FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — Northern Arizona University President John Haeger says
he expects growth of the school’s main campus in Flagstaff to slow.
Haeger said NAU’s enrollment grew by about 7,000 over the past decade to its
present level of around 19,000, with an average annual growth rate of more than
However, Haeger said he doesn’t expect the university to continue to grow at
that rate and would be doing well to grow at 150 to 175 students a year.
The Arizona Daily Sun reports that Haeger told a joint
meeting of Flagstaff and Coconino County officials Monday that a projected goal
for 25,000 students is outdated.
He said those 5,000 additional students were part of the master plan the
Arizona Board of Regents came up with in the early 2000s.
Once the latest on-campus student housing project is complete, the university
will be able to house around 9,000 students on campus, according to Haeger.
“We’re in the top 2 percent of colleges that offer on-campus housing,” he