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1 Graduate College

2 Welcome to NAU! Get Connected: Graduate College Facebook: Graduate Student Facebook: “NAU Grad Students” Graduate College Events: Graduate Student Government: Graduate Student Government Facebook:

3 Our Graduate Students report: They received exceptional mentorship and professional partnerships 87% of Graduate Alumni said they would recommend NAU to someone considering their field of study. 83% of Graduate Alumni stated they were satisfied with their graduate work as preparation for their current positions. 89% of Graduate Alumni reported that if they had to do it all over, they would enroll at NAU again. NAU ranks among top institutions in the nation for minority students earning degrees.

4 The Graduate College – What do we do? Formal admissions to the university Tuition waivers and assistantships Academic success, monitor degree progress, process petitions Thesis and dissertation policy and process Graduate policies and procedures Graduation applications, Graduate commencement

5 Graduate Education at NAU Graduate education is conveniently offered through: –Flagstaff Mountain Main Campus –Extended Campuses (online, statewide campuses) Graduate Degrees –13 doctoral degrees –Over 50 masters degrees –More than 20 graduate certificates

6 Northern Arizona and Flagstaff Campus Flagstaff Campus is the main campus, nestled between the San Francisco Peaks and Coconino National Forest Thriving arts community Strong vision of sustainability Surrounded by natural wonders: Grand Canyon, Sunset Crater, Meteor Crater, San Francisco Peaks Premiere outdoor excursion location for hiking, biking, skiing, rock climbing, camping and more

7 Northern Arizona and Flagstaff Campus


9 Distance learning education leader since the 1970’s Students can learn from wherever they live Extended Campus –Online –35 statewide campuses for local education –Blended online and campus programs Over 30 percent of NAU graduates earn their degrees through Extended Campuses Extended Campuses - Statewide and Online


11 Finding the Right Program - Admissions You should consider the following when investigating your programs of interest: Admission criteria for each program –GRE, GMAT, or other standardized tests Are these tests required for your program? What is the score range of previous successful applicants to your program? –GPA What was the GPA range of previous successful applicants to your program? Do you look at major GPA, or cumulative GPA, or both? –Clinicals, Work experience, Internships Are previous work experience, clinicals, internships, research, etc included as part of the admission criteria? Do previous successful applicants to the program have any of this experience? –Recommendations How many letters of recommendation are needed, and from whom? Start making connections with your previous faculty and let them know you may need a recommendation.

12 Finding the Right Program - Funding Know your financial future! Enter your degree type, field of study, and preferred career Results Show Median debt of students Starting, median, and expert salary levels in desired career

13 Finding the Right Program - Funding Available financial support –Scholarships (departmental, national, program-related, etc) Does your program offer any scholarship to graduate students? How do you apply? Are there national scholarships that are available that your department knows about? What sources of funding have previous graduate students secured? –Tuition Waivers Are tuition waivers offered in your department? How do you apply for them? How are tuition waivers allotted to students each year?

14 Finding the Right Program - Funding –Graduate Assistantships (Teaching, Research, and Service Assistantships) Does your program offer graduate assistantships? If so, how many, and how do you apply? At NAU, we offer 10 hour and 20 hour assistantships Graduate Assistantships Teaching, Research, Service* 10 hour – 50% tuition remission, stipend 20 hour – 100% tuition remission, stipend, major medical insurance Teaching and Research Assistantships are given through your department. Service, or Non-Academic Graduate Service Assistant* positions and other types of funding here:

15 Finding the Right Program – Department Questions Degree Requirements (what does it take to finish the degree) –How many credits/hours is your program? –Is there a core set of courses? Can I create an emphasis? –Is the program thesis track or non-thesis track? –Do you have an opportunity to research, publish, do clinicals, etc. –When do you take my comprehensive exams and what preparation do you need? Potential for employment –What are graduates doing with the degree? –Are graduates employed in the field or outside of the field? –Are graduates going on to doctoral programs, and where? Speak with your professors regarding good program matches –Utilize your previous faculty to discuss different programs and whether they would be good matches for your academic and career goals

16 Finding the Right Program - Fit Geographical Restrictions – where you can and cannot live –Size of city, university –Environment and local amenities

17 Housing in Flagstaff Off Campus Housing Most graduate students live off campus –See the following sites for housing in our community Check Flagstaff Chamber of Commerce for visitor/relocation info –

18 Housing in Flagstaff Join our Graduate Student Housing Listserv for up-to-date housing info from fellow graduate students and home owners – Click on Grad Life Click on Housing

19 Housing in Flagstaff On Campus Housing Very limited for graduate students Family Housing is available at NAU –

20 Family Resources Childcare ( –Daycare directory information –Childcare assistance Campus Health Services ( –Insurance Variety of options Major medical included in 20 hour GA positions –Healthcare Needs Primary and Urgent Care Radiology Pharmacy

21 Helpful Links Graduate Programs – Graduate Events – Graduate Financing – Graduate International Student Info – Student Resources– Request Info – Campus Visit – Apply Now – NAU Extended Campuses – Graduate College Homepage – Graduate Student Government –

22 Questions David Spivey Associate Director Graduate College 928-523-6263 Box 4125 624 S. Knoles Flagstaff, AZ 86011

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