Applying as a first-year student
What you need to know
Apply now and bring your future into view.
We’re excited to guide you through the application process so you can start your college experience on your schedule and be ready to succeed even before you step onto the NAU campus.
Are you a freshman?
You’ll begin at NAU as a freshman if:
you’ll graduate high school within one year, or
you’ve earned fewer than 12 college credits since graduating from high school, or
you’re dual-enrolled but have not yet graduated from high school.
Begin your application here if you fit into one of these criteria. NAU admission requirements are the same, whether you apply to the main campus in Flagstaff or any of our statewide locations.
Other student categories
If you don’t fit into one of the criteria to be considered a freshman but are planning your first year as an NAU student, you will apply under a different category:
Apply as a transfer student if you’ve graduated from high school and earned 12 or more transferable credits from another college or university.
Apply as a returning student if you are a former degree-seeking NAU student who has not attended for at least three consecutive terms, excluding summer and winter terms.
Apply as a concurrent student if you are enrolled in high school and want to attend classes on the Flagstaff campus while you’re still in high school.
Meet the important deadlines that ensure you are ready to start classes when the next term begins.Important dates and deadlines
Freshman admission requirements
To be admitted as a freshman at NAU, you must have completed:
- four years of high school English
- four years of high school math
- three years of high school lab science
- two years of high school social science
- one year of high school fine arts/Career and Technical Education (CTE)
New student application resources
What you’ll need to apply
Make sure you are prepared when you sign up:
- Access your unofficial high school transcripts to self-report your grades and test scores.
- Submit a $25 non-refundable application fee.
- Send your official test scores for scholarship consideration. NAU’s school codes are ACT 0086 and SAT 4006.
Have you already applied to NAU?
Continue preparing for your first year after completing your application. See information here on obtaining financial aid, tracking your application status, and taking next steps on your path to success.
Information for high school counselors
We know you want to help your students prepare for higher education. Find valuable information about the NAU application process so you can equip them for success.