Northern Arizona University (NAU)

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Northern Arizona University can be found in Flagstaff, AZ, a public college which focuses on only a select few programs offered. The students enrolled at NAU number nearly twenty eight thousand per year, and is one of the largest universities in the state.

Most of the students admitted to Northern Arizona University got an SAT score in the range of 1390 - 1720, or got accepted with an ACT score between 20 - 25. Based on sampled GPA data collected and applied, it is estimated that the NAU average GPA range for accepted students is around 3.06 - 3.38. 91% of all students that apply are admitted to NAU, from which 15% choose to attend. When applying historical data, we have projected that the NAU acceptance rate 2015 will be around 78%. You can get more information from the admissions office website at

Overall NAU Acceptance Rate - Fall 2013


The overall acceptance rate for Northern Arizona University was reported as 91.4% in Fall 2013 with over 34,000 college applications submitted to NAU. Both in state and out of state applicants are included in these figures. We do not have data on transfer acceptance rates currently.

Accepted Applicants Profile

  • NAU SAT Scores: 1390 - 1720
  • NAU ACT Scores: 20 - 25
  • NAU Average GPA: 3.06 - 3.38

How Hard Is It to Get into Northern Arizona University?

Applicant Selectivity: Medium

When determining how difficult it is for students to get into Northern Arizona University, ACT/SAT test scores and high school average GPA ranges of accepted students of previous years can help estimate the selectivity of a school.

Historical Trend and Acceptance Rate 2020 Projection

The historical trend chart shows acceptance rates from the previous years, from which we have projected the acceptance rate for the 2020-2021 school year. The overall acceptance rate trend for Northern Arizona University has been getting much higher in the past few years.

Acceptance Rate By Year

  • 2009-2010: 72.9%
  • 2010-2011: 65.2%
  • 2011-2012: 64.8%
  • 2012-2013: 76.3%
  • 2013-2014: 91.4%
  • Projected NAU Acceptance Rate 2020-2021: 78.4%

How Does NAU Compare?

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National Avg

The acceptance rate for NAU is sixty-five percent higher than the national average of all colleges which is around 55.5%.

Nearby Similar College Acceptance Rates

SchoolAcceptance Rate
Arizona State University80.2%
University of Nevada-Las Vegas85.1%
University of Arizona76.9%

Admissions Rates & Enrollment Rates - Details

General Recommendations & Requirements for Admissions

  • High School GPA Scores are Required
  • High School Class Rankings are Required
  • School Records are Required
  • Standardized Test Scores (SAT,ACT,...) are Recommended
  • TOEFL Exam (Foreign Language Students) are Required

Number of Applicants, Percent Accepted, and Enrolled Students (Fall 2013)


Average ACT/SAT Scores of Applicants to NAU (Fall 2013)

SAT® SectionScore Range
Critical Reading470 - 580
Math470 - 580
Writing450 - 560
Total Score1390 - 1720
ACT®Score Range
English19 - 25
Math20 - 26
Composite Score20 - 25
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