Northern Arizona University’s outreach efforts, financial aid opportunities and student support services are recognized in a new college guidebook that is designed to help low-income, first-generation college-bound students make their college dreams a reality.

The Center for Student Opportunity’s 2011 College Access & Opportunity Guide features 284 colleges and universities that have been highlighted for their programs aimed to serve economically disadvantaged and historically underserved students.

The one-page profile on NAU describes the university as providing “a quality, affordable education,” and also singles out the university’s Nizhoni AcademyFour Corners Upward Bound Math and Science ProgramUpward Bound and the LEADS Center as being key resources that can help students transition to college and be successful.

“Having our programs included in the guidebook is a reflection of NAU’s commitment to understanding the needs of Arizona’s underrepresented students and to providing the highest quality services to help prepare them for the rigors of a college education,” said Erin Grisham, executive director of Educational Support Services, who oversees the outreach programs featured in the guidebook. “We work with more than 9,000 students each year, providing valuable resources that help the university achieve its mission and goals on higher education access, degree attainment and affordability.”

Information about the 2011 College Access & Opportunity Guide is online.