Naropa University


Highest Degree Offered: Masters

College Type: Private

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Academic Calendar: Semester

State: Colorado


Naropa University is not your typical small college, and a surprising 70% of students come from out-of-state. Naropa is dedicated to "advancing contemplative education" through a combination of Eastern and Western educational traditions. The college's learning philosophy is grounded in Buddhism, but the school is sectarian and open to all. With under 500 undergraduates and slightly more graduate students, Naropa has an intimate educational environment. Classes are small (average size of 15), and academics are supported by a healthy 13 to 1 student / faculty ratio. On the whole, Naropa's students tend to be artistic, creative, thoughtful, and community-minded. Naropa's campus borders the University of Colorado at Boulder, and students can use CU's library and take classes through the University of Colorado Access program. Nature lover lovers will appreciate Naropa's location on the eastern edge of the Rocky Mountains as well as the school's efforts to promote environmental sustainability. All of the campus's electricity use is offset by wind power renewable energy credits.

Most Popular Majors

Interdisciplinary Studies, Psychology, Writing and Literature

Student/Faculty Numbers

Total Students: 1075
Total Grad Students: 628
Undergraduate Students: 447
Faculty: 46

Total Student/Faculty Ratio: 23:1
Undergraduate Student/Faculty Ratio: 10:1

Percent Male: 39%
Percent Female: 61%

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Graduation and Retention Information

Four-Year Graduation Rate: 37%

Six-Year Graduation Rate: 56%

Transfer-Out Rate

Graduation and Retention Data From: Spring 2010

Contact Information

2130 Arapahoe Ave
Boulder Colorado 80302


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Main Phone: 303-444-0202

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Applying to Transfer

Transfer Agreements:

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Credits (Min/Max):
Of the 120 total semester credit hours required for a bachelor's degree, the final 60 must be taken at Naropa University.

Test Scores for Applying:
Original score reports for the ACT and/or SAT tests are optional.

Letters of Recommendation Required:
Letters of recommendation, one from a teacher and one from another teacher or someone who knows the applicant well other than a family member, must be submitted on the form provided.

Essay(s) required:
Three essays are required.

Application Fee:
There is a $50 nonrefundable application fee.

Other Requirements:
Supplemental applications and/or art samples are required for the following programs: BFA in Performance, Environmental Studies, Interdisciplinary Studies, Music, Visual Arts, and Writing and Literature.

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Transfer Statistics

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Freshmen Percentage Accepted: 91%

Difference Between Transfer and Freshmen Acceptance Rates: -91%

Admissions Data From: Fall 2010


Books: 1200

Other Expenses: 4820

Room and Board: 8442

Tuition and Fees: 26360

Total Cost: 40822

Note on Costs:

Costs Data From: 2011-12

Financial Aid

General Financial Aid Information:
In its commitment to providing aid that is need-sensitive, Naropa adheres to its mission of supporting economic diversity among the student body. More than 70 percent of undergraduate students are awarded some type of financial aid.

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Average Amount of Aid – Grants:

Average Amount of Aid – Loans: 7213

Percent of New Students Receiving Aid: 74%

Percent of New Students Receiving Grants: 72%

Percent of New Students Receiving Loans: 65%

Financial Aid Data From: Fall 2010

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