In order to make your transition here as smooth as possible, please read the information and next steps below. If you have any additional questions, don’t hesitate to contact the Office of Admissions (email@example.com / 303-546-3572).
To accept your offer of admission and reserve your spot in the program, please submit a $250 confirmation deposit by April 15 or within 15 days of your admission date, whichever is later. This deposit is applied toward your first semester’s tuition bill and is not refundable.
Payment can be made online, over the phone (303-546-3572), or mailed to:
Office of Admissions
2130 Arapahoe Ave
Boulder, CO 80302
If your current financial situation warrants reducing or waiving the deposit, submit a confirmation deposit reduction/waiver form.
Naropa University requires official transcripts from any and all institutions where undergraduate or graduate coursework was completed, and it is very important that you successfully complete the coursework entered on your application. An official transcript of a conferred bachelor's degree must be received by the Office of Admissions prior to beginning graduate coursework.
Transcripts that were uploaded as part of your application are not considered official.
All official transcripts should be submitted directly to Naropa University from the college or university attended. If mailing, transcripts should be sent to:
Office of Admissions
2130 Arapahoe Ave
Boulder CO 80302
Electronic transcripts are also acceptable if submitted through a secure document sending service. Transcripts sent through email, as an attachment, will not be accepted as official. Electronic transcripts may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
As an accepted student, you will receive a message in your personal email account (usually the one you used to apply for admission) that contains your login information for your Naropa student email account. Note that your Naropa student email account password is different from your MyNaropa password.
From this point forward, your Naropa email account will be the official communication channel between you and the University. Be sure to check your Naropa email account regularly for important updates.
If you did not receive the email with your login information, please contact the Data & Operations Manager.
If you received login information but are having difficulty accessing your account, please contact Naropa’s IT Department.
As an accepted student, you have the option to apply for and receive financial aid to assist in covering your educational expenses. Review the sections below for next steps.
You may apply for financial aid by completing the 2017-2018 FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). Naropa University’s school code is 014652. The priority filing deadline is March 1, but you may submit a FAFSA after that date. Students typically begin to receive their aid award notifications in late March. Learn more.
Note: once submitted, your FAFSA may be selected for verification. If so, you will be contacted with instructions on how to complete the verification process. Students must complete the verification process before they can receive a financial aid award.
You may apply for financial aid by completing the 2017-2018 Financial Aid Application for International Students. The priority filing deadline is March 1, but you may submit an application after that date. Students typically begin to receive their aid award notifications in late March. Learn more.
Students who are eligible for a refund may elect to have their funds electronically deposited into a personal bank account account.
If you decide not to request an electronic refund, make sure to update your contact information to so that you receive your refund check. See “Update Contact Information & FERPA Permissions” section below for instructions.
Questions may be directed to Student Financial Services.
Naropa University calls Boulder, Colorado home. Review the resources below to explore and secure housing options and more.
At Naropa’s residence halls, each apartment comes with access to a full kitchen, furnished living areas and bedrooms, plenty of closet space, access to outdoor community space, and wireless internet. They also include a laundry facility (included in your fees), a community meeting space, and a meditation room. If you plan to live on campus, complete a housing application. On campus housing is available to graduate students on a space-available basis.
On campus housing requires a $300 housing deposit. A housing confirmation packet will be sent during the summer with more details to prepare you in planning for move-in day (Wednesday, August 23).
We have many resources available for helping students find off campus housing in Boulder or easily accessible by public transportation along the Front Range.
The combination of buses and bikes makes it easy to commute without a car while attending Naropa University! Boulder and the surrounding Front Range have an extensive bus and bicycle commuter system in place, and the City of Boulder won Bicycling Magazine's Best City for Cycling award in 2006. RTD gives you the option of riding your bike to the bus stop and putting your bike on the bike rack at the front of the bus.
The Child Care Subsidy and Referrals (CCSR) program provides information and referrals to licensed child care, preschools, and other services for children and families. This is free service is available to all residents of Boulder County.
Alaya Preschool was founded in 1977 by students of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, Naropa University’s founder. Naropa University faculty and graduates, including those of the Early Childhood Education program, serve as the preschool’s staff. The school offers a 10% discount to students and scholarships are also available. Learn more.
Children’s Alley at the Boulder YWCA is a drop-in childcare center with sliding scale fees. The program serves children ages 6 weeks to 12 years old and offer extended hours including evenings and Saturdays.
Orientation is designed to help your transition into the intellectual, cultural, social, and energetic climate of Naropa University. Orientation is mandatory for all students new to Naropa University’s graduate program.
International Student Orientation (required for new international students): Wednesday, August 23 ∙ 1:00pm – 5:00pm ∙ Naropa University Arapahoe campus (2130 Arapahoe Ave, Boulder CO)
General Graduate Orientation (required for new graduate students): Friday, August 25 ∙ 9:00am – 5:00pm ∙ Naropa University Nalanda campus (6287 Arapahoe Ave, Boulder CO)
You may pick up your student ID and RTD CollegePass (if eligible) during Orientation. Please review the photo requirements and submit by July 28 or within 15 days of acceptance, whichever is later. If you are unable to submit a photo prior to Orientation, you may have your photo taken that day. Note that this will significantly delay the processing of your student ID and RTD CollegePass.
Registration instructions, including how to register in MyNaropa, what classes to sign up for, and which textbooks are required, will be emailed to your Naropa student email account. Registration times are unique to each graduate program, and registration typically starts in May.
To register for classes for your first semester at Naropa University, you must:
Students at provisional acceptance will not be cleared for registration until they are moved to full acceptance status.
Q. What is “full acceptance”?
A. Full acceptance means that all of your final official transcript(s) showing proof of degree completion, including final grades, have been received, as well as all official application requirements and materials (letters of recommendation, international transcript evaluations, etc). All prerequisite courses and/or requirements must be completed.
Q. What is “provisional acceptance”?
A. You received provisional acceptance into Naropa University if you are missing official versions of any application requirements.
In order to attend classes, all new students must meet the established immunization requirements.
Please submit either your childhood immunization records OR the Certificate of Immunization form via the button below by July 28, 2017 or within 15 days of acceptance, whichever is later.
Questions may be directed to the Student Affairs Coordinator.
As a student you may be eligible to enroll in Connect for Health Colorado with possible subsidies based on your income level. Note that the Colorado health exchange will only cover emergency services out of the state of Colorado. For more information and to explore coverage and pricing options, visit Connect for Health Colorado.
Now that you have been accepted to Naropa University, it’s very important to update your contact information if/when it changes prior to starting classes. This ensures that we will be able to maintain contact and support you throughout your journey here.
Step 1: Log in to MyNaropa.
Step 2: Scroll to the bottom section of the homepage (in gray) and click on “Personal Info” in the left upper corner.
Step 3: Click on the “Biographical Info” tab.
Step 4: Update your information accordingly and click “Submit.” Congratulations, you’re done!
Emergency contact information is required for all students. Use this form to update or change your emergency contact information.
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA) protects the privacy of your student records. Students who are currently or formerly enrolled at Naropa University are protected under FERPA. This means that non-directory information may not be disclosed except under specific circumstances unless you have completed a waiver.
You have three options regarding your information:
Questions may be directed to the Registrar.
As a new student, we encourage you to start engaging with your Naropa University community. Check out the ways to get connected below.
As a new member of the MFA Theater class of 2019, you are invited to join the Facebook group! Use this platform to connect with your new cohort however you wish. Introduce yourself, start a conversation, and learn more about your future Naropa family. Request to join here.
At Naropa University, there’s always something to do. Take a campus tour, meet with your admissions counselor, sit in on a class, and be sure to check out our upcoming events as well. Let us know your availability and we’ll take it from there.
Experience Naropa is an opportunity to explore contemplative education first-hand and meet the Naropa community. Join us for an upcoming event on:
Friday, May 19 - RSVP here
Friday, June 23 - RSVP here
Friday, August 4 - RSVP here
The Naropa University community is a social one, composed of seekers, makers, artists, activists, humanitarians, and more! Engage and connect with the Naropa community online below.
March 1: Priority deadline for financial aid applications (FAFSA, International Student Application for Financial Aid); deadline to apply for most graduate assistantship positions
April 1: Deadline to apply to most Naropa University scholarships
April 15 (or three weeks after acceptance, whichever is later): Confirmation deposit due
July 1: Accept or decline financial aid in MyNaropa
August 21: Tuition & fee payment due
August 23: Residence hall move-in; international student orientation
August 25: General graduate student orientation (mandatory for all new graduate students)
August 28: First day of classes; financial aid refunds available
View the complete 2017-2018 academic calendar
All offices are located in Wulsin Hall on the Arapahoe campus unless otherwise noted.
Office of Admissions
Stephanie San German, Graduate Admissions Counselor
303-546-3571 / email@example.com
Point person for all incoming MFA students; provides in-depth information regarding financial aid, registration, housing, orientation, and important dates and deadlines.
Student Financial Services
303-546-3509 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Resource for loan counseling, tuition and fee payments, FAFSA verification, payment plans, and electronic refunds.
303-546-3500 / email@example.com
Resource for registration process in MyNaropa.
Hayes Moore, Graduate Academic Advisor
303-546-3581 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Advises incoming MFA students regarding course selection, textbooks, and other program information.
Kristen Tully, Coordinator of Disability Resources
303-245-4749 / email@example.com
Assists students with disability accommodations and alternate format conversion.
Veteran & Military-Connected Student Services
Jessica Brejc, Assistant Director of Student Financial Services
303-546-5291 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Assists student veterans with application procedures for veteran education benefits, connects veterans with campus resources, and certifies enrollment to the VA (Chapters 30, 31, 33, 1606, 1607).
If you plan to use VA education benefits while attending Naropa, please contact Jessica as soon as you have been accepted.
International Student Services
Tashi Browder, Coordinator, International Student & Scholar Services
303-546-3562 / email@example.com
Provides ongoing support for international students and scholars, including visas and international student programming; Primary Designated School Official (PDSO).
Dr. Learie Nurse, Dean of Students
303-546-3506 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Provides resources regarding general student concerns, conflict resolution, and student conduct.
Ethan Jackson, Coordinator of Student & Campus Life
303-546-3549 / email@example.com
Oversees student groups, clubs, and organizations, student government, and the alternative breaks program.
Linda Faucheux, Director of Career & Community Engagement
303-546-3578 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Advises students in career planning, job searches, and resume/cover letter review.
Giovannina Jobson, Contemplative Practice Coordinator
303-245-4603 / email@example.com
Provides resources on contemplative practice opportunities and meditation instruction; plans and coordinates Community Practice Days.
In order to process your I-20 paperwork, please provide the following via the link below:
There are two options available to mail your I-20:
You must use the website provided above – do not go through the DHL, FedEx, or UPS directly. All communication will go through eShipGlobal, who will notify us that you are requesting your I-20 to be sent by express mail.
Orientation is designed to help your transition into the intellectual, cultural, social, and energetic climate of Naropa University. Orientation is mandatory for all new international students.
Wednesday, August 23, 2017 ∙ Naropa University Arapahoe campus (2130 Arapahoe Ave, Boulder CO)
As noncitizens, all F-1 and J-1 international students and scholars studying in the United States are expected to comply with the health insurance requirement of the Affordable Care Act. In order to comply with this requirement, Naropa requires all international students to have medical insurance.
International students are automatically enrolled in the student health insurance plan through the University with the option to waive it by providing proof that they are insured in some other way. Learn more about the Student Health Insurance Plan and the waiver process.
Questions may be directed to the Coordinator of International Student & Scholar Services.
Naropa University is proud to support veterans and military-connected students with programs and initiatives designed to help them achieve a fulfilling and successful educational experience.
If you plan to use VA education benefits while attending Naropa, please contact the School Certifying Official as soon as you have been accepted.
Jessica Brejc, School Certifying Official
Assists student veterans with application procedures for veteran education benefits, connects veterans with campus resources, and certifies enrollment to the VA (Chapters 30, 31, 33, 35, 1606, 1607).
Students requesting support services and/or reasonable accommodations from Naropa University are required to submit documentation of a disabling condition to verify eligibility under the Americans with Disabilities amendments Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and Disability Resources policies.
Naropa documentation requirements can be found at this website (must be logged into MyNaropa to view). The following process is required for all students requesting accommodations and services:
Step 1: Submit a completed Online Application and Request for Accommodations and Services
Step 2: Submit your documentation of disability via your application, email, or in-person.
Step 3: Schedule an intake appointment with the Disability Resources Coordinator. The process and procedures for using any approved accommodations will be discussed during this meeting.
Step 4: If approved for accommodations, you will be provided with a username and password for the Disability Resources Online System. You will need to enter your course numbers and select which accommodation requests you wish to receive. You must do this every semester; accommodations do not automatically carry over each semester.
Step 5: You and your professors will be sent a letter outlining your accommodations, via email.
Step 6: After the letters have been received, you are encouraged to meet with each professor to discuss the arrangements for receiving your accommodations.
Students who are unsure about the necessity for assistance are encouraged to speak to the Disability Resources Coordinator to explore their individual situation.Questions may be directed to the Disability Resources Coordinator