An education here is like no other. Our undergraduate programs are both academically rigorous and personally transformative. Naropa University offers a whole-person education for students who desire to become the change they want to see in the world. We recognize the unhealthy tension that many exclusionary admission practices nationwide cause students and their families. Naropa is committed to an admissions policy that mitigates this tension while emphasizing diversity and inclusion, reflecting the true nature of contemplative education in the process.
The goal of the Office of Admissions is to find students who are prepared for the work ahead.
Students should not confuse our non-traditional admissions process with a lack of academic rigor. A Naropa education requires extensive reading, academic research, writing, and hands-on exploration associated with a curriculum that inspires deep introspection, self-growth, and an acute level of emotional intelligence. Naropa’s small class sizes and dedicated faculty demand thoughtful preparation and engagement from all students in an educational environment that emphasizes mindfulness and academic inquiry.
If you have a history of strong academic performance, we welcome you into our community with minimal admissions requirements so that we may begin the work of preparing you to succeed. We also recognize that prior academic performance may not accurately reflect your potential for success at Naropa. If your academic performance has not been strong in the past, but you believe that you could benefit from a Naropa education and effectively contribute to the Naropa community, we strongly encourage you to begin the application process now.
Fill out a short admissions application and submit your transcripts. An Admissions Counselor will make every attempt to review your application and issue a decision within a week of receiving all required documents. The documents you are required to submit depend on your prior academic performance. If you have any questions about which documents we require of you, you can simply begin by completing the admissions application.
We are here to support you through this process. Please do not hesitate to contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 1-800-772-6951 with any questions.