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Naropa University

920 Barlow Road, Fort Morgan, CO

Naropa University, located in Boulder, Colorado, blends eastern and western traditions of education in attempt to offer a more comprehensive and enlightening atmosphere of study. The school was founded by Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, a Tibetan refugee due to the Chinese invasion. Educated at Oxford and familiarized with eastern and western methods of teaching, Mr. Rinpoche became renowned as a teacher of meditation.

He then began opening meditation centers throughout the United States based on his reputation and knowledge. In 1974 he founded the Naropa Institute, which over time has evolved, offering a variety of undergraduate and graduate degrees, eventually becoming what is today known as Naropa University.


Naropa University stresses what is called a contemplative education, an education that focuses on the obtaining of knowledge as well as considering one's place in the world. Students at the school will reflect upon their studies and themselves, earning either a bachelor's or master's degree upon completion of the program. The school also offers certificate, study abroad and summer writing programs.

Programs offered include:

Admissions and Financial Aid

Students interested in enrollment at Naropa University must submit an application which will be reviewed and an answer given as soon as possible. Requirements for new students differ from those transferring to the university, as do the requirements for undergraduate and graduate programs. Students in need of assistance may engage in an online chat through the schools website to assist in the process. Students in need of financial may qualify for loans or grants. TO determine eligibility and awards students should complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Admission Requirements & Details

The admission details below may give an overview of the candidates Naropa University accepts. The details may include application requirements and recommendations, as well as any AP college credits that may be transferred.

College Credits Accepted

  • AP Course Credits

Student Enrollment

Naropa University has a total student population of about 950. The student body is made up of 44% undergraduate students and 3% graduate students.

Estimated Costs & Financial Aid

The items listed below are for informational purposes only and may not represent current tuition, fees, and expenses.

Tuition & Fees Information

  • Annual tuition estimates are between $33,000-$39,000 for both state residents and nonresidents
  • Part time students pay in the range of $1,100 to $1,300 per unit

Financial Aid Details

The financial aid table below details the types of financial aid, along with the percent of students receiving aid, and on average the amount of aid per student per year.

 Percent of StudentsAverage Amount
Any Financial Aid84%-
Receiving Grants & Scholarships78%$24,838
Receiving Student Loans51%$5,776
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Academics & Student Services

Student Services

To help students and recent graduates, Naropa University may provide services like those listed below:

  • Career path counseling
  • Work study style employment
  • Employment search assistance
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Programs Offered

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(C) Certificate or Award | (A) Associate's | (B) Bachelor's | (M) Master's Degree | (D) Doctorate (PhD,...)

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