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Northern Arizona University Data & Information Overview

Find out more about how Northern Arizona University ranks, how diverse it is, what majors it offers, and other essential facts below. All you need to do to learn more about a stat is click on its tile, and you'll be taken to another page that analyzes that data more closely. Also, you can use the links below to scroll to any section of this page.

How Well Is Northern Arizona University Ranked?

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2020 Rankings

In its yearly rankings, College Factual analyzes over 2,000 colleges and universities to determine which ones are the best in a variety of categories, such as overall value, quality, diversity, which schools are the best for each major, and much more.

Northern Arizona University was awarded 99 badges in the 2020 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is parks, recreation, leisure, and fitness studies.

Overall Quality

According to College Factual's 2020 analysis, NAU is ranked #903 out of 1,727 schools in the nation that were analyzed for overall quality.

Out of the 20 colleges in Arizona, NAU is ranked at #8.

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Is It Hard to Get Into NAU?

Acceptance Rate

Northern Arizona University has an acceptance rate of 81%, which makes it somewhat selective. Make sure it's not the only school you apply to, even if it's your school of choice. Whether you get in or not will largely depend on how you compare to other applicants.

Learn more about Northern Arizona University admissions.

Northern Arizona University Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

At Northern Arizona University, the student to faculty ratio is 19 to 1. Compared to the national average of 15 to 1, this is somewhat high. This could mean that class sizes may be larger than they are at other colleges or universities or that professors may be required to teach more classes.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

In addition to the student to faculty ratio, some people look at what percentage of faculty members are full-time as a sign of how much time professors will be able to spend with their students. This is because part-time teachers may not be be on campus as much as their full-time counterparts.

The full-time faculty percentage at Northern Arizona University is 66%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  66 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Northern Arizona University

Freshmen Retention Rate

Northern Arizona University has a freshmen retention rate of 76%. That's a good sign that full-time students like the school and their professors enough to want to stick around for another year. It's also a sign that the admissions team did a good job in choosing applicants who were a good fit for the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  76 out of 100

Graduation Rate

The on-time graduation rate is the percent of first-time, full-time students who get their bachelor's degree with four years. At NAU this rate is 33%, which is about average when compared to the national rate of 33.3%.

On-Time Graduation Rate  33 out of 100

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Excellent Overall Diversity at NAU

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 27,084 undergraduates at NAU with 21,990 being full-time and 5,094 being part-time.

NAU Diversity Score

College Factual computes an overall diversity score for each college and university that takes gender, ethnicity, geographic location, and age into account. Schools with the best mixtures of students with respect to these factors are ranked the highest, and those that cater to just one or two student groups are ranked the lowest.

With an overall score of 86.59 out of 100, NAU is one of the most diverse schools in the nation.

Overall Diversity Score  86.59 out of 100
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How Much Does Northern Arizona University Cost?

The overall average net price of NAU is $14,789. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for NAU

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$11,653 $11,662 $14,325 $17,974 $20,109

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of NAU, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. At NAU, approximately 50% of students took out student loans averaging $6,202 a year. That adds up to $24,808 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at NAU is 7.4%. Although this is lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, you'll still want to keep this in mind when taking out student loans.

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How Much Money Do NAU Graduates Make?

Although some majors pay more than others, students who graduate from NAU with a bachelor's degree go on to jobs where they make an average salary of $40,100 in their early years. This is right on par with the average college graduate's salary of $40,800 per year. Also, graduates in your major field may make more.


See which majors at Northern Arizona University make the most money.

Location of Northern Arizona University

Northern Arizona University is a public institution located in Flagstaff, Arizona. The surrounding area of the school is a good match for students who enjoy city life.

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Location of Northern Arizona University

Contact details for NAU are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 1900 S Knoles Dr, Babbitt Administrative Center, Room 200, Flagstaff, AZ 86011-4092
Phone: 928-523-9011

Northern Arizona University Majors

During the 2017-2018 academic year, students from 91 majors graduated from Northern Arizona University. Of these students, 6,189 received undergraduate degrees and 1,372 graduated with a master's or doctor's degree. The following table lists the most popular undergraduate majors along with the average salary graduates from those majors make.

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
Nursing 625 $61,500
Liberal Arts General Studies 574 $35,500
General Biology 375 $28,300
Business Administration & Management 342 $42,400
Teacher Education Grade Specific 307 $36,000
Criminology 268 $31,900
Public Health 257 $36,800
Hospitality Management 254 $36,000
General Psychology 242 $28,100
Mechanical Engineering 185 $55,500

Learn more about the majors offered at Northern Arizona University along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

Online Learning at NAU

Online learning is becoming popular at even the oldest colleges and universities in the United States. Not only are online classes great for returning adults with busy schedules, they are also frequented by a growing number of traditional students.

In 2017-2018, 13,328 students took at least one online class at Northern Arizona University. This is an increase from the 13,094 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2017-2018 13,328 6,304
2016-2017 13,094 6,594
2015-2016 12,906 6,402
2014-2015 11,769 5,933
2013-2014 10,502 5,101

Learn more about online learning at Northern Arizona University.

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