Parents & Visitors
Can my student afford to attend to NAU?
As a private university, our costs are surprisingly affordable. For the academic year 2010-2011 students pay only $3250* per semester. Estimate $3,300 per semester for room and board plus $550 for books and supplies, and you have a total that keeps NAU competitive. It pays to shop around of course, but you won’t find a better value anywhere. Keep in mind that we work with every student to ensure that they can tap into a host of financial aid options.
*After the NAU scholarship granted to all freshman students.
North American University uses the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for the awarding of institutional funds. (You can download the FAFSA from the Web at www.fafsa.ed.gov, or you can obtain a copy from your student’s high school). We’ll mail a notification letter soon after we make an offer of admission.
Your son or daughter may qualify for one or more of the following options:
- Grants – Federal Pell Grant; Federal Supplemental Educational opportunity Grant
- Loans – Federal Perkins Loan; Federal Stafford Student Loan
- Scholarships – a wide variety of merit based scholarships, some offered by the university itself, others by individual departments.
Many scholarships are also awarded via the Southeastern Foundation’s generous private funding; these are also described in the Guide to Scholarships. Applications are available online.
Will my student get lost in a sea of faces in class?
We work with each and every student to tap promise and develop potential. Your student will meet with professors and will have every opportunity to ask questions, brainstorm and, if necessary, get help.
Will graduate assistant teach my student?
We know the importance of inspired and dedicated teaching. Our respected professors expert in their fields and classroom instruction with hands–on learning. Count on this: Professors will know your student by name. They’ll know if he or she needs a little extra help, and they’ll go out of their way to see that it’s available.
What services are there to help my student succeed academically?
The first year on any college campus can be intimidating. At North American University, we make sure students get off to a solid start. An advisor helps each student:
- Choose courses and a major to match goals and talents.
- Decide upon a realistic course load that accommodates work, study and play, while ensuring that graduation occurs on time.
- Identify the best ways to address special challenges – everything from a learning disability to a gap in skills.
- Find the right clubs and organizations to complement interests.
During your student’s first semester, our advisers also conduct a grade check to identify anyone who needs help. Through tutoring and special non–credit classes, we help students brush up on their fundamentals — everything from math to composition — and prepare for the challenges ahead.
What if my student does not know what to major in?
We offer only three majors, mainly business administration, computer science and education. However, it’s not uncommon for first–and second–year college students to be undecided about their major. And that’s fine with us. After all, an education is supposed to open doors – not only to offices and employment opportunities but also to new ideas and possibilities.
As a freshman, your students will work with an adviser to find a major that matches interests and talents. An advisor can help your student measure aptitude and uncover new options. Our advising staff and faculty will show your student how to put that knack for problem solving to work in management career or how to use those people skills in a service industry.
How will NAU prepare my student for the world of jobs and careers?
Your students get the foundations they need and the chance to learn by doing.
Our business administration program offers exchange programs with accredited institutions in many countries including Turkey, Bosnia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Poland. With that opportunity, your student will have an educational and international business experience abroad and enjoy learning different cultures.
Many practical and internships opportunities for education majors! We have strategic affiliations with six charter school systems (K-12), totaling 41 campuses and serving 18,000 students.
Computer science majors will have an opportunity to do research/internships at our industrial connections in Houston.
Is there any help with job search?
Whether your student wants to join the workforce or go on to graduate school, a NAU degree gets results.
That’s because we connect our students with opportunity. The Office of Career and Counseling Services helps students get their resumes and credentials before employers. Our students can schedule job interviews online and email their resumes to potential employers. And students going on for graduate school find that our faculty is happy to provide the recommendation letters and contacts necessary for admission.
We organize annual career fair on campus to connect our students with top–notch employers who are ready to hire–everyone from the U.S. State Department and major corporations to local businesses.
Will my student fit in, make friends, and be safe?
NAU is a second home for students from all over the country, region and state. Unlike many public universities, NAU is a small private school, so it’s easy to make friends and get to know professors. And with many organizations and clubs active on campus, it’s easy to find people with common interests.
Because we’re small, professors and advisers get to know your student well. That means they know when something is wrong or when a simple act of friendship is in order. And our campus reinforces the feeling of community. All the residence halls and major classroom buildings are within a short walk of one another. Stroll across campus and you’ll meet smiling people who take pride in being part of the NAU family.