Flagstaff, AZ
Northern Arizona University


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Recent Reviews

Sarah
Describe the students at your school.

My classmates are very diverse; if you don't like people who are different than you, this isn't the right school for you.

Describe the students at your school.

My classmates are very diverse; if you don't like people who are different than you, this isn't the right school for you.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Don't sweat the small stuff. A "B" is still passing and will still get you your degree. Just remember to pay attention and prioritse wisely.

What kind of person should not attend this school?

People who either not firm in what they believe or are not willing to see other options.

Samantha
Describe your favorite campus traditions.

My school is best known for being an outdoorsy environment with opprotunities to go skiing/snowboarding, hiking, mountain bik...

Describe your favorite campus traditions.

My school is best known for being an outdoorsy environment with opprotunities to go skiing/snowboarding, hiking, mountain biking, camping, and many other outdoor activities. Northern Arizona University is also well known for their forestry, park & recreational, and construction programs.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

I would not go back in time and talk to myself as a high school senior. I believe I was mentally prepared for the college experience, and anything that I did learn in the first year was an experience that I was meant to undertake. It is my opinion that everyone should take risks and experience life for themselves. If I had told myself exactly what to be prepared for, I do not think I would have learned as much as I did from the experience. I also do not think I would have grown as much as a human being. Human beings learn from trial and error, and without these failures, we do not grow or become stronger individuals. I believe it is from my many experiences living overseas and having to move frequently with my father in the military that I was able to grow and become the strong individual I am today. This is why I think I was more prepared for the college experience and for the possible failures that I had to overcome during that first year. Today, I sit patiently with a 3.9 waiting for many other challenges to come my way.

What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

I wish I had known that many students at this university are not hard working and driven. I also wish I had known that this school was very liberal and not very open minded to those who do not share the same political view.

shelby
Describe your favorite campus traditions.

Northern Arizona University is none for its friendly environment and arts & Letters College. It's very green friendly and it'...

Describe your favorite campus traditions.

Northern Arizona University is none for its friendly environment and arts & Letters College. It's very green friendly and it's also known for the weather in the area which is snowy almost half the year around.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

I would suggest to be prepaird it's not an easy transaction expescially if you lived in a small town like i did your whole life. but I would also say go out and have fun and enjoy it because you'll never get this experience again so don't let it slip away just enjoy what you are doing and keep focus on your studies and you'll do fine!

What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

It has to be that there is snow on the ground from the October to almost may, other then that I adore my school and would never want to attend anywhere else.

Kirsten
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Knowing the shy, reserved me of my high school days, I think the best advice I could give myself is to never be afraid to bra...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Knowing the shy, reserved me of my high school days, I think the best advice I could give myself is to never be afraid to branch out and allow yourself to open up and allow yourself to enjoy the opportunities as they come. Allow yourself open up enough to be social to help you enjoy the college experience without allowing it to dominate your life. Outside of being social, and outside of being academic, keep contributing and applying yourself with new ideas or ways that could later benefit you in the long run degree or careerwise. Experimenting with ideas and paths is key to coming up with something original and fresh that may move you forward and beyond your classmates.

What's unique about your campus?

the school's resources for students. the computer labs, tutoring, library, and the student body make it very easy to be a successful student at NAU

Anna
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

I would encourage high school students to take as great a variety of classes as they can. Learn about music, art, and litera...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

I would encourage high school students to take as great a variety of classes as they can. Learn about music, art, and literature, as well as science, math, and government. Learn with deep understanding, and do not just memorize for the test. Once in college, the requirements to focus on one or two areas increases and there might not be an opportunity until much later, for them to explore and broaden their interests. I believe that knowledge grows with each new bit of information learned and processed, and shapes who we are. I believe the goal of education is to teach students to think and how to think critically. It is incumbent upon the student, however, to be an active participant in this process. Education should open students' eyes to the world, inviting them into an experiential process of discovery - each step serving as a building block to the next - that will continue for a lifetime. High school is a perfect time to open those doors to new interests and begin really establishing a web of knowledge. Make high school a true learning experience and not simply a pre-employment technical school.

What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

I lived in Flagstaff all my life, so the weather was not a surprise; for those not familiar: pack a coat. Regarding school, I wish I had been more knowledgeable about the library and outside resources which would enhance my understanding in my major study area. This was before internet, when the library was an important tool, but I have had library service introductions in other schools, even in the days of online databases, and have found them most valuable. I believe some information of this sort should be provided as part of an enrollment packet.

What do you brag about most when you tell your friends about your school?

It would be difficult to find a school better-located for an academic major in anthropology. The rich Native American history in the area is accessible to the campus for archaeological digs; the area is a virtual laboratory for pursuing linguistics studies and social anthropology research; outside resources such as the Museum of Northern Arizona, the Heard Museum in nearby Phoenix, and the University of Arizona in Tucson augment any anthropological study. Student diversity at NAU provided wonderful cultural growth and the Flagstaff area also offers some of the best hiking - think Grand Canyon - and mountain biking in the country.

Autumn
Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

It's a smaller campus, perfect size in my opinion. The classes are smaller. It's super easy to make friends here but not be s...

Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

It's a smaller campus, perfect size in my opinion. The classes are smaller. It's super easy to make friends here but not be surrounded by the same people all the time.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Pace yourself. You tend to put a lot of emphasis on "getting ahead" in both school and activities. School comes first and friends shouldn't interfere with that. That said, make sure you know what you're getting into before you jump in feet first.

What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

I have experienced trouble with financial aid. They misundertsand a lot of what the student says and do what is best for the university, not the student. I have lost over 12,000 worth of financial aid and may not be able to stay enrolled next semester. The only other option is to gain scholarships or take out private loans.

Samantha
Describe the students at your school.

They are all very nice and accepting of where you come from and where you've been. There is not one person on campus who wil...

Describe the students at your school.

They are all very nice and accepting of where you come from and where you've been. There is not one person on campus who will not say hi to you and if you look confused or are in need of help they are very helpful. You form a lot of friendships while your here especially with people in your degree program and with those who are not in them. You'd definetly love it here especially when it snows.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

You may think college is all fun and games but its not only that, it's an experience that a small percentage don't get to experience. Right now, as high school students are getting ready to graduate and head into the world and go to college to prepare for the careers they have chosen, they wonder who they're gonna meet, who they will find from their life in their hometown at the same school as them. The transition is very easy here, everyone helps you from the faculty to the student body. Upperclassmen don't just look at you and laugh, they know that they were once in your shoes and they don't want you to feel like you don't belong. I've grown up here and not only do I see some people from high school, I see a variety of people, they not only share their life story with you but you find yourself sharing yours as well. Here at NAU it's everything you would want in a college. It's a great school and I don't regret coming here to this school.

What's unique about your campus?

What i consider the best thing about this school is that you would never get bored. There is so much to do here, you have hiking, bike riding, horse riding, you have the creek and Sedona just an hour away from Flagstaff. It's a growing city and you have a diverse group of people, you'll never feel left out. The programs they have are wonderful and we have an amzing basketball team, football team, ROTC(Army, Air Force), Rugby, Intramurals, snow, atv activities like 20 minutes away. We have everything!

Suzanne
Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

NAU is a laidback school that is serious about education while living in a adventurous outdoor community.

Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

NAU is a laidback school that is serious about education while living in a adventurous outdoor community.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Understand all the financial aid opportunities available. By knowing what aid you qualify for you can reduce your expenses significantly.

What kind of person should attend this school?

The person who should attend this school is open minded, friendly, and enjoys a smaller, more personal approach to education. NAU provides a quality education on a smaller campus that is easy to get to know. Flagstaff is a fun town with plenty of opportunities for a variety of interests, from hiking and skiing to a lively nightlife.

Josephine
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Take your classes seriously and read what they assign because it is tough when you get behind. Don't let your social life ta...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Take your classes seriously and read what they assign because it is tough when you get behind. Don't let your social life take over your focus and don't drink too much. Get more sleep than you think you will need, go to bed early and wake up early you can get more accomplished that way. Make a to-do list every day, it will help you more than you could ever imagine.

What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

I wish I had known the amount of work and time it really takes for each class, it is a lot more than would be expected.

What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

Sometimes professors are not the best in the lower level classes, it is frustrating but it gets better the higher level classes you take. The professors in the 300 level classes are amazing at what they do.

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