In keeping with its philosophy of contemplative education, Naropa University values and seeks to foster an individual’s aspiration to contribute to the world with understanding and compassion. When making admission decisions, the admissions committee considers academic background, connection to Naropa’s unique mission, and readiness to engage in contemplative, experiential college work. A student’s transcript, essays, and letter of recommendation play important roles in the admissions process.
Naropa University uses a rolling admissions policy and a priority deadline as the initial deadline for receiving completed applications. Applicants may apply as early as September for spring and fall admission. Applications received between September 1 and the priority deadline will be given equal consideration. Applications received after the priority deadline will be reviewed on a space-available basis. After the priority deadline, prospective students may call the Office of Admissions to see if spaces are available. All new and transfer students may apply for either the fall or spring semester.
The Office of Admissions strongly encourages applicants to submit a completed application. This means that all transcripts and the letter of recommendation should be sent to the applicant in sealed envelopes, and an entire application should be sent to the Office of Admissions by the priority deadline.
January 15 for fall semester admission
October 15 for spring semester admission
Undergraduate Admissions Requirements
1. Parts A and B of application form.
2. $50 nonrefundable fee in the form of a check or money order payable to “Naropa University” Or an online credit card payment. The applicant’s name must be clearly indicated on the check.
3. Part C – One essay (must be typed).
4. Official high school transcript(s) for both first-time first-year applicants as well as any transfer applicant.
5. Official copy of a GED (if the applicant does not have a high school diploma). If the applicant received a GED but also took courses at a high school, the official transcript from that high school is also required (see #4).
6. Official college transcripts for every university attended even if no credits were earned (must be sent directly to Naropa University or sent by applicant in an envelope sealed by the registrar).
7. Letter of Recommendation: One from a teacher or someone who knows the applicant well other than a family member, significant other, or current or former therapist.
8. A phone or in-person interview is optional for all applicants.
9. Submission of creative work—poetry, art slides, music is optional.
10. Test Scores: Original score reports for the ACT and/or SAT tests are optional. Naropa University’s ACT code is 4853; SAT code is 0908.
Naropa University is a member of the Common Application, and students may apply using the application found at www.commonapp.org.
Students can enter Naropa as an undeclared student or can declare a major . Each major area has designated prerequisite courses for that particular area of study. Students are encouraged to take those prerequisites at the earliest opportunity if interested in pursuing a particular major. Please see the details for specific majors to learn more. Of the 120 total semester credit hours required for a bachelor’s degree, the final 60 must be taken at Naropa University. Residency is required in the first semester.
Establishing Transfer Credits
College-level courses completed at regionally accredited institutions of higher education with a grade of at least “C” or better are eligible to be counted towards transfer credit. A maximum of 60 credits will be accepted.A pass, credit, or satisfactory grade cannot be accepted unless the transcript states it is equal to a “C.” A maximum of 30 technical or vocational credits will be accepted. No physical education credits will be accepted unless they resemble courses offered at Naropa.
No contemplative practice credits will be accepted to fulfill core requirements; these may only be applied as electives. Naropa does not award transfer credit for remedial courses taken in college. Once credit has been transferred, it cannot be removed from the student's record. With the exception of Interdisciplinary Studies, up to six transfer credits may be used to count towards major requirements. Up to nine transfer credits can be used to fulfill the Interdisciplinary major requirements. See specific majors for more information on major requirements. No transfer credit will be used toward minor requirements.
Transfer work from universities operation on the quarter system will be converted to Naropa's semester system by this ratio:
|Quarter Credits||Semester Credits|
The categories below describe ways of earning transfer credit for learning completed outside the traditional college classroom. Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), and other forms of nontraditional transfer credit such as College Level Examination Program (CLEP) may not be counted toward the major or minor requirements. A maximum of 30 semester credits may be earned through a combination of the following alternative transfer possibilities:
1. College Level Examination Program
The College Level Examination Program is a national program administered by the College Board to measure college-level learning completed outside the traditional college classroom. Naropa University grants up to 30 semester credits for all exams passed in subject areas that do not duplicate prior college course work, using the minimum passing score recommended by the American Council on Education.
For more information about the College Level Examination Program, including a list of exams, exam centers, and registration information, please visit www.collegeboard.com.
2. Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate
Naropa University accepts both advanced placement and international baccalaureate credit.AP exams with a score of 3, 4, or 5 are granted 3 semester credits each.
- AP exams may be used to fulfill core requirements with the exception of COR115 Writing Seminar II.
- IB Diploma: 30 college credits and sophomore standing will be given if all six examinations received a score of 4 or above. If any exam score was under 4, 6 college credits will be given for HL scores above a 4 and 3 college credits will be given for every SL score above a 5.
- For students who took IB courses but did not seek an IB Diploma, 3 college credits will be given for HL scores of 4 or above. No college credits will be given for SL scores.
3. DSST/DANTES EXAMS
DSST/DANTES exams are available in a wide range of topics. Naropa University grants up to 30 semester credits for all exams passed in subject areas that do not duplicate prior college course work. Naropa uses the minimum passing score recommended by the American Council on Education. See www.getcollegecredit.com for more information.
4. Military Transcripts
Naropa University also transfers in credit from an official military transcript.
Applicants Educated Outside the United States
Applicants (including U.S. citizens and permanent residents educated outside the United States) must have all non-U.S. records of secondary and postsecondary education evaluated by a professional evaluation service and forwarded to the Naropa Office of Admissions for evaluation with other application materials. This evaluation must be a complete course-by-course evaluation. (See “International Student Admission” section for a list of agencies).
Once an applicant is accepted to Naropa University, the Registrar’s Office will prepare a transcript evaluation, documenting all transferable credit and how it applies toward the core requirements. Naropa will transfer into the degree all possible credit from previous, regionally accredited, institutions. Upon arrival at Naropa, new students should meet with their advisors to approve the transcript evaluation. Students must request changes to this document during their first semester at Naropa. This includes any course work or AP/IB exams taken before matriculation that may not have been sent to the Office of Admissions. After one semester, no changes may be made.
Once a student is accepted, a nonrefundable, nontransferable deposit of $250 must be paid by May 1 (for fall admission) or November 15 (for spring admission) to reserve a space in the program. If the applicant is accepted after these dates, the deposit must be paid within three weeks of acceptance. This deposit will be applied towards the first semester's tuition.
Official Withdrawal from Naropa
See the Financial Aid section for more information on official withdrawals.
Students may request to defer their acceptance for up to one year. Each request for deferral is reviewed by the admissions committee and is accepted or denied on a case-by-case basis. Reasons for an acceptance of deferral would include traveling, service/volunteer work, family situations, timing, etc.
1. Applicants must complete their application and be accepted in order to request a deferral. They may not defer their application prior to an acceptance status.
2. Accepted students must send their request for deferral to the Office of Admissions via email or a letter.
3. If denied, the student may reapply for admission at another time.
4. If approved, the student may not attend another college in the time off and must pay the confirmation deposit at the appropriate time.
5. Students who have already paid their deposit must forfeit the $250 and move back to an ACCEPTED status.
Applicants who have completed at least 60 semester credits are eligible to apply for one of the many certificate programs, which are available in Contemplative Psychology, Music, Religious Studies, Traditional Eastern Arts: Yoga Teacher Training, and Visual Arts. These programs enable students to study subjects offered at the undergraduate level intensively without having to meet the 60-semester-credit residency, general education, or contemplative arts requirements. Certificate programs require one year of study (30 semester credits) with the exception of the Traditional Eastern Arts program, which takes two years to complete. At least 12 semester credit hours must be taken in the field in which the certificate will be awarded. Certificate programs are awarded at the discretion of individual academic programs, and financial aid may be available. Please call the Office of Admissions for more information.
Changing a Major or Program
Declaring a Major
Students can declare a major at any time. Each major area has designated prerequisite courses for that particular area of study. Students are encouraged to take those prerequisites at the earliest opportunity if interested in pursuing a particular major. Please see the details for specific majors to learn more.
From One Undergraduate Major to Another
Students who wish to change from one undergraduate major to another must fill out an Application to Declare a Major form (available under Student Forms on MyNaropa). The student’s current program advisor and new Faculty Program Coordinator or School Director must sign this form. Completed forms must be submitted to the Student Administrative Services Office. This process must be completed at least one full semester before a student’s graduation date.
From a Certificate to an Undergraduate Program
Current students who wish to change from a certificate to an undergraduate program must have their admissions application reviewed. Additional materials may be required. Students may contact the Office of Admissions for more details.
From an Undergraduate to a Certificate Program
Students who wish to change from an undergraduate degree program to a certificate program must fill out an Application to Declare a Major form (available under Student Forms on MyNaropa). The student’s current advisor and prospective Faculty Program Coordinator or School Director must sign this form. Completed forms must be submitted to the Student Administrative Services Office at least one full semester before graduation to ensure all requirements are met.
From a Visiting Student to a Degree Student
A visiting student may apply to become a degree-seeking student at Naropa after spending a semester or year as a visiting student. Application materials from the previous application may be used and no additional fee is required. If a student has 30 credits or more, the student must complete any supplemental application materials required by the program. Admission is not guaranteed. If accepted, the student needs to pay another $250 confirmation deposit.