In order to make your transition here as smooth as possible, detailed below are the next steps you will need to take between now and the start of classes. Also included is information for valuable resources to help in your journey.
If you have any additional questions, don’t hesitate to contact the Office of Admissions (firstname.lastname@example.org / 303-546-3572). We look forward to welcoming you to Naropa soon!
To accept your offer of admission and reserve your spot in the program, please submit a $250 confirmation deposit by May 1 if you're starting in the fall, Novemeber 15 if you're starting in the spring, or within 15 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 (303-546-3572), or mailed to:
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.
Naropa University requires official transcripts from any and all institutions where undergraduate or graduate coursework was completed, including Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) scores. An official transcript of a conferred high school diploma or official GED scores must be received by the Office of Admissions prior to beginning undergraduate coursework at Naropa.
Transcripts that were uploaded as part of your admission application are not considered official.
All official transcripts should be submitted directly to Naropa University from the high school, college, or university attended. If mailing, transcripts should be sent to:
Office of Admissions
2130 Arapahoe Ave
Boulder CO 80302
As an accepted student, you will receive a message in your personal email account (usually the one you used to apply for admission) that contains your login information for your Naropa student email account. Note that your Naropa student email account password is different from your MyNaropa password.
From this point forward, your Naropa email account will be the official communication channel between you and the University. Be sure to check your Naropa email account regularly for important updates.
If you did not receive the email with your login information, please contact the Data & Operations Manager.
If you received login information but are having difficulty accessing your account, please contact Naropa’s IT Department.
Naropa students have access to a variety of state, federal, and institutional forms of financial aid. For help with the financial aid process, or general questions about affording Naropa, please email Student Financial Services or call 303-546-3509.
Apply for financial aid by completing the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). Naropa University’s school code is 014652. The priority filing deadline is March 1 for students starting in the fall and October 1 for students starting in the spring, but you may submit a FAFSA after that date. Depending on the time of year, students typically begin to receive their aid award notifications within a couple weeks of acceptance. 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.
Apply for financial aid by completing the Financial Aid Application for International Students. The priority filing deadline is March 1 for students starting in the fall, and November 1 for students starting in the spring, but you may submit an application after that date. Students typically begin to receive their aid award notifications in late March or within a couple weeks after acceptance. Learn more.
Once you have been awarded financial aid, please login to MyNaropa 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 if you're starting in the fall, December 1 if you're starting in the spring, or 15 days after you receive your award notification, whichever is later.
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.
General Payment Information
Credit Card Payments
All full-time students under the age of 21 with fewer than 30 semester credits are required to spend their first year in one of Naropa's two residence halls. Students may be exempted for valid medical reasons, or if living with parents/guardians within a 40 mile radius of Boulder. Learn more about housing exemptions.
Students not required to live in campus housing may apply to live on campus, however space is limited so please apply as soon as possible.
At Naropa’s residence halls, each unit comes with access to a full kitchen, wireless internet, and furnished living areas and bedrooms. Units also have access to free laundry, a community meeting space, and a meditation room. Both of Naropa's residence halls are located within walking distance of the Araphoe campus, and are accessible to downtown Boulder, RTD bus routes, and a wide variety of shopping.
On-campus housing requires a $300 housing deposit. (The housing deposit is not the same as the $250 confirmation deposit for the undergraduate program.)
All or any part of your cleaning and room damage charges, key/fob loss will be deducted from your deposit at the end of your stay. A housing confirmation packet will be sent shortly after the priority deadline with more details to prepare you in planning for move-in day.
Living and Learning Communities
Naropa University offers Living and Learning Communities (LLC) within the two residence hall facilities. ALL first time first year students under the age of 21 are required to participate in an LLC, which includes a 1 credit, pass/fail course that is designed to support students’ transition into Naropa University. Students will apply for an LLC as part of their Housing Application.
Naropa's LLCs are centered on a common theme or academic component, and are housed within the residence halls. Staff in these communities commit to implementing programs that foster a spirit of compassion, mindfulness, growth, and reflection. Participants gain a competitive edge through community engagement, enabling them to make a positive impact on their college experience.
We have many resources available for helping students find off-campus housing in Boulder, or easily accessible by public transportation along the Front Range.
All full-time Naropa students receive a bus pass as part of their tuition, and 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.
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 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.
Naropa offers incoming students several options for when they may register for their first semester’s classes.
To be eligible to register, accepted students must first submit a $250 confirmation deposit and their official (and final) high school transcript. Both requirements apply to first-time college students and transfer students. (Students transferring in college credit have until the end of their first semester at Naropa to submit all official college transcripts.)
Priority Registration: March 25 – April 5
Priority Registration offers eligible incoming students the opportunity to connect with an Academic Advisor and register for classes in advance of current students. With Naropa’s small class sizes, this is the best opportunity for new students to receive their preferred schedule.
To be eligible to participate, accepted students must submit their confirmation deposit no later than March 22. Students who have graduated high school must also submit their official high school transcript or GED. Students yet to graduate from high school will be allowed to participate, although their class schedules will be dropped if official proof of high school graduation is not received by August 15.
The Office of Admissions will email eligible students with instructions for how to schedule an advising appointment as Priority Registration approaches.
Early Access Registration: April 29 – Orientation
Early Access Registration offers new students the opportunity to work one-on-one with an academic advisor and streamline their transition into Naropa. Students who are eligible will meet with their assigned academic advisor, either over the phone or in-person, to discuss their degree plan and schedule their fall classes.
Students who wish to register at the start of Early Access Registration are advised to submit their deposit and high school transcript no later than the Friday before registration begins. Students who submit their deposit and high school transcript thereafter will be invited to register on a rolling basis – the earlier you submit your transcripts and confirmation deposit, the earlier you will receive registration access!
Instructions for how to schedule an appointment with an academic advisor will be emailed to eligible incoming students via their Naropa student email accounts. So if you haven’t activated your student email yet, please do so as soon as possible.
Please complete this important survey to help us learn more about you and support your connections with relevant campus resources. This survey will take about 20 minutes to complete.
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 undergraduate program.
You may pick up your student ID and RTD CollegePass (if eligible) during Orientation. Please review the photo requirements within 15 days of acceptance. The deadline to submit a photo in order to have your bus pass ready for Orientation is December 20th, 2018. 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.
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 email@example.com.
All Colorado college students must meet the following immunization requirement: two doses of the Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR) vaccine.
Before attending class, students must submit either their childhood immunization records OR the Certificate of Immunization form via the button below. Please note that proof of immunization using the form requires the signature of a health practitioner.
Students wishing to file an exemption to the immunization law for medical, religious, or personal reasons may do so with the same form.
Naropa University requires that all fulltime undergraduate students have health insurance coverage. Students will automatically be enrolled in the Naropa Student Health Insurance Plan unless a waiver and proof of comparable coverage is submitted.
Details of the 2018-2019 Student Health Insurance Plan can be found at the Gallagher Student Naropa portal.
The deadline to waive Naropa’s student plan is January 29, 2019. Students are also highly encouraged to confirm their enrollment in the student plan as early as possible so that they may gain access to their coverage when it becomes available.
To confirm or waive the Naropa student health plan:
Naropa students may be eligible to enroll in Connect for Health Colorado with possible subsidies based on 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.
Questions about immunization or health insurance may be directed to the Student Affairs Coordinator.
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.
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 is required for all students. Use this form to update or change your emergency contact information.
Incoming Naropa students may wish to submit a FERPA waiver form to grant permissions for others, such as parents or spouses, to access your records and speak to Naropa staff about sensitive information, such as billing and financial aid.
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:
Questions may be directed to the Registrar.
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.
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.
March 21 – 31: Spring Break
March 25 – April 5: Priority Registration
April 29 – Orientation: Early Access Registration
May 1: Enrollment Deposit Deadline
May 7: Last Day of Classes
August 19: Tuition Payments Due
August 20: Residence Hall Move-in
August 22 – 23: Undergraduate Orientation
August 26: First Day of Classes
All offices are located in Wulsin Hall on the Arapahoe campus unless otherwise noted.
Office of Admissions
Karen Wills, Director of Admissions & Recruiting
Matt Powers, Assistant Director of Undergraduate Admissions & Recruiting
Meredith Doherty, Admissions Counselor
Undergraduate admissions counselors provide in-depth information regarding programs of study, financial aid, registration, housing, orientation, and important dates and deadlines.
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
Student Financial Services
303-546-3509 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Resource for loan counseling, tuition and fee payments, FAFSA verification, payment plans, and electronic refunds.
303-546-3500 / email@example.com
Resource for registration process in MyNaropa.
Moises Hinojosa, Coordinator of Accessibility Resources
303-245-4749 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Assists students with disability accommodations and alternate format conversion.
Veteran & Military-Connected Student Services
Jessica Brejc, Director of Student Financial Services
303-546-5291 / email@example.com
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 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Point of contact for veteran support services on and off-campus.
International Student Services
Tashi Browder, Coordinator, International Student & Scholar Services
303-546-3562 / email@example.com
Provides ongoing support for international students and scholars, including visas and international student programming; Primary Designated School Official (PDSO).
Regina Smith, Executive Director for Mission Integration and Student Affairs
303-245-4662 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Provides resources regarding general student concerns, conflict resolution, and student conduct.
Ethan Jackson, Coordinator of Student & Campus Life
303-546-3549 / email@example.com
Oversees student groups, clubs, and organizations, student government, and the alternative breaks program.
Giovannina Jobson, Contemplative Practice Coordinator
303-245-4603 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Provides resources on contemplative practice opportunities and meditation instruction; plans and coordinates Community Practice Days.
If you need help accessing MyNaropa or any other IT related questions, please feel free to contact us or visit our IT Helpdesk Website.
email@example.com / 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!)
In order to process your I-20 paperwork, please provide the following via the link below:
There are two options available to mail your I-20:
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.
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)
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.
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.
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
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
Point of contact for veteran support services on and off-campus.
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.