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Undergraduate Admissions Criteria

At Naropa University it’s not just about GPAs and SATs. We take a more holistic approach to admissions.


Because Naropa offers a challenging and highly personalized academic environment, we look for students who will thrive here. As part of the application process, we consider your: 

  • Academic history
  • School activities and community engagement
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Awards
  • Writing skills
  • Interest in attending and contributing to the community at Naropa
  • Ability to adapt to change and seek help when needed
  • Commitment to social justice
  • Passion to make a difference in the world 


Tests? Or No Tests?

There is nothing standardized about Naropa, which is why we have a test-optional admissions policy. We want to know who you are, not how well you take tests. So we do not require you to submit standardized test scores for admissions (including the SAT or ACT).

If you wish to send test scores you may, but they are not required and you will not be penalized if you choose to omit them.

International students from non-English-speaking countries, however, are required to submit TOEFL or IELTS scores to demonstrate their English language proficiency.