Undergraduate Admitted Student Checklist
Preparing for Naropa/Post-Acceptance Steps
To accept your offer of admission and reserve your spot in the program, please submit a $250 confirmation deposit within 15 days of your acceptance date. This deposit is applied toward your first semester’s tuition bill. It is not refundable and cannot be applied to a different semester if you defer your acceptance.
To pay your deposit, log into your Naropa Application Account here. Navigate to your application then to Decision History and click “Respond Now.”
Naropa requires that students submit official transcripts from high school (or equivalent), and from all college-level institutions where the student has enrolled. Even if coursework was not completed, submitting the transcripts is required. Students should also submit Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) test scores to receive credit.
Naropa students have until the end of their first semester to submit all college-level transcripts unless the transcripts are fulfilling minimum education requirements. Please ask your admissions counselor about what’s required before the start of your first semester. However, transfer credit cannot be awarded until official transcripts are received.
To be considered official, transcripts can be:
- Emailed directly from the school to firstname.lastname@example.org using a secure email service. If a transcript is emailed not using a secure service, or not directly to Naropa, it cannot be considered official.
- Delivered in person or by mail in its original, unopened envelope.
- Mailed directly from the school to: Naropa University Office of Admissions, 2130 Arapahoe Avenue, Boulder, CO 80302.
If you have questions about submitting transcripts, please contact your admissions counselor.
All Naropa students are provided with a student email account, a student ID, and access to Naropa’s student portal, MyNaropa. In addition, Naropa students are provided with access to Microsoft Office 365 and its suite of applications. For assistance with student accounts, please contact Naropa’s IT Department via helpdesk.
MyNaropa is Naropa’s student portal, providing important resources for financial aid, course registration, academic advising, and much more. Login credentials are emailed to students after acceptance.
Accepted students will receive an email containing login information for their student email account. Login credentials are usually emailed within a couple days of acceptance and are sent to the student’s personal email account.
Naropa email accounts are considered the official communication channel between students and the university. Be sure to activate your student email account and check it regularly for important updates.
Access your student email either through the link at the top of MyNaropa or by going to Microsoft Outlook.
Microsoft Office 365
In addition to email, Naropa students are provided access to the online version of Microsoft Office, which includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, and other popular Microsoft products. (Login credentials for Office 365 and student email accounts are the same.)
Access your Office 365 account at Office 365.
All Naropa students are issued a unique student identification number by email within a few days of being accepted. If at any time you need to look up your student ID, you may view it in Student Self-Service under your User Profile.
Naropa students have access to a variety of state, federal, and institutional forms of financial aid. The first step in the financial aid process is to submit a FAFSA or an International Student Aid Application. After an aid application has been submitted, you can check on its status and review your financial aid award on MyNaropa.
For help with the financial aid process, or general questions about affording Naropa, please email Student Financial Services, Schedule a Meeting with a Counselor or call 303-546-3509. For help with tuition and payment, please email Student Accounts or call 303-546-3554.
Apply for financial aid by completing the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). Naropa University’s school code is 014652. The priority filing deadline is March 1 for students starting in the fall and October 1 for students starting in the spring, but you may submit a FAFSA after that date. Depending on the time of year, students typically begin to receive their aid award notifications within a couple weeks of acceptance. Learn more.
Note: Once submitted, your FAFSA may be selected for verification. If so, you will be contacted with instructions on how to complete the verification process. Students must complete the verification process before they can receive a financial aid award.
Apply for financial aid by completing the Financial Aid Application for International Students. The priority filing deadline is March 1 for students starting in the fall, and November 1 for students starting in the spring, but you may submit an application after that date. Students typically begin to receive their aid award notifications in late March or within a couple weeks after acceptance. Learn more.
- General financial aid policies
- Types of financial aid: scholarships, work study, and federal student loans (domestic students only)
- Estimate your annual cost to attend Naropa with Net Price Calculator
Accept or Decline Your Financial Aid
Once you have been awarded financial aid, please login to Self-Service and select the Financial Aid tab to review your financial aid checklist and complete any required items.
Please remember to make a decision on your awards (accept or decline—scholarships and/or grants are automatically accepted) by July 1 if you’re starting in the fall, December 1 if you’re starting in the spring, or 15 days after you receive your award notification, whichever is later.
If you have accepted loans, please remember to review the financial aid checklist after you have accepted the loans, for any additional steps which may be required.
Pay Tuition Bill
Optional: Set up a payment plan
Naropa University offers a payment plan that breaks your tuition and fees into three monthly payments each semester. There is a $45 enrollment fee that must be paid each semester that you use the payment plan. To enroll, go to Self-Service and then click on the the “Payment & Refund Center” link. You’ll be taken to our TouchNet payment portal where you can enroll in the plan.
General Payment Information
Credit Card Payments
- We accept Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover.
- You can pay online through Self-Service. By clicking “Payment & Refund Center” you will be taken to our TouchNet payment portal. Or you can use this scheduling system to set up a time to pay with a debit
or credit card over the phone.
- If you are calling in your info, please provide your credit card number, CVV code (for Visa, MasterCard and Discover it’s the last 3 digits on the back of your card; for American Express it’s the 4 digits on the front of your card), and expiration date.
- Make checks payable to “Naropa University.”
- Include student name and ID number in the memo field of the check
- Send payments to:
Naropa University, ATTN: Coordinator of Student Accounts, 2130 Arapahoe Avenue, Boulder, CO 80302
- If paying by cash, please pay in person with the Coordinator of Student Accounts located on the first floor of Wulsin Hall, Arapahoe Campus.
- NOTE: We are unable to provide change, so please bring the exact amount due.
- Available upon request for international students. Please ask for additional information.
All full-time students under the age of 21 with fewer than 30 semester credits are required to spend their first year in one of Naropa’s two residence halls. Students may be exempted for valid medical reasons, or if living with parents/guardians within a 40 mile radius of Boulder. Learn more about housing exemptions.
Students not required to live in campus housing may apply to live on campus, however space is limited so please apply as soon as possible.
At Naropa’s residence halls, each unit comes with access to a full kitchen, wireless internet, and furnished living areas and bedrooms. Units also have access to free laundry, a community meeting space, and a meditation room. Both of Naropa’s residence halls are located within walking distance of the Arapahoe Campus, and are accessible to downtown Boulder, RTD bus routes, and a wide variety of shopping.
On-campus housing requires a $300 housing deposit. Pay your deposit. You will need to login with your Naropa student email credentials. Select Payment & Refund Center and then the Deposits tab to pay your housing deposit. (The housing deposit is not the same as the $250 confirmation deposit for the undergraduate program.)
All or any part of your cleaning and room damage charges, key/fob loss will be deducted from your deposit at the end of your stay. A housing confirmation packet will be
sent shortly after the priority deadline with more details to prepare you in planning for move-in day.
Living and Learning Communities
Naropa University offers Living and Learning Communities (LLC) within the two residence hall facilities. ALL students under the age of 21 who have not completed 30 college credits are required to participate in an LLC, which includes a one-credit, pass/fail course that is designed to support each student’s transition into Naropa University. Each LLC is centered on a common theme or academic component. They emphasize community building and engagement, fostering connections among students, faculty, and support staff by creating an intentional learning community.
Students choose their preferred LLC when submitting their housing application.
We have many resources available for helping students find off-campus housing in Boulder, or easily accessible by public transportation along the Front Range. We are pleased to announce the launch of the new Naropa Off-Campus Housing Website at offcampus.naropa.edu!
Need help finding roommates? Want roommates who “get” Naropa? Check out the new Virtual Roommate Mixer hosted by the Office of Campus and Residential Life! Here you can connect and engage with other Naropa students around living arrangements, common interests, and more. Start creating your own community today!
Our Virtual Roommate Mixer is hosted on MyNaropa, so you will need your Naropa login information handy. For other questions or more information, please contact Stephan Taylor, the Director of Campus and Residential Life, via email at email@example.com.
Other useful resources:
- Map of Boulder neighborhoods
- Naropa University’s off-campus housing resources
- Boulder Creative Housing’s Facebook page
- Craigslist – be sure to search “Naropa”!
- Housing Helpers Colorado
- Boulder Property Management
- Fowler Rentals
- Sunnyside Property Management
- Mock Realty
- ForRent University
All in-residence full-time Naropa students receive a bus pass as part of their tuition, and the combination of buses and bikes makes it easy to commute without a car while attending Naropa University. Boulder and the surrounding Front Range have an extensive bus and bicycle commuter system in place, and the City of Boulder won Bicycling
Magazine’s Best City for Cycling award in 2006. RTD gives you the option of riding your bike to the bus stop and putting your bike on the bike rack at the front of the bus.
Other useful resources:
- RTD gets you in and around Boulder, Denver, and everywhere in between. Also includes routes to ski at Eldora Mountain Resort and to fly out of Denver International Airport. Naropa students in a full-time residency program (not hybrid/low-residency) receive an RTD CollegePass as part of their student package.
- The Bike Shack provides general information and resources about biking in Boulder, plus bike mechanic basics, a build-a-bike program, repairs, and the opportunity to volunteer. Contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- All Naropa students are entitled to a free pass for B-cycle, a nonprofit bike sharing organization with over 40 stations throughout Boulder.
- The City of Boulder’s map of the transportation system includes a route-finding tool to help you get around town, multi-use and local bus maps, and more.
- Parking permit applications can be found at the Business Service Center in the basement of the Lincoln Building (on the Arapahoe campus) and can be purchased for a single day or by the semester.
The Child Care Subsidy and Referrals (CCSR) program provides information and referrals to licensed child care, preschools, and other services for children and families. This free service is available to all residents of Boulder County.
Alaya Preschool was founded in 1977 by students of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, Naropa University’s founder. Naropa University faculty and graduates, including those of the Elementary Education program, serve as the preschool’s staff. The school offers a 10% discount to students and scholarships are also available.
Children’s Alley at the Boulder YWCA is a drop-in childcare center with sliding scale fees. The program serves children ages 6 weeks to 12 years old and offer extended hours including evenings and Saturdays.
Keep in touch
Now that you have been accepted to Naropa University, it’s very important to update your contact information if/when it changes prior to starting classes. This ensures that we will be able to maintain contact and support you throughout your journey here.
To update your contact information:
Step 2: At the upper right corner of the screen, click on your username and then click on User Profile.
Step 3: On this page, please confirm or update your addresses and contact information.
Step 4: Then, update or confirm your Emergency Contact information by clicking again on your username at the upper right corner and selecting Emergency Information.
After Confirming Your Spot
Accepted students who have submitted their Confirmation Deposit will meet with their assigned Academic Advisor—either over the phone or in person—to discuss their degree plan and register for their first semester classes.
To be eligible to register, accepted students must first submit a $250 Confirmation Deposit. (Please note that while students will be able to register for classes without first having submitted all official transcripts, official transcripts from all schools attended—including high school—must be provided. If all official transcripts are not submitted by the start of the semester, financial aid cannot be disbursed and a registration hold for future semesters will be applied to your student account.)
Students who wish to register at the start of the registration window are advised to confirm their spot no later than a full week prior to registration. Students who submit their deposit thereafter will be invited to register on a rolling basis — the earlier you submit your transcripts and confirmation deposit, the earlier you will receive registration access!
Registration instructions will be emailed to Naropa student email accounts. If you haven’t accessed your student email yet, please do so as soon as possible.
Spring 2023 Undergraduate Orientation: January 13, 2023
Orientation is designed to help your transition into the intellectual, cultural, social, and energetic climate of Naropa University. The full schedule for Orientation will be posted on the New Student Orientation page on MyNaropa.
Online undergraduate students are not required to attend in-person orientation on January 13 but are more than welcome to attend if they are in the area and would like to come to the in-person day. Online students will be added to an orientation course on Canvas, Naropa’s learning management platform before the start of the spring semester.
Orientation is mandatory for all students new to Naropa University’s undergraduate program.
Naropa University’s mission commits us to providing an educational and professional setting that promotes and delivers an environment free of all forms of discrimination, including sexual misconduct, and relationship violence while also giving us space to heal from within and engage each other with mindfulness and intention.
Naropa provides a required course for all community members, Creating a Culture of Respect, which offers foundational skills for every member of the Naropa community, including:
- recognizing and preventing sexual assault
- empathy, allyship & bystander intervention
- reporting procedures at Naropa
- Title IX and the Clery Act
- learning more about Naropa University’s Gender Equity, Sexual Misconduct, and Relationship Violence Policy and Procedures
Students will be invited to the Creating a Culture of Respect course as a yearly requirement shortly after they begin at Naropa.
Any questions that you may have related to your rights under Title IX may be directed to Naropa’s Title IX Coordinator, at email@example.com.
Required Steps After Registration (To Do Before the Start of the Semester)
All Colorado college students must meet the following immunization requirement: two doses of the Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR) vaccine. Before attending class (in-person only), students must submit either their childhood immunization records OR the Certificate of Immunization form. Please note that proof of immunization using the form requires the signature of a health practitioner.
Naropa University requires that all full-time undergraduate students have health insurance coverage. Students will automatically be enrolled in the Naropa Student Health Insurance Plan unless a waiver and proof of comparable coverage is submitted.
The ability to accept/waive the student health insurance plan does not open for the fall semester until June 17. Student health insurance plans will not be in the Gallagher system until students are registered for full-time classes. Only when students are registered for full-time classes will they be able to log into the Gallagher site.
Details of the 2022–2023 Student Health Insurance Plan can be found at the Gallagher Student Naropa portal.
Students are also highly encouraged to confirm their enrollment in the student plan as early as possible so that they may gain access to their coverage when it becomes available.
Students who are sure that they will be using a comparable healthcare coverage not provided by Naropa should waive the university’s plan as soon as possible. (Please note that new students are not usually added to Gallagher’s database until close to the start of each semester.)
Online students are not eligible for student health insurance and do not need to waive or enroll in the policy.
To confirm or waive the Naropa student health plan:
- Go to gallagherstudent.com/naropa.
- Click on ‘Student Waive/Enroll’.
- Log in. Your user name is your Naropa University email address. The first time you login, your temporary password will be your student ID number. You will be required to change your password the first time you log in.
- Complete the decision form:
- If waiving coverage, have your current health insurance ID card ready as you will need this information in order to complete the waiver portion of the decision form. You will be asked to review the information provided and click ‘submit’ to complete the process. Immediately upon submitting your Online Form you will receive a reference number. Please note and keep this information in your files.
- If enrolling, please complete the requested information. Your ID card will be available online 7-10 business days after your eligibility has been confirmed.•
Alternative Insurance Options
Naropa students may be eligible to enroll in Connect for Health Colorado with possible subsidies based on income level. Note that the Colorado health exchange will only cover emergency services out of the state of Colorado. For more information and to explore coverage and pricing options, visit Connect for Health Colorado.
Questions about immunization or health insurance may be directed to the Student Affairs Coordinator.
Student IDs are required to access Naropa campus buildings and facilities, and for security reasons will not be mailed. You may pick up your student ID and RTD CollegePass (if eligible) during Orientation or by contacting Tashi Browder.
A photo is required for both the student ID and RTD pass. Photo requirements:
- Only .jpg formatting
- Must be in color
- Must clearly show your whole face
- No hats or sunglasses
- Background should be plain (not having anything other than you) and a light color(white, beige, and blue preferred)
Please note: Naropa does not mail Student IDs due to security reasons. Online students do not need to submit a photo for their student ID and are not eligible for an RTD CollegePass. Online students interested in obtaining a Student ID must pick it up on Naropa’s Arapahoe campus in Boulder, Colorado.
Incoming Naropa students may wish to submit a FERPA waiver form to grant permissions for others, such as parents or spouses, to access your records and speak to Naropa staff about sensitive information, such as billing and financial aid.
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA) protects the privacy of your student records. Students who are currently or formerly enrolled at Naropa University are protected under FERPA. This means that non-directory information may not be disclosed except under specific circumstances unless you have completed a waiver.
You have two options regarding your information:
- Waiver of FERPA rights. Use this form to grant permission for another person to view your records.
- Do nothing. You are not required to submit the above form. As a general policy, Naropa University does not disclose information to individuals outside the University without your permission. However, as a service to our students we do verify degrees for potential employers or loan companies.
Questions may be directed to the Registrar
The Naropa University community is a social one, composed of seekers, makers, artists, activists, humanitarians, and more! Engage and connect with the Naropa community online below.
Naropa’s blog—The Pilot Light—is dedicated to realizing our founder’s vision of an awakened society. The Pilot Light features posts by faculty, glimpses into the student perspective, updates from the alumni community, and more.
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- Arapahoe campus
- Nalanda campus
Who’s Who at Naropa University?
All offices are located in Wulsin Hall on the Arapahoe campus unless otherwise noted.
Office of Admissions
Undergraduate admissions counselors provide in-depth information regarding programs of study, financial aid, registration, housing, orientation, and important dates and deadlines. Meet the Admissions Team
Career & Life Development
Connect with us for the following:
- Career / Internship / Field Placement / Major Exploration
- Uncovering your core values, beliefs and strengths
- Savvy Job Search Strategies
- Resume and Cover Letter development
- Insider Interviewing Skills
- Graduate school preparation
- Entrepreneurial ventures
- Life Direction and Contemplation
Danielle Swaser, Assistant Director Career and Life Development 303-245-4763 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Student Financial Services
303-546-3509 / email@example.com
Resource for loan counseling, tuition and fee payments, FAFSA verification, payment plans, and electronic refunds.
303-546-3500 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Moises Hinojosa, Coordinator of Accessibility Resources
303-245-4749 / email@example.com
Assists students with disability accommodations and alternate format conversion.
Veteran & Military-Connected Student Services
Jessica Brejc, Director of Student Financial Services
303-546-5291 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Assists student veterans with application procedures for veteran education benefits, connects veterans with campus resources, and certifies enrollment to the VA (Chapters 30, 31, 33, 1606, 1607). If you plan to use VA education benefits while attending Naropa, please contact Jessica as soon as you have been accepted.
International Student Services
Tashi Browder, Coordinator, International Student & Scholar Services
303-546-3562 / email@example.com
Provides ongoing support for international students and scholars, including visas and international student programming; Primary Designated School Official (PDSO).
Accepted students who require a visa to attend Naropa must submit the following via their application account:
- Copy of passport (for student and any dependents)
- Financial documentation
If you require a student visa to study at Naropa, please connect with your Admissions Counselor to discuss as soon as possible. Naropa will need to submit your information to the US government and then the student is required to interview at a US embassy for a visa – this process can take varying lengths of time, depending on the country you are coming from, so please submit all visa requirements and discuss with your admissions representative as soon as possible.
Requesting delivery of your I-20
There are two options available to mail your I-20:
- Send by regular mail. Overseas mail typically takes four to six weeks. If you want your I-20 sent by regular mail, no response is required;
- Send by express mail. Express mail service allows you to receive your I-20 through DHL, FedEx, or UPS in three to five days. Requesting your immigration documents through express mail is at your own expense; you will be charged upon requesting the service. To request express mailing, visit:
You must use the website provided above – do not go through the DHL, FedEx, or UPS directly. All communication will go through eShipGlobal, who will notify us that you are requesting your I-20 to be sent by express mail.
How to use eShipGlobal:
- Create a username and password.
- Have your Naropa student ID number, mailing address, email, phone number, and payment information ready.
- When prompted, choose “Admissions” as the sender.
- Request shipment to either your foreign address or to a US contact address. If shipping to a U.S. contact address, please include the name of the person who lives at that address.
- Please pay close attention to the information submitted, as errors in credit card or address information will result in a delay in the mailing of your I-20.
- If you experience any difficulty in registering and processing the shipment, please use the “Help” link in the site for step-by-step instructions. If you have additional questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Health insurance for international students
As non-citizens, all F-1 and J-1 international students and scholars studying in the United States are expected to comply with the health insurance requirement of the Affordable Care Act. In order to comply with this requirement, Naropa requires all international students to have medical insurance.
International students are automatically enrolled in the student health insurance plan through the University with the option to waive it by providing proof that they are insured in some other way. Learn more about the Student Health Insurance Plan and the waiver process.
Questions may be directed to the Coordinator of International Student & Scholar Services.
Naropa University is proud to support veterans and military-connected students with programs and initiatives designed to help them achieve a fulfilling and successful educational experience.
If you plan to use VA education benefits while attending Naropa, please contact the School Certifying Official team at email@example.com as soon as you have been accepted.
VA Education Benefit Checklist
STEP 1 – APPLY FOR BENEFITS or UPDATE PROGRAM/PLACE OF TRAINING
- Call/By Mail: 888-442-4551, Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. ET, to request that we send the application to you. Fill it out and mail it to the VA regional claims processing office.
- In person: Go to a VA regional office and have a VA employee help you
STEP 2 – SEND REQUIRED PAPERWORK TO NAROPA
- Proof of Eligibility – After the above application has processed with the VA, you will receive a new Certificate of Eligibility letter. The C.O.E. will detail the percentage of benefits you are eligible to receive through the VA. Once received, please upload a copy to us. However, it may take a while for the VA to issue the Certificate of Eligibility Letter to you so you may send us an eBenefits print out of entitlement information, as a placeholder.
- ALL Previous Education Transcripts – The VA requires all education transcripts to be reviewed, even if VA benefits were not being used at the time and/or you feel that the courses would not be relevant.
- Joint Service Transcripts (JST) – This is only a requirement for Veterans, not for Chapter 35 recipients or individuals using Transfer of Entitlement (ToE).
- Joint Service Transcripts can be requested at https://jst.doded.mil/ for all military branches except Air Force. Air Force personnel should contact CCAF to receive transcripts.
STEP 3 – REGISTRATION
- Meet with your academic advisor – It is essential to meet with your advisor before registration each semester to review degree progress and build your course schedule.
- Register for courses – VA education benefits will only cover courses that are required for degree completion. If you plan to take a course that is not required for your degree, you MUST notify the SCO and you may be responsible for paying for the course out of pocket.
- Notify SCO that enrollment is ready to certify – Your enrollment will not be submitted to the VA until this step has been completed.
- Report any changes to the SCO immediately – If your course schedule or enrollment level changes, you are required to notify the SCO immediately (within 72 hours).
STEP 4 – SUBMITTING ENROLLMENT (Certification)
- Enrollment Reported – The SCO will certify your courses with the VA once all required information is received.
- The SCO will perform a secondary certification once the add/drop period has ended, to request tuition and fees. Please keep in mind that it normally takes anywhere from 4-8 weeks for the VA to fully process and make payment after the enrollment has been sent.
- Any changes to your schedule/enrollment level after the beginning of the term may create a debt to the VA. If a tuition and fee debt is created, Naropa will initially return the fund to the VA, but you will be responsible for any balance this creates on your student account.
Please submit your Proof of Eligibility documents:
- Upload your documents to the MyNaropa document upload portal or FAX to 303-546-3536
Students requesting support services and/or reasonable accommodations from Naropa University are required to submit documentation of a disabling condition to verify eligibility under the Americans with Disabilities amendments Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and Disability Resources policies.
Naropa documentation requirements can be found on the Accessibility Office site on MyNaropa. The following process is required for all students requesting accommodations and services:
Step 1: Submit a completed Online Application and Request for Accommodations and Services
Step 2: Submit your documentation of disability via your application, email, or in-person.
Step 3: Schedule an intake appointment with the Accessibility Resources Coordinator. The process and procedures for using any approved accommodations will be discussed during this meeting.
Step 4: If approved for accommodations, you will be provided with a username and password for the Accessibility Resources Online System. You will need to enter your course numbers and select which accommodation requests you wish to receive. You must do this every semester; accommodations do not automatically carry over each semester.
Step 5: You and your professors will be sent a letter outlining your accommodations, via email.
Step 6: After the letters have been received, you are encouraged to meet with each professor to discuss the arrangements for receiving your accommodations.
Students who are unsure about the necessity for assistance are encouraged to speak to the Accessibility Resources Coordinator to explore their individual situation.
Questions may be directed to the Accessibility Resources Coordinator.