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Northern Arizona University

How this student rated the school
Educational QualityF Faculty AccessibilityF
Useful SchoolworkF Excess CompetitionF
Academic SuccessF Creativity/ InnovationF
Individual ValueF University Resource UseF
Campus Aesthetics/ BeautyC+ FriendlinessF
Campus MaintenanceC+ Social LifeF
Surrounding CityF Extra CurricularsF
Describes the student body as:
Afraid, Arrogant, Broken Spirit, Violent, Snooty, Closeminded

Describes the faculty as:
Arrogant, Condescending, Unhelpful, Self Absorbed

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Date: Dec 25 2009
Major: English (This Major's Salary over time)
I am a senior at NAU and I would not recommend this university for anyone who plans to attend a university out-of-state. If you are an in-state student, then attending NAU might be a good way for you to save money, but if you have the money to invest, spend it on a better university.

Before I get bashed by NAU veterans, let me take some time to explain why I wouldn't recommend this university to people that live out of state. I have lived in Arizona for most of my life. I have a passion for learning and initially was very excited about attending NAU. I started at a two-year college because it was affordable and could be worked around my 2-3 job schedule.

When I first transferred to NAU after getting my Associates degree, there was no one to advise me on what classes I should take or even to make me feel welcome in the university setting. I had to get all of the information on my own. I went to a student orientation which somehow cheated me out of $40 I did not have. The orientation didn't tell me anything about registering for classes or any other vital information about university life. Everything I learned about NAU I learned from teachers and other students. Fortunately, through word of mouth, I was finally able to meet with an adviser and get my degree program sorted out.

I was supposed to graduate in the Spring semester of this year, but come to find out at the beginning of the semester that I had to 'prove I was a university student' because I transferred from a two-year college. Now I have to take six extra classes, even though I already have all of the credits for my degree program earned, in order to get 'university hours.' No one ever told me that I had to make these university hours up after transferring from a two-year college and now it is hindering many of the plans I had after my expected graduation date, including teaching English in Japan with the JET Program.

Most of the teachers I have had at NAU have been very strict and rude, with the exception of a few who I value because teachers like them are hard to find at this university. One of these good teachers has become my mentor and my primary adviser. I have also found the majority of the students to be rude or stuck up, probably because they do not understand the value of working hard for something because mommy and daddy pays for all of their textbooks, living expenses, and tuition costs. That must be nice for them. I have to work 2-3 jobs just to afford to attend this university. Even with my busy work schedule, I still manage to be nice to people, even when they are unkind to me.

One thing I will say is that the staff at the NAU bookstore are generally very nice and helpful. The staff members at Cline Library are also very helpful. All other branches of NAU are unorganized, and the staff members within the majority of the departments are rude. I think the worst thing about NAU students and staff members is the attitude they have toward people that have transferred from a two-year college. People generally look down on me because I did, but if you want to know the honest truth, I learned more at my two-year college than I ever have at NAU. The staff and students at my two-year college were friendly and made me feel welcomed, unlike the staff and students at NAU. There is a reason why NAU is often called "Not A University." At first I thought people were just being over-dramatic but now I know all too well that Northern Arizona University is a horrible school.

There was recently a news program which said NAU was not graduating students because they were fat. I have also heard stories about NAU professors ganging up and discriminating against students in various programs because they did not fit in. This semester I had a professor who openly professed his disliked for me on a regular basis, and wrote such a scathing comment on my final paper that it borders on harassment. I would really like to present this comment to the education board and see him fired from his position as the department head, but as he has tenure, it is very unlikely anything will change, even if I did invest time in registering a complaint.

I hope people won't think I am a horrible person for writing all of this, but I need to tell people the truth. I really wish I could go on a major news station and tell everyone all of the horrible personal experiences I have had with NAU, as well as all of the stories I have heard from staff members and students who actually have a good attitude, but have been crucified because of their kindness toward others.

In short, I would not recommend NAU to anyone, but if you are like me and work multiple jobs to afford your education, it might be your only option as an Arizona resident. If you have any questions about my personal experiences at NAU or want to know more about some of the other stories people have told me, please e-mail me at and I will give you an honest evaluation of the school; something they don't put in their pristine welcome brochures.

questionHi, I would love to hear more about your experiences at NAU because I actually might be going there. I definitely want to know the worst of the worst before I leave california
responseHello there! Concerning your choice to attend NAU, it really depends on your preference. NAU is not the best choice for a university in terms of education, professors, or interaction with other students, but it you are willing to overlook these things and work hard, then it shouldn't matter. If you are getting a tuition cut for attending the university or attending it on a scholarship, you should definitely take the offer because university is a lot of money and you shouldn't take the opportunity for granted. If you have other choices for a university and other scholarship offers, I would take them before attending NAU. There isn't much to do in the Flagstaff area unless you are into the outdoors, which I am, but even then, you will most likely be focusing on your studies and won't have the time to drive three hours to the Grand Canyon or visit some of the other landmarks. There isn't much to do in the town itself except go shopping downtown, go to the mall, and hang out at Walmart or Denny's. Most of the people at NAU are kind of hard to approach in my experience (at least in my department) which I guess motivates you to study and not get distracted but at the same time can be hard when trying to work on group projects, which teachers at the university are keen on giving to their students. I hope that this helps you make an informed decision. Please let me know if you have any other questions.
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  • questionWhoaa group projects?? is this like a continuation of high school? haha
    I want to go there to become a nurse because california is so impacted. i'm driving with my father this weekend to see the school. is there anything you would suggest going to see so i can get a real view of what college would be like there? I want to see the worst dorms & classrooms..I don't trust the faculty/student led tours. ps. is there an in-n-out or target?
    responseI would take a tour of the nurse/ medical facility. The people won't ask you why you are there. Ask someone on-campus where the nurse facility is, and kind of walk around and see what is going on with the classes. You might even want to talk to an adviser with your dad in the medical/ nurse building, because usually the department advisers are a lot better than the university ones.

    I am not too sure about what dorms are the best, but you might consider an honors dorm because they are usually cleaner and have more consideration for the residents. You may also consider staying in one of the apartment dorms on campus, which will offer you more freedom and privacy.

    There is no In-N-Out but there is a Target. The Target is by Hastings Entertainment, Bookman's, and Micheal's. I hope that all of this helped you out. If you have any more questions, feel free to ask.

    responseAhh okay thank you so much! :)
    responseYou are very welcome. I am always happy to help.
    questionThe most important thing I am looking for in a college is an academic and intellectual environment where the students are really dedicated to their studies and eager to learn. Unfortunately, I am realizing that out-of-state schools are going to be unaffordable unless I get something like a $20,000 scholarship. Yeah. So I pretty much refuse to go to ASU and U of A because they are both party schools, not to mention HUGE. I want a solid education, and big class sizes are not going to provide that. Also, they are in the desert. Enough said. My point is, would you say NAU is severely lacking an academic atmosphere?
    commentHeyy I visited NAU and everyone was fantastic. The people all seem so happy and content with NAU. The school was beautiful, but the nursing program looked like it hadn't seen a change since the 60s and the program was a bit disorganized…so disappointing. :( but for my first two years i could see it being a great school to make lifelong friends and just have a good time. but the surrouding city? wtf. it was like two streets of "nightlife" hahaha
    questionI plan on attending NAU in fall 2011. Do you know what the English program is like? I'd like to major in English and minor in Psych, but am unsure…

    Your review really concerned me, as I sort of have my heart set on NAU, due to financial and personal issues. I do not want community college for any reason.

    Appreciate it. :)

    questionHey! I got my admissions letter to NAU and was quite happy about it. But after reading your review on it, I am a bit concerned. I do want to have a good time and experience an out of state college but not if it's going to be bad. go? or no go? i'm torn at this point.
    What is the biggest size lecture classes they have? Are we talking like 400 to a class room? Is the average class size really 29 students. I'm planning to visit this weekend, but I am also considering going to a much smaller school of 4,000 students. Any insight? Thanks
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