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Northern Arizona University

Flagstaff, AZ



  1. Rated as the #3 best college town in the nation.
  2. Learn about the stars in the world's first International Dark Sky city.
  3. Surrounded by one of the most ecologically diverse natural labs in the world.

About This Campus

There really is something about studying in the mountains. We can't say if it's the effect of all that fresh air on your brain, or the inspiration of being so close to the stars. What we do know is that Northern Arizona University will definitely change you for the better. Almost as soon as you get here, you'll have bigger ideas. You'll make (and act on) bigger plans. You'll want to move mountains. Not every university can offer you this kind of personally transforming environment. We can, and you'll experience it in all kinds of ways: the wide variety of courses that open up new worlds for you, the professors who challenge and support you, and the research projects and internships that let you apply what you learn.

Location Information

Situated near the base of the San Francisco Peaks at 7,000 feet, you will definitely feel the high altitude. Flagstaff and NAU are surrounded by over 800 cinder cones and the world's largest contiguous ponderosa pine forest. We are a hub for outdoor adventures with the Grand Canyon one and a half hours north, the red rocks of Sedona 45 minutes south, and the AZ Snowbowl 15 minutes from town. So come join us and laugh at sea level from our beautiful forest town!

Helpful Information

Flagstaff is a bike friendly community. You can check out a bike on-campus from the Yellow Bike Program http://nau.edu/Green-NAU/Yellow-Bike-Program/. The on-campus shuttle was expanded in 2012 that links students to off-campus locations (such as downtown). Mt Line provides bus transportation throughout Flagstaff.

2020/2021 Placement

Host Payment (A)
Home Payment (B)

2021/2022 Placement

Host Payment (A)
Home Payment (B)

Learn more about Chance of Placement
and choosing alternate options.

Fast Facts

Location | Flagstaff
Population | 75,000
Enrollment | 30,000
Language | English
Calendar | Semester
Canada | Home (B)
Term Dates
Fall | 08/26-12/12
Spring | 01/13-05/07

Campus Diversity

White | 61%
Black | 3%
Hispanic/Latino | 21%
Asian | 2%
Native/1st Nation | 3%
Hawaiian/P.I. | 1%
Two or more | 5%
Other | 4%
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-- Campus Catalog --

Registration Priority
  • After campus students
Closed Programs
Nursing, Dental Hygiene, Athletic Training, Creative Media & Film

*Limited classes in the following majors: Elementary Education, Music, Music Education, Music Performance *Music Programs: A second, higher application is required for admission into all music programs as well as a mandatory audition. To learn more about the additional requirements for all music programs, please visit http://nau.edu/CAL/Music/Degrees *Course Fees: Some special courses such as art, engineering or science may require extra registration fees, which are the responsibility of the student. *Business Majors: All 300 and 400 level business courses require a $300 fee each semester to be a part of the Business Professional Program in The W.A. Franke College of Business regardless of Plan A or B. *Graduate Students: Must be pre-approved by NAU department. *Hotel & Restaurant Management (HRM): Elective courses will vary according to semester and availability.

Notable Academic Programs

  • Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Hotel/Restaurant Management
  • Forestry
  • Business
  • Environmental Sciences

Unique Academic Programs

  • Native American Studies
  • Parks Administration and Management
  • Hotel/Restaurant Management

Special Programs

Honors Access: Yes
RA Exchange: Yes
Study Abroad Access: Yes

Undergraduate Majors Open to NSE Students
Agriculture: Land Resources, Life Sciences, Plant and Soil Systems, Plant Genetics, Plant Pathology, Plant Resource Sciences, Plant Science, Soil Science, Water Management

Anthropology: American Indian Studies, Anthropology, Archaeology, Ethnic Studies

Area Studies: African Studies, American Multicultural Studies, American Studies, Art Studies, Asian Studies, Chinese Studies (minor), Gender, Ethnicity and Multicultural Studies, International Studies, Japanese Studies (minor), Latin American Studies, Multi-Ethnic Studies, Native American Studies, Southwest Studies

Art/Design/Fine Art: Art, Art Education, Art History, Ceramic Art/Ceramics, Commercial and Advertising Art, Computer Graphics, Design, Design Technology, Digital Arts, Graphic Design, Interior Design, Media Arts, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, Sculpture, Studio Art, Theater Art, Visual Arts

Athletics: Exercise Science, Physical Education

Biological Sciences: Biology/Life Science, Botany/Plant Sciences, Microbiology, Physiology, Wildlife Biology, Zoology

Business: Accounting, Business, Finance/Banking, Management, Marketing

Chemistry: Biochemistry, Chemistry, Environmental Chemistry

Communications: Communication, Electronic Media, Electronic Media and Culture, Film, Journalism, Organizational Communication, Photo Journalism, Visual Communication Technology, Visual Design/Web Media

Criminal Justice: Criminal Justice, Criminology, Systems of Justice

Earth Sciences: Astronomy, Earth Science, Geohydrology, Geology, Physical Sciences, Planetary and Space Sciences, Science

Economics: Economics

Education: Early Childhood, Elementary Education, English, French, Junior High/Middle School, Mathematics, Music, Physical Education, Science, Secondary Education, Social Science Education, Spanish, Special Education

Engineering: Civil and Environmental Engineering, Civil Engineering, Computer Engineering, Construction Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Mechanical Engineering

English: English

Environmental Studies: Environmental Engineering, Environmental Management, Environmental Sciences, Environmental Studies, Fire Science, Natural Resources, Natural Resources/Science/Management, Sustainability Studies

Food Science: Food Services Management

Forestry: Forestry

General Studies: Arts and Science, Gender Studies, Humanities, Interdisciplinary Studies, Liberal Studies, Natural Sciences, Social Sciences

Geography and Urban Studies: Applied Geography, Applied Indigenous Studies, Cartography, Environmental Planning, Geography, Planning, Spatial Geographic Information Science

Geology: Geology

Health and Safety Sciences: Exercise Science, Gerontology, Health Science, Public Health, Wellness and Alternative Medicine

History: History

Hospitality and Tourism: Hospitality Management, Hotel/Restaurant Management

Industrial Studies: Construction Management

Information Studies: Applied Computer Science, Computer Information Systems, Computer Science

International Studies: International Relations, International Studies

Languages: Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Languages, Navajo, Spanish

Mathematics: Applied Mathematics, Mathematics, Mathematics-Physics, Statistics

Military Sciences: Air Force ROTC, Army ROTC

Music: Choral Music

Performing Arts: Choral Music, Music, Music Education, Music Performance, Performance, Theater Arts/Drama

Philosophy/Religious Studies: Asian Religions and Culture, Philosophy, Religious Studies

Physics: Physics

Political Science: American Political Science, International Affairs/Relations, International Studies, Political Science

Psychology: Psychology

Recreation: Outdoor Education, Parks Administration and Management, Recreation

Sociology/Social Work: Gender Studies, Social Work, Sociology, Women and Gender Studies, Womens Studies

Speech Pathology and Audiology: Speech Pathology and Audiology

Technology: Computer Engineering Technology, Electrical Engineering Technology

Theater: Performance and Directing


Quick Links GPA and Other Academic Requirements
  • 2.5 GPA
Exchange Preferences
  • Full-year exchange Accepted
  • Single term exchange Accepted
Mid-Year Exchange (Exchange that begins with the Spring/Winter Term)
  • Available
Non-Native English Speakers
  • TOEFL: must have a score of N/A paper, N/A computer or 70.00 Internet
  • IELTS: must have a score of 6.00
Summer Exchange
  • Not available
International Students (Visa Students)
  • Will not accept

Tuition / Fees

-- Campus Budget --
  • Fees are subject to change without notice.
  • Two semesters = one academic year
  • Three quarters = one academic year
Tuition and Fees Per Semester - Host Payment (Plan A) Students
  • Figures are current as of 12/18/19.
  • Estimated cost: $5948.
  • Expect 5-15% increase for the subsequent academic year.
  • Figures are based on 15 hours. Actual costs may be greater or less depending upon your actual enrollment.
  • Figures do not include costs you will incur for course specific enrollment (e.g., laboratory courses, student teaching, studio art)
  • See below for credit hour restrictions and/or miscellaneous fees applicable to Host Payment (Plan A) students.
Tuition and Fees - Home Payment (Plan B) Students
  • No tuition/fees are paid to the host campus.
  • Figures do not include costs you will incur for course specific enrollment (e.g., laboratory courses, student teaching, studio art)
  • See below for credit hour restrictions and/or miscellaneous fees applicable to Home Payment (Plan B) students.
Maximum Credit Hours Per Semester
  • Host Payment (Plan A): 18
  • Home Payment (Plan B): 18
Miscellaneous Fees - Per Semester
Figures are current as of 12/18/19.

Purpose Amount Period Plan Status
NSE Program Fee $50 Semester Plan A & B Mandatory
Housing Deposit $175 Semester Plan A & B Optional
Health Insurance $1200 Semester Plan A & B Optional
ID Card $25 Year Plan A & B Mandatory
Parking Fee $500 Semester Plan A & B Optional
Honors Program Fee $100 Semester Plan A & B Optional

Important Notes: Housing application fee ($100) Housing deposit ($175) if you live on-campus.

Exchange with Canada - Health Insurance
Students must purchase campus health insurance at $2,500 per semester.

Financial Aid

Host Payment (Plan A)
For Plan A U.S. students, aid is awarded by and disbursed from your host campus. Students apply for federally funded financial aid by using the FAFSA code of their host campus. Host campuses award aid to eligible incoming Plan A students on a first-come, first-served basis as long as funds are available. Ask your home campus NSE coordinator if your campus awards aid to their own outgoing students. If so, do not apply for aid from your host campus.

For eligible Plan A applicants U.S. federal financial aid may be available in the following programs:

  • Pell
  • Perkins
  • DL
Use FAFSA CODE: 001082

Home Payment (Plan B)
For eligible Plan B students, aid is awarded by and disbursed from your home campus.

Regardless of Payment Plan, students exchanging to or from Canada, apply for financial aid at their home campus.

Room / Meals

Figures are current as of 12/18/19

On-Campus Housing Per Semester
  • 36% living on campus
  • Double: $3110
  • Per semester unless otherwise noted
  • On campus living is limited
Off-Campus Housing
  • Approximate monthly cost: $600
  • Proximity to campus: .5-7 miles
  • Local Public Transportation Available to Campus
Notes About Housing
Housing fills to capacity every semester. We currently have an on-campus housing shortage. If you plan to live on-campus you should submit your housing application at the earliest date available. (Note: Please contact me for any detailed and up to date information) This date is determined by Residence Life. The contract for living on-campus is for a full academic year (both fall and spring semesters) or spring only. If you are at NAU for fall semester only you will need to provide documentation to Residence Life and complete a form from their office at the end of fall semester to be released from your housing contract. Students staying for fall semester only pay 60% of annual housing cost(this may show up as an additional charge for Fall only students).

Meal Plans Per Semester

  • Meal purchase is not required for on campus living.
  • $2700 per semester for 19 meals per week.
  • $2450 per semester for 14 meals per week.
  • $2300 per semester for 10 meals per week.
Notes About Meal Plans
Visit https://nau.edu/Dining/Meal-Plans/ for the variety of meal options available.

All data in this document is the responsibility of the campus and has been provided by the campus NSE coordinator.
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