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Accepted Student Checklist

In order to make your transition here as smooth as possible, detailed below are the next steps you will need to take between now and the start of classes. Also included is information for valuable resources to help in your journey.

If you have any additional questions, don’t hesitate to contact the Office of Admissions (admissions@naropa.edu / 303-546-3572). We look forward to welcoming you to Naropa soon!

Confirm Your Spot

To accept your offer of admission and reserve your spot in the program, please submit a $250 confirmation deposit by May 1 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:

Naropa University
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.

Pay Confirmation Deposit

Official Transcripts

Naropa University requires official transcripts from any and all institutions where undergraduate or graduate coursework was completed, including Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) scores. An official transcript of a conferred high school diploma or official GED scores must be received by the Office of Admissions prior to beginning undergraduate coursework at Naropa.

Transcripts that were uploaded as part of your admission application are not considered official.

All official transcripts should be submitted directly to Naropa University from the high school, college, or university attended. If mailing, transcripts should be sent to:

Naropa University
Office of Admissions
2130 Arapahoe Ave
Boulder CO 80302

Electronic transcripts are also acceptable if sent directly from the previously-attended school 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 admissions@naropa.edu.

Note: In order to register for your first semester courses at Naropa University (see the “Course Registration” section below), you must have received full acceptance into Naropa University.

Q. What is “full acceptance”?

A. Full acceptance means that 1.) all of your final official transcript(s) showing proof of degree completion, including final grades, have been received; 2.) All official application requirements and materials (letters of recommendation, international transcript evaluations, etc) have been provided; and 3.) All prerequisite courses and/or requirements have been completed.

Q. What is “provisional acceptance”?

A. You received provisional acceptance into Naropa University if you are missing official versions of any application requirements.

activate your EMAIL

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.

Financial Aid & Tuition
How to apply for financial aid (us citizens)

You may apply for financial aid by completing the 2018-2019 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 or within a couple weeks of acceptance. 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.

How to apply for financial aid (non US-citizens)

You may apply for financial aid by completing the 2018-2019 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 or within a couple weeks after acceptance. Learn more.

Useful resources
Accept or decline your financial aid

Once you have been awarded financial aid, please login to MyNaropa to accept or decline each line item of your financial aid package (scholarships are automatically accepted). Please make your selections no later than July 1 or 15 days after you receive your award notification, whichever is later.

Electronic Refund Form

Pay Tuition Bill

Optional: Set up a payment plan

Naropa University offers a payment plan that breaks your tuition and fees into four monthly payments each semester. There is a $50 enrollment fee that must be paid each semester that you use the payment plan. To enroll, submit a Payment Plan Agreement along with your first payment.

General Payment Information 

Credit Card Payments

  • We accept Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover.
  • You can pay online through MyNaropa by finding “Billing and Payments” under the “Student” tab.  We can also take your CC info over the phone.
  • If you are calling in your info, please provide your credit card number, CVV code (for Visa, MasterCard and Discover it’s the last 3 digits on the back of your card; for American Express it’s the 4 digits on the front of your card), and expiration date. 

Check Payments

  • Make checks payable to Naropa University
  • Include student name and ID number in the memo field of the check
  • Send payments to:
    Naropa University
    ATTN: Coordinator of Student Accounts
    2130 Arapahoe Ave
    Boulder, CO 80302

Cash Payments

  • If paying by cash, please pay in person with the Coordinator of Student Accounts located on the first floor of Wulsin Hall, Arapahoe Campus.
  • NOTE: We are unable to provide change, so please bring the exact amount due.

Wire Transfer

  • Available upon request for international students. Please ask for additional information.

Questions may be directed to Student Financial Services, 303-546-3509.

ON-Campus Housing

On-campus housing is required for all students under the age of 21 and with fewer than 30 credits.

At Naropa’s residence halls, each unit comes with access to a full kitchen, furnished living areas and bedrooms, access to outdoor community space, and wireless internet. Units also have access to a free laundry facility, 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 non-required students on a space-available basis.

On-campus housing requires a $300 housing deposit. All or any part of your cleaning and room damage charges, key/fob loss will be deducted from your deposit at the end of your stay. A housing confirmation packet will be sent shortly after the priority deadline with more details to prepare you in planning for move-in day.

Living and Learning Communities 

Naropa University offers multiple Living and Learning Communities (LLC) between the two residence hall facilities. ALL first time first year students under the age of 21 are required to participate in an LLC, which includes a 1 credit course that is designed to support students’ transition into Naropa University. It is important that students choose their LLC in order of preference so as to be assigned within the best community of learning. This one credit course emphasizes community building and engagement, fosters connections among students and faculty, and creates intentionality within each student’s learning experience. Topics vary by section based on the theme of each Living & Learning Community. This course is taken for pass/fail credit.

Off-campus housing

We have many resources available for helping students find off-campus housing in Boulder, or easily accessible by public transportation along the Front Range. 

Neighboring cities: Arvada, Broomfield, Erie, Gunbarrel, Lafayette, Longmont, Louisville, Lyons, Nederland, Niwot, Superior, Westminster.

Other useful resources:


All full-time Naropa students receive a bus pass as part of their tuition, and 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.

Other useful resources:

  • RTD gets you in and around Boulder, Denver, and everywhere in between. Also includes routes to ski at Eldora Mountain Resort and to fly out of Denver International Airport. Naropa students in a full-time residency program (not hybrid/low-residency) receive an RTD CollegePass as part of their student package.
  • The Bike Shack provides general information and resources about biking in Boulder, plus bike mechanic basics, a build-a-bike program, repairs, and the opportunity to volunteer. Contact them at naropacycles@naropa.edu.
  • All Naropa students are entitled to a free pass for B-cycle, a nonprofit bike sharing organization with over 40 stations throughout Boulder.
  • The City of Boulder’s map of the transportation system includes a route-finding tool to help you get around town, multi-use and local bus maps, and more.
  • Parking permit applications can be found at the Business Service Center in the basement of the Lincoln Building (on the Arapahoe campus) and can be purchased for a single day or by the semester.
child care

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 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.



Early Access Registration

Early Access Registration is a special opportunity offered to new students during the summer to streamline their transition into Naropa. On May 16th, students who have already submitted their confirmation deposit will receive Early Access Registration information via their Naropa student email account; thereafter, students will receive this information in two week intervals through August 8th, based on the date of their confirmation deposit. The earlier you submit your confirmation deposit, the earlier you will receive registration access!

Next Steps:

1.     Activate your Naropa student email account, if you have not already done so. See the “Activate your Email” section above.

2.     Log in to your Naropa email account.

3.     Open the email titled “Registering for Your First Naropa Semester” (sent based on your confirmation deposit date, see above).

4.     Complete the Early Access Registration steps outlined in that email. This includes scheduling your phone registration appointment with an Early Access Advisor between June 1st and August 15th. 

Orientation Registration

If you submit your confirmation deposit after August 7th, you will have the opportunity to register for courses at New Student Orientation. At Orientation you will connect with your Academic Advisor who will support you with the registration process. To prepare for Orientation Registration, complete the steps below.

Next Steps:

1.   Activate your Naropa student email account, if you have not already done so. See the “Activate your Email” section above.

2.   Log in to your Naropa email account.

3.   Open the email titled “Registering for Your First Naropa Semester at Orientation.”

4.   Follow the Course Search steps outlined in that email, and create your potential semester schedule.

5.   Bring your potential schedule to Orientation.

Please note that Early Access Registration is simply an opportunity to streamline students’ transition into Naropa. All deposited students will be able to register for courses before the conclusion of New Student Orientation.

Naropa incoming student survey

Prior to New Student Orientation, please complete this important survey to help us learn more about you. This survey takes about 20 minutes to complete.


Required ONLINE training

Naropa University’s mission commits us to providing an educational and professional setting that promotes and delivers an environment free of all forms of discrimination, including sexual misconduct, and relationship violence.

It is very important that you complete the required online Title IX Training for Students prior to the start of the school year.

Begin Title IX Training

In this training, you will learn the legal basis for Naropa University's Gender Equity, Sexual Misconduct, and Relationship Violence Policy and Procedures, where and how to report alleged misconduct, what the grievance process looks like, how to reduce the risk of misconduct, and how to Stand Speak & Act as a Bystander. There are four sections to this course. Each section includes a narrated video presentation, followed by a short five question quiz. You must pass each quiz with an 80% before the next section can be accessed. To pass the entire course, you must obtain at least an 80% in all sections. If you are unable to complete the course with an 80%, there will be an in-person training to attend with the Title IX Coordinator.

Any questions that you may have related to your rights under Title IX may be directed to Sarah Silvas-Bernstein, Naropa’s Title IX Coordinator, at ssilvas@naropa.edu.

Immunization & Insurance

Review immunization 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 within 15 days of acceptance.


Questions may be directed to the Student Affairs Coordinator.

Learn about insurance options

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.

Update contact information & permissions

Keep in touch

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.

To update your contact information:

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

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:

  1. Request a non-release of student directory information. Use this form (must log into MyNaropa) to request that Naropa University does not release any of your information, including restrictions on verification of your degree.
  2. Waiver of FERPA rights. Use this form (must log into MyNaropa) to grant permission for another person to view your records.
  3. Do nothing. You are not required to submit either of the above forms. As a general policy, Naropa University does not disclose information to individuals outside the University without your permission. However, as a service to our students we do verify degrees for potential employers or loan companies.  

Questions may be directed to the Registrar.

Connect with Naropa

As a new student, we encourage you to start engaging with your Naropa University community. Check out the ways to get connected below.

Plan a visit

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. Observe your choice of two sample classes led by Naropa faculty, mingle with current students and faculty, and learn more about Naropa at an afternoon resource fair. Join us for an upcoming event on:

Friday, March 9
Friday, April 20
Friday June 22
Friday, August 3


Connect online

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.

  • Naropa’s blog—The Pilot Light—is dedicated to realizing our founder Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche’s vision of an awakened society. The Pilot Light features posts by faculty, glimpses into the student perspective, updates from the alumni community, and more.
  • Social media:
  • engage on social media

    The Naropa University community is a social one, composed of seekers, makers, artists, activists, humanitarians, and more! Engage and connect with Naropa community online by following us on social media platforms like FACEBOOK, TWITTER, INSTAGRAM, and YOUTUBE.

Additional Resources & Important Dates

Important dates

January 10: Spring Move-in

Jan 11-12: Orientation

March 1: Priority deadline for financial aid applications (FAFSA, International Student Application for Financial Aid)

April 1: Deadline to apply to most Naropa University scholarships

May 1: Confirmation deposit due

June 1: Early Access Registration begins

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 24-25: New Student Orientation (mandatory for all new undergraduate students)

August 28: First day of classes; financial aid refunds available

View the complete 2017-2018 academic calendar

Campus maps 

Who's who at Naropa University

All offices are located in Wulsin Hall on the Arapahoe campus unless otherwise noted.

Office of Admissions

Karen Wills, Director of Undergraduate Admissions & Recruiting

Teresa Veramendi, Assistant Director of Undergraduate Admissions & Recruiting

Matt Powers, Assistant Director of Undergraduate Admissions & Recruiting

Undergraduate admissions counselors provide in-depth information regarding programs of study, financial aid, registration, housing, orientation, and important dates and deadlines.

Student Financial Services

Resource for loan counseling, tuition and fee payments, FAFSA verification, payment plans, and electronic refunds.


Resource for registration process in MyNaropa.

Academic Advising

Austin Pick, Academic Advisor
Seann Goodman, Academic Advisor

Accessibility Services

Moises Hinojosa, Coordinator of Accessibility Resources
Assists students with disability accommodations and alternate format conversion.

Veteran & Military-Connected Student Services

Jessica Brejc, Assistant Director of Student Financial Services
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). 

If you plan to use VA education benefits while attending Naropa, please contact Jessica as soon as you have been accepted. 

Jenna Jennings, Veteran Success Coordinator & AmeriCorps VISTA
Point of contact for veteran support services on and off-campus.

International Student Services

Tashi Browder, Coordinator, International Student & Scholar Services
Provides ongoing support for international students and scholars, including visas and international student programming; Primary Designated School Official (PDSO). 

Student Affairs

Dr. Learie Nurse, Dean of Students
Provides resources regarding general student concerns, conflict resolution, and student conduct; oversees Naropa residence halls.

Ethan Jackson, Coordinator of Student & Campus Life
Oversees student groups, clubs, and organizations, student government, and the alternative breaks program.

Linda Faucheux, Director of Career & Community Engagement
Advises students in career planning, job searches, and resume/cover letter review.

Giovannina Jobson, Contemplative Practice Coordinator
Provides resources on contemplative practice opportunities and meditation instruction; plans and coordinates Community Practice Days.

International Student Resources

Submit I-20 supporting documentation

In order to process your I-20 paperwork, please provide the following via the link below:


Requesting delivery of your I-20

There are two options available to mail your I-20:

  1. Send by regular mail. Overseas mail typically takes four to six weeks. If you want your I-20 sent by regular mail, no response is required;
  2. Send by express mail. Express mail service allows you to receive your I-20 through DHL, FedEx, or UPS in three to five days. Requesting your immigration documents through express mail is at your own expense; you will be charged upon requesting the service. To request express mailing, visit:


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.

How to use eShipGlobal:

  • Create a username and password.
  • Have your Naropa student ID number, mailing address, email, phone number, and payment information ready.
  • When prompted, choose “Admissions” as the sender.
  • Request shipment to either your foreign address or to a US contact address. If shipping to a US contact address, please include the name of the person who lives at that address.
  • Please pay close attention to the information submitted, as errors in credit card or address information will result in a delay in the mailing of your I-20.
  • If you experience any difficulty in registering and processing the shipment, please use the “Help” link in the site for step by step instructions. If you have additional questions, please e-mail support@eshipglobal.com.

International student orientation

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

Health insurance for international students

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.

Veteran & Military-Connected Student Resources

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.

Resources for veterans and military-connected students:

  • Veterans should request information on eligibility requirements and application procedures from the Financial Aid Office, their local Veterans' Administration branch, or at gibill.va.gov.
  • All previous education transcripts and Military Joint Service Transcripts must be submitted to Naropa, and reviewed for transfer credit evaluation, prior to Enrollment Certification with the VA. Joint Service Transcripts can be requested on the following website: https://jst.doded.mil/smart/signIn.do

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).

Jenna Jennings, Veteran Success Coordinator & AmeriCorps VISTA
Point of contact for veteran support services on and off-campus. 

Karen Wills, Undergraduate Admissions Counselor

accessibility Services & Resources
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 Accessibility 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 Accessibility 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 Accessibility Resources Coordinator to explore their individual situation.

Questions may be directed to the Accessibility Resources Coordinator