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Flagstaff Named No.1 Small College Town and NAU Recognized for Excellence in Diversity

05 September 2016   NAU News

NAU in Flagstaff Receives Accolades

Flagstaff Named No. 1 Small College Town with Great Quality of Life

NAU’s home in the ponderosa pines continues to receive accolades for its picturesque scenery, easy access to hiking and camping destinations, and appeal to current and prospective students. recently named Flagstaff the No. 1 small college town with great quality of life, also citing the mountain town’s culture and job opportunities as top reasons students choose to spend four years in college and stick around after graduation.

NAU Recognized for Excellence in Diversity

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Northern Arizona University recently received the prestigious 2016 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine.

The HEED Award is the only national recognition honoring colleges and universities that exhibit outstanding efforts and success in the area of diversity and inclusion throughout their campuses.

“This award is truly an honor and reflects the investment and commitment NAU places on diversity. It’s important to note that our work on diversity isn’t about seeking recognition, it represents the commitment of our entire university community,” President Rita Chengsaid.

Recent efforts reflecting NAU’s ongoing commitment to diversity include the addition of the International Pavilion to campus, the hiring of a Chief Diversity Officer, strengthening ties with tribal colleges and record-breaking minority student enrollment for the 2016-17 academic year—which currently makes up 39 percent of the new freshman class.