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Northern Arizona University

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Northern Arizona University (NAU) is a university in Flagstaff, Arizona in the United States.

As of 2004, the university has 20,000 students. 14,000 of these are situated in the main Flagstaff campus. Although primarily an educational institution, NAU undertakes a growing amount of research. The school is known for its specialties in the education program and it's hotel and restaurant management programs.

History

Initially named the Northern Arizona Normal School it was formed on September 11, 1899. In 1925, the State of Arizona recognized the school, allowing it to grant the degree of bachelor of education. The institution renamed itself the Northern Arizona State Teachers College following this.

In 1945, its name changed once again to the Arizona State College at Flagstaff. A year later the college began offering the degrees of master of arts and bachelor of science. In 1966 its name changed once more to the current Northern Arizona University (or NAU) when it was granted full university status.

Athletics

As of January 2005, Northern Arizona Univeristy's colors are blue, sage green, and gold. Their nickname is the Lumberjacks. Northern Arizona sports teams participate in NCAA Division I (I-AA for football) in the Big Sky Conference.

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