Naropa University

With a student to faculty ratio of 13:1, Naropa University is often considered to be a popular choice for students across the globe. On an average, about 5% of the international students enroll for the graduate program whereas in case of undergraduates the approximate percentage is 2.

Name of the Institution Naropa University
Type of Institution Private, non-profit
Location Boulder, Colorado, United States
Accreditation/ affiliation Higher Learning Commission
Courses Offered Undergraduate programs in:

  • Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Music
  • Peace Studies
  • Performance
  • Contemplative Psychology
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Environmental Studies
  • Religious Studies
  • Traditional Eastern Arts
  • Visual Arts and Performance
  • Poetics
  • Writing and Literature


Graduate programs in:

  • Environmental Leadership
  • Contemporary Performance
  • Contemplative Education
  • Art Therapy
  • Body Psychotherapy
  • Psychology
  • Dance/Movement Therapy
  • Counseling Psychology
  • Psychology
  • Ecopsychology
  • Poetics
  • Wilderness Therapy
  • Writing and Poetics
  • Creative Writing
  • Religious Studies


Departments/ Branches
  • Graduate School of Psychology
  • Music
  • Contemplative Education
  • Contemplative Psychology
  • Environmental Studies
  • Naropa Writing Center
  • Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Transpersonal Counseling Psychology
  • Theater
  • Religious Studies
  • Somatic Counseling Psychology
  • Traditional Eastern Arts
  • Visual Arts
  • Writing and Poetics


Admission Procedure/ Eligibility Criteria International applicants need to have a minimum proficiency level in English. For this, they will have to appear for language tests like TOEFL. Upon admission, candidates need to submit their personal bank statement, private/government foundation sponsorship statement, and personal statement documentation.Undergraduate The university admits students for the undergraduate programs in two semesters i.e. in the fall and spring semester. Those applying for the undergraduate programs need to submit the following documents at the time of admission:

  • Application form
  • 3 essays
  • Official transcripts of high school
  • ACT/SAT scores
  • Submission of creative work ( if any)
  • Letter of recommendation


The university admits students for the graduate program in three semesters i.e. summer, fall and spring. At the time of admission, students need to submit the following documents:

  • Application form with an application fee of $60
  • Letters of recommendation (2)
  • Official transcripts of previously qualified examinations
  • Portfolios and manuscripts needed for specific programs/departments
  • Funds document
  • Academic transcripts of post-secondary examinations
  • TOEFL scores


Scholarships Undergraduate

  • Naropa Honor Scholarship
  • The Peer Mentor Scholarship
  • Naropa Presidential Scholarship
  • The W.E.B DuBois Scholarship
  • Nancy Ashman Memorial Scholarship
  • The Summer Writing Program Scholarship in memory of kari Edwards
  • The Coburn Berry Scholarship for First Generation Students
  • John W. Cobb Scholarship
  • Frederick P. Lenz Foundation Undergraduate Scholarship


  • The Leslie Scalapino Award
  • The Ted Berrigan Scholarship
  • The Martha Bonzi Scholarship
  • The American Art Therapy Association Conference Scholarship
  • Aimee Grunburger Award
  • Bernie Marek Scholarship for Art Therapy Students
  • The Hiro Yamagata Scholarship
Fee Structure Undergraduate

  • Registration fee: $250 per semester
  • Block tuition fees: $13,100
  • Tuition fees: $850 per credit
  • Transportation fee: $55 per semester
  • Student Activity fee: $25 per semester


  • Tuition fees: $850 per credit
  • Registration fee: $250/semester (for spring and fall), $120 (for summer).
  • Transportation fee: $55 per semester
  • Student Activity fee: $25 per semester


Examinations & Results The university follows the semester pattern for conducting examinations.
Established in the Year 1974
Facts & Figures
  • Approximate number of students enrolled for the undergraduate program in a year: 445
  • Approximate number of students enrolled for the graduate program in a year: 618


  • Music, Movement and Theater Presentations
  • Lunch time lectures
Distance Learning
  • MA Contemplative Education
  • MA Transpersonal Psychology: Ecopsychology
  • MFA Creative Writing
  • Certificate program in Authentic Leadership