It’s a Hat Trick! Naropa University Named College of Distinction for Three Years in a Row


July 12, 2016 (Boulder, CO): For the third consecutive year, Naropa University has earned recognition as a “College of Distinction” for its student-focused commitment to education. The College of Distinction designation honors schools for their excellence in student engagement, quality of teaching, vibrancy of the college community, and the success of its graduates. Naropa University's Colleges of Distinction profile can be found here.

"Students come first at Naropa University, and everyone here—from the President to our award-winning faculty—embraces the importance of creating an exceptional student experience," said Cheryl Barbour, Vice President of Student Affairs at Naropa University. "We have intentionally created an intimate community environment for all our students, and we are especially proud of our efforts to create a diverse and inclusive community for all our students, particularly LGBTQ and students of color."

“Colleges of Distinction is delighted to honor Naropa University for its success in expanding programming by developing competencies relevant to graduates’ lives,” said Tyson Schritter, executive editor for Colleges of Distinction.

Find more information about Bachelor's or Master's degrees at Naropa University.

About Naropa University ( Located in Boulder, Colorado, Naropa University is a private, liberal arts institution offering undergraduate and graduate degree programs. Celebrating its 40th Anniversary in 2014-15, Naropa University is a leader in contemplative education, an approach to learning and teaching that integrates Eastern wisdom studies with traditional Western scholarship. Naropa University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

About Colleges of Distinction ( Since 1999, the Colleges of Distinction website and e-guidebook have recognized and honored schools throughout the U.S. for excellence in undergraduate-focused higher education. The member schools in the Colleges of Distinction consortium distinguish themselves through their focus on the undergraduate experience. provides dynamic college profiles, customized tools, and more for students, parents, and high school counselors. For more information, visit

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