Establishing Transfer Credit

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 transfer 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 to Naropa University, the Registrar’s Office will prepare an official transcript evaluation, documenting all transferable credit and how it applies toward the core requirements or elective space. This official transcript evaluation can only take place after a student has been accepted to Naropa: prospective students can not have official transcript evaluations. Upon arrival at Naropa new students should meet with their advisors to approve the transcript evaluation. Students have their first semester at Naropa to make any changes to this document, including any course work or AP/IB exams taken before matriculation that may not have been sent to the Office of Admissions. After one semester no changes may be made to transfer credits.

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General Transfer Credit Policies

  • Incoming undergraduate students are eligible to have up to 60 credit hours transfer to Naropa. This means that at maximum transfer students can begin as first-semester junior (third year) students.  
  • Incoming graduate students are eligible to have up to 6 credit hours transfer to Naropa.
  • Transfer credits need to be earned from an academic institution that has been accredited by regional accreditation bodies. Credits earned at non-accredited schools will not be eligible to be transferred, with the exception of credits earned by military members with an official military transcript.
  • If the credits were earned from an international institution they will need to be evaluated by a professional evaluation service before they are submitted with the transfer student's admissions applications (please see below for more information).
  • Life experience cannot count as transferable credit. However, we will accept CLEP and DANTES exams (please see below for more information).
  • For incoming undergraduate students, a maximum of 30 technical/vocational credits earned from an accredited academic institution can be accepted. Physical education credits will not be accepted unless they resemble courses offered at Naropa, and general health, physical education, and wellness courses are not accepted.
  • In some cases, Naropa will accept scores from tests such as AP, IB, or CLEP tests (please see below for more information).
  • To count towards credit, courses need to have been taken for a grade, and not as pass/fail or audited courses. The transfer student also needs to have earned the grade of "C" or higher in each course.
  • To count towards credit, courses cannot be remedial courses (less than a 100-level course).
  • Most transfers credits work towards our core curriculum requirements or elective options for undergraduate students. Only in rare cases with credit transfer into a major.
  • While you are welcome to have an informal information session with an undergraduate counselor to discuss your transcript, please note that Naropa does not offer official transcript evaluations until after an applicant has been accepted to Naropa.
  • Other limitations may apply, as determined by the Registrar at the time of the offical transcript evaluation after the transfer student has been accepted.

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).

Applicants Educated Outside the United States

Applicants (including United States citizens and permanent residents educated outside the United States) must have all secondary and post-secondary school transcripts from academic institutions outside the United States evaluated on a course-by-course basis by a professional evaluation service, and forwarded to the Naropa Admissions Office for evaluation with other application materials. Examples of evaluation services include Josef Silny, WES, and Global Academic Evaluators. In these cases, applicants only need to submit the official evaluated transcripts; the original transcripts from the international institution are not required. 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.