Northern Arizona University is a public institution that was founded in 1899. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 18,301, its setting is rural, and the campus size is 740 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Northern Arizona University’s ranking in the 2011 edition of Best Colleges is National Universities, Tier 2.


Northern Arizona University maintains campuses throughout Arizona offering alternatives to the traditional learning experience including evening, weekend and accelerated classes. The university offers more than 123 degree, certificate, and endorsement programs in person and/or on the web. Extended Campus students are learning in-person in classrooms across the state at 39 different locations throughout Arizona. One-third of Northern Arizona University students are served through the Extended Campuses program.

In fall 2010, the top undergraduate degrees by enrollment were elementary education, biology, hotel and restaurant management, nursing, and criminology and criminal justice.

Student athletes go on to compete at national, international, and professional levels in football, basketball, baseball, ice hockey, track and field, tennis, swimming and diving. The university participates in 15 intercollegiate sports programs.

NAU has more than 180 recognized professional, academic, service and social organizations; an intramural sports program; The Lumberjack student newspaper; and active residence hall organization.

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