How to Apply
Naropa University uses a rolling admissions policy. We are currently accepting applications for Fall 2013 enrollment, and will continue to accept applications through August 19, 2013 or until all places have been filled. Applying early is encouraged as this provides applicants with the greatest chance to be considered for financial aid eligibility and ensures that application documents reach us in a timely manner. However, the Office of Admissions will gladly continue to review all applications received at any point between now and August 19, 2013 (or until all places have been filled).
Three Ways of Applying
- Apply online. This is the preferred method of applying. When you apply online, you will be required to submit an application fee with a Visa or MasterCard. Current students, staff, faculty, and alumni are not required to submit an application fee.
- Print Naropa's undergraduate application and mail it to the Office of Admissions. You may also request that an application be mailed to you.
- 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. Please note: it is important that the Common Application supplement also includes your name, Social Security number, and telephone number, as the Common Application does not have an application tracking number.
Please send all mailed documents (including transcripts and letters of recommendation) to this address:
Office of Admissions
2130 Arapahoe Ave.
Boulder, CO 80302
General Undergraduate Admissions Requirements
Regardless of which method of applying you choose, a completed application to Naropa University's undergraduate program includes the following items:
- Parts A and B of the application form. Using the online application is strongly encouraged. Applicants may also print off the undergraduate application form and mail it to the Office of Admissions.
- Part C - three essays (view prompts here).
- A $50 nonrefundable fee. If you do not submit your payment online, then you may send the Office of Admissions a check or money order, payable to "Naropa University." Your name must be clearly indicated on the check.
- Official high school transcript. If educated outside of the United States, official evaluations of transcripts are required.
- Official copy of a GED (if you don't have a high school diploma), which must be accompanied by #4 above.
- If you are applying as a transfer student, you will need to send official college transcripts from every academic institution you have attended in addition to your high school transcript(s). Please see the "Transfer Student Requirements" section below. If educated outside of the United States, official evaluations of transcripts are required.
- One letter of recommendation from a teacher or someone who knows you well. The letter may not be from family members, spouses, or current or former therapists. The letter must be on or attached to the letter of recommendation form. You can download the letter of recommendation form here. This letter must be in a sealed envelope, and must be signed by the recommendation writer. Scans, faxes, copies, emails, and opened letters can not be accepted. If extenuating circumstances prevent the use of mail, please contact the Office of Admissions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- In some cases, a phone or in-person interview will be required. If you are selected for an interview, you will be contacted directly by an admissions counselor after you have submitted your application.
- Submission of creative work - creative writing samples, art slides, music (optional).
If an undergraduate applicant answered "Yes" to question #2 in the "Disciplinary History" section of the undergraduate application ("Have you ever been served with a restraining order, or a protection order, or been convicted of a misdemeanor, felony, or other crime?") the applicant will need to mail in the Disciplinary Form to the Office of Admissions.
Applicants may also submit creative work (creative writing samples, art slides, music, etc.) if desired.
International Applicant Supplemental Requirements
International applicants are required to also provide professionally evaluated copies of their transcripts, a separate financial aid form, and IELTS/TOEFL scores. Please review the international applicant admissions requirements for more information.
Transfer Student Application Requirements
- You will need to send Naropa your official transcript(s) from all accredited universities or colleges that you have attended prior to applying to Naropa, in addition to your official high school transcript(s) or GED.
- If educated outside of the United States, official evaluations of transcripts are required (both secondary and collegiate level).
- Please note that if transfer students have under 30 credits coming into Naropa, and/or are under 21 years of age, they will be required to live at Snow Lion, Naropa's on-campus dorm, for one semester.
- While you are welcome to set up an informal information session with an undergraduate to discuss your transcript, please note that Naropa does not offer official transcript evaluations until after an applicant has been accepted to Naropa. Please see the Establishing Transfer Credit page for more information on transfer credit eligibility.
Certificate Student Application Requirements
If you have already completed at least 60 semester credits at an accredited academic institution, you are eligible to apply for a one-year (30 semester credits) certificate program. Certificate programs are available in all majors with the exception of Early Childhood Education, Environmental Studies, Interdisciplinary Studies, Writing & Literature, and Performance. To apply, please use the undergraduate application and follow all the requirements listed above. Limited financial aid is available for certificate programs.