Northern Arizona University

norther arizona universityNorthern Arizona University, also known as NAU, was established back in 1899 and is located in Flagstaff, Arizona, surrounded by the largest contiguous ponderosa forest in North America. NAU enjoys a four season climate, including snow during their winter season. This allows winter skiing just seven miles north of Flagstaff at an alpine ski resort.  NAU has 36 different campuses in the State of Arizona. They offer both undergraduate and graduate degrees. The Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education classifies NAU as a research university with high research activity where students and faculty work together to solve issues that impact our region, nation, and world, offering solutions like alternative energy and minority healthcare.   

Programs Offered

NAU offers more than 150 degree programs. These include 91 Bachelor’s degree programs, 49 Master’s degree programs and 11 Doctoral degree programs, along with 38 undergraduate and 26 graduate certificates.   NAU’s extended Campuses offer 99 online accredited degree programs between their 36 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.   NAU has established a powerful legacy of educating students to help them make a difference in the world. Many of their programs include education, biology, engineering, forestry, physical therapy, hotel and restaurant management, nursing, environmental sustainability, criminology and criminal justice.


Northern Arizona is a member of the Big Sky Conference (except for swimming and diving which is part of the Western Athletic Conference), and is Part of the 15 NCAA Division I programs. Student athletes complete at a national, international, and professional level in football, basketball, baseball, ice hockey, track and field, tennis and swimming and diving. Other sports offered are cross country, indoor and outdoor track and field, Golf, Soccer, lacrosse, weight lifting, and volleyball. They have a Walk-up Sky Dome, a multipurpose building providing facilities for various sports, student recreation, major concert events, commencements, intramurals, and variety of other university and community activities.  Since their campus is 6,950 feet above sea level, their facilities are sometimes used for training by Olympic athletes. Their mascot is Louie the Lumberjack and their school colors are Blue and Sage green.

Campus Traditions

Northern Arizona University has a wide variety of traditions that they preserve.  One of these include a family weekend.  This allows families of the students to come visit and experience life at the university.  They participate in activities such as live entertainment, a pre-game barbeque, football game, casino night, and a Sunday brunch.  Another of these traditions is known as Greek Week.  Greek Week is filled with activities and philanthropy projects. The fraternities and sororities raise money during the week that is given to local and national charities.   And during their Homecoming week, they welcome back alumni to the campus to enjoy a week of activities ranging from a bonfire and pep rally, alumni awards, Homecoming day parade, and the Mr. Lumberjack pageant where male students compete in a mock beauty pageant to show their Homecoming pride.   They also provide Cultural traditions such as Native American, Asian-Pacific American, African-American, and Hispanic Heritage Celebrations.

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