Naropa University

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2130 Arapahoe Avenue

Boulder, CO 80302

Phone: (303) 444-0202
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Naropa University is a private institution that was founded in 1974. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 402, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 12 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Its tuition and fees are $28,780 (2013-14).

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

Naropa University is a private, nonprofit, nonsectarian liberal arts institution dedicated to advancing contemplative education. Informed by ancient Eastern educational philosophies, contemplative education at Naropa experiments with another way of knowing through its joining of rigorous liberal arts training and the disciplined training of the heart. It educates the whole person, cultivating academic excellence and contemplative insight in order to infuse knowledge with wisdom. The university nurtures in its students a lifelong joy in learning, a critical intellect, the sense of purpose that accompanies compassionate service to the world, and the openness and equanimity that arise from authentic insight and self-understanding. Ultimately, Naropa students explore the inner resources needed to engage courageously with a complex and challenging world, to help transform that world through skill and compassion, and to attain deeper levels of happiness and meaning in their lives. Naropa values ethnic and cultural differences for their essential role in education. It embraces the richness of human diversity with the aim of fostering a more just and equitable society and an expanded awareness of our common humanity. A Naropa education reflecting the interplay of discipline and delight prepares its graduates both to meet the world as it is and to change it for the better. Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, the university comprises a four-year undergraduate college and graduate degree programs in the arts, education, environmental leadership, psychology and religious studies.

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School type private, coed college
Year founded 1974
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting city
2012 Endowment N/A


When applying to Naropa University, it's important to note the application deadline is rolling. The application fee at Naropa University is $50. It has an an acceptance rate of 82.8 percent.

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Selectivity N/A
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 82.8%
Application deadline rolling
SAT/ACT scores must be received by N/A

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Naropa University is 11:1, and the school has 84.3 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Naropa University include: Psychology, General; Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other; Visual and Performing Arts; English Language and Literature, General; and Parks, Recreation and Leisure Studies. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 61.5 percent.

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Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 11:1
4-year graduation rate 18%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Psychology, General 37%
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other 20%
Visual and Performing Arts 13%
English Language and Literature, General 11%
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Studies 10%

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Student Life

Naropa University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 402, with a gender distribution of 38.8 percent male students and 61.2 percent female students. At this school, 18 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 82 percent of students live off campus.

Total enrollment 1,019
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association N/A

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Campus Info & Services

Naropa University offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring and health insurance. Naropa University also offers campus safety and security services like late night transport/escort service, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Alcohol is not permitted for students of legal age at Naropa University.

Students who have cars on campus N/A
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At Naropa University, 66.9 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $21,331.

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Tuition and fees $28,780 (2013-14)
Room and board $8,905 (2013-14)
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