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You have a future to get to, and we have options to help you get there. Review the list below to determine the type of student you will be and complete your application online.

Undergraduate admission


You are considered a freshman if you will graduate high school within one year, have earned fewer than 12 college credits since graduating from high school, or are dual-enrolled but have not yet graduated from high school.


You will apply as a transfer student if you’ve graduated from high school and have earned 12 or more transferable credits from another college or university.


Online options offer the flexibility to take classes that work with your schedule. NAU offers traditional online courses as well as competency-based degree paths.


Begin your academic journey at an Arizona community college near you and earn credits toward your NAU degree. It’s a great way to clear up academic deficiencies, save money while you pay lower community college tuition rates, earn your associate degree, and seamlessly transfer your coursework to NAU.


Join thousands of students from across the nation and around the world to live and learn on the Flagstaff campus.


If you are currently a member of the armed services, or were in the past, apply as a military/veteran student.


You’ll apply as a non-degree-seeking student if you want to take eight or fewer credits or want to take classes for personal enrichment without earning a degree.


If you have previously earned a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution and want to earn an additional bachelor’s degree, you should apply as a post-baccalaureate student.

Returning students

You should apply as a returning student if you are a former degree-seeking Northern Arizona University student who has not attended for at least three consecutive terms, excluding summer and winter.

Concurrent students

If you are enrolled in high school and want to attend classes on the Flagstaff campus while you’re still in high school, you will apply as a concurrent student.

Graduate admission


Choose from more than 50 master’s degrees, 13 doctoral degrees, and more than 20 graduate certificates, with both in-person and online options.

International graduate

Our diverse international graduate student community provides opportunities for growth, development, and education resulting in a rich environment for all our students.


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