How to Apply to Naropa

First-Time Students

Out-of-the box-majors

This isn’t your parents’ bachelor’s degree. (Unless your folks went to Naropa.)

At Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado, we offer compelling undergraduate majors and minors that combine the intellectual traditions of the East and West with hands-on learning, radical self-discovery, and a campus culture that is arguably unlike any other in the world.

The result: You graduate understanding your gifts and how you want to present them to the world.

Naropa University uses a rolling admissions policy.

Applying early 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 until the school year begins or until all spots for incoming students are filled.

To ensure fairness, applications received will be reviewed in the order they are received by the Office of Admissions.


An education here is like no other. Our undergraduate programs are both academically rigorous and personally transformative. Naropa University offers a whole-person education for students who desire to become the change they want to see in the world. We recognize the unhealthy tension that many exclusionary admission practices nationwide cause students and their families. Naropa is committed to an admissions policy that mitigates this tension while emphasizing diversity and inclusion, reflecting the true nature of contemplative education in the process.

The goal of the Office of Admissions is to find students who are prepared for the work ahead.

Students should not confuse our non-traditional admissions process with a lack of academic rigor. A Naropa education requires extensive reading, academic research, writing, and hands-on exploration associated with a curriculum that inspires deep introspection, self-growth, and an acute level of emotional intelligence. Naropa’s small class sizes and dedicated faculty demand thoughtful preparation and engagement from all students in an educational environment that emphasizes mindfulness and academic inquiry.

If you have a history of strong academic performance, we welcome you into our community with minimal admissions requirements so that we may begin the work of preparing you to succeed. We also recognize that prior academic performance may not accurately reflect your potential for success at Naropa. If your academic performance has not been strong in the past, but you believe that you could benefit from a Naropa education and effectively contribute to the Naropa community, we strongly encourage you to begin the application process now.

Please note: As of May 2022, Naropa will only allow a prospective student to apply to one program at a time. If you would like to apply to a different program or term, please contact your admission counselor or

Apply to Naropa

Fill out a short admissions application and submit your transcripts. An Admissions Counselor will make every attempt to review your application and issue a decision within a week of receiving all required documents. The documents you are required to submit depend on your prior academic performance. If you have any questions about which documents we require of you, you can simply begin by completing the admissions application.

We are here to support you through this process. Please do not hesitate to contact or  1-800-772-6951 with any questions.

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Admission Requirements

Students with 3.0 GPA or Higher

Academic Performance

  • 3.0 GPA
  • 83+ on the 100-point Grading Scale
  • GED 175+

Application Requirements

  • Official transcripts and/or GED scores

Students with Less than 3.0 GPA

Academic Performance

  • Less than 3.0 GPA
  • Less than 83+ on the 100-point Grading Scale
  • GED 145-174
  • Home school transcript
  • Narrative transcript

Application Requirements

  • Official transcripts and/or GED scores
  • Essay
  • Consultation with Admissions

Questions? Give us a call today.