I graduated from NAU. I thought that I received an excellent education. The NCLEX pass rate for my class was 95%. And the two that failed did go on to pass on the second attempt. I passed with 75 questions.
I was strongly encourage by many not to go there, but I was willing to take the chance since I was tired of waiting to get into an ADN program. It was very expensive, but my employer paid off $3000 so that helped. If you take your prereqs at a community college you can significantly decrease your cost.
I was offered 4 jobs on graduation and had no problem getting into a speciality area. In the end, I think it really comes down to you. I have worked with crappy nurses from big name universities and great nurses from schools
that I never even heard of. I have yet to work with a nurse that was clearly from one school or another.
And I truly have never understood the "only in it for money" argument. Any business (or person) that is trying to make money, will try to provide the very best product (education) that they can so that each graduate will tell others, and the school will get more students.
So ask around and certainly apply to more than one school. You have to weigh the options for yourself. Who knows....you may grow to hate that stupid NAU song as much as I do! LOL