Establishing Transfer Credit
At Naropa, we value the time and energy our transfer students have spent at their
previous academic institutions. The following transfer guidelines are designed to
help transfer students transfer in as much credit as possible, while still allowing
them to engage in the full Naropa experience.
We'd like to offer an unofficial transcript evaluation to any interested transfer
applicant. Once a student is accepted to Naropa University, the Registrar’s Office will prepare
an official transcript evaluation, documenting all transferable credit and how it
applies toward the core requirements or elective space. This official transcript evaluation can only take place after a student has been accepted to Naropa:
prospective students can not have official transcript evaluations. Upon arrival at
Naropa new students should meet with their advisors to approve the transcript evaluation.
Students have their first semester at Naropa to make any changes to this document,
including 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 to
General Transfer Credit Policies
- Incoming undergraduate students are eligible to have up to 60 credit hours transfer
to Naropa. This means that at maximum transfer students can begin as first-semester
junior (third year) students.
- Incoming graduate students are eligible to have up to 6 credit hours transfer to Naropa.
- Transfer credits need to be earned from an academic institution that has been accredited
by regional accreditation bodies. Credits earned at non-accredited schools will not
be eligible to be transferred, with the exception of credits earned by military members
with an official military transcript.
- If the credits were earned from an international institution they will need to be
evaluated by a professional evaluation service before they are submitted with the
transfer student's admissions applications (please see below for more information).
- Life experience cannot count as transferable credit. However, we will accept CLEP
and DANTES exams (please see below for more information).
- For incoming undergraduate students, a maximum of 30 technical/vocational credits
earned from an accredited academic institution can be accepted. Physical education
credits will not be accepted unless they resemble courses offered at Naropa, and general
health, physical education, and wellness courses are not accepted.
- In some cases, Naropa will accept scores from tests such as AP, IB, or CLEP tests
(please see below for more information).
- To count towards credit, courses need to have been taken for a grade, and not as pass/fail
or audited courses. The transfer student also needs to have earned the grade of "C"
or higher in each course.
- To count towards credit, courses cannot be remedial courses (less than a 100-level
- Most transfers credits work towards our core curriculum requirements or elective options
for undergraduate students. Only in rare cases with credit transfer into a major.
- While you are welcome to have an informal information session with an undergraduate
counselor to discuss your transcript, please note that Naropa does not offer official
transcript evaluations until after an applicant has been accepted to Naropa.
- Other limitations may apply, as determined by the Registrar at the time of the offical
transcript evaluation after the transfer student has been accepted.
Transfer Credit Earned Through Tests
A maximum of 30 semester credits may be earned through a combination of the following
- Advanced Placement Exams (AP)
Three undergraduate credits will be given for AP scores of 3 or higher. Scores below
3 are not accepted. AP scores can be sent from the College Board using Naropa’s ID
of # 0908. AP credits will be transferred only as elective credits (with the exception
of COR110 Writing Seminar 1), and may not be used as prerequisites.
- International Baccalaureate (IB)
Transfer students who have taken the six IB tests will receive 30 college credits
and sophomore standing if all six examinations received the score of 4 or above. If
any exam score was under 4, 6 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 or 4 or above. No college credits will be given for SL scores.
- College Level Examination Program (CLEP)
CLEP is a national program administered by the College Board. Naropa University grants
college credit in subject areas that do not duplicate prior college coursework, using
the minimum passing score recommended by the American Council on Education. CLEP credits
may be used to fulfill the Naropa's core curriculum requirements, but may not be used
as prerequisites. To find where exams are administered in your community, contact
the national CLEP phone line at 609-771-7865; P.O. Box 6600, Princeton, NJ 08541.
- DSST/DANTES Exams
These exams are available in a wide range of topics. Naropa uses the minimum passing
score recommended by the American Council on Education (ACE).
Applicants Educated Outside the United States
Applicants (including United States citizens and permanent residents educated outside
the United States) must have all secondary and post-secondary school transcripts from
academic institutions outside the United States evaluated on a course-by-course basis
by a professional evaluation service, and forwarded to the Naropa Admissions Office
for evaluation with other application materials. Examples of evaluation services include
Josef Silny, WES, and Global Academic Evaluators. In these cases, applicants only need to submit the official evaluated transcripts;
the original transcripts from the international institution are not required. For
more information on international applicant admissions requirements, please visit
Quarter and Semester Credits
Naropa University operates on a semester credit system, while some colleges and community
colleges use a quarter or trimester system. To convert quarter credits into semester
credits, multiply the quarter credit number by 0.67. Naropa does not accept any credit