Naropa University


Enrollment: 464.

Student Body: 61% female, 39% male, 74% out-of-state, 3% international (24 countries represented). Asian 3%, African American 2%, Caucasian 75%, Hispanic 4%, Native American 3%.

Retention and Graduation: 64% freshmen return for sophomore year. 19% freshmen graduate within 4 years.

Faculty: Student/faculty ratio 9:1. 51 full-time faculty, 51% hold PhDs, 12% are members of minority groups, 57% are women.


Degrees: Bachelors, certificate, first professional, masters.

Classes: Most classes have 10-19 students.

Majors with Highest Enrollment: English language and literature; psychology; visual and performing arts.

Special Study Options: Double major, independent study, internships, student-designed major, study abroad, Some courses available on-line. Special programs offered to physically disabled students include note-taking services, reader services, tape recorders, tutors.


Housing: Apartments for married students, apartments for single students, themed housing (living and learning concept). 85% of campus accessible to physically disabled.

Special Academic Facilities/Equipment: Maitri Rooms, meditation halls, Allen Ginsberg library and a preschool.

Computers: 100% of classrooms, 100% of dorms, 100% of libraries, 100% of dining areas, 100% of student union, 100% of common outdoor areas have wireless network access. Students can register for classes online. Administrative functions (other than registration) can be performed online.


Environment: City.

Activities: Choral groups, dance, drama/theater, jazz band, literary magazine, music ensembles, student government

Organizations: 20 registered organizations, 2 religious organizations.

On-Campus Highlights: Lincoln Building, Nalanda Event Center, Meditation Hall, Naropa Cafe, Visual Arts Studio. Environmental Initiatives: The school composts all of our paper towels in public restrooms diverting 25% of our landfill waste into compost. The cafe composts which will divert 20-25% of organics into compost from the landfill. CFL installed in the residential halls, and are converting burned out bulbs to green bulbs throughout the campuses.


Freshman Academic Profile: Average high school GPA 3.026. Minimum paper TOEFL 550. Minimum computer TOEFL 213.

Basis for Candidate Selection: Very important factors considered include: Application essay, academic GPA, recommendation(s), rigor of secondary school record, interview. Important factors considered include: Character/personal qualities, extracurricular activities, talent/ability, volunteer work. Other factors considered include: Alumni/ae relation, first generation, racial/ethnic status, work experience.

Freshman Admission Requirements: High school diploma is required and GED is accepted. Academic units recommended: 4 English, 3 mathematics, 3 science, (2 science labs), 3 foreign language, 3 social studies, 3 history, 2 academic electives, 2 Art/Dance/Theatre and/or Creative Writing

Freshman Admission Statistics: 139 applied, 93% admitted, 53% enrolled.

Transfer Admission Requirements: College transcript(s), essay or personal statement, interview, Lowest grade transferable C.

General Admission Information: Application fee $50. Nonfall registration accepted. Admission may be deferred for a maximum of 1 year. Credit and/or placement offered for CEEB Advanced Placement tests.


Annual tuition $23,420. Room and board $8,478. Required fees $100. Average book expense $1,200.

Required Forms and Deadlines: FAFSA. Priority financial aid filing date 3/1.

Notification of Awards: Applicants will be notified of awards on a rolling basis beginning 3/1.

Types of Aid: Need-based scholarships/grants: Federal Pell, SEOG, private scholarships, the school’s own gift aid. Loans: FFEL Subsidized Stafford, FFEL Unsubsidized Stafford, FFEL PLUS, Federal Perkins.

Student Employment: Federal Work-Study Program available. Off-campus job opportunities are good.

Financial Aid Statistics: 62% freshmen, 62% undergrads receive need-based scholarship or grant aid. 67% freshmen, 64% undergrads receive need-based self-help aid. 71% freshmen, 71% undergrads receive any aid. 7% undergrads borrow to pay for school. Average cumulative indebtedness $26,582.

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