What to Expect
Are you wondering what it would be like if you became a STAR
The academic experienceRead more
STAR students will take six credit hours. Classes are one
hour and 45 minutes and take place from 9 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.
and 11 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.,
Monday through Friday. Additionally, students will participate in a mandatory
one hour supplemental lab in the afternoon, Monday through
Thursday. The lab provides students
extra time to understand the material covered in class.
The classes that are offered in the STAR program are:
110: Rhetoric in the Media - This course examines the use of rhetoric
to analyze and write about popular cultural texts such as print media,
advertising and commercials, television shows, films, cyberspace, and
- Communication Studies: Fundamentals of Public Speaking - This course
focuses on the development of basic skills for the creation and delivery
of oral messages in public and in small groups while emphasizing organization
Studies 100: Introduction to Ethnic Studies - This course offers an
explanation of the social, political, historical, and cultural experiences
of African Americans, Asian Americans, Latino(as)/Chicano(as), and Native
Americans in the United States.
101: Introduction to Sociology - This course explores the basic
concepts and interpretations of human action and the significance of a
sociological perspective on the human experience. There will only be one
section of SOC 101, and it is limited to students participating in the SBS
STARS academic cohort. Students in the
SBS STARS cohort will take Sociology 101 instead of Communication Studies.
- Political Science 230: Security in a Changing World - This class examines different perspectives on the subject of security. We will consider traditional aspects of security such as national security, defense, and the military. We will also consider non-traditional aspects of security that include environmental and human security. This course fulfills the Liberal Studies requirement in the Social and Political Worlds distribution block.
- Orientation Date June 2nd and 3rd
All courses fulfill liberal studies requirements for all
academic majors on campus. They will provide you with a solid background of
written, communication, presentation, and public speaking skills.
Your academic cohort
The STAR program has partnered with four colleges and the Honors Program on campus to provide you with the opportunity to participate in supplemental activities related to your major and meet fellow students studying the same subject. You will attend weekly meetings to learn more about the academic expectations and opportunities of your chosen major.
The five academic cohorts are:
- 5-STAR: Students majoring in Hotel and Restaurant Management will meet once a week with a School of Hotel and Restaurant Management (HRM) representative to talk about the industry, meet HRM staff and faculty, and take field trips to local HRM businesses.
- STAR FORCE: Students majoring in Engineering and Professional Programs (i.e. engineering, computer science, and construction management) will meet twice a week to engage in hands-on activities with faculty, explore Engineering and Professional Program offerings and industry jobs, and identify the resources and skills that support their success.
- Honors STARS: Students who have applied to be a part of the university Honors Program will meet once a week with a current Honors student to learn more about the program and develop their Honors-level writing skills.
- SBS STARS: Students majoring in the Social and Behavioral Sciences (i.e. political science, criminal justice, sociology, social work, psychology and international relations) will meet 2 times out of the 4 weeks with a representative from the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences to talk about career opportunities, meet staff and faculty, and explore the various majors.
- STAR2Work: (Career Development) The STAR to Work is a unique program that is designed to prepare students for success in future employment opportunities here at NAU. STAR to Work will not only provide students with the means of finding employment but it will also build the required skills and confidence to be successful in their new found roles.
- STAR LC: (Learning Community) for more info please visit Residence Life Star Learning Community. You live with others who share your interests, ethnicity, identity, or worldview. This community will challenge and motivate you if your interests, experiences, and aspirations have a strong multicultural component.
- Olson Scholars: Olson Scholars for Social Justice is an organization that was created to commemorate Dr. Joel Olson, a Political Science professor who taught here at NAU before he passed away in 2012. Joel Olson was a great leader, activist, and role model to students and faculty alike, and his influence spread across the nation. Our mission is to continue Joel’s legacy by engaging in the community through service and education to promote social justice. The Olson Scholars for Social Justice is a cohort within the STAR program that works together not only to ease into the transition to college, but also to help one another find their passion and develop a high standard of educational and personal goals, as Joel had always encouraged his students and colleagues to do.
These activities are designed to enhance your experience, but also require you to manage time effectively and prioritize responsibilities.
If you are interested in a cohort, you must be willing to fully commit to attending the weekly activities.
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As a STAR student, a peer adviser will work with you during
the program at Northern Arizona
Peer advisers are upper-level undergraduate students who
have mastered the academic and social rigors of college life. They are familiar
with the resources on campus and are experts in navigating the campus climate.
Peer advisers provide support in the areas of:
- academic advisement
- the financial aid process
- career and academic opportunities
The residential experience
If you join the STAR program, you will live on campus with other STAR students in Tinsley residence hall.
By living on campus, you get to learn the ins and outs of campus living as well as participate in Hall Association. Residential living provides an opportunity for you to:
- create strong friendships
- an academic support system
- a fun and engaging living environment
As a STAR student, a STAR Ambassador will work with you during the program, they are upper-level undergraduate students who have mastered the academic and social rigors of college life. They are familiar with the resources on campus and are experts in navigating the campus climate.
STAR Ambassadors provide support in the areas of:
- academic advisement
- the financial aid process
- career and academic opportunities
- personal guidance
All STAR students are required to live on-campus during the program. You are required to stay on campus for the entire program.
The STAR Ambassador hall staff will be planning weekend activities to keep you busy and introduce you to various local activities.
You cannot request a specific roommate for the program. This way, you can meet new people.
To check-in, first download a
campus map. You will be e-mailed the
first week in July with additional details regarding checking-in.
Do I have to go to Freshman Orientation?
All students selected for the STAR program will be signed up for the STAR Program Freshman Orientation that will take place June 2nd and 3rd. If you have already
signed up for an orientation session, you may attend that session but will still need to arrive for the STAR program on June 1, 2016. To sign up for orientation click here and for more information about orientation, please visit their website nau.edu/welcome.
To register your family members for orientation, please
contact the Office
of Undergraduate Admissions and Orientation at 928-523-0632.
Do I need a car, bike, or computer?
If you have a car, you can use it during your stay in the
program. However, you will need to
purchase a parking permit for your vehicle. Please visit Parking Services
to purchase your permit.
Bikes are also allowed. If you don’t have one, don’t worry. Your classes, the residence hall, the dining hall, and the First-Generation Programs and Initiatives office/LEADS Center are all centrally located. You will not need a
bike to get around campus during the program, but there are a lot of great
biking trails in the Flagstaff
Having a computer is also convenient, as you will have
access to the internet in your residence hall.
But if you don’t have one, there are computer labs available on
Where can I find more general information about the university?
As a future student, see what Northern Arizona
University has to offer you.