Naropa University

2130 Arapahoe Ave, Boulder, CO 80302-6697

School Details

In 1974, Naropa Institute, which would later become Naropa University, was founded. Located in Boulder, Colorado Naropa is a private, not for profit University. The universities founder, Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, was born in Tibet and created Naropa with the goal to create a university that would combine contemplative studies with traditional Western scholastic and artistic disciplines. Today, Naropa University is a recognized leader in contemplative education and teaches professional and personal growth, intellectual development, and contemplative practice through its undergraduate and graduate programs. Through these teachings, Naropa strives to educate its students’ minds, but students as a whole. This is done by cultivating academic excellence and contemplative insight in order to infuse knowledge with wisdom. Naropa is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission to grant undergraduate and graduate degrees to its students. Naropa University is the first fully accredited Buddhist-inspired University in the United States.

Naropa encompasses three separate campuses, all of which are located in Boulder, Colorado. The Arapahoe Campus houses the Allen Ginsberg Library, the Performing Arts Center, campus Administration Building and Presidential offices while the Nalanda Campus contains a number of performing and visual arts studios and the Paramita Campus is home to the Transpersonal Counseling, Somatic Counseling Psychology and Contemplative Counseling Psychology departments.

When applying to Naropa University, there is a $50 fee and the application deadline is rolling. Of the students who apply, 91% are admitted and 43% ultimately decide to attend Naropa.

There are a total of 427 Undergraduate students and 663 Graduate students enrolled at Naropa University. The student body composes a 60:40 female to male ratio, 60% of which are Caucasian. About 32% of students come from in state and 2% are international. The average age of Undergraduate students is 24 years old. The retention rate for students working toward their Bachelor’s degrees is 79% with a four year graduation rate of 19% and a six year graduation rate of 35%.

Classes at Naropa range in size from 8 to 30 with an average class size of 14. The student to faculty ratio is 11:1 and the faculty at Naropa makes up some of the top educators, in their respective fields, and includes a Grammy Award winner, world-renowned Buddhist scholars, famous writers and Fulbright Fellows. Classes at Naropa are not just focused on academics, but the process of helping students to learn their place in the world as well. There are 18 Bachelors and Masters Degrees  are offered to students at Naropa University. There are many options when choosing a degree program at Naropa, including; Theology and Religious Vocations, Philosophy and Religious Studies, Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies and Natural Resources and Conservation.

A large importance on life outside the classroom is placed on students at Naropa. Students are encouraged to get involved and can do so by joining some of the many student organizations offered on campus. Among the many student organizations are Healers of Naropa, Naropa Way of Tea, Team Asana Yoga Group and Peace Pals of Naropa. There are also student leadership organizations and the student government. On campus events are that students can attend are also held and include art exhibits, theater, and dance productions.

Tuition, for both in and out of state Undergraduate students, is $26,230 per year. Financial and scholarships are offered to the students of Naropa University and the average aid package awarded to a student is $29,811. 69% of the students receive some sort of financial aid. Graduate students are charged per credit hour at a rate of $850. About 75% of Graduate students receive financial aid.




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    Private, not-for-profit, 4-year or above
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    Master's degree
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