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Applying to Naropa University Undergraduate Programs


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.

Naropa admonishes the exclusionary admissions practices occurring nationwide that can adversely impact the meaningful pursuit of higher education for many prospective students and their families.  Naropa is committed to an admissions policy that mitigates this tension and emphasizes the true nature of contemplative education, enhancing diversity and inclusion.   

Creating the conditions that invite success for all of our accepted students, admitted students will encounter preparatory curriculum to help uncover and articulate their strengths, challenges and goals, while also orienting them to campus resources and opportunities to support their academic success and resilience—affording them the ability to begin to engage in contemplative education months before stepping into their Naropa classrooms. To apply to Naropa University follow the steps below.

If you have any questions please contact the Office of Admissions at 303-546-3572 (1-800-772-6951) or at

Submit an Application

Apply to one of Naropa University's undergraduate programs in one of the following ways:

  1.  Apply online and pay the nonrefundable application fee. This is the preferred method for applying. Request a paper application in the mail. Complete and send along with a check made payable to Naropa University.

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  2. Naropa University is a member of the Common Application. We welcome submissions either in paper or electronic form.

Application documents should be sent to:

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

If your current financial situation warrants waiving of your application fee, submit a fee waiver request.


Naropa University requires an official high school transcript(s) or an official copy of a GED transcript (if you do not have a high school diploma) accompanied by official high school transcripts. 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) and/or GED transcript. If educated outside of the United States, official evaluations of transcripts are required.

If accepted to Naropa University, an official transcript indicating proof of high school graduation or GED equivalency must be received by the Office of Admissions prior to beginning undergraduate coursework.

Transfer students with over 30 semester credits attempted in college, will calculate their GPA based solely on college coursework. Transfer students with less than 30 semester credits attempted in college will revert to their cumulative high school GPA. If you have any questions about your GPA, please contact the Office of Admissions at 303-546-3572 (1-800-772-6951) or at

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Additional Documents (If Required)

Many students only require transcripts and an application form to apply to Naropa University. However, based on your past academic performance, you may be required to submit additional documents. Please review Naropa’s admissions requirements here.

Essay (If Required)

At Naropa University, students develop deep critical intellect through their engagement in academic study, contemplative practice, service to others, diversity work and the creative arts. In 1-2 pages, please tell us how you are prepared to participate in this distinctive community, and how your life and educational goals would be reached by attending Naropa University.

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Letter of Recommendation (If Required)

Recommendations must be from pertinent academic or professional sources, and may not be from family members, spouses, or current or former therapists or spiritual advisors. Submit the Letter of Recommendation Request Form, linked below, and an email will be automatically sent to your recommender containing instructions for them to follow.

Letter of Recommendation Request Form

Application Status
 We encourage you to be actively engaged in the admission process. You can check your application status online at MyNaropa. Once an application has been submitted you will receive login information via email.

Domestic applicants: learn more about how to apply for financial aid.

International applicants: learn more about how to apply for financial aid.


If accepted to Naropa University, international students are required to submit the following:

Readmission Application Process

The Application for Readmission is for students who have been away from Naropa University for more than two semesters and wish to resume their studies. If you have been away from Naropa for less than two semesters, you do not need to reapply and should email the Registrar's Office directly or call at 303-245-3539.

Readmitted students have up until the end of the add/drop period to schedule classes, however the deadline to apply for readmission is the first day of class. If you attended other institutions during your absence from Naropa, you also need to submit official transcripts with final grades. Students not in good academic standing when they left Naropa may be required to submit additional materials.

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.