In order to make your transition here as smooth as possible, detailed below are the next steps you will need to take between now and the start of classes. Also included is information for valuable resources to help in your journey.
If you have any additional questions, don’t hesitate to contact the Office of Admissions (firstname.lastname@example.org / 303-546-3572). We look forward to welcoming you to Naropa soon!
To accept your offer of admission and reserve your spot in the program, please submit a $250 confirmation deposit within 15 days of your admission acceptance date. This deposit is applied toward your first semester’s tuition bill and is not refundable.
There are two ways to pay the deposit online:
2. If you applied after mid-July, sign in to your Recruit account and pay where prompted. A deposit waiver request can be submitted in the same system.
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.
Accepted undergraduate students will not be allowed to enroll until an official transcript showing proof of high school completion has been received. Naropa students have until the end of their first semester to submit all college-level transcripts, however transfer credit cannot be awarded until official transcripts are received.
Transcripts uploaded via MyNaropa as part of the application process are not considered official.
To be considered official, transcripts can be:
Office of Admissions
2130 Arapahoe Ave
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.
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 an application for admissions is submitted (the email is titled “MyNaropa Account Notification”).
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. If at any time you need to lookup your student ID, you may view it on the Future Students page on MyNaropa. Your ID is displayed on the main page, but can also be viewed by clicking on the “Display ID” link on the sidebar.
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. After a FAFSA is 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 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.
Once you have been awarded financial aid, please login to MyNaropa and find Financial Aid and Tuition under the Student tab to accept or decline each line item of your financial aid package (scholarships are automatically accepted). Please make your selections no later than 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. Make sure you review the Financial Aid Checklist on the same page for directions on completing other required loan steps.
Optional: Set up a payment plan
Naropa University offers a payment plan that breaks your tuition and fees into four monthly payments each semester. There is a $50 enrollment fee that must be paid each semester that you use the payment plan. To enroll, submit a Payment Plan Agreement along with your first payment.
General Payment Information
Credit Card Payments
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.
To have the best chance at receiving their preferred housing assignment, students should submit the housing application by June 15. Housing assignments will be issued starting in early July. August 18 is move-in day for the residence halls.
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 Araphoe campus, and are accessible to downtown Boulder, RTD bus routes, and a wide variety of shopping.
On-campus housing requires a $300 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.
All 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.
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 Early Childhood Education program, serve as the preschool’s staff. The school offers a 10% discount to students and scholarships are also available. Learn more.
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.
Early Access Registration: May 11–August 19
Early Access Registration offers new students the opportunity to work one-on-one with an Academic Advisor and streamline their transition into Naropa. Students who are eligible will meet with their assigned Academic Advisor — either over the phone or in person — to discuss their degree plan and schedule their fall 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 Early Access Registration are advised to submit their deposit no later than April 15. 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!
Instructions for how to schedule an appointment with an academic advisor will be emailed to eligible incoming students via their Naropa student email accounts. If you haven’t accessed your student email yet, please do so as soon as possible.
Upon receiving an invitation to start the registration process, students will need to review and reference the How to Use Naropa University’s Colleague Self-Service.
Please complete this important survey to help us learn more about you and support your connections with relevant campus resources. This survey will take about 20 minutes to complete.
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 in the weeks before the fall semester starts. Orientation is mandatory for all students new to Naropa University’s undergraduate
program. All activities will be held virtually via Zoom.
1:00-2:30pm - Orientation Circles
10:00-11:00am - Welcome to Naropa
11:15am-12:15pm - Meet the Majors
1:30-4:30pm - Choose Your Own Adventure: Roadmap to Resources
10:00-11:15am - Naropa: Creating a Just & Beautiful World
11:30am-12:30pm - Contemplative Ways of Learning: Your First Naropa Class
2:00-3:00pm - Closing Ritual
3:00-4:00pm - Ask Me Anything with Student Leaders *optional
4:00-5:30pm - Students of Color Orientation / Anti-Racist Whites & Allies Orientation *optional
7:00-9:00pm - NarOpen Mic Night *optional
You may pick up your student ID and RTD CollegePass (if eligible) during Orientation. The deadline to submit a photo in order to have your bus pass ready for Orientation is August 12th.
Email your photo as an attachment to Tashi Browder.
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.
It is very important that you complete the required online Title IX Training for Students before beginning classes. Look for emailed instructions from the Title IX Office after registering for classes.
In this training, you will learn the legal basis for Naropa University's Gender Equity, Sexual Misconduct, and Relationship Violence Policy and Procedures, where and how to report alleged misconduct, what the grievance process looks like, how to reduce the risk of misconduct, and how to Stand Speak & Act as a Bystander. There are four sections to this course. Each section includes a narrated video presentation, followed by a short five question quiz. You must pass each quiz with an 80% before the next section can be accessed. To pass the entire course, you must obtain at least an 80% in all sections.
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.
All Colorado college students must meet the following immunization requirement: two doses of the Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR) vaccine.
Before attending class, students must submit either their childhood immunization records OR the Certificate of Immunization form via the button below. Please note that proof of immunization using the form requires the signature of a health practitioner.
Students wishing to file an exemption to the immunization law for medical, religious, or personal reasons may do so with the same form.
Naropa University requires that all fulltime 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.
Details of the 2018-2019 Student Health Insurance Plan can be found at the Gallagher Student Naropa portal.
The deadline to waive Naropa’s student plan is January 29, 2019. 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.
To confirm or waive the Naropa student health plan:
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.
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.
Step 1: Log in to MyNaropa.
Step 2: Scroll to the bottom section of the homepage (in gray) and click on “Personal Info” in the left upper corner.
Step 3: Click on the “Biographical Info” tab.
Step 4: Update your information accordingly and click “Submit.” Congratulations, you’re done!
Emergency contact information is required for all students. Use this form to update or change your emergency contact information.
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 three options regarding your information:
Questions may be directed to the Registrar.
At Naropa University, there’s always something to do. Take a campus tour, meet with your admissions counselor, sit in on a class, and be sure to check out our upcoming events as well. Let us know your availability and we’ll take it from there.
Experience Naropa is an opportunity to explore contemplative education first-hand and meet the Naropa community. Join us for an upcoming Experience Naropa Open House.
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.
March 1: Preferred Deadline to Apply for Financial Aid
April 27 – August 19: Early Access Registration
May 1: Enrollment Deposit Deadline
August 17: Tuition Payments Due
August 18: Residence Hall Move-in
August 20–21: Mandatory Undergraduate Orientation
August 24: First Day of Classes
August 24: First day that financial aid refunds will be available
View the complete 2020 – 2021 Academic Calendar
All offices are located in Wulsin Hall on the Arapahoe campus unless otherwise noted.
Office of Admissions
Karen Wills, Director of Admissions & Recruiting
Matt Powers, Assistant Director of Undergraduate Admissions & Recruiting
Meredith Doherty, Admissions Counselor
Undergraduate admissions counselors provide in-depth information regarding programs of study, financial aid, registration, housing, orientation, and important dates and deadlines.
Career and 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
Lyndsay Farrant, 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
Resource for registration process in MyNaropa.
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.
Ethan Au Green, Veteran Success Coordinator & AmeriCorps VISTA
303-245-4621 / email@example.com
Point of contact for veteran support services on and off-campus.
International Student Services
Tashi Browder, Coordinator, International Student & Scholar Services
303-546-3562 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Provides ongoing support for international students and scholars, including visas and international student programming; Primary Designated School Official (PDSO).
Campus Life & Housing
Regina Smith, Executive Director for Mission Integration and Student Affairs
303-245-4662 / email@example.com
Provides resources regarding general student concerns, conflict resolution, and student conduct.
Stephan Taylor, Director of Housing & Residence Life
303-546-3549 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Oversees on-campus housing and residence life.
Jaime Duggan, Coordinator of Student & Campus Life
303-245-4640 / email@example.com
Works with student groups, student government, events calendar, Food Pantry and ROOT.
Giovannina Jobson, Contemplative Practice Coordinator
303-245-4603 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Provides resources on contemplative practice opportunities and meditation instruction; plans and coordinates Community Practice Days.
If you need help accessing MyNaropa or any other IT related questions, please feel free to contact us or visit our IT Helpdesk Website.
email@example.com / 303-245-4609 (M-F 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. / Please leave a voicemail if no one picks up. We do listen to them!)
In order to process your I-20 paperwork, please provide the following via the link below:
There are two options available to mail your I-20:
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.
As noncitizens, 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 as soon as you have been accepted.
Jessica Brejc, School Certifying Official
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, 35, 1606, 1607).
Ethan Au Green, Veteran Success Coordinator & AmeriCorps VISTA
Point of contact for veteran support services on and off-campus.
Naropa documentation requirements can be found at this website (must be logged into MyNaropa to view). 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.