Get ready for university life so you can make the most of your academic career! If you are a prospective student, this checklist will help you organize and plan everything from the application process through graduation.
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.
- 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 Development on how to prepare for interviews, resume, letter of interest and much more.
- Make an appointment with a Office of Indigenous Student Success 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.