and school choose incredibly inconvenient times to do renovations and said renovations will take who knows how long, they have been making renovations for the past 3 years since I got here. While this seems nice, you may experience lack of water in your dorm for multiple days, make shift dining options that give you food that isnt fresh, is cold, doesnt taste very good, etc., difficulty parking or poor transportation throughout campus for commuters, and more. Many processes, policies, and plans put into place have backwards logic or inconvenience students. Overall, many aspects of this school that were promised to me or were pivotal in my decision to come here did not meet my expectations in the slightest. For paying so much to attend, I expect a lot more from the school. As a prospective graduate student, I will not be furthering my education at this school and am actually considering transferring to finish my undergraduate degree somewhere else.
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 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.
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.
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.
I chose it because I wanted to stay in state. It wasn't as large as the other options but still allowed me to get the college experience. The campus was beautiful, had great campus life and offered a different cultural than I was used to. I enjoyed the liberal atmosphere that it was.
I was originally very excited to be able to attend NAU's Nursing Program. However, my experience turned out to be awful. This program is a joke. Many of the teachers have no education background and (while smart) lack the ability to truly teach. I have had to commute up to 4 hours in 1 day for "clinical." The school has no desire to actually work with their students and place them where they want. For clinical placements, I have been told by a professor to "suck it up" and she will put us wherever she feels like it. This is in spite of family obligations, marries, children. etc. Flagstaff is not large enough to accommodate their nursing students. Be prepared to travel and commute. For our public health rotation, there were many times where I felt unsafe going into someone's home BY MYSELF. There were also dangerous situations the school put us in during our mental health rotation. The staff is unorganized and many clinical rotations consist of our poor professors trying desperately just to find a place for us to go. I would not recommend this program to any future students.
I loved this college for the college experience, however when actually applying to medical schools this did not make the list for impressive colleges.
I loved my experience at NAU. Flagstaff is an amazing town to live it and really creates an atmosphere that really does elevate learning.
The W. A. Franke College of Business (FCB) at Northern Arizona University has great Management and Marketing professors and courses. (Finance not so much with the monotone, seemingly uninterested, and unreasonable professors). There is a lot of group work, meetings, and presentations for courses in the FCB, but overall acceptable and interesting. The building is one of the newer and updated ones on campus, with plenty of computers and seating available. The FCB advising office is lacking, but that seems to be the norm for NAU.