How to Apply

Priority Deadlines

Naropa University uses a rolling admissions policy. All applications received before the priority deadline will be given equal consideration. Applying before the priority deadline also provides applicants with the greatest chance to be considered for financial aid eligibility and allows us to process application documents in a timely manner. However, the Office of Admissions will gladly continue to review applications received after the priority deadline until the school year begins or until all spots for incoming students are filled. To ensure fairness, applications received after the priority deadline will be reviewed in the order they are received by the Office of Admissions.

  • October 15 (spring admission)

Three Ways of Applying

  1. 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.
  2. Print Naropa's undergraduate application and mail it to the Office of Admissions. You may also request that an application be mailed to you.
  3. Naropa University is a member of the Common Application. We welcome submissions either in paper or electronic form.

Please send all mailed documents (including transcripts and letters of recommendation) to this address:

Naropa University
Office of Admissions
2130 Arapahoe Ave.
Boulder, CO 80302

Readmission Application Process

The readmission application is for students that have been away from Naropa University for more than two semesters and wish to resume their studies. By submitting this application you are granting permission to the Office of Admissions personnel to request an unofficial copy of your Naropa transcript.  If you have a financial hold on your account, you must resolve it prior to submitting this form.

If you left the university in good academic standing with a grade point average of 2.0 or higher, please complete the readmission form and either mail or deliver the completed form to the Naropa University Office of Admissions.  Or you may email your completed form to admissions@naropa.edu and make sure to insert “Readmit” in the subject line. If you attended other institutions during your absence from Naropa, you also need to submit official transcripts with final grades.

Students who are not in good academic standing (GPA below 2.0) or who have been suspended or dismissed must appeal for readmission by completing the steps outlined below.  Your appeal will be reviewed by the Readmission Review Committee in the Office of Admissions.  After the Committee has met, the student will be notified by email of the decision and the follow up action to be taken.

Students must submit the following documents to the Office of Admissions for consideration:

  1. A completed Application for Readmission
  2.  A typewritten letter of appeal, explaining the circumstances that led to the suspension/dismissal or withdrawal, and what has changed in your life that makes you a candidate for readmission.
  3.  Official transcripts with final grades from other institutions you attended during your absence from Naropa University.

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:

  1. 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.
  2. Part C - essay (view prompts here).
  3. 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.
  4. Official high school transcript. If educated outside of the United States, official evaluations of transcripts are required.
  5. Official copy of GED transcript (if you don't have a high school diploma), which must be accompanied by #4 above.
  6. 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.
  7. One letter of recommendation from a teacher, school counselor, or a supervisor (volunteer or professional). The letter may not be from family members, spouses, current or former case managers, 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 admissions@naropa.edu.
    Common Application users:  Please note that the above requirements regarding the letter of recommendation apply to Common Application candidates as well.  We require only one letter of recommendation from an academic source or a non-academic source such as a supervisor (volunteer or professional).    
  8. 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.
  9. Submission of creative work - creative writing samples, art slides, music (optional).  Please mail to the Office of Admissions at Naropa University or email to admissions@naropa.edu.

Supplemental Materials

If an applicant answered "Yes" to either of the two questions in the “Required Statements" section of the undergraduate application the applicant is required to fill out our online Disciplinary Form.

Applicants may also submit creative work (creative writing samples, art slides, music, etc.) if desired, but this is not a requirement.

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.

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