Transfer Students

We fiercely embrace diversity and inclusivity. As a part of that, we value the time and energy our transfer students have spent at their previous academic institutions and aim to make the transfer process as easy as possible. We're proud to offer the Transfer Student Guarantee which provides financial and advisory aid to all transfer students.

  • For all students with 12 or more post-high school credits
  • $5,000 Transfer Scholarship
  • Custom transfer visit
  • All course fees included in tuition
  • Free transfer evaluation
  • Pre-registration advising
  • Transfer up to 30 credits from career or vocational training
  • Transfer up to 75 university credits
  • Open admissions for 3.0 GPA or higher
  • Access to Boulder housing
  • RTD Bus Pass

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Of Naropa undergraduate students are transfers.



Naropa is a transfer-friendly university. In fact, most of our undergraduate students started their degrees elsewhere and are finishing them at Naropa. Why? Because they want a meaningful education that will help them develop personally as well as professionally.

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.

Transfer students follow the same application process and are afforded all of the same benefits as first-time students. Please submit all college transcripts regardless of credits earned. If you have earned less than 60 college semester credits we will also require your high school transcripts when applying for admission.


Transferring to Naropa

At Naropa, we value the time and energy our transfer students have spent at their previous academic institutions. The following transfer guidelines are designed to help students transfer in as much credit as possible, while still allowing them to engage in the full Naropa experience.

Transfer Evaluations

We'd like to offer an unofficial transcript evaluation to any interested transfer applicant. Once a student is accepted, the Registrar’s Office will prepare an official transcript evaluation, documenting all transferable credit and how it would apply to the undergraduate degree program.

 General Transfer Credit Policies

  • Incoming undergraduate students are eligible to have up to 75 semester credits transfer to Naropa. 
  • Coursework must be college-level (not remedial), and must have been completed for-credit with a grade of "C" or higher.
  • Transfer credits need to be earned from regionally accredited colleges and institutions accredited by agencies recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. 
  • A maximum of 18 transfer credits can be applied toward BA major requirements, with the specific allotment varying by major. BA Elementary Education students may transfer up to 46 credits into the major.
  • A maximum of 30 technical/vocational credits can be transferred.
  • Life experience cannot count as transferable credit. However, we will accept CLEP and DANTES exams (please see below for more information).

Transfer Credit Earned Through Tests

A maximum of 30 semester credits may be earned through a combination of the following standardized tests:

  • Advanced Placement Exams (AP)
    Three undergraduate credits will be given for AP scores of 3 or higher. Scores below 3 are not accepted. AP scores can be sent from the College Board using Naropa’s ID of # 0908. AP credits will be transferred only as elective credits (with the exception of COR110 Writing Seminar 1), and may not be used as prerequisites.
  • International Baccalaureate (IB)
    Transfer students who have taken the six IB tests will receive 30 college credits and sophomore standing if all six examinations received the score of 4 or above. If any exam score was under 4, 6 credits will be given for HL scores above a 4, and 3 college credits will be given for every SL score above a 5. For students who took IB courses but did not seek an IB Diploma, 3 college credits will be given for HL scores or 4 or above. No college credits will be given for SL scores.
  • College Level Examination Program (CLEP)
    CLEP is a national program administered by the College Board. Naropa University grants college credit in subject areas that do not duplicate prior college coursework, using the minimum passing score recommended by the American Council on Education. CLEP credits may be used to fulfill the Naropa's core curriculum requirements, but may not be used as prerequisites. To find where exams are administered in your community, contact the national CLEP phone line at 609-771-7865; P.O. Box 6600, Princeton, NJ 08541.
    These exams are available in a wide range of topics. Naropa uses the minimum passing score recommended by the American Council on Education (ACE).

NON-US Coursework

Credit may be awarded for college-level coursework completed outside of the US, provided that transcripts are first evaluated by an approved professional transcript evaluation agency. (Naropa highly recommends using SpanTran for transcript evaluations.) For more information on international applicant admissions requirements, please visit international admissions.

Quarter and Semester Credits

Naropa University operates on a semester credit system, while some colleges and community colleges use a quarter or trimester system. To convert quarter credits into semester credits, multiply the quarter credit number by 0.67. Naropa does not accept any credit under 0.5.



Finn Woelm

Transfer Highlight

"I had a few formative experiences before college, [which] made me determined not to accept the status quo. I was determined to study at Princeton, because I believed it would help me make change in the world. Once there, I became very unhappy, because I did not feel that I was learning how to make change in the world. I wasn't sure about Naropa at first, but I quickly realized what a magical community I had just stepped into. I made some of the best friends of my life and really got to know myself—what makes me come alive, what I'm afraid of, and what limiting narratives I'm telling myself. My education at Naropa has become the foundation for the work that I'm taking into the world."

— Finn Woelm

BA Interdisciplinary Studies ‘18