Information for Parents

Parents and guardians play an important role in helping students search for and select a university.  The information on this page is intended to direct you to resources that can help with your decision-making process.

The Backpack is a weekly e-newsletter that contains important information on campus events and calendars. To receive the Backpack e-newsletter, sign up here.

We encourage parents and guardians to visit campus with their students.

Majors and programs 

A critical consideration in the selection process involves understanding the scope of a university's academic offerings. Northern Arizona University offers a wide range of programs and majors for your student.

The university also offers degree progression plans which include recommendations for four-year plans of study.


Northern Arizona University is committed to helping undergraduate students enrolled on the Flagstaff campus plan for the cost of a 4-year college education – no surprises, no guessing.

Our pledge website at gives you an overview of our tuition, housing and meal plans. You can also find more information about financing your student's education by visiting our Financial Aid website.

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Campus safety and NAU Alert 

In addition to our full-service university police department, our safety procedures on campus utilize technology to keep students, parents, and employees informed of situations on campus. Our NAU Alert, in line with the safety protocols identified by the state attorney general's office, allows us to notify students, parents, and employees in case of emergency, via text messaging.  Opting into the program enables you to receive texts regarding snow closures, canceled classes due to inclement weather, or any other emergency.

Learn more about our NAU Police Department 

Learn more about the NAU Alert 

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