Campus and community
Housed in Old Main, Alumni Relations hosts a new Welcome Center for all interested in learning about the university's history and future. Office hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. during the school year.
Northern Arizona University is known for its
quality undergraduate education and its popular residential campus. Although
the university's mission has expanded to include providing instruction
statewide, the university maintains its commitment to teacher education and the
close-knit residential environment established early in its history.Read more
The Northern Arizona Normal School Historic District
encompasses slightly more than fourteen acres. The district buildings were
constructed of locally quarried Moenkopi sandstone between 1894 and 1935.
The university's historic district is the largest and best preserved
collection of historic sandstone buildings in the Southwest.
Parking restrictions are in effect Monday-Friday, from 7:30 am to 4:30
pm, except holidays. However, visitor parking permits are available, for $5 a
day, from Parking Services located in the Centennial Building on the corner of
Dupont Avenue and Beaver Street.
Old Main, constructed between 1894 and 1899, set the
standard for sandstone construction on campus. The interior two floors,
finished in 1900, included an assembly room, a library, classrooms, recitation
rooms, an office, and cloak rooms.
In 1901, a practice-teaching area was added. The third floor
interior was completed in 1912. For the first six years of the institution's
existence, Old Main was the Normal School's sole building for twenty-three to
fifty-four students and a handful of staff members. In the early 1900s, wooden
fences were installed around Old Main to prevent the intrusion of horses and
cattle grazing in the nearby forest. In 1961, the interior was converted to a
In 1984, Old Main was restored to its original use as
classroom and office space. Much of the original fabric remains, including the
pressed metal ceilings in several rooms, several cast-iron columns, wooden
floors, and wainscoting. The original president's office and library have been
restored and include the first president's desk.
Today, Old Main is home to Alumni Relations,
University Advancement, and the Art Museum including the Marguerite Hettel
Weiss collection. The museum is open to the public Tuesday-Saturday from noon
to 5 p.m.
Ashurst Building, which adjoins Old Main, was
completed in 1920. Ashurst housed the first auditorium and gathering place for
the Northern Arizona Normal School. At a special assembly held at Ashurst
Auditorium in April 1930, Dr. C.O. Lampland, director of Lowell Observatory,
announced the discovery of the planet Pluto. In 1984, along with Old Main,
Ashurst Auditorium was restored to its original glory, including a pressed
metal ceiling and hardwood floor. The ground floor of Ashurst is currently used
for offices including the Graduate College.
Flagstaff is a vibrant mountain town packed with year-round
fun, as you'll remember from your years on campus. Find out the latest about Flagstaff regarding events, places to visit, shopping, and
We're also happy to offer suggestions on new things in
town, places to eat and visit and more. Just e-mail
us or call our communications coordinator at 928-523-6367.
Arizona's San Francisco Peaks
recreation includes: hiking, biking, stargazing, skiing, snowboarding, snow
- surrounding areas: Grand Canyon, Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument, Meteor Crater, Oak Creek Canyon, and Sedona's red rocks
first city in the world to be named an International Dark Sky City
- home to Lowell Observatory