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About Naropa University

Naropa University is a Buddhist-inspired, student-centered liberal arts university in Boulder, Colorado. A recognized leader in contemplative education, Naropa's undergraduate and graduate programs emphasize professional and personal growth, intellectual development, and contemplative practice.

Through rigorous academics, faculty mentoring, contemplative practice, and community engagement, Naropa students develop the abilities to think critically, to communicate effectively, and to know their hearts and minds. The result: graduates who live deeply fulfilling lives working to improve people's lives and the condition of our planet.

Step into a lineage of change agents.

Naropa may offer a contemplative liberal arts education, but that doesn't mean we're quiet. Naropa's three campuses in Boulder crackle with energy. Students, faculty, and staff fearlessly make art, write experimental prose, study Sanskrit, attend concerts, research environmental inequity, plant organic gardens, volunteer in the community, and campaign for social justice.

Compelling classes

Academically, Naropa asks you to "show up"—not just physically, but intellectually. At Naropa, you will be an involved learner, contribute to collaborative intellectual exchanges, and stretch yourself creatively and personally.

Great teachers

A Grammy Award winner. World-renowned Buddhist scholars. Famous writers. Fulbright Fellows. These are just some of the faculty at Naropa who represent the best in their field.

Contemplative education

Education at Naropa starts with learning about yourself through contemplative practice. The awareness and energy you derive from this will make you more effective at everything you do.

Service matters

Get real-world experience by volunteering, interning, or doing fieldwork in the community.