Naropa University Named "College of Distinction" for Second Year in a Row

Naropa is One of Only Five Colorado Colleges to Receive Prestigious Recognition

College of DistinctionJuly 13, 2015 (Boulder, CO): For the second 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.

"Naropa University continues to work at the frontier of creating an exceptional student experience, and it’s a great honor to be one of only five colleges in Colorado to earn this designation," said Cheryl Barbour, Vice President of Student Affairs at Naropa University. "For more than forty years, Naropa has emphasized the importance of small classes, personalized studies, and contemplative education--all of which contribute to an inherently rich and vibrant university and sense of community."

“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.

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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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