What is Naropa University's undergraduate program like?
Is Naropa University accredited?
Naropa University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.
Higher Learning Commission
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Chicago, Illinois 60602-2504
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How was Naropa University started?
Do you have to be a Buddhist to attend Naropa?
What role will Buddhism play in my education?
Naropa University's learning philosophy of contemplative education is rooted in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. This integration of contemplative disciplines into the curriculum helps students to devote their full attention to their studies, classmates, and community at large.
Most classes in each of our twelve majors integrate varying degrees of Buddhist philosophies and traditions into coursework. One may open with a short period of silence, another may require meditation practice, while another will be conducted as a traditional college course. Students can integrate Buddhism into their experience at Naropa as much as they desire.
What is contemplative education?
What if I don’t want to earn a degree at Naropa University?
How much will it cost to attend Naropa?
The tuition rates for the 2014-15 academic year are detailed below:
Block tuition rate per semester: $14,900
Per credit tuition rate: $975
Registration fee: $250/semester
Transportation fee: $60/semester
Student Activity fee: $25/semester
For more information, please visit the undergraduate costs page.
Does Naropa offer in-state tuition discounts?
Do you require the SAT/ACT exams?
Do you require a TOEFL or IELTS exam for international applicants?
Applicants who are citizens of a country in which English is not the primary language must send documentation of English proficiency in order to be admitted to the university. Proof may include the results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). The minimum required scores for all applicants (including non-degree-seeking, certificate, visiting, low-residency, online, undergraduate, and graduate applicants) for each test are as follows:
It takes approximately four to six months from the time the applicant first contacts TOEFL or IELTS for scores to reach our Admissions Office. To find a testing center in your country, please consult the TOEFL or IELTS websites. Applicants should request that scores be sent directly to Naropa University (school code: 3342). For more information, please visit the international applicant requirements page.
What are the demographics for the undergraduate program?
Demographics for the 2013/2014 school year:
What type of housing does Naropa University provide?
What is Naropa’s relationship with the University of Colorado at Boulder?
What if I have been home-educated?
Naropa University welcomes applications from home-educated applicants. In lieu of a high school transcript, Naropa requests that home-educated applicants present a portfolio of the work they completed during their high school years. Home educated students may be creative in their presentation, but at a minimum, the portfolio should include the following:
Along with this portfolio, home-educated students must complete all other undergraduate admissions requirements.
What if I have a GED versus a high school diploma?
Will my credits transfer to Naropa?
Naropa University accepts many forms of transfer credit, including the following: Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate Exams, CLEP scores, DSST scores, DANTES Exams, some military credit, and some credits earned from regionally accredited colleges (please see requirements below).
Naropa will transfer a maximum of 60 credits for incoming undergraduate transfer students, which may be applied only to core requirements or electives. Students must complete an additional 60 credits at Naropa. Naropa will accept a maximum of 30 credits that are of a vocational nature, and a maximum of 30 AP or IB credits. Students who have completed 30 semester credits or more are eligible to apply directly to an undergraduate degree program.
Students should be aware that all prior transcripts or potential credits should be submitted to Naropa for evaluation. Unofficial transcripts, including those marked "Issued-to-Student," those that are not directly from the institution attended, or those that have been opened before being submitted to Naropa, will not be accepted. Please be sure to submit these materials as early as possible in the application process to ensure your best chance at getting the classes you need. Naropa enrolls fall semester students in up to 6 credits of core area requirements, and we require your transcripts to properly place you.
After evaluation, students are permitted one semester to make any appeals to their transcript evaluation or submit additional transcripts for courses completed before matriculation at Naropa.
Additionally, once transferred in, transfer credit cannot be removed from your record.
For more information on transfer credits (including requirements, military transfer credits, test scores, and transcript evaluations), please visit Naropa's transfer credit page.
What is the difference between quarter and semester credits?
Naropa University operates on a semester system; therefore, all credit granted is in semester hours or credits. If you are transferring to Naropa from a college or university that has used the quarter system, you can expect that you will lose some credits in the total transfer. For example, if you took a class for 4 quarter credit, it would equal 2.5 semester credits. The table below displays the quarter hour to semester hour conversion.
What kinds of things are Naropa graduates doing with their careers?
Naropa University graduates enter the world with strong academic, communication, and critical thinking skills, as well as a strong sense of self. Many of our students go on to pursue careers in their chosen field.
To meet our alumni, please visit our Meet Our Alumni page. Applicants also have the opportunity to speak with alumni from their program of interest if desired. To set up communication with alumni, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
What is Naropa's deferral policy?
Accepted students may request to defer their acceptance for one semester or two consecutive semesters (one year). To request a deferral, accepted students must put their requests for deferral in writing and send it to the Office of Admissions through the post or through email. After the first day of classes, new students may no longer defer.
Each request for deferral is reviewed by the Admissions Committee and is accepted or denied on a case-by-case basis. Reasons for an acceptance of deferral would include traveling, service/volunteer work, family situations, financial situations, or personal timing.
If an accepted student's deferral request is denied, the student may not reapply for admission at another time.
If a student's deferral is approved, their accepted status will revert back to a complete status. If the student has already paid the admissions deposit of $250, it will be forfeited (nonrefundable). During this deferral time, the student may not attend another college.
Toward the end of their deferral time (one semester or two consecutive semesters), students will be contacted by their admissions counselor to determine if the student is interested in applying again for the following semester. If so, the Admissions Committee will once again review the student's application, and then will let the student know of the admissions decision. While in many cases deferred students are accepted again, this is not guaranteed.