Accepted Student Checklist

Congratulations on your acceptance to Naropa University!

The MA Clinical Mental Health Counseling: Transpersonal Art Therapy program is thrilled to welcome you as part of the new cohort this fall. 

In order to make your transition here as smooth as possible, please read the information and next steps below. If you have any additional questions, don’t hesitate to contact the Office of Admissions (admissions@naropa.edu / 303-546-3572).

Confirm Your Spot

To accept your offer of admission and reserve your spot in the program, please submit a $250 confirmation deposit by April 15, 2019 or within 16 days of your admission date, whichever is later. This deposit is applied toward your first semester’s tuition bill and is not refundable.

Payment can be made online, over the phone (303-546-3554), or mailed to:

Naropa University
Office of Admissions
2130 Arapahoe Ave
Boulder, CO 80302 

If your current financial situation warrants reducing or waiving the deposit, submit a confirmation deposit reduction/waiver form.

Pay Confirmation Deposit Online

Official Transcripts

Naropa University requires official transcripts from any and all institutions where undergraduate or graduate coursework was completed, and it is very important that you successfully complete the coursework entered on your application. An official transcript of a conferred bachelor's degree must be received by the Office of Admissions prior to beginning graduate coursework. 

Transcripts that were uploaded as part of your application are not considered official.

All official transcripts should be submitted directly to Naropa University from the college or university attended. If mailing, transcripts should be sent to:

Naropa University
Office of Admissions
2130 Arapahoe Ave
Boulder CO 80302

Electronic transcripts are also acceptable if submitted through a secure document sending service. Transcripts sent through email, as an attachment, will not be accepted as official. Electronic transcripts may be sent to admissions@naropa.edu.

Access Your Student Accounts

All Naropa students are provided with a student email account, a student ID, and access to Naropa’s student portal, MyNaropa. In addition, Naropa students are provided with access to Microsoft Office 365 and its suite of applications.

For assistance with student accounts, please contact Naropa’s IT Department.

MyNaropa

MyNaropa is Naropa’s student portal, providing important resources for financial aid, course registration, academic advising, and much more. Login credentials are emailed to students after an application for admissions is submitted (the email is titled “MyNaropa Account Notification”).

Student Email

Accepted students will receive an email containing login information for their student email account. Login credentials are usually emailed within a couple days of acceptance, and are sent to the student’s personal email account. 

Naropa email accounts are considered the official communication channel between students and the university. Be sure to activate your student email account and check it regularly for important updates. 

Access your student email either through the link at the top of MyNaropa, or by going to Microsoft Outlook.

Microsoft Office 365

In addition to email, Naropa students are provided access to the online version of Microsoft Office, which includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, and other popular Microsoft products. (Login credentials for Office 365 and student email accounts are the same.)

Access your Office 365 account at Office 365.

Student ID

All Naropa students are issued a unique student identification number. If at any time you need to lookup your student ID, you may view it on the Future Students page on MyNaropa. Your ID is displayed on the main page, but can also be viewed by clicking on the “Display ID” link on the sidebar. 

Financial Aid & Tuition
 

As an accepted student, you have the option to apply for and receive financial aid to assist in covering your educational expenses. Review the sections below for next steps.

How to apply for financial aid (domestic students)

You may apply for financial aid by completing the 2019-2020 FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). Naropa University’s school code is 014652. The priority filing deadline is March 1, but you may submit a FAFSA after that date. Students typically begin to receive their aid award notifications in late March. Learn more.

Note: once submitted, your FAFSA may be selected for verification. If so, you will be contacted with instructions on how to complete the verification process. Students must complete the verification process before they can receive a financial aid award.

How to apply for financial aid (international students & undocumented students)

You may apply for financial aid by completing the 2019-2020 Financial Aid Application for International Students. The priority filing deadline is March 1, but you may submit an application after that date. Students typically begin to receive their aid award notifications in late March. Learn more.

Useful resources
Accept or decline your financial aid
Once you have been awarded financial aid, please login to MyNaropa and find Financial Aid and Tuition under the Student Tab to accept or decline each line item of your financial aid package (scholarships are automatically accepted). Please make your selections no later than July 1 or 15 days after you receive your award notification, whichever is later. Make sure you review the Financial Aid Checklist on the same page for directions on completing other required loan steps.
Optional: Set up a payment plan
Naropa University offers a payment plan that breaks your tuition and fees into four monthly payments each semester. There is a $50 enrollment fee that must be paid each semester that you use the payment plan. To enroll, submit a Payment Plan Agreement along with your first payment.
Optional: Request an electronic refund

Students who are eligible for a refund may elect to have their funds electronically deposited into a personal bank account.

If you decide not to request an electronic refund, make sure to update your contact information to so that you receive your refund check. See “Update Contact Information & FERPA Permissions” section below for instructions.

ELECTRONIC REFUND FORM

Questions may be directed to Student Financial Services.

HOUSING & BOULDER

Naropa University calls Boulder, Colorado home. Review the resources below to explore and secure housing options and more.

ON Campus Housing

At Naropa’s residence halls, each apartment comes with access to a full kitchen, furnished living areas and bedrooms, plenty of closet space, access to outdoor community space, and wireless internet. They also include a laundry facility (included in your fees), a community meeting space, and a meditation room. If you plan to live on campus, complete a housing application. On campus housing is available to graduate students on a space-available basis.

On campus housing requires a $300 housing deposit. A housing confirmation packet will be sent during the summer with more details to prepare you in planning for move-in day (Wednesday, August 22).

Off campus housing

We have many resources available for helping students find off campus housing in Boulder or easily accessible by public transportation along the Front Range. 

Look at our Off Campus Housing Resources here.

Neighboring cities: Arvada, Broomfield, Erie, Gunbarrel, Lafayette, Longmont, Louisville, Lyons, Nederland, Niwot, Superior, Westminster.

Other useful resources:

  • Map of Boulder neighborhoods
  • Off campus housing bulletin board on MyNaropa (must be logged in to view)
  • Naropa University’s off campus housing resources Facebook page
  • Boulder Creative Housing’s Facebook page
  • Craigslist – be sure to search “Naropa”!  
  • Housing Helpers
  • Boulder Property Management
  • Fowler Rentals
  • Sunnyside Property Management
  • Mock Realty
  • ForRent University
  • Cribspot
transportation

The combination of buses and bikes makes it easy to commute without a car while attending Naropa University! Boulder and the surrounding Front Range have an extensive bus and bicycle commuter system in place, and the City of Boulder won Bicycling Magazine's Best City for Cycling award in 2006. RTD gives you the option of riding your bike to the bus stop and putting your bike on the bike rack at the front of the bus.

Other useful resources:

  • RTD gets you in and around Boulder, Denver, and everywhere in between. Also includes routes to ski at Eldora Mountain Resort and to fly out of Denver International Airport. Naropa students in a full time residency program (not hybrid/low-residency) receive an RTD CollegePass as part of their student package.
  • The Bike Shack provides general information and resources about biking in Boulder, plus bike mechanic basics, a build-a-bike program, repairs, and the opportunity to volunteer. Contact them at naropacycles@naropa.edu.
  • All Naropa students are entitled to a free pass for B-cycle, a nonprofit bike sharing organization with over 40 stations throughout Boulder.
  • The City of Boulder’s map of the transportation system includes a route-finding tool to help you get around town, multi-use and local bus maps, and more.
  • Parking permit applications can be found at the Business Service Center in the basement of the Lincoln Building (on the Arapahoe campus) and can be purchased for a single day or by the semester.
child care

The Child Care Subsidy and Referrals (CCSR) program provides information and referrals to licensed child care, preschools, and other services for children and families. This is free service is available to all residents of Boulder County. 

Alaya Preschool was founded in 1977 by students of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, Naropa University’s founder. Naropa University faculty and graduates, including those of the Early Childhood Education program, serve as the preschool’s staff. The school offers a 10% discount to students and scholarships are also available. Learn more.

Children’s Alley at the Boulder YWCA is a drop-in childcare center with sliding scale fees. The program serves children ages 6 weeks to 12 years old and offer extended hours including evenings and Saturdays.

 
Orientation

Orientation is designed to help your transition into the intellectual, cultural, social, and energetic climate of Naropa University. Orientation is mandatory for all students new to Naropa University’s graduate program.


Orientation dates & details

 New Graduate Student Orientation ∙ August 21, 2019

Grad Naropa Schedule link

International student orientation (mandatory for all new international students) ∙ August 20, 2019

 

You may pick up your student ID and RTD CollegePass (if eligible) during Orientation. Please review the photo requirements and submit by July 28 or within 15 days of acceptance, whichever is later. If you are unable to submit a photo prior to Orientation, you may have your photo taken that day. Note that this will significantly delay the processing of your student ID and RTD CollegePass.

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required online training

Naropa University’s mission commits us to providing an educational and professional setting that promotes and delivers an environment free of all forms of discrimination, including sexual misconduct, and relationship violence.

It is very important that you complete the required online Title IX Training for Students before beginning classes. Look for emailed instructions from the Title IX Office after registering for classes.  

In this training, you will learn the legal basis for Naropa University's Gender Equity, Sexual Misconduct, and Relationship Violence Policy and Procedures, where and how to report alleged misconduct, what the grievance process looks like, how to reduce the risk of misconduct, and how to Stand Speak & Act as a Bystander. There are four sections to this course. Each section includes a narrated video presentation, followed by a short five question quiz. You must pass each quiz with an 80% before the next section can be accessed. To pass the entire course, you must obtain at least an 80% in all sections.

Any questions that you may have related to your rights under Title IX may be directed to Naropa’s Title IX Coordinator, at titleix@naropa.edu.

Registration

Registration instructions, including how to register in MyNaropa, what classes to sign up for, and which textbooks are required, will be emailed to your Naropa student email account. Registration times are unique to each graduate program, and registration typically starts in May.

To register for classes for your first semester at Naropa University, you must:

  • Pay the confirmation deposit (see “Confirm Your Spot at Naropa” section above for instructions)
  • Have received full acceptance into Naropa University

Students at provisional acceptance will not be cleared for registration until they are moved to full acceptance status.

Q. What is “full acceptance”?

A. Full acceptance means that all of your final official transcript(s) showing proof of degree completion, including final grades, have been received, as well as all official application requirements and materials (letters of recommendation, international transcript evaluations, etc). All prerequisite courses and/or requirements must be completed.

 Q. What is “provisional acceptance”?

A. You received provisional acceptance into Naropa University if you are missing official versions of any application requirements.

Immunization Requirements & Health Insurance

Review immunization requirements:

In order to attend classes, all new students must meet the established immunization requirements.

Please submit either your childhood immunization records OR the Certificate of Immunization form via the button below by July 27, 2019 or within 15 days of acceptance, whichever is later.

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Questions may be directed to the Administrator of Student Affairs.

Learn about insurance options

As a student you may be eligible to enroll in Connect for Health Colorado with possible subsidies based on your income level. Note that the Colorado health exchange will only cover emergency services out of the state of Colorado. For more information and to explore coverage and pricing options, visit Connect for Health Colorado.

 
Update contact information & permissions

Keep in touch

Now that you have been accepted to Naropa University, it’s very important to update your contact information if/when it changes prior to starting classes. This ensures that we will be able to maintain contact and support you throughout your journey here.

To update your contact information:

Step 1: Log in to MyNaropa.

Step 2: Scroll to the bottom section of the homepage (in gray) and click on “Personal Info” in the left upper corner.

Step 3: Click on the “Biographical Info” tab.

Step 4:  Update your information accordingly and click “Submit.” Congratulations, you’re done!

Emergency contact information

Emergency contact information is required for all students. Use this form to update or change your emergency contact information.

FERPA permissions

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA) protects the privacy of your student records. Students who are currently or formerly enrolled at Naropa University are protected under FERPA. This means that non-directory information may not be disclosed except under specific circumstances unless you have completed a waiver.

You have three options regarding your information:

  1. Request a non-release of student directory information. Use this form to request that Naropa University does not release any of your information, including restrictions on verification of your degree.
  2. Waiver of FERPA rights. Use this form (must log into MyNaropa) to grant permission for another person to view your records.
  3. Do nothing. You are not required to submit either of the above forms. As a general policy, Naropa University does not disclose information to individuals outside the University without your permission. However, as a service to our students we do verify degrees for potential employers or loan companies.  

Questions may be directed to the Registrar.

Connect with Naropa

Plan a visit

At Naropa University, there’s always something to do. Take a campus tour, meet with your admissions counselor, sit in on a class, and be sure to check out our upcoming events as well. Let us know your availability and we’ll take it from there.

Experience Naropa is an opportunity to explore contemplative education first-hand and meet the Naropa community. Join us for an upcoming Experience Naropa Open House.

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Connect online

The Naropa University community is a social one, composed of seekers, makers, artists, activists, humanitarians, and more! Engage and connect with the Naropa community online below.

  • Naropa’s blog—The Pilot Light—is dedicated to realizing our founder’s vision of an awakened society. The Pilot Light features posts by faculty, glimpses into the student perspective, updates from the alumni community, and more.
  • Social media:
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    ENGAGE ON SOCIAL MEDIA

    The Naropa University community is a social one, composed of seekers, makers, artists, activists, humanitarians, and more! Engage and connect with Naropa community online by following us on social media platforms like FACEBOOK, TWITTER, INSTAGRAM, and YOUTUBE.

 
Important Dates

August 21-22 & August 30: Transpersonal Art Therapy Program Orientation

The program orientation will include your art therapy faculty, and many components to thoughtfully mark the beginning of this 3-year journey! Please see details in the Orientation section above.

Important Dates and Deadlines

March 1: Priority deadline for financial aid applications (FAFSA, International Student Application for Financial Aid); deadline to apply for most graduate assistantship positions

April 1: Deadline to apply to most Naropa University scholarships

April 15 (or three weeks after acceptance, whichever is later): Confirmation deposit due

July 1: Accept or decline financial aid in MyNaropa

August 19: Tuition & fee payment due

August 20: Move-in Day and International Student Orientation

August 21: Graduate Orientation

August 26: First day of classes; financial aid refunds available 

August 28: Convocation

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

Academic Calendar

View the complete 2019-2020 academic calendar.

Campus maps 

Check out the Art Therapy Association Colorado

Who's who at Naropa University

All offices are located in Wulsin Hall on the Arapahoe campus unless otherwise noted.

Office of Admissions

Sarah Byrd, Admissions Counselor
303-546-3571 / sbyrd@naropa.edu
Point person for all incoming TAT students; provides in-depth information regarding financial aid, registration, housing, orientation, and important dates and deadlines.

Academic Advising

Kate Schettler-Goodman, Graduate Academic Advisor
Paramita campus
303-245-4724 / kschettler@naropa.edu
Advises incoming TAT students regarding course selection, textbooks, and other program information.

Career and Life Development

Connect with us for the following: Career / Internship / Field Placement / Major Exploration; Uncovering your core values, beliefs and strengths; Savvy Job Search Strategies; Resume and Cover Letter development; Insider Interviewing Skills; Graduate school preparation; Entrepreneurial ventures; Life Direction and Contemplation

Kelly McClelland, Career Development Counselor
303-546-3578 / kmcclelland@naropa.edu
Appointments

Lyndsay Farrant, Director Career and Life Development
303-245-4763 / lfarrant@naropa.edu
Appointments

Student Financial Services

303-546-3509 / finaid@naropa.edu
Resource for loan counseling, tuition and fee payments, FAFSA verification, payment plans, and electronic refunds.

Registrar

303-546-3500 / registration@naropa.edu
Resource for registration process in MyNaropa.

Accessibility Services

Moises Hinojosa, Coordinator of Accessibility Resources
303-245-4749 / mhinojosa@naropa.edu
Assists students with disability accommodations and alternate format conversion.

Veteran & Military-Connected Student Services

Jessica Brejc, Director of Student Financial Services
303-546-5291 / jbrejc@naropa.edu
Assists student veterans with application procedures for veteran education benefits, connects veterans with campus resources, and certifies enrollment to the VA (Chapters 30, 31, 33, 1606, 1607).

If you plan to use VA education benefits while attending Naropa, please contact Jessica as soon as you have been accepted.

Dennis Kerr, Veteran Success Coordinator & AmeriCorps VISTA
303-546-4621 / dkerr@naropa.edu

Point of contact for veteran support services on and off-campus.

International Student Services

Tashi Browder, Coordinator, International Student & Scholar Services
303-546-3562 / tashi@naropa.edu
Provides ongoing support for international students and scholars, including visas and international student programming; Primary Designated School Official (PDSO).

Campus Life & Housing

Regina Smith, Executive Director for Mission Integration and Student Affairs
303-245-4662 / rsmith@naropa.edu
Provides resources regarding general student concerns, conflict resolution, and student conduct.

Stephan Taylor, Director of Housing & Residence Life
303-546-3549 / staylor@naropa.edu
Oversees on-campus housing and residence life.

Jaime Duggan, Coordinator of Student & Campus Life
303-245-4640 / jduggan@naropa.edu
Works with student groups, student government, events calendar, Food Pantry and ROOT.

Giovannina Jobson, Contemplative Practice Coordinator
303-245-4603 / gjobson@naropa.edu
Provides resources on contemplative practice opportunities and meditation instruction; plans and coordinates Community Practice Days.

IT

If you need help accessing MyNaropa or any other IT related questions, please feel free to contact us or visit our IT Helpdesk Website.

helpdesk@naropa.edu / 303-245-4609 (M-F 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. / Please leave a voicemail if no one picks up. We do listen to them!)

International Student Resources

Submit I-20 supporting documentation

In order to process your I-20 paperwork, please provide the following via the link below:

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Requesting delivery of your I-20

There are two options available to mail your I-20:

  1. Send by regular mail. Overseas mail typically takes four to six weeks. If you want your I-20 sent by regular mail, no response is required;
  2. Send by express mail. Express mail service allows you to receive your I-20 through DHL, FedEx, or UPS in three to five days. Requesting your immigration documents through express mail is at your own expense; you will be charged upon requesting the service. To request express mailing, visit:

https://study.eshipglobal.com

You must use the website provided above – do not go through the DHL, FedEx, or UPS directly. All communication will go through eShipGlobal, who will notify us that you are requesting your I-20 to be sent by express mail.


How to use eShipGlobal:

  • Create a username and password.
  • Have your Naropa student ID number, mailing address, email, phone number, and payment information ready.
  • When prompted, choose “Admissions” as the sender.
  • Request shipment to either your foreign address or to a US contact address. If shipping to a US contact address, please include the name of the person who lives at that address.
  • Please pay close attention to the information submitted, as errors in credit card or address information will result in a delay in the mailing of your I-20.
  • If you experience any difficulty in registering and processing the shipment, please use the “Help” link in the site for step by step instructions. If you have additional questions, please email support@eshipglobal.com.

International student orientation

Orientation is designed to help your transition into the intellectual, cultural, social, and energetic climate of Naropa University. Orientation is mandatory for all new international students.

Tuesday, August 20, 2019 ∙ 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., lunch provided ∙ Naropa University Arapahoe campus (2130 Arapahoe Ave, Boulder CO

Health insurance for international students

As noncitizens, all F-1 and J-1 international students and scholars studying in the United States are expected to comply with the health insurance requirement of the Affordable Care Act. In order to comply with this requirement, Naropa requires all international students to have medical insurance.

International students are automatically enrolled in the student health insurance plan through the University with the option to waive it by providing proof that they are insured in some other way. Learn more about the Student Health Insurance Plan and the waiver process.

Questions may be directed to the Coordinator of International Student & Scholar Services.

Veteran & Military-Connected Student Resources

Naropa University is proud to support veterans and military-connected students with programs and initiatives designed to help them achieve a fulfilling and successful educational experience.

Resources for veterans and military-connected students:

  • Veterans should request information on eligibility requirements and application procedures from the Financial Aid Office, their local Veterans' Administration branch, or at gibill.va.gov.
  • Submit a FAFSA: Student Financial Services requests that students who are eligible for the Post–9/11 GI Bill and Yellow Ribbon benefits, and all students seeking financial aid fill out a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) in addition to applying for VA Benefits.

If you plan to use VA education benefits while attending Naropa, please contact the School Certifying Official as soon as you have been accepted.

Jessica Brejc, School Certifying Official
303-546-5291
Assists student veterans with application procedures for veteran education benefits, connects veterans with campus resources, and certifies enrollment to the VA (Chapters 30, 31, 33, 35, 1606, 1607).

Dennis Kerr, Veteran Success Coordinator & AmeriCorps VISTA
303-546-4621
Point of contact for veteran support services on and off-campus.

ACCESSIBILITY Services & Resources

Students requesting support services and/or reasonable accommodations from Naropa University are required to submit documentation of a disabling condition to verify eligibility under the Americans with Disabilities amendments Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and Disability Resources policies.


Naropa documentation requirements can be found at this website (must be logged into MyNaropa to view). The following process is required for all students requesting accommodations and services:

Step 1: Submit a completed Online Application and Request for Accommodations and Services 

Step 2: Submit your documentation of disability via your application, email, or in-person.

Step 3: Schedule an intake appointment with the Accessibility Resources Coordinator. The process and procedures for using any approved accommodations will be discussed during this meeting.

Step 4: If approved for accommodations, you will be provided with a username and password for the Accessibility Resources Online System. You will need to enter your course numbers and select which accommodation requests you wish to receive. You must do this every semester; accommodations do not automatically carry over each semester.

Step 5: You and your professors will be sent a letter outlining your accommodations, via email. 

Step 6: After the letters have been received, you are encouraged to meet with each professor to discuss the arrangements for receiving your accommodations.

Students who are unsure about the necessity for assistance are encouraged to speak to the Accessibility Resources Coordinator to explore their individual situation.

Questions may be directed to the Accessibility Resources Coordinator.