Transfer Student FAQ

  1. What type of credits will transfer?
  2. Can I apply to a major?
  3. Are there extra application requirements if I apply to a major?
  4. Can I send an unofficial printout of my transcript?
  5. Do I need to send my high school transcripts?
  6. How many credits can I transfer?
  7. Will my credits count as core requirements?
  8. Can I transfer credits into my major?
  9. Can I transfer courses from schools outside the United States?
  10. Can I get college credit for life and professional experience?
  11. When do I find out how my credits count toward my Naropa degree?
  12. Will my GPA be affected by transfer credits?
  13. Are graduate applicants eligible to transfer credit?
  14. Who can help me with complicated transfer questions?

What type of credits will transfer?

Naropa accepts transfer credit from regionally accredited higher education institutions (colleges and universities); from military colleges; and through the AP, IB, CLEP, and DANTES exams. Please see Naropa's transfer credit page for more information.

Can I apply to a major?

Yes, students can now declare a major at any point – even if they are first time freshmen.

Are there extra application requirements if I apply to a major?

Yes, supplemental applications or materials are required for the Music, Visual Arts, and Writing & Literature majors. Please refer to the transfer student "how to apply" instructions for specifics of each program.

Can I send an unofficial printout of my transcript?

No. Naropa can only accept official transcripts in their original, sealed envelopes. We require official transcripts from each accredited institution that has awarded you credit. Please send us your most current transcript, even if you apply mid-semester.  All transcripts should be sent directly to:

Office of Admissions
Naropa University
2130 Arapahoe Avenue
Boulder, CO 80302

Do I need to send my high school transcripts?

If you have accumulated 30 credit hours or fewer, you will need to send us both your high school transcript(s) and your college or university transcript(s). If you have earned 31 credit hours or more, you only need to send us your college or university transcript(s).

How many credits can I transfer?

Incoming undergraduate students are eligible to transfer up to 60 credit hours to Naropa's degree programs from other accredited institutions. This means that, at most, incoming students can begin their studies at Naropa as a first-semester junior.

Incoming graduate students are eligible to transfer up to 6 credit hours to their degree program.

Please see Naropa's transfer credit page for more information.

Will my credits count as core requirements?

Yes, if the course content is equivalent to a Naropa core course syllabus (with some exceptions—see below). Transferable credits that don't match core requirements will be assigned as electives. Please see Naropa's transfer credit page for more information.

Can I transfer credits into my major?

Generally, no. The exception is Naropa's Interdisciplinary Studies major, which potentially allows
up to 6 transfer credits where a student can demonstrate those courses' academic relevance to their learning agreement. If a student already has credits similar to their chosen major's required courses, the academic department may allow an alternative class to be taken instead. Please see Naropa's transfer credit page for more information.

Can I transfer courses from schools outside the United States?

Yes, if they are independently evaluated by an international evaluation agency and shown to be equivalent to college level work in the United States. Please see Naropa's transfer credit page for more information.

Can I get college credit for life and professional experience?

In most cases, incoming students cannot receive credit for previous life or professional experience. The only exception is if students take CLEP and DANTES exams in your chosen subjects. Please see Naropa's transfer credit page for more information.

When do I find out how my credits count toward my Naropa degree?

Naropa evaluates transfer credits for applicants only after they are accepted into the University's degree programs. The Registrar's Office sends successful applicants an initial transfer evaluation report within a few weeks after acceptance, and students have until the end of their entering semester to finalize their transfer credits with their academic advisor. Credits that are "in progress" during the application process can be evaluated for transfer once final grades are received.

If you would like to discuss your transcript with an admissions counselor before applying, you may set up an informal information session by phone or through an in-person appointment. Our counselors will be happy to discuss your transcript and the likelihood of transfer eligibility, but please note that the final transcript evaluation will be done by the Registrar's Office only after a student has been accepted.

Will my GPA be affected by transfer credits?

Your GPA at Naropa will not include your grades from other institutions.

Are graduate applicants eligible to transfer credit?

Naropa University's graduate programs may accept up to 6 semester units of transfer credit
from other universities. This is not an automatic policy; it is at the discretion of each department. Decisions are made on a case-by-case basis. Credits must have been earned within five years of application to Naropa, and must carry a grade of "B" or better. No Pass (P), Credit (CR), or Satisfactory (S) work will be accepted. Credits must come from a regionally accredited college (international on a case-by-case basis), and no credit will be awarded for contemplative practice courses.

Who can help me with complicated transfer questions?

Our admissions counselors will be happy to discuss your transfer questions! For the quickest response, we suggest emailing our office at admissions@naropa.edu with your questions. If you would like to speak with a counselor over the phone or in person, you may set up an information session by emailing admissionsevents@naropa.edu, calling our office at 303-546-3572 or 1-800-772-6951, or by filling out our undergraduate visitation form or graduate visitation form online. However, please note that only accepted students can receive an official transcript evaluation from our Registrar's Office.

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