What to expect
Are you wondering what it would be like if you became a STAR
The academic experienceRead more
STAR students will take six credit hours. Classes are one
hour and 45 minutes and take place from 9 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.
and 11 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.,
Monday through Friday. Additionally, students will participate in a mandatory
one hour supplemental lab in the afternoon, Monday through
Thursday. The lab provides students
extra time to understand the material covered in class.
The classes that are offered in the STAR program are:
110: Rhetoric in the Media - This course examines the use of rhetoric
to analyze and write about popular cultural texts such as print media,
advertising and commercials, television shows, films, cyberspace, and
- Communication Studies: Fundamentals of Public Speaking - This course
focuses on the development of basic skills for the creation and delivery
of oral messages in public and in small groups while emphasizing organization
Studies 100: Introduction to Ethnic Studies - This course offers an
explanation of the social, political, historical, and cultural experiences
of African Americans, Asian Americans, Latino(as)/Chicano(as), and Native
Americans in the United States.
101: Introduction to Sociology - This course explores the basic
concepts and interpretations of human action and the significance of a
sociological perspective on the human experience. There will only be one
section of SOC 101, and it is limited to students participating in the SBS
STARS academic cohort. Students in the
SBS STARS cohort will take Sociology 101 instead of Communication Studies.
All courses fulfill liberal studies requirements for all
academic majors on campus. They will provide you with a solid background of
written, communication, presentation, and public speaking skills.
Your academic cohortRead more
The STAR program has partnered with four colleges and the Honors Program on campus
to provide you with the opportunity to participate in supplemental activities
related to your major and meet fellow students studying the same subject. You
will attend weekly meetings to learn more about the academic expectations and
opportunities of your chosen major.
The five academic cohorts are:
Students majoring in Hotel and Restaurant Management will meet once a week with a School of Hotel
and Restaurant Management (HRM) representative to talk about the industry,
meet HRM staff and faculty, and take field trips to local HRM businesses.
- STAR Pals:
STARS: Students whose major is in the biomedical or health professions
will meet twice a week to participate in lab experiments, learn about
research, and familiarize themselves with major opportunities.
STARS: Students who have applied to be a part of the university Honors Program will meet once a week with a current Honors student to learn more
about the program and develop their Honors-level writing skills.
STARS: Students majoring in the Social and Behavioral Sciences (i.e. political science, criminal justice,
sociology, social work, psychology and international relations) will meet
once a week with a representative from the College of Social
and Behavioral Sciences to talk about career opportunities, meet staff and
faculty, and explore the various majors.
These activities are designed to enhance your experience,
but also require you to manage time effectively and prioritize
If you are interested in a cohort, you must be willing to
fully commit to attending the weekly activities.
Peer advising: get advice from experienced undergraduatesRead more
As a STAR student, a peer adviser will work with you during
the program and throughout your first and second years at Northern Arizona
Peer advisers are upper-level undergraduate students who
have mastered the academic and social rigors of college life. They are familiar
with the resources on campus and are experts in navigating the campus climate.
Peer advisers provide support in the areas of:
- academic advisement
- the financial aid process
- career and academic opportunities
The residential experienceRead more
If you join the STAR program, you will live on campus with
other STAR students in Tinsley residence hall.
By living on campus, you get to learn the ins and outs of
campus living as well as participate in hall council. Residential living
provides an opportunity for you to:
- create strong friendships
- an academic support system
- a fun and engaging living environment
All STAR students are required to live on-campus during the
program. You are required to stay on campus for the entire program.
The residence hall staff will be planning weekend activities to keep
you busy and introduce you to various local activities.
You cannot request a
specific roommate for the program. This
way, you can meet new people.
To check-in, first download a
campus map. You will be e-mailed the
first week in July with additional details regarding checking-in.
Do I have to go to Freshman Orientation?
All students selected for the STAR program will be signed up for the STAR Program Freshman Orientation that will take place the weekend of July 12. If you have already
signed up for the June orientation, you may attend that session but will still need to arrive for the STAR program on July 12. To sign up for orientation click here and for more information about orientation, please visit their website nau.edu/welcome.
To register your family members for orientation, please
contact the Office
of Undergraduate Admissions and Orientation at 928-523-0632.
Should I also work during the program?
The program is a fun, engaging, and rigorous experience.
STAR students are busy with classes, supplemental labs, coursework, and
activities well into the evening on a daily basis.
Do I need a car, bike, or computer?
If you have a car, you can use it during your stay in the
program. However, you will need to
purchase a parking permit for your vehicle.
Please visit Parking Services
to purchase your permit.
Bikes are also allowed.
If you don’t have one, don’t worry.
Your classes, the residence hall, the dining hall, and the Inclusion & Multicultural Services/LEADS Center are all centrally located. You will not need a
bike to get around campus during the program, but there are a lot of great
biking trails in the Flagstaff
Having a computer is also convenient, as you will have
access to the internet in your residence hall.
But if you don’t have one, there are computer labs available on
Where can I find more general information about the university?
As a future student, see what Northern Arizona
University has to offer you.