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Northern Arizona University

How this student rated the school
Educational QualityF Faculty AccessibilityC-
Useful SchoolworkF Excess CompetitionF
Academic SuccessD+ Creativity/ InnovationC-
Individual ValueF University Resource UseF
Campus Aesthetics/ BeautyC- FriendlinessD
Campus MaintenanceD- Social LifeD-
Surrounding CityF Extra CurricularsD-
Describes the student body as:
Friendly, Afraid, Broken Spirit

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

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Date: Jun 30 2008
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BEWARE of this university. It truly lives up to its nickname:

NAU (Northern Arizona University)actually stands for

Not A University!

This is so very true. Very poor administration, advisers, professors, staff, etc. All this school cares about is the bottom line. They want $$$$$$$ and want to give nothing in return. They use and abuse students on a daily basis.

The few good professors are either leaving, looking for another job or will be retiring soon.

The degree programs are a joke. You either get told your degree means nothing or is worth very little once you are out in the job market. NAU is frowned upon by many employers and if you attempt to get your Masters at another school you are more than likely going to have to repeat many classes that you took at NAU. Why? Because they use lots of grad students to teach classes and sign off on those classes. Those class are not accepted on the Masters level…even at NAU itself. Yep..that's right. NAU will not honor some of its own classes if they were taught by a grad student which means you will be paying NAU twice for the same class. NAU IS A HUGE SCAM!

NAU is combining schools to save money, but aren't increasing the number of professors, majors, advisers, housing, etc.

Campus housing is deplorable with mold, poorly trained staff, heating and cooling problems, fires in dorms every year and much more. The cost is just below living off campus. The family housing is unacceptable and rundown. You can't get a roommate change unless that person chooese to leave or dies. Most of the dorms are old, dirty and disgusting. During the winter there is no snow/ice removal which results in many students with injuries. Be ready to pay for medical bills due to poor winter maintenance including the flu and colds because you won't have any hot water for weeks.

Don't even attempt to live off campus as Flagstaff is not student friendly. A one bedroom starts at $800 and goes up quickly. Cost of food, clothes, toiletries, etc …are out of sight. Living in this community will put you so far in debt you may never get out. The community does not support the students in any way. Instead it sucks the life out of students like a vampire. There is no industry with the exception of tourism and that is almost non-existent.

Run, run, run away from NAU. If you decide to attend NAU be sure that all your classes can transfer in and out of NAU. NAU will claim that many classes you have taken at another school don't transfer. Then they will make you take a ton of classes that later you will find out…won't transfer to another school as anything other than electives. NAU sucks! NAU truly is:


questionHi, my name is Anh and I'm a graduate High school student from Phoenix planning to attend an Arizona university in the Fall of 2010. My two choices are between ASU and NAU. I read your comment on NAU and I was just wondering how the environment and social atmosphere was like for you at NAU? If I head up to NAU, I would have to live in a dorm. Also, was the financial aspect of attending NAU demanding? For me, I have scholarships as well as grants to cover the majority of my expense at both universities. If you wouldn't mind taking the time to share some more of your experience at NAU it would greatly help me out on my decision and I'd love to hear your advice. Thanks in advance.
responseAfter having attended three semesters as a geographic information systems student, they suddenly changed the department and the graduation criteria. This meant nearly half of my coursework was flushed. My degree program morphed into some urban development hogwash; thus I have abandodn this crazy institution. They will soak you financially by having an online student pay 250 dollars for health and recreation; of course the tuition schedule is fixed so that you get screwed somehow, someway and everyday!
commentI agree! After doing two semesters at this totally pointless, poorly managed craptastic campus, I am now ruined financial aid wise. The classes will not transfer to any other college and once you attend, your financial aid at other institutions is burnt. Run FOrest run.
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