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Flagstaff named among best college towns in nation

Northern Arizona University provides an outstanding undergraduate residential education strengthened by important research, graduate and professional programs and a responsive distance learning network delivering programs throughout Arizona.

Undergraduate education that provides knowledge of the world and an ability to appreciate change, diversity and life itself is NAU's underlying core strength.

Faculty and staff members are committed to the residential campus concept and to the students but also are prepared to deliver education throughout Arizona and the world either online or in new campus structures.

Northern Arizona University has a student population of more than 20,000 at its main campus in Flagstaff and at sites across the state.

NAU was established in 1899 as the Northern Arizona Normal School. A close, personal interest in the development of each student as an individual has long been a trademark of the Mountain Campus. This educational experience is enhanced by an atmosphere that celebrates the diversity of opinions and cultures.

The undergraduate programs at NAU cover a diverse range of disciplines, from liberal arts and the sciences to professional and career-related fields.  

As NAU looks to the future, it continues to develop innovative ways to provide citizens with greater access to education and strives to strengthen its teaching and service partnerships to meet the needs of a changing Arizona.

Flagstaff, with a population of about 62,000, is rich in cultura l diversity. Located at the base of the majestic San Francisco Peaks, Flagstaff is 140 miles north of Phoenix  at the intersection of Interstate 17 and Interstate 40.

With its elevation of 7,000 feet and four-season climate, Flagstaff is ideal for year-round outdoor activities. Nearby attractions include the Grand Canyon, Lowell Observatory, Oak Creek Canyon, Sedona, Monument Valley, Sunset Crater, Meteor Crater, and Arizona Snowbowl.