In 2013, the engineering program earned a ranking of 44th in S. News & World Report’s “Best Colleges” among all engineering schools whose highest degree offered is a bachelor’s or master’s.
The university received a multimillion-dollar NAUTeach grant that seeks to double the number of students pursuing teaching careers in science and math. NAU is one of only 12 colleges and universities in the nation—and the only one in the state of Arizona—to receive this grant.
To promote public engagement and facilitate nonpartisan discourse on public issues, NAU’s Consortium for Public Life and Learning was invited to affiliate with the internationally renowned Kettering Foundation as a Center for Public Life. Nationwide, there are 66 Centers for Public Life; NAU will have one of two in Arizona.
A 2012 report by Diverse: Issues in Higher Educationranked NAU 11th in the nation for awarding undergraduate degrees in all disciplines to Native American students and 55th in the nation for awarding undergraduate degrees in all disciplines to Hispanic students.
In 2012, Hispanic Outlook in Higher Educationranked Northern Arizona University 53rd in the nation in awarding undergraduate degrees to Hispanic students, and 23rd in the nation in awarding master’s degrees.
The university’s Sustainable Energy Laboratory is a leader in higher education for providing students instructional research opportunities in renewable energy, specifically wind mapping and wind integration.
Each year, nursing and health sciences students earn credit while traveling to locales such as India, Guatemala, and the Netherlands to participate in field research and community-based health initiatives.
The university’s Global Engineering Outreach organization regularly travels to Africa and Central America to provide expertise, supplies, and technology to communities with critical needs. Recent projects include designing and installing solar water pumps and building a local nursing facility for a village in Ghana.
Every summer, the School of Music and Northern Arizona University Opera sponsor the Flagstaff in Fidenza program, bringing talented young singers from across the world to further their education with intensive training and performance experiences.
NAU was one of 15 institutions nationwide awarded a $1 million grant from the National Science Foundation to educate and inspire interest among rural and Native American students in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) programs, and to increase public awareness of global climate change.
Led by George “Wolf” Gumerman, the Footprints project promotes the cultural sustainability of Hopi communities by engaging Hopi high school students in programs that focus on traditions, culture, and history.
NAU is leading the way in sustainable practices and promotions, fostering student-driven organizations:
The NAU Green Fund promotes student-led and student-funded sustainability projects.
The Green Jacks provide student leadership opportunities in a variety of sustainability initiatives.