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When making admission decisions, Naropa University's admissions committee considers academic background, connection to Naropa's unique mission and ability to engage in contemplative, experiential college work. Nontraditional and home-educated students and all those with a high school degree or GED are welcome to apply.

Suggested Deadlines
Naropa University uses a rolling admission policy. Applicants may apply as early as September for summer and fall admission. Applications received between September 1 and the suggested deadline will be given equal consideration. Applications received after the suggested deadline will be reviewed on a space-available basis.

Accepting applications

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Four Ways of Applying to Naropa University

  1. Apply online. When you apply online, you will be required to submit the application fee with a Visa or MasterCard. Current students, staff, faculty and alumni are not required to submit an application fee. We recommend using Internet Explorer for our online application.
  2. Download the undergraduate application or the visiting student application.
  3. Request that an application be mailed to you.
  4. Naropa University is a member of the Common Application ( We welcome submissions either in paper or electronic form. We do require that students also submit the Common Application supplement and send it to us at: Office of Admissions, Naropa University, 2130 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder, CO 80302. Please note: It is important that the Common Application Supplement also include the student's name, Social Security number and telephone number, as the Common Application does not have an application tracking number.

Certificate Students: If you have completed at least 60 semester credits, you are eligible to apply for the one-year (30 semester credits) certificate program. Certificates are available in all majors with the exception of Environmental Studies, Interdisciplinary Studies, Writing and Literature and the BFA in Performance. Limited financial aid is available for certificate programs.

CLEP: The College Level Examination Program (CLEP) is administered by the College Board. It is offered in many subject areas. By taking a CLEP exam and receiving a passing score, you can earn up to 30 credits for transfer into college. CLEP tests are given at Red Rocks Community College in Denver, or to find out where exams are administered in your community, contact the national CLEP phone line at 609-771-7865; P.O. Box 6600, Princeton, N.J. 08541.

Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate Credit: Naropa University gives credit for both AP and IB exams. Please contact the Office of Admissions for more details.

Are you an international student? See more detailed information on international student admission requirements.