Northern Arizona University

Northern Arizona University Data & Information Overview

Get the facts about Northern Arizona University. Learn how it ranks, what majors it offers, how diverse it is, and much more. If you're interested in learning more about a particular stat, just click on its tile to go to a new page that covers the topic more in-depth. Also, you can jump to any section of this page by clicking one of the links below.

How Well Is Northern Arizona University Ranked?

2022 Rankings

College Factual recognizes the best colleges and universities in its annual rankings. These rankings include categories for best overall colleges, best colleges for each major, best value schools, and much more.

Northern Arizona University was awarded 319 badges in the 2022 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is liberal arts / sciences and humanities.

Overall Quality

College Factual ranked NAU as #1,019 out of 2,576 colleges and universities in the country on its 2022 Best Colleges list.

NAU is also ranked #13 out of 30 schools in Arizona.

See all of the rankings for Northern Arizona University.

Is It Hard to Get Into NAU?

Acceptance Rate

When it comes to admittance, Northern Arizona University is somewhat selective. Its acceptance rate is 81%, which means you'll face some strong competition during the admissions process. Do what you can to make your application stand out.

Learn more about Northern Arizona University admissions.

Northern Arizona University Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

The student to faculty ratio at Northern Arizona University is 19 to 1, which is high when compared to the national average of 15 to 1. This may indicate that some of your classes will be larger in size than they would be at other schools. However, upper level classes will probably be smaller.

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 78%. 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  78 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

Find out more about the retention and graduation rates at Northern Arizona University.

Northern Arizona University Undergraduate Student Diversity

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 26,511 undergraduates at NAU with 21,731 being full-time and 4,780 being part-time.

How Much Does Northern Arizona University Cost?

The overall average net price of NAU is $12,915. 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 +
$9,251 $9,799 $12,675 $16,535 $18,652

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

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At NAU, approximately 50% of students took out student loans averaging $5,822 a year. That adds up to $23,288 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at NAU is 6.8%. 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?

Yearly salaries vary depending on what you major in, but on average, bachelor's degree recipients from NAU make around $40,100 per year during the early years of their employment. This is right on par with the average college graduate's salary of $39,802 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 situated in Flagstaff, Arizona. The location of NAU is great for students who prefer living in an urban area.

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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 most recent year for which we have data, students from 86 majors graduated from Northern Arizona University. Of these students, 6,399 received undergraduate degrees and 1,489 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
Liberal Arts General Studies 546 $35,500
Nursing 526 $61,500
General Biology 445 $28,300
Business Administration & Management 372 $42,400
General Psychology 314 $28,100
Teacher Education Grade Specific 309 $36,000
Public Health 306 $36,800
Criminology 270 $31,900
Hospitality Management 209 $36,000
Finance & Financial Management 176 $44,800

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 options are becoming more and more popular at American colleges and universities. Online classes are great for students who have busy schedules or for those who just want to study on their own time.

In 2018-2019, 14,098 students took at least one online class at Northern Arizona University. This is an increase from the 13,328 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2018-2019 14,098 6,183
2017-2018 13,328 6,304
2016-2017 13,094 6,594
2015-2016 12,906 6,402
2013-2014 10,502 5,101

Learn more about online learning at Northern Arizona University.

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Notes and References


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.


More about our data sources and methodologies.

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