Naropa University

Boulder, CO

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Naropa University

Naropa University

Naropa University Student Essentials

Naropa University Student Essentials
Region: Rockies
Setting: Large Town Setting
Type: Private
Affiliation: Not applicable
Size: Small (Under 2,000 Undergrad)
Website: www.naropa.edu
On-Campus Housing Available: Yes
Selectivity: Selective
In-State Tuition: $ 27,670
Out-of-State Tuition: $ 27,670
Retention Rate: 51%
Enrollment: 1,199
Year Established: 1974

About Naropa University

For more than 70 years, Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado, has been a leader in alternative education, offering an educational experience that is both scholastic and grounded in the practice of Buddhist meditation.

Naropa awards bachelor’s and master’s degrees. Academics at the undergraduate level include:

  • Contemplative Psychology
  • Environmental Studies
  • Music
  • Peace Studies
  • Visual Arts
  • Writing and Literature

Graduate programs are available in such fields as:

  • Art Therapy
  • Creative Writing
  • Psychology
  • Religious Studies
  • Theatre Arts

All classes emphasize the importance of the Buddhist principle of mindfulness. Even a student majoring in Early Childhood Education is called upon to incorporate this practice as a way to improve their teaching skills. Naropa also requires students take a certain number of courses in the field of contemplative arts, also known as meditation.

Meditation and contemplation are also encouraged outside of class and, to facilitate this meditation, sessions are offered as part of Naropa’s student life.

Other student activities include poetry readings, film festivals, dance and theatre productions and art exhibits.

A completed application, transcripts, letters of recommendation and three essays are required for admission to Naropa University. ACT or SAT scores are optional.

Naropa participates in federal financial aid programs, awarding federal grants, loans and work-study awards. These sources of aid are offered based on financial need and require submission of a FAFSA.

Naropa also awards institutional scholarships to students who have both a strong financial need and a record of strong academic performance. Most financial aid packages offer a combination of different aid sources. Veteran’s benefits are also available.

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Naropa University Map & Location

Naropa University
2130 Arapahoe Ave
Boulder, CO 80302


Getting Around Naropa University

Walkability

Excellent walkability. You do not need a car for this area.

9/10
walk

Weather

Seasonal average temperatures for Boulder, CO

Winter
Dec
45
21
Jan
47
22
Feb
49
23
Spring
Mar
56
29
Apr
63
36
May
72
44
Summer
Jun
82
51
Jul
88
57
Aug
85
56
Fall
Sep
78
48
Oct
66
38
Nov
54
29

Students

Full-Time Undergrad Students 484
Freshman Class 82
Total Students (Undergrads & Graduate Students) 1,199

Ethnic Diversity:

  • Latino: 7%
  • African American: 1%
  • Caucasian: 65%
  • Asian: 1%
  • Unknown and Other: 26%
Latino 7%
African American 1%
Caucasian 65%
Asian 1%
Unknown and Other 26%

Undergraduate 40%
Graduate 60%
Full-Time 29%
Part-Time 71%
Women 67%
Men 33%
International 2%
Domestic 98%

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