Home-Educated Students

Naropa University values the characteristics that home-educated students display, such as creativity, independence, and intellectual curiosity. We welcome your application.

Applying for Admission

In order to be eligible for admissions, home-educated students must be in compliance with the state truancy laws in Colorado (i.e. students must attend high school through the age of fifteen years old). In lieu of a high school transcript, Naropa requests that home-educated students present a portfolio of their work completed during their high school years. Home-educated students may be creative in their presentation, but at a minimum, the portfolio should include the following:

  • A narrative describing the subjects studied per year and the modes of learning for each subject
  • A list of extracurricular/community activities, including team sports, volunteer positions, and dance classes, etc.
  • A list of any academic achievements during high school that support academic preparedness for college, such as internship positions
  • A parent or teacher narrative
  • A self-evaluation of their work and how it contributed to their intellectual growth
  • Transcripts from any college level courses taken (if applicable)
  • Transcripts from any mainstream high school courses taken (if applicable)
  • SAT and/or ACT scores are optional

Along with this portfolio, home-educated students must complete all other undergraduate admissions requirements.

Home-Educated Students and Financial Aid

In order to be eligible for financial aid, a home-schooled student must be admitted as a degree-seeking student at Naropa University, and must in compliance with the state truancy laws in Colorado (see above). As long as the home-schooled student meets these conditions, the student may complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). On the FAFSA, there is a question asking the student if he or she will have a high school diploma or GED before the student enrolls. Students may answer "yes" to this question as long as they satisfy the provisions above (i.e. admitted as a degree-seeking student and haven't violated Colorado's state truancy laws).