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Applying to Naropa University

We are currently accepting applications to start in August 2023. The BA in Psychology Online program is also now accepting applications for Summer 2023.

Please note, only one application will be accepted per applicant. Do not apply more than once. Application fees are nonrefundable. 


Students with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better

are required to submit an application, official transcripts from high school (or high school equivalency test scores) and any colleges attended. These students stand to receive generous scholarships.

Academic Performance Requirements

  • 3.0+ GPA


  • 83+ on the 100-Point Grading Scale


  • High School Equivalency Test Score 175+


  • Official Transcripts and/or High School Equivalency

Students with a cumulative GPA of less than 3.0

are required to submit the same as above, along with an essay and consultation.

Academic Performance Requirements

  • Less than 3.0 GPA

  • Less than 83 on the 100-Point Grading Scale

  • High School Equivalency Test Score 145-174

  • Home School Transcript

  • Narrative Transcript


  • Official Transcripts and/or High School Equivalency

  • Essay

  • Consultation with Admissions


An education here is like no other. Our undergraduate programs are both academically rigorous and personally transformative. Naropa University offers a whole-person education for students who desire to become the change they want to see in the world. We recognize the unhealthy tension that many exclusionary admission practices nationwide cause students and their families. Naropa is committed to an admissions policy that mitigates this tension while emphasizing diversity and inclusion, reflecting the true nature of contemplative education in the process.

The goal of the Office of Admissions is to find students who are prepared for the work ahead.

Students should not confuse our non-traditional admissions process with a lack of academic rigor. A Naropa education requires extensive reading, academic research, writing, and hands-on exploration associated with a curriculum that inspires deep introspection, self-growth, and an acute level of emotional intelligence. Naropa’s small class sizes and dedicated faculty demand thoughtful preparation and engagement from all students in an educational environment that emphasizes mindfulness and academic inquiry.

If you have a history of strong academic performance, we welcome you into our community with minimal admissions requirements so that we may begin the work of preparing you to succeed. We also recognize that prior academic performance may not accurately reflect your potential for success at Naropa. If your academic performance has not been strong in the past, but you believe that you could benefit from a Naropa education and effectively contribute to the Naropa community, we strongly encourage you to begin the application process now.


Fill out a short admissions application and submit your transcripts. An Admissions Counselor will make every attempt to review your application and issue a decision within a week of receiving all required documents. The documents you are required to submit depend on your prior academic performance. If you have any questions about which documents we require of you, you can simply begin by completing the admissions application.

We are here to support you through this process. Please do not hesitate to contact or  1-800-772-6951 with any questions.

Notice to all applicants to Naropa University:

Numerous Naropa programs require students to complete a practicum, internship or student teaching experience in order to meet degree requirements. Please be aware that many of these sites require students to have up-to-date immunizations, complete and pass a background check and complete and pass a drug screen prior to student placement. Medical and recreational marijuana is not exempt from drug testing. It is the responsibility of all program students to secure placement at a site and meet site requirements for entry. Any student unable to meet site requirements and secure placement will not be able to complete degree requirements successfully. By applying for a Naropa program with such degree requirements, you are acknowledging that you must successfully complete and pass background checks and drug screens and have current immunization records. Any student who may not be able to meet these requirements are entering the program assuming the risk that they may not be able to successfully complete degree requirements.

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This is where experiential learning meets academic rigor. Where you challenge your intellect and uncover your potential. Where you discover the work you’re moved to do—then use it to transform our world.

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