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Northern Arizona University (NAU) is a public research university with a main campus at the base of the San Francisco Peaks in Flagstaff, Arizona, a branch campus in Yuma, Arizona, and locations statewide. Governed by the Arizona Board of Regents and accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, the university offers 158 baccalaureate and graduate degree programs.
|Northern Arizona Normal School (1899-1925)
Northern Arizona State Teacher's College (1925-1929)
Arizona State Teacher's College at Flagstaff (1929-1945)
Arizona State College at Flagstaff (1945-1966)
|Arizona Board of Regents|
|Endowment||$180 million (2017)|
|President||Rita Hartung Cheng|
|Vice-president||Joanne Keene (Chief of Staff)|
|Provost||Daniel L. Kain|
|1,151 (full time)|
|Location||Flagstaff, Arizona, U.S.
707.62 acres (2.8636 km2)
|Colors||Blue and gold
|NCAA Division I
|Mascot||Louie the Lumberjack|
As of fall 2017, 31,057 students were enrolled, 22,376 at the Flagstaff campus. The average cost of tuition and fees for a full-time, Arizona resident undergraduate student for two semesters is $11,059, and out-of-state undergraduates will pay an estimated $24,841. NAU also participates in the Western Undergraduate Exchange Program, which offers lower tuition rates for students from the Western United States. For 2017–18, WUE tuition and fees are $16,078. NAU offers Flagstaff undergraduate students the Pledge Program, which guarantees the same tuition rate for four years.
According to the global university rankings published by the Times Higher Education in 2018, NAU ranked among the top 500 universities in the world and in the top 10 percent worldwide for the frequency of citations of its research by other researchers. The Center for World University Rankings places Northern Arizona in the top 2.9% of degree-granting institutions of higher education worldwide.
Initially named the Northern Arizona Normal School, the institution opened on September 11, 1899, with 23 students, two faculty members—one, Almon Nicholas Taylor, who was also the school president—and "two copies of Webster's International Dictionary bound in sheepskin" as teaching resources. The first graduating class, in 1901, consisted of four women who received credentials to teach in the Arizona Territory. In 1925, the Arizona State Legislature allowed the school, which was now called the Northern Arizona State Teachers College (ASTC), to grant bachelor of education degrees. In 1929, the school became Arizona State Teachers College at Flagstaff.
Also in 1929, the Great Depression struck the nation, and the ASTC found new meaning in community outreach. Rather than collapsing, the school endured through the depression. In fact, Grady Gammage, the school president at the time, described higher education as "a 'depression industry' that fared well in hard times." Despite financial difficulties, enrollment increased from 321 students to 535 students between 1930 and 1940, and graduate work was introduced in 1937.
ASTC provided an education during economically trying times, often creating jobs to help students afford their education; they worked in the school-owned dairy farm, in the campus kitchen and dining hall, and as newspaper deliverers. The self-sufficiency of the college helped conserve monetary resources, and it was a major contributor to the local economy of the surrounding Flagstaff community, injecting almost a half million dollars in 1938.
ASTC was known for its diverse student body and ethnic tolerance. In fact, the first Hopi to receive a college degree was Ida Mae Fredericks in 1939. Students came from rural farms, mining families, the East Coast, and points between. During the depression, lots of fraternities and clubs sprang up, reflecting the diversity of background and interests.
Enrollment dropped sharply at the beginning of World War II, dropping to 161 in 1945. During this time, ASTC became a Navy V-12 program training site. However, the end of World War II brought increased enrollment as returning veterans returned to continue their education.
The end of the war also expanded programs beyond teaching degrees, especially in the fields of art and science. To reflect this growth, the school changed its name to Arizona State College at Flagstaff in 1945 and, in 1958, became Arizona State College after the former Arizona State College at Tempe became Arizona State University. Also in 1958, the Forestry Program was introduced. With further growth over the next two decades, the Arizona Board of Regents granted Arizona State College university status as Northern Arizona University in 1966.
Perched at 6,950 feet (2,120 m) above sea level, and one of the highest-elevation four-year college campuses in the country, the main campus is surrounded by the largest contiguous ponderosa pine forest on the North American continent and enjoys a four-season climate. Snow is common in winter, with accumulations most prevalent in January, February, and March. Winter skiing is accessible at Arizona Snowbowl, an alpine ski resort located on the San Francisco Peaks, 7 miles (11 km) northwest of Flagstaff, with an average annual snowfall of 260 inches. Flagstaff was named the No. 3 top college town in the United States in 2017 by the American Institute of Economic Research.
NAU offers 93 bachelor's degree programs, 51 master's degree programs and 14 doctoral degree programs, along with 49 undergraduate and 30 graduate certificates. The university was charged by the Arizona Board of Regents in 2006 to develop innovative ways to provide access and affordability to all Arizona residents. NAU developed the Pledge Program and 2NAU partnerships with community colleges and NAU-Yavapai, a collaboration with Yavapai College in Prescott Valley, Arizona. NAU-Yuma's quarter-century partnership with Arizona Western College is nationally recognized as a model community college/university effort.
Statewide campuses, NAU Online and Personalized LearningEdit
Northern Arizona University is a public university accredited by the Higher Learning Commission North Central Association. In addition to the more than 22,000 students who study on the Flagstaff campus, NAU currently serves more than 8,000 students online and statewide. NAU offers 99 online accredited degree programs at more than 30 campuses throughout the state.
NAU is the first public university to offer a competency-based online degree program that allows students to earn credit for experience. Personalized Learning, launched in 2013, is an online, competency-based degree path. The program offers students access to a high-quality, self-paced, affordable college education. Personalized Learning has a flat fee for a six-month subscription and federal financial aid is available for the program. This subscription allows students access to their complete program's course material, and they have the flexibility to complete as many courses as they can throughout their six-month subscription. As of March 2018, NAU offers Personalized Learning degrees in computer information technology, liberal arts, management, small business administration, and nursing. The cost of a six-month subscription is $3,750 for the RN to BSN (nursing) program and $3,000 for all other programs.
NAU is the first university in Arizona to attain program accreditation from the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Educators (NCATE). Additional accreditation includes the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP), and the School of Hotel and Restaurant Management has earned accreditation from the Accreditation Commission for Programs in Hospitality Administration, an honor earned by less than 20 percent of the nation's baccalaureate degree-granting programs in the field. https://nau.edu/provost/accreditation/program-accreditations/
|Avg Freshman GPA||3.60||3.60||3.40||3.50||3.40|
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In the fall of 2017, the top undergraduate academic degree plans by enrollment were Biomedical Sciences, Criminology and Criminal Justice, Nursing, Nursing - Option for Registered Nurses, Mechanical Engineering, and Elementary Education.
College of Arts and LettersEdit
The College of Arts and Letters (CAL) houses the Asian Studies Program, Cinema Studies, Comparative Cultural Studies (formerly Humanities, Arts, and Religion), English, History, Latin American Studies, Modern Languages, Museum Studies, Philosophy, School of Art, School of Music, and Theatre. The college also oversees the NAU Art Museum, Martin-Springer Institute (promoting lessons of the Holocaust), Northern Arizona Writing Project, Ardrey Memorial Auditorium, and Ashurst Hall. The College of Arts and Letters Film Series has been providing quality classic films to the NAU and Flagstaff community for more than nine years. The NAU International Film Series has recently been established. CAL is also home to NAU's highly regarded doctoral program in Applied Linguistics. Department faculty and students share their scholarly work and artistic achievement through more than 300 performances, lectures, films, and exhibitions a year.
College of EducationEdit
The College of Education prepares educators, counselors, school psychologists, and school and higher education leaders. Fields of study include teaching and learning (e.g., early childhood, elementary, and secondary), educational leadership, educational psychology, and educational specialties (e.g., bilingual and multicultural education, career and technical education, educational technology, and special education).
College of Engineering, Forestry, and Natural SciencesEdit
The College of Engineering, Forestry, and Natural Sciences has ten departments and a seven centers and institutes.
College of Health and Human ServicesEdit
NAU's College of Health and Human Services consists of the School of Nursing, Health Sciences, Dental Hygiene, Communication Sciences and Disorders, Physical Therapy, and Athletic Training, and Occupational Therapy and Physician Assistant school based at the Phoenix Biomedical Campus (PBC) in Phoenix, Arizona.
College of Social and Behavioral SciencesEdit
The College of Social and Behavioral Sciences (SBS) undergraduate programs include Anthropology, Applied Indigenous Studies, Criminology and Criminal Justice, Ethnic Studies, Geography, Planning and Recreation, Politics and International Affairs, Psychological Sciences, Communication Studies, Sociology, Social Work, and Women's and Gender Studies.
The W.A. Franke College of BusinessEdit
The W.A. Franke College of Business's primary focus is undergraduate education, but it also offers master’s level education and research opportunities. Businessman Bill Franke's commitment of $25 million resulted in the renaming of the college in his honor. The W.A. Franke College of Business was fully re-accredited in fall 2008 by the national accrediting body AACSB International - The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. NAU's program is one of about 500 accredited programs among the more than 1,000 throughout the nation. In 2006, the college moved into a new 111,000-square-foot (10,300 m2), LEED-certified building.
The Graduate College offers programs in fields such as biotechnology, health, business, environmental and sustainable systems, and teaching. It offers 51 master’s degrees, 14 doctoral degrees, and more than 30 graduate certificates, both in-person and online.
Effective Summer 2016, the University College was dissolved.
University College acts as a portal for students to make an efficient, informed decision about pursuing a path for the future. Undergraduate students automatically become a part of University College when admitted to Northern Arizona University. Various programs, resources and support are offered to students, faculty and staff which include academic transition programs, the First Year Learning Initiative, and the Bachelor of University Studies degree program.
Northern Arizona University has 21 residence halls on its Flagstaff campus.
Freshman Connections residence hallsEdit
Available Freshman Connections halls include Allen Hall, Campbell Hall, Cowden Hall, Ernest Calderón Learning Community, Gabaldon Hall, McConnell Hall, Morton Hall, Reilly Hall, Sechrist Hall (an eight-story residence hall, making it the tallest building in Northern Arizona), Taylor Hall, Tinsley Hall, and Wilson Hall.
Upper division housingEdit
Upper division housing is available only to sophomores.
Gabaldon and Mountain View (Greek Students' Hall).
Campus apartments include Campus Heights, Gillenwater, McDonald, McKay Village, Pine Ridge Village, Raymond, Roseberry, and South Village.
NAU Partner Housing by American Campus CommunitiesEdit
Rising juniors and seniors currently living on campus have priority leasing status for university-partnered housing located on campus, but operated by American Campus Communities: The Suites, Hilltop Townhomes, and Skyview.
Student athletes compete at national, international, and professional levels in football, basketball, baseball, ice hockey, track and field, tennis, and swimming and diving. The university participates in fifteen intercollegiate sports programs. NAU teams compete at the Walkup Skydome, a multipurpose building providing facilities for football, basketball, indoor track and field, soccer, weight lifting, lacrosse, student recreation, major concert events, commencements, intramurals, and a variety of other university and community activities.
The Lumberjacks compete at the NCAA Division I level in all sports. In football, the Lumberjacks compete at the Football Championship Subdivision level (formerly known as Division I-AA). NAU competes in the Big Sky Conference in all sports except swimming and diving, which is part of the Western Athletic Conference.
Maya Kalle-Bentzur of Israel set the school outdoor long jump record at 20' 6" (6.10 metres), NAU records in both the women's indoor and outdoor long (20' 6".00) and triple jumps (41' 3".75), and 40' 5".00 in the indoor triple jump. She was an NCAA All American in 1984. In 1989 she was inducted into the NAU Athletic Hall of Fame.
Because of its altitude, the facilities are sometimes used for training by Olympic athletes (who will then go on to compete at sea level).
NAU has more than 400 recognized professional, academic, service and social organizations, an intramural sports program, The Lumberjack student newspaper, and active residence hall organizations.
In SBS’s School of Communion, the Media Innovation Center (MIC) hosts several immersive learning programs where students learn journalism and filmmaking in real-world settings. The center encourages the use of innovative technologies in journalism, giving students up-to-date, professional experience.
The university's award-winning, weekly newspaper is an independent, student-run publication called The Lumberjack. In May 2007, the newspaper won a Society of Professional Journalists national award in the editorial writing category for articles printed during 2006.
The MIC sports team is a multi-media organization allowing students to cover sports across Arizona for TV, online, social media, and print.
KLJX-LP, NAZ Today, UTV62, and MIC SportsEdit
Students produce NAZ Today, a daily TV newscast broadcast throughout northern Arizona, and cover news of NAU and he region for Jackcentral.com and social media, as well as a print edition circulated throughout Flagstaff.
KJack (KLJXLP, 107.1 FM) is a licensed radio station run by students of the School of Communication, giving them hands-on learning of the basics of radio and broadcasting.
NAU's televised news program, NAZ Today, airs Monday through Thursday in Flagstaff on NPG cable channel 4; formerly, it also aired on UniversityHouse (Dish Network channel 9411) until it folded. Since the shutdown of Channel 2 news in August 2008, NAZ Today is now the only TV news source for the Flagstaff area.
UTV Studios includes NAU's student-run film production studio and UTV 62, which runs 24 hours a day and seven days a week on channel 62 on campus. UTV Studios produces one or two short films each semester through its production unit, UTV Films. UTV Studios also produces and sponsors two student film festivals during the school year: the 73-Hour Film Festival in the fall, and the Northern Arizona University Student Film Festival in the spring.
The MIC Sports team is a multi-media organization allowing students to cover sports across Arizona for TV, online, social media, and print.
The NAU Recreation Center was remodeled in the fall of 2011, creating the NAU Health and Learning Center in its place. Features include an indoor jogging track, 38 foot climbing wall, larger weight room, multipurpose gym, and a cardio theatre. The Health and Learning Center also includes all of the on-campus medical services that were previously housed in the Fronske Health Center, a pharmacy, and the offices for Disability Resources on campus. It also features the only escalator in all of Northern Arizona.
Intramural sports are organized for teams and individuals and include flag football, soccer, volleyball, softball, racquetball, and backgammon. Sports clubs include baseball, rugby, soccer, hockey, lacrosse, Wushu, kendo and judo (martial arts), and water polo.
Movies and other eventsEdit
Unions and Student Activities offers many services and events for the campus community, such as movies and the popular Friday night AfterHours program produced by Sun Entertainment. SUN also presents concerts, comedians, free movies, trivia nights, dodgeball, and many other special events each year. The College of Arts and Letterspresents classic films every Tuesday night during the school year and more than 400 music and theatrical performances, lectures, films and art exhibitions yearly.
The NAU Alumni Association represents more than 160,000 alumni from the U.S.
Robin Braun, United States Navy Vice Admiral
Raúl Héctor Castro, Former Arizona governor, Former U.S. ambassador
Diana Gabaldon, New York Times Best Selling Author
R. C. Gorman, Native American artist
Lopez Lomong, South Sudanese-born American track and field athlete and Olympian
Rick Renzi, Arizona Congressman, District 1
The Arizona Cardinals of the NFL conducted their summer training camp at Northern Arizona University's Flagstaff campus for many years until 2013. The Cardinals left Flagstaff to conduct their camp in Glendale in 2013. Beginning in 2014, NAU entered into partnerships with the Phoenix Suns and the Phoenix Mercury of the NBA and WNBA respectively.
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