You may know the five “C’s” of Arizona — Cattle, Copper, Citrus, Cotton and Climate… but what about the five “C’s of NAU?

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Decades ago, anyone in the Southwest could recite Arizona’s five C’s. These five categories were symbolic of Arizona’s heritage and economy — even school children were taught to know these like the back of their hand.

Nowadays, you’ll probably have some difficulty finding someone who knows all five, but NAU has our own C’s that every Lumberjack — past, present, and future — should definitely know.

1. Campus

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One look at NAU’s grounds and you’ll understand why this is our number one. Amongst towering pines and sprawling lawns you can find students lounging in hammocks, off-roading on bike paths, and strolling past historic buildings.

Tip: Can’t make it to campus? Check out our virtual tour.

2. Culture

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NAU is home to students from all over the world. International and intercontinental students meet, mix, and matriculate at the Flagstaff campus. There’s even an office dedicated to helping culturally diverse students connect and flourish at NAU.

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Lumberjacks also have the opportunity to travel to other countries in either exchange, faculty-led, or provider programs. The Center for International Education can help students apply for programs, arrange travel accommodations, and approve needed documents. Ciao Jacks!

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3. Coffee

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Ask any Lumberjack what fuels them through the day and chances are they’ll answer “Coffee, of course!” Not only does NAU have multiple coffee shops on campus, but Flagstaff has some of the most unique cafes, tearooms, and coffee houses around — some of which even take student meal plans!

Tip: When you need to study a “latte” here’s your guide.

4. Creativity

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Lumberjacks definitely know how to express themselves at NAU. From impromptu concerts in the quad to ceramics and painting classes, there’s something for every one.

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You can even paint and draw on the walls at the Beasley Gallery in the Fine and Performing Arts building.

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5. Constellations

Not many know that Flagstaff, Arizona was the world’s very first International Dark Sky City. This designation requires that outdoor lights be under a certain wattage and have shielding that limits the glow put out after dark.

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For Lumberjacks, this means the stars shine oh so bright on campus and all over town.

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Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff (where Pluto was discovered!) also offers guided star tours and telescope viewing events to showcase Flagstaff’s amazing sky.

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