Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff
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If you want a great history lesson about Northern Arizona University you need to visit Riordan Mansion right next to campus. One of the oldest Universities in The State of Arizona which now competes f... read more »
My Daughter has attending NAU for 2 years now. The campus is amazing, the community even more so. We love it up here, and it give me an excuse to get out of the desert for a weekend. So much to see an... read more »
I'm an intern here until december, and the campus is beautiful and the architecture is amazing. The traffic is very bad at some points. The only bad thing about it. Love it here.
I transferred from a university to NAU for their online extended campus. I can proudly say that I have received the best education from NAU. I have never felt so much challenged through academics and developed great skills from passing those challenges. I am proud of where I got my education because I truly feel like an independent woman today thanks to the great educational system, support of teachers and learning opportunities available made throughout the school.
tl;dr The campus is beautiful but with poor management and overzealous expansion. Now the long version, I am a Flagstaff local and attended NAU for two years before leaving for literally anywhere else. The school has a great grounds-keeping department and whoever is in charge of the gardening deserves the highest praise as the whole place looks great. The actual running of the college though I can only assume was left to a team of highly trained orangutans... tuition is overpriced but that is a problem with all universities now, the biggest issue is the ridiculous cost of things like housing, parking, and other "nickle and dime" items. A parking pass for the year costs as much as a course in it's own right and even if you have one good luck finding a spot as most of the parking lots have been removed (more on that in a second). Unless you live in the over-priced and under maintained campus housing then expect to either ride the bus or bike onto campus in two feet of snow. The source of many of NAU's problems comes from it's overzealous admissions department, the college had 21,000 students at it's Flagstaff campus last year (almost a third the population of the town itself) and the bureaucracy of the school is not able to handle the strain. Classes are often huge and many times student's cannot get into the class they need or ending up with an over worked professor who doesn't have time to offer any of the personal attention that usually sets them apart from a k-12 teacher. On-campus housing is also a joke as in a mad rush to get more students (read tuition income) new dorms and apartments are being thrown up left and right with no regard for planning or quality often replacing existing buildings or as previously mentioned tearing up much needed parking lots.
I completed my entire bachelor's degree at NAU during 2007-2011. I know NAU has changed a lot since I was enrolled, but it's still a great university with a lot to offer. The Student Learning Centers provide free tutoring, the professors are mostly friendly and knowledgeable, and of course the location is beautiful. Granted, much of the staff working for parking services and food vendors are rude and greedy, but the university itself deserves 5/5 stars. Those were some of the best times of my life, and it's where my wife and I fell in love!
The school is decent, I've had a spectrum of instructors from the no tolerance whatsoever , must see it their way or you fail the class, to the friendly nice caring professors who actually care about their students. If you plan on going to NAU though, count housing out, they have a terrible housing life and reps. The RA's literally disrespect you, the reps you call cannot assist you and have this fake sarcastic helpful tone, and thats if you are lucky to get housing after your freshmen year. Goodluck.
NAU is in a strangely beautiful spot in northern Arizona. It has a great campus, but has disappointingly low rankings in academics.
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