Founded in 1899, Northern Arizona University is a public university centered on students. Our academic programs, research, public service, and creative endeavors enrich lives and create opportunities in Arizona and beyond. We develop solutions to challenges and drive innovation in a supportive, inclusive, and diverse environment.

NAU is built on a student-first foundation—this was true when we opened our doors more than 100 years ago, and it’s true now. Our traditions and values of the past inform our present and help us shape the future.


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