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Northern Arizona University

Northern Arizona University
NAU Seal.png
Motto The Difference that Matters
Established 1899
Type Flagship
Research university
Land-grant university
Public
Endowment Increase $93.7 million (2012)[1]
President Dr. Rita Cheng[2]
Vice-president M. J. McMahon (Executive Vice President)[3]
Provost Laura Huenneke[4]
Academic staff 900 (full time)[5]
Students 26,006[5]
Undergraduates 22,670[6]
Postgraduates 3,936[6]
Location Flagstaff, Arizona, U.S.
Coordinates: 35°11′17″N 111°39′11″W / 35.188°N 111.653°W / 35.188; -111.653
Campus Small town
740 acres (3.0 km2)
Former names Northern Arizona Normal School
Northern Arizona State Teacher's College
Arizona State Teacher's College of Flagstaff
Arizona State College of Flagstaff
Colors          Navy & Sage Green; athletics have Navy & Gold
Athletics 12 varsity teams[7]
Nickname Lumberjacks
Mascot Louie the Lumberjack
Affiliations Arizona Board of Regents
NCAA Division I
Big Sky Conference
Western Athletic Conference
Website nau.edu
Northern Arizona University Logo.svg

Northern Arizona University (NAU) is a public university located in Flagstaff, Arizona, United States. It is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, and has 36 satellite campuses in the state of Arizona. The university offers both undergraduate and graduate degrees.

As of fall 2013, 26,006 students were enrolled, 19,320 at the Flagstaff campus.[6] The average cost of tuition and fees for a full-time, Arizona resident undergraduate student for two semesters is $9,692. NAU offers Flagstaff undergraduate students the Pledge Program that guarantees the same tuition rate for four years. For the Fall 2013 school year, out-of-state undergraduates will pay an estimated $22,094 for tuition and fees. NAU also participates in the Western Undergraduate Exchange Program, which offers lower tuition rates for students from the Western United States. WUE tuition rates for fall 2013 are $12,680.

The Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education classifies NAU as a research university with high research activity.[8] NAU is governed by the Arizona Board of Regents.

HistoryEdit

Initially named the Northern Arizona Normal School, the institution was established on September 11, 1899. The first graduating class, in 1901, consisted of four women who received credentials to teach in the Arizona Territory. In 1925, the Arizona State Legislature allowed the school, which was now called the Northern Arizona State Teacher's College, to grant Bachelor of Education degrees. In 1929 the school became Arizona State Teacher's College.[9]

Enrollment dropped sharply, however, as World War II dawned. ASTC became a Navy V-12 program training site.[10]

CampusesEdit

Flagstaff CampusEdit

Perched at 6,950 feet (2,120 m) above sea level, the main campus is surrounded by the largest contiguous ponderosa pine forest on the North American continent[11] and enjoys a four-season climate. Snow is common in winter, with accumulations most prevalent in January, February and March. Winter skiing is accessible at Arizona Snowbowl, an alpine ski resort located on the San Francisco Peaks, 7 miles (11 km) northwest of Flagstaff.

NAU offers 87 bachelor degree programs, 48 master's degree programs and 10 doctoral degree programs, along with 38 undergraduate and 26 graduate certificates. The university was charged by the Arizona Board of Regents in 2006 to develop innovative ways to provide access and affordability to all Arizona residents. NAU developed the Pledge Program,2NAU partnerships with community colleges and NAU-Yavapai, a collaboration with Yavapai College in Prescott Valley, Ariz. NAU-Yuma just celebrated its 25th anniversary of the partnership with Arizona Western College.

Extended CampusesEdit

Northern Arizona University is a public university accredited by the Higher Learning Commission North Central Association. In addition to 19,000 students on the Flagstaff campus, NAU currently serves more than 7,000 students statewide.

NAU's Extended Campuses offer more than 50 online accredited degree programs on more than 30 campuses throughout the state. NAU is the first public university to offer a competency-based online degree program that allows students to earn credit for experience. Personalized Learning was launched in May 2013, and federal financial aid is available for the program, which has a flat fee of $5,000 per year.

NAU is the first university in Arizona to attain program accreditation from the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Educators (NCATE). Additional accreditations include Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) and Hotel and Restaurant Management has earned accreditation from the Accreditation Commission for Programs in Hospitality Administration, an honor earned by fewer than 20% of the nation's baccalaureate degree-granting programs in the field.

NAU's Extended Campuses students pay the lowest per-credit-hour tuition and Flagstaff offers an affordable locked-in tuition.

AcademicsEdit

University rankings
National
Forbes[12] 540
Washington Monthly[13] 96
Global

Fall Freshman Statistics[14][15][16][17][18][19]

  2012 2011 2010 2009 2008
Applicants 34,461 31,995 31,773 26,334 20,109
Admits 26,299 20,727 20,724 19,200 14,847
 % Admitted 76.31 64.78 65.22 72.90 73.83
Enrolled 4,254 3,872 4,132 3,702 3,588
Avg Freshman GPA 3.40 3.40 3.40 3.40 3.40
Avg ACT Composite 23 23 23 23 23
Avg SAT Composite* 1057 1081 1068 1059 1061
*(out of 1600)

In the fall of 2010, the top undergraduate degrees by enrollment were elementary education, biology, hotel and restaurant management, nursing, and criminology and criminal justice.[20][full citation needed]

College of Arts and LettersEdit

The College of Arts and Letters (CAL) houses the Asian Studies Program, Cinema Studies, Comparative Cultural Studies (formerly Humanities, Arts, and Religion), English, History, Latin American Studies, Modern Languages, Museum Studies, Philosophy, School of Art, School of Music, and Theatre. The college also oversees the NAU Art Museum, Martin-Springer Institute (promoting lessons of the Holocaust), Northern Arizona Writing Project, Ardrey Memorial Auditorium, and Ashurst Hall. The College of Arts and Letters Film Series has been providing quality classic films to the NAU and Flagstaff community for more than nine years, and the NAU International Film Series has recently been established. Department faculty and students share their scholarly work and artistic achievement through more than 300 performances, lectures, films, and exhibitions a year.[21][full citation needed]

College of EducationEdit

The College of Education prepares educators, counselors, school psychologists, and school administrators. Fields of study include teaching and learning (e.g., early childhood, elementary, and secondary), educational leadership, educational psychology, and educational specialties (e.g., bilingual and multicultural education, career and technical education, educational technology, and special education).[22][full citation needed]

College of Engineering, Forestry, and Natural SciencesEdit

The College of Engineering, Forestry, and Natural Sciences has eleven departments and a Quaternary Program, thirteen centers, and two institutes.[citation needed]

College of Health and Human ServicesEdit

NAU's College of Health and Human Services consists of the School of Nursing, Health Sciences, Dental Hygiene, Communication Sciences and Disorders, Physical Therapy, and a newly formed (as of Fall 2012) Physician Assistant school based out of Phoenix, Arizona.[23]

College of Social and Behavioral SciencesEdit

The College of Social and Behavioral Sciences undergraduate programs include anthropology, applied indigenous studies, criminology and criminal justice, ethnic studies, geography, planning and recreation, political science, psychology, communication, sociology/social work, and women's and gender studies.[24]

The W.A. Franke College of BusinessEdit

The W.A. Franke College of Business's primary focus is undergraduate education, but it also offers a master’s level education and research opportunities. Businessman Bill Franke's commitment of $25 million resulted in the renaming of the college in his honor. The W.A. Franke College of Business was fully re-accredited in fall 2008 by the national accrediting body AACSB International - The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. The NAU program is one of about 400 accredited programs among the more than 1,000 throughout the nation. In 2006, the college moved into a new 111,000-square-foot (10,300 m2), LEED-certified building.[25]

HauntingsEdit

While there are numerous reports of hauntings throughout NAU's North Campus, one of the most persistent legends is that of "Kathy the Ghost" in Morton Hall.[26]

A former dormitory on NAU's North Quad, where rumors of ghost are abundant.

Of the story variations surrounding Kathy's death, the most common is that, in 1953, she hanged herself in Morton Hall over Christmas break after being abandoned by her boyfriend.[26] Since that time, Morton Hall Residents have reported witnessing many mysterious events including lights flickering on and off, footsteps in the hallways when no one is there, the sound of sobbing, doors opening or locking by themselves, radios turning to 1950's music, and a ghostly woman in a nightgown wandering through the building at night.[26] As Amity France, a former resident of Morton Hall, reported to the Arizona Daily Sun, "It is a little creepy coming up to the building at night. You think, 'Please don't let there be a ghost behind the door when I come in. The worst part is if you don't have your key ready and you look around and say, 'OK Kathy, where are you?'" [26] In 2012, Morton Hall was listed as number nine on a list of infamously haunted places in Arizona.[27]

McConnell Hall, another dormitory at NAU, is also rumored to be haunted.[28] Completed in 1987, McConnell Hall is said to have been designed by an obsessive architect who meticulously planned for each room to receive approximately six minutes of sunlight a day. According to the legend, once the building was complete and he realized one room fell short of his goal, the now despondent architect committed suicide in it.[28] Over the years, students under the influence of LSD have reported seeing apparitions wandering the halls, hearing scratching sounds in the walls, and seeing water faucets turn on by themselves.[28]

Residence hallsEdit

Northern Arizona University has 21 residence halls on its Flagstaff campus.[29]

Freshman residence hallsEdit

Sechrist Hall
  • Allen Hall
  • Cowden Learning Community
  • McConnell Hall
  • Reilly Hall
  • Sechrist Hall (an eight-story residence hall, making it the tallest building in Northern Arizona)[30]
  • Tinsley Hall
  • Wilson Hall

Upper division housingEdit

Traditional hallsEdit

  • Campbell
  • Morton
  • Taylor

SuitesEdit

  • Aspen Crossing
  • Gabaldon
  • Mountain View

ApartmentsEdit

Campus apartments consist of:[citation needed]

  • Campus Heights
  • Gillenwater
  • McDonald
  • McKay Village
  • Pine Ridge Village
  • Raymond
  • Roseberry
  • South Village[31] (As of Fall 2013, South Village will become a blended hall housing both upper division students and families.)

Residents of family units are within the Flagstaff Unified School District.[32] Residents are zoned to Kinsey Elementary School, Mount Elden Middle School, and Flagstaff High School.[33]

NAU Partner Housing by American Campus CommunitiesEdit

These halls are located on the NAU campus but are operated by American Campus Communities.

  • The Suites
  • Hilltop Townhomes

AthleticsEdit

Northern Arizona Lumberjacks logo

Student athletes compete at national, international, and professional levels in football, basketball, baseball, ice hockey, track and field, tennis, and swimming and diving. The university participates in fifteen intercollegiate sports programs. NAU teams compete at the Walkup Skydome, a multipurpose building providing facilities for football, basketball, indoor track and field, soccer, weight lifting, lacrosse, student recreation, major concert events, commencements, intramurals, and a variety of other university and community activities.[34]

The Lumberjacks compete at the NCAA Division I level in all sports. In football, the Lumberjacks compete at the Football Championship Subdivision level (formerly known as Division I-AA). NAU competes in the Big Sky Conference in all sports except swimming and diving, which is part of the Western Athletic Conference.

On campus activitiesEdit

NAU has more than 200 recognized professional, academic, service and social organizations, an intramural sports program, The Lumberjack student newspaper, and active residence hall organizations.[35]

The LumberjackEdit

The university's award-winning, weekly newspaper is an independent, student-run publication called The Lumberjack." In May 2007, the newspaper won a Society of Professional Journalists national award in the editorial writing category for articles printed during 2006.[36][37]

KJACK, NAZ Today, and UTV62Edit

KJACK is available in Flagstaff on 1680 AM or online. KJACK reports to the College Music Journal and specializes in new and local music. NAU's televised news program, NAZ Today, airs Monday through Thursday in Flagstaff on NPG cable channels 4, 59 and UTV 62 on campus at 6pm MST; formerly, it also aired on UniversityHouse (Dish Network channel 9411) until it folded. Since the shutdown of Channel 2 news in August 2008, NAZ Today is now the only TV news source for the Flagstaff area. UTV62 is NAU's student run and produced television station. UTV62 runs 24 hours a day and 7 days a week on channel 62 on campus.

Recreation servicesEdit

The NAU Recreation Center was remodeled in the fall of 2011, creating the NAU Health and Learning Center in its place. Features include an indoor jogging track, 38 foot climbing wall, larger weight room, multipurpose gym, and a cardio theatre. The Health and Learning Center also includes all of the on-campus medical services that were previously housed in the Fronske Health Center, a pharmacy, and the offices for Disability Resources on campus.[38]

Intramural sportsEdit

Intramural sports are organized for teams and individuals and include flag football, soccer, volleyball, softball, racquetball, and backgammon. Sports clubs include baseball, rugby, soccer, hockey, lacrosse, Wushu, kendo and judo (martial arts), and water polo.[citation needed]

Movies and other eventsEdit

Unions and Student Activities offers many services and events for the campus community, such as movies and the popular Friday night AfterHours program produced by SUN Entertainment. SUN also presents several concerts and special events each year and coordinates Welcome Week concerts. The College of Arts and Letters presents classic films every Tuesday night during the school year, and also presents more than 300 music and theatrical performances, lectures, films and art exhibitions yearly.[citation needed]

AlumniEdit

The NAU Alumni Association represents more than 125,809[6] alumni from the U.S.

Professional sportsEdit

The Arizona Cardinals of the NFL conducted their summer training camp at Northern Arizona University's Flagstaff campus for many years until 2013.[39] The Cardinals left Flagstaff to conduct their camp in Glendale in 2013.[40] Beginning in 2014, NAU entered into partnerships the Phoenix Suns and the Phoenix Mercury of the NBA and WNBA respectively.[41]

See alsoEdit


ReferencesEdit

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  2. ^ http://nau.edu/President/Biography-Philosophy/
  3. ^ Cabinet - Office of the President
  4. ^ Cabinet - Office of the President
  5. ^ a b Key Statistics
  6. ^ a b c d Quick Facts Retrieved 21-03-2013.
  7. ^ Northern Arizona Athletics : The Official Site of Northern Arizona University Athletics
  8. ^ The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching
  9. ^ [1] NAU History
  10. ^ "The Former Deans of FCB". Flagstaff, Arizona: Northern Arizona University. 2011. Archived from the original on 20 February 2006. Retrieved September 28, 2011. 
  11. ^ Biotic Communities of the Colorado Plateau
  12. ^ "America's Top Colleges". Forbes.com LLC™. Retrieved October 19, 2013. 
  13. ^ "About the Rankings". Washington Monthly. Retrieved October 19, 2013. 
  14. ^ "Incoming Student GPA". .nau.edu. Retrieved 2014-03-13. 
  15. ^ http://www4.nau.edu/pair/CommonDataSet/CDS_2012-2013.pdf
  16. ^ "Incoming Student Characteristics". .nau.edu. Retrieved 2014-03-13. 
  17. ^ http://www4.nau.edu/pair/CommonDataSet/CDS2010_2011.pdf
  18. ^ http://www4.nau.edu/pair/CommonDataSet/CDS2009_2010.pdf
  19. ^ http://www4.nau.edu/pair/CommonDataSet/CDS2008_2009.pdf
  20. ^ Quick Facts
  21. ^ Welcome - College of Arts and Letters - Northern Arizona University
  22. ^ Northern Arizona University - College of Education
  23. ^ Northern Arizona University. "Welcome - College of Health and Human Services - Northern Arizona University". Nau.edu. Retrieved 2014-03-13. 
  24. ^ "Departments and Programs" Retrieved 06-03-2013.
  25. ^ Northern Arizona University - The W. A. Franke College of Business(see Mission Statement)
  26. ^ a b c d "NAU Ghost Stories". The Arizona Daily Sun. Retrieved 30 May 2013. 
  27. ^ "Nine Infamously Haunted Places in Arizona". Phoenix New Times. Retrieved 30 May 2013. 
  28. ^ a b c "Hauntings and Myths in Flagstaff". The Lumberjack. Retrieved 23 July 2013. 
  29. ^ Northern Arizona University- Residence Life
  30. ^ Sechrist - Housing and Residence Life
  31. ^ July 3, 2013 (2013-07-03). "New mix of residents prompts name change for S. Family Housing - NAU News : NAU News". News.nau.edu. Retrieved 2014-03-13. 
  32. ^ "Parking Map." Northern Arizona University. Retrieved on October 2, 2011.
  33. ^ "2010/11 Middle (6-8) and High (9-12) School Attendance Areas with Elementary School (K-5) Attendance Area Outlines (Zoomed-In View of the City of Flagstaff)." Flagstaff Unified School District. Retrieved on October 2, 2011.
  34. ^ J. Lawrence Walkup Skydome
  35. ^ [2], Northern Arizona University, October 4, 2012
  36. ^ Society of Professional Journalists Mark of Excellence Awards, Society of Professional Journalists, 2005
  37. ^ NAU's 'Lumberjack' wins 4 awards, Northern Arizona University, March 30, 2005
  38. ^ Northern Arizona University-Features
  39. ^ About | Cardinals Training Camp at NAU
  40. ^ "NAU, Flagstaff resigned to Arizona Cardinals moving camp to Glendale - Phoenix Business Journal". Bizjournals.com. 2013-03-05. Retrieved 2014-03-13. 
  41. ^ January 6, 2014 (2014-01-06). "NAU joins partnership with Phoenix Suns, Phoenix Mercury - NAU News : NAU News". News.nau.edu. Retrieved 2014-03-13. 

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