Be Prepared

Get ready for university life so you can make the most of your academic career! If you are a current or prospective student, these checklists will help you organize and plan everything from the application process through graduation.

Prospective students

Are you ready?

Now that you’ve decided Northern Arizona University is for you, here are some tips to ease the transition into your first year. Learn about everything from the application process and enrollment to financial aid and housing.

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  • Begin the application process at least one year in advance to make sure you have time to apply for admission, be considered for campus housing, and receive a good financial aid package. Ask questions. 
  • Review the Get Started page at the Undergraduate Admissions website.
  • Apply for admission and include official transcripts from high school and other colleges attended. Be sure to submit final transcript after you have graduated from high school and/or another college or university.
  • Prospective students who are Arizona tribal members and live out-of-state may qualify for in-state tuition - learn more here.
  • Submit your measles immunization record to Campus Health Services.
  • Discuss with your family how you are planning to pay for college expenses. Apply for scholarships early, as many have deadlines in the spring.
  • Contact the Financial Aid office to make sure they received your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) information from the Department of Education. Priority deadline is February 1st.
  • Contact your Tribal Scholarship office to apply or follow-up on your status.
  • New freshmen are encouraged to apply for campus housing.  Live in a residence hall is convenient, less expensive, and you get to meet new people. 
  • If you choose to live off campus, refer to the free Off-Campus Housing guide. Allow for travel time to classes. Save funds in advance for apartment application fees, deposits, first/last month's rent, etc. 
  • Students with children can research the local school system regarding open enrollment dates.
  • Apply for the Childcare Voucher Program that assists students with childcare expenses; program based on financial need.
  • NAU students have access to the Campus Health Services for medical, pharmacy, counseling services, and more.
  • There are also off-campus health providers (Sacred Peaks Health Center, Native Americans for Community Action Health Center, North Country Health Care, Flagstaff Medical Center).
  • If you are seeking part-time employment, utilize the Handshake program to find jobs, etc.
  • Make an appointment with the NAU Career Services on how to prepare for interviews, resume, letter of interest and much more.
  • Make an appointment with a Native American Student Services staff member to review this checklist. Stay in contact with Admissions staff members and other key university departments to ensure a successful college transition to NAU.

Current students

Your next steps

Now that you’re enrolled, these tips will help you stay on track.

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  • Check NAU email in-box for messages from the Office of Scholarship & Financial Aid (OSFA)
  • Complete the FAFSA - a free application for federal student aid
  • Check on your Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) status with the OSFA
  • For Native American students, check with tribal scholarship office regarding:
    • Application and documents have been received by deadline date
    • Current and/or future class schedule includes 12 units of new courses (full-time) or 6-11 units (part-time) and repeat class(es) will be in addition to the new units
    • Semester GPA must be at or above 2.0 (in more cases and varies per tribal office)
    • Submit an official NAU transcript to tribal scholarship office by their deadline date (varies)
  • Log into your MyNAU account and check that your balance is paid in full or is less than $500 (balance must be zero if ordering official transcripts)
  • Remember that financial aid refunds are for educational expenses each term. Budgeting these funds for necessary purchases rather than non-essential items (wants) is important.
  • Continuing students who are Arizona tribal members and live out-of-state may qualify for in-state tuition - learn more here.
  • Compare prices for textbooks purchases or rental using online textbook retailers, Northern Arizona University Bookstore, etc.
  • Plan how to get to classes by looking at the campus map. You can walk, bike, drive, or take the free university shuttle and Mountain Line bus.
  • Students with a vehicle should purchase a parking permit from Parking Services.
  • Read the class syllabus for each course and write due dates for assignments, quizzes, and exams in a planner or on a wall calendar.
  • Make time to study—plan to devote at least two hours of studying per credit hour.
  • If you are having difficulty with classes, seek assistance from your instructor/professor, your college advising office, the Academic Success Centers (tutoring, SI), the Gateway Student Success Center, and/or Native American Student Services.
  • Confirm housing plans for each new academic year and/or summer with the Housing & Residence Life office and check with their office on who is eligible to reside in a residence hall.
  • If residing off-campus, refer to the free Off-Campus Housing Guide.
  • Students with a vehicle should purchase a parking permit from Parking Services.  Check on NAU Shuttle Route updates at this site.
  • If you are seeking part-time employment, utilize the HandShake feature to find jobs, etc.
  • Update or create a resume and letter of interest, and gather letters of recommendation.
  • Be part of or attend social and cultural activities at the Native American Cultural Center.
  • Like the NASS and NACC Facebook pages to learn about upcoming events, job/scholarship announcements, etc.