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Northern Arizona University
English Name: Northern Arizona University
Region: Northern America
Country: USA
Found Year: 1899
Address: South San Francisco Street
Website: http://

Founded in 1899, Northern Arizona University is one of three state universities in Arizona with the main campus in Flagstaff, more than two dozen statewide campuses, and flexible online learning offerings—NAU has more than 30 years of experience and expertise in online education and was among the first universities nationwide to offer online education. Across its multiple educational delivery platforms, NAU offers 151 combined undergraduate and graduate degree programs, all distinguished by an ongoing commitment to every student’s success. NAU encompasses eight colleges that cover disciplines in arts and letters, education, business, environment, informatics, engineering, forestry, natural and applied sciences, health and human services, and social and behavioral sciences. In fall 2017, NAU served 31,057 students, with 22,740 students enrolled at the Flagstaff Mountain Campus and another 8,317 students attending classes online or at one of NAU’s many statewide locations.


For more than a century, NAU has fostered a collaborative community and a student-centered approach that engages both undergraduate and graduate students in active research and professional growth. In 2017, nearly 3,000 students participated in research and internships. NAU students work closely with faculty mentors in small classes (the average ratio of students to faculty is 19-to-1), participating in rigorous scholarly activities involving research in the arts, business, education, the humanities, and the sciences. Surrounded by a spectacular natural laboratory and steeped in a rich history, the NAU Flagstaff Mountain Campus has nurtured a dynamic culture of academic inquiry and excellence that permeates through our statewide campuses and online programs.


The Flagstaff Mountain Campus is at 7,000 feet, making it one of the highest elevation college campuses in the country. Nestled in the world’s largest ponderosa pine forest, Flagstaff is consistently rated as one of the best college towns in the country for its high quality of living, clean air, healthy community, and easy access to outdoor adventure. Flagstaff is the first International Dark Sky City, and researchers benefit from local observatories. The region’s mountains, canyons, deserts, lava fields, prairies, forests, and clear skies provide a spectacular living laboratory for NAU faculty and students to engage in cutting-edge research across multiple disciplines.


As a high-research institution, NAU conducts significant research in land management and climate sciences, microbiology, astronomy and planetary sciences, and health sciences. As our research increases in bioengineering, the human microbiome, informatics and cyber systems, our interdisciplinary collaborations increase across the university and the region for solutions that improve the quality of lives locally and globally.


NAU is ranked in the top 10 percent worldwide for the frequency that others cite our work. (The World University Rankings.) NAU’s world-renowned research centers and institutes address critical human needs and provide sustainable solutions to pressing problems.


NAU research centers and institutes:

·        Center for American Indian Resilience

·        Center for Bioengineering Innovation

·        Center for Ecosystem Science and Society

·        Center for Health Equity Research

·        Ecological Restoration Institute

·        Family Violence Institute

·        Institute for Human Development

·        Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals

·        Landscape Conservation Initiative

·        Merriam-Powell Center for Environmental Research

·        Partnership for Native American Cancer Prevention

·        Pathogen and Microbiome Institute


The Center for American Indian Resilience promotes health and wellness by examining the role of traditional knowledge and cultural strategies in teaching healthy behaviors. Research at the Pathogen and Microbiome Institute focuses on understanding microorganisms, and a team of students and faculty from the institute discovered the source of anthrax-tainted heroin in Scotland.


NAU’s multiple institutes and research centers leverage private-sector partnerships to provide students unique opportunities for career development. Our research generates inventions, and NAU Innovations facilitates the transfer of these inventions to the private sector, transforming discoveries into solutions that have local and global impacts.


The U.S. Department of Energy designated NAU as the Western Regional Center of the National Institute for Climatic Change Research. The university’s Sustainable Energy Laboratory is a leader in providing students instructional research opportunities in renewable energy, specifically wind mapping and wind integration. In addition to research into climate science, NAU is committed to sustainable practices across campus with more than a dozen Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified buildings. The university has also invested in alternative fuels, recycling, and large-scale composting.


NAU students participate in 400 professional, academic, service, sports, and social organizations. The NAU Lumberjacks compete at the NCAA Division I level in 15 sports, and NAU competes in the Big Sky Conference in all sports except swimming and diving, now part of the Western Athletic Conference. Our men’s cross country team completed a perfect 2017 season with a second consecutive win at the NCAA Division 1 National Championship.


NAU takes pride in its nationally ranked programs and its emergence as a leader in sustainability, science, business, arts, and social sciences. Quality programs, outstanding faculty, world-renowned researchers, and dedicated students collaboratively shape a locally vital, nationally recognized institution of higher learning. Every day, Northern Arizona University goes above and beyond to provide students exceptional learning experiences and opportunities, making a positive impact on Arizona and beyond.

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