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When making admission decisions, Naropa University’s admissions committee considers academic background, connection to Naropa’s unique mission and ability to engage in contemplative, experiential college work. Nontraditional and home-educated students and all those with a high school degree or GED are welcome to apply.

Suggested Deadlines

As of May 1, we are still accepting fall 2012 applications for all undergraduate programs.

Naropa University uses a rolling admission policy. Applicants may apply as early as September for summer and fall admission. Applications received between September 1 and the suggested deadline will be given equal consideration. Applications received after the suggested deadline will be reviewed on a space-available basis.

Fall Semester Admission: January 15
Spring Semester Admission: October 15

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Four Ways of Applying to Naropa University

  1. Apply online. When you apply online, you will be required to submit the application fee with a Visa or MasterCard. Current students, staff, faculty and alumni are not required to submit an application fee. We recommend using Internet Explorer for our online application.
  2. Download the undergraduate application or the visiting student application.
  3. Request that an application be mailed to you.
  4. Naropa University is a member of the Common Application ( We welcome submissions either in paper or electronic form. We do require that students also submit the Common Application supplement and send it to us at: Office of Admissions, Naropa University, 2130 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder, CO 80302. Please note: It is important that the Common Application Supplement also include the student's name, Social Security number and telephone number, as the Common Application does not have an application tracking number.

Certificate Students: If you have completed at least 60 semester credits, you are eligible to apply for the one-year (30 semester credits) certificate program. Certificates are available in all majors with the exception of Environmental Studies, Interdisciplinary Studies, Writing and Literature and the BFA in Performance. Limited financial aid is available for certificate programs.

CLEP: The College Level Examination Program (CLEP) is administered by the College Board. It is offered in many subject areas. By taking a CLEP exam and receiving a passing score, you can earn up to 30 credits for transfer into college. CLEP tests are given at Red Rocks Community College in Denver, or to find out where exams are administered in your community, contact the national CLEP phone line at 609-771-7865; P.O. Box 6600, Princeton, N.J. 08541.

Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate Credit: Naropa University gives credit for both AP and IB exams. Please contact the Office of Admissions for more details.

Undergraduate Application Requirements

Regardless of which method of applying you choose,
a completed application to Naropa University’s undergraduate program includes the following items:

  1. Parts A and B of the application form.
  2. A $50 nonrefundable fee in the form of a check or money order, payable to “Naropa University.” The applicant's name must be clearly indicated on the check.
  3. Part C - Three Essays (all must be typed and double-spaced).
  4. Official high school transcript for first-year applicants (0 to 30 credits).
  5. Official copy of a GED (if no high school diploma), which must be accompanied by a high school transcript (see #4).
  6. Test Scores: Original score reports for the ACT and/or SAT tests are optional. Naropa’s ACT code is 4853; SAT code is 0908.
  7. Letters of Recommendation: One from a teacher and one from another teacher or someone who knows the applicant well other than a family member. We will not accept letters that are over one year old, and we prefer letters not be from current therapists. All letters must be on the forms provided.
  8. Interviews are available to anyone who is visiting campus or with one of the counselors who are traveling on the road. (Informational sessions are always available.) For the enrolling class of 2010/2011 interviews will not be required, but can be requested.
  9. Submission of creative work—poetry, art slides, music (optional).

International Students: Additional requirements for international students include:

  • Non-native English speakers must document English language proficiency by submitting official score sheets on the test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) showing that they have achieved the following minimum requirements: An iBT score of 80 or better for undergraduate students and 100 or better for graduate students, a computer-based score of 213 or better for undergraduate students and 250 or better for graduate students, or a paper-based score of 550 or better for undergraduate students and 600 or better for graduate students.
  • All records of post secondary education, including grades earned in each subject, must be evaluated by a recognized evaluation agency before being submitted along with the other application materials.
  • A Source of Funds document is required for accepted applicants who require a student visa

See more detailed information on international student admission requirements.