Admissions & AidInternational StudentsInternational Student Admission Requirements

International Student Admission Requirements

To apply to Naropa University as an international applicant, applicants must submit all of the undergraduate admissions requirements or graduate admissions requirements.

In addition to these general admission requirements, international applicants must also complete the following international applicant admissions requirements:

English Proficiency Testing

International applicants must document their English language proficiency by submitting scores for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) tests.

Applicants must earn the following required scores:


  • Internet test (iBT): 80 or higher
  • Computer test (cBT): 213 or higher
  • Paper test (pBT): 550 or higher


  • 6.5 or higher

Exceptions are granted for applicants from countries where English is one of the official national languages, or when English was the primary language of their previous schooling.


Non-U.S. Education Records

Undergraduate and graduate applicants must submit all required academic records from non-U.S. schools to a NACES-recognized agency for evaluation, regardless of country citizenship. Only after the transcript evaluations have been received and reviewed by the Office of Admissions will Naropa consider an offer of full acceptance, as well as issue the required documents to obtain your student visa.

Undergraduate applicants are required to have all non-U.S. secondary and postsecondary education records evaluated.

Graduate applicants are required to have all non-U.S. postsecondary education records evaluated to determine if your education meets the requirements of a U.S. bachelor’s degree. Secondary school records are not required.

    • If your undergraduate degree outside of the U.S. was completed in three years or less, or if it does not equate to 120 semester credits, there is a strong possibility that your degree will not meet the U.S. undergraduate requirements of a bachelor’s degree (which is normally 4 years and 120 credits).

    • If you have concerns that your completed coursework may not meet the U.S. requirements for a bachelor’s degree, please connect with your admissions counselor to discuss options.

If you have questions about this process, please contact the evaluation agency for assistance. Naropa cannot help with this part of the process.

  • If you are currently in school, please wait until you’ve completed your current program to have your transcripts evaluated, otherwise you may be required to pay for a second evaluation once your program is complete.

  • Official non-U.S. transcripts from your prior schools should be sent to one of the approved evaluation agencies and not to Naropa University.

  • You must request a “Course-by-Course” transcript evaluation for all post-secondary academic work. (Secondary or high school transcripts do not need to be evaluated course-by-course.)

  • Please ensure to instruct the evaluating agency that the final transcript evaluation must be mailed directly to the Office of Admissions at Naropa University. It is not to be mailed to you.

  • The visa application process cannot begin until all required documents have been submitted to Naropa, including transcript evaluations, proof of funding, etc. No exceptions can be made.

  • Issuance of an international transcript evaluation does not guarantee full admission to Naropa University or a visa to enter the U.S.

Please attend to all above steps as soon as possible prior to the start of the term to which you have applied. Immigration-related processes can take as long as 6–10 weeks.

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Naropa Campuses Closed on Friday, March 15, 2024

Due to adverse weather conditions, all Naropa campuses will be closed Friday, March 15, 2024.  All classes that require a physical presence on campus will be canceled. All online and low-residency programs are to meet as scheduled.

Based on the current weather forecast, the Healing with the Ancestors Talk & Breeze of Simplicity program scheduled for Friday evening, Saturday, and Sunday will be held as planned.

Staff that do not work remotely or are scheduled to work on campus, can work remotely. Staff that routinely work remotely are expected to continue to do so.

As a reminder, notifications will be sent by e-mail and the LiveSafe app.  

Regardless of Naropa University’s decision, if you ever believe the weather conditions are unsafe, please contact your supervisor and professors.  Naropa University trusts you to make thoughtful and wise decisions based on the conditions and situation in which you find yourself in.