Academic Program Recognition

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  • NAU’s professional education programs are accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (now the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation), the first programs in Arizona to receive this honor. The prestigious designation provides evidence that NAU graduates are meeting national standards for teacher training.
  • Northern Arizona University's online hospitality management program was ranked among the top ten best in the country by
  • The university’s bachelor and graduate nursing programs were ranked tenth out of 36 colleges by College Factual, which also named Northern Arizona University among the top nursing colleges in the Southwest. 
  • PolicyMic named Northern Arizona University one of the most popular universities in the country based on the school’s growth in admissions applications. The university’s 220 percent growth rate since 2003 landed it the 15th spot on the list.
  • Northern Arizona University’s W.A. Franke College of Business was named one of the nation’s top business schools for veterans by Military Times in its “Best for Vets: Business Schools 2014” rankings. 
  • The 2014 U.S. News and World Report’s Best Graduate Schools list ranked Northern Arizona University’s graduate physical therapy program 34th in the nation.
  • The university's engineering program earned a top ranking in U.S. News and World Report’s 2013 Best Colleges. The engineering program ranked 44th out of 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. Northern Arizona University is one of only 12 colleges and universities in the nation—and the only one in the state of Arizona—to receive this grant.
  • Northern Arizona University’s accelerated master’s in business administration program earned a spot in the Princeton Review’s The Best 296 Business Schools for 2013, which recognized the program’s “fast-paced, invigorating environment.”
  • The School of Hotel and Restaurant Management was ranked 12th on a list of "The 20 Best Hospitality Programs in the United States," compiled by
  • Northern Arizona University’s Consortium for Public Life and Learning was invited to affiliate with the internationally-renowned Kettering Foundation as a Center for Public Life to promote public engagement and facilitate nonpartisan discourse on public issues. Nationwide, there are 66 Centers for Public Life, and Northern Arizona University will have one of two in Arizona.
  • In a January 2010 statistical study of bachelor’s degrees in physics, the American Institute of Physics ranked the university’s Department of Physics and Astronomy fifth of all master’s-granting programs nationwide in the number of physics bachelor’s degrees awarded. In a December 2011 study of bachelor’s degrees in astronomy, the university ranked second in the nation for bachelor’s-granting departments.