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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.

2021/2022 Placement

Host Payment
Home Payment

2022/2023 Placement

Host Payment
Home Payment

Learn more about Chance of Placement
and choosing alternate options.

Fast Facts

Location | Flagstaff
Population | 75,000
Enrollment | 29,000
Language | English
Calendar | Semester
Canada | Home & Host
Term Dates
Fall | 08/23-12/10
Spring | 01/13-05/07

Campus Diversity

1st Nation/Native | 3%
Asian | 2%
Black | 3%
Hawaiian/P.I. | 1%
Hispanic/Latino | 26%
Two or more | 5%
White | 55%
Other | 5%
International | 2%
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  • Campus Catalog
  • Priority: After campus students
  • Syllabus Request for Course Pre-Approval: Contact Host Coordinator for assistance
Closed Programs
Nursing, Dental Hygiene, Athletic Training

*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

  • Accounting
  • African Studies
  • American Studies
  • Ancient Studies
  • Animal Behavior and Ethology
  • Animation and Special Effects
  • Anthropology
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Archaeology
  • Art
  • Art Education
  • Art History
  • Artificial Intelligence and Robotics
  • Asian Studies
  • Astronomy
  • Biochemistry
  • Biology/Life Science
  • Biomedical Science
  • Botany/Plant Sciences
  • Business Management
  • Ceramic Art/Ceramics
  • Chemistry
  • Chinese
  • Choral Music
  • Civil Engineering
  • Communication
  • Communication Disorders
  • Communication Studies
  • Computer and Information Science
  • Computer Engineering
  • Computer Graphics
  • Construction Management
  • Criminal Justice
  • Criminology
  • Design
  • Digital Arts
  • Digital Communications and Media/Multimedia
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Earth Science
  • Ecology
  • Economics
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Elementary Education
  • English
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Environmental Health Engineering
  • Environmental Sciences
  • Epidemiology
  • Ethnic Studies
  • Exercise Science
  • Experimental Pathology
  • Film
  • Finance/Banking
  • Forestry
  • French
  • Geography
  • Geology
  • German
  • Gerontology
  • Graphic Design
  • History
  • Hospitality Management
  • Interior Design
  • International Relations
  • International Studies
  • Japanese
  • Journalism
  • Junior High/Middle School Education
  • Land Use Planning and Management
  • Latin American Studies
  • Marketing
  • Mathematics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Microbiology
  • Music
  • Music Education
  • Native American/American Indian Studies
  • Natural Resources Conservation
  • Naval Acrhitecture
  • Organizational Communications
  • Painting
  • Performance and Directing
  • Performing Arts: Voice
  • Philosophy
  • Photo Journalism
  • Photography
  • Physical Education
  • Physical Sciences
  • Physics
  • Physiology
  • Planetary and Space Sciences
  • Plant Pathology
  • Plant Science
  • Political Science
  • Printmaking
  • Psychology
  • Public Health
  • Recreation Management
  • Religious Studies/Theology
  • Sculpture
  • Secondary Education
  • Social Work
  • Sociology
  • Soil Science
  • Southeast Asian Studies
  • Spanish
  • Special Education
  • Speech Pathology and Audiology
  • Statistics
  • Studio Art
  • Sustainable Resource Management
  • Theater Arts/Drama/Acting
  • Tourism Management
  • Visual Arts
  • Water Management
  • Wildlife Biology
  • Women and Gender Studies
  • Zoology


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 accept on either

Tuition / Finances

Figures per Semester are current as of 06/30/21

  • 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 Students
  • Estimated cost: $6571.
  • 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 students.
Tuition and Fees - Home Payment 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 students.
Maximum Credit Hours Per Semester
  • Host Payment: 18
  • Home Payment: 18

Financial Aid - Host Payment
For Host Payment 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 Host Payment applicants U.S. federal financial aid may be available in the following programs:

  • Pell
  • Perkins
  • DL
Use FAFSA CODE: 001082

Financial Aid - Home Payment
For eligible Home Payment students, aid is awarded by and disbursed from your home campus.

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

Miscellaneous Fees - Per Semester

Purpose Amount Period Plan Status
Housing Deposit $175 Semester Host & Home Optional
ID Card $25 Year Host & Home Mandatory
Parking Fee $500 Semester Host & Home Optional
Honors Program Fee $100 Semester Host & Home Optional

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

Room / Meals

Figures are current as of 06/30/21

On-Campus Housing Per Semester
  • On-Campus Housing
  • 36% living on campus
  • Double: $3110
  • Per semester unless otherwise noted
  • On campus living is limited
Off-Campus Housing
  • 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

Notes About Meal Plans
Visit https://nau.edu/Dining/Meal-Plans/ for the variety of meal options available.


Figures per Semester are current as of 06/30/21

Purpose Amount Period Plan Status
Health Insurance $1200 Semester Home & Host Optional

Important Notes about Health Insurance
Incoming NSE students on J-1/F-1 visas will be automatically enrolled in NAU's health insurance for international students.

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


  • Immunization before registering
  • Immunization before residence hall move in
  • Health / accident insurance (encouraged)
  • Immunization: MMR (measles, mumps, rubella)

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