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Naropa University

Naropa University is college with 383 students located in Boulder, CO.

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Heavy Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science, Master's University

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Classical Greece and Classical India hosted two of the most revered traditions of education the world has known.

One wonders what might have happened if these two historical giants of academia had been able to combine their wisdom, to see the world from each other's perspective, and finally arrive at a place where East and West truly met, exchanging valuable ideas and insights.

The fact is, this very phenomenon is unfolding today at Naropa University, a private, nonprofit, nonsectarian liberal arts institution dedicated to advancing contemplative education.

This approach to learning integrates the best of Eastern and Western educational traditions, helping students know themselves more deeply and engage constructively with others. By combining these two storied pedagogies, East and West are indeed meeting every day at Naropa University and the resulting sparks of inspiration are flying.

Naropa University comprises a four-year undergraduate college and graduate programs in the arts, education, environmental leadership, psychology and religious studies. It offers BA, BFA, MA, MFA and MDiv degrees, as well as professional development training and classes for the community.

Naropa is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (www.ncahigherlearningcommission.org).

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Student Life

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Student Body

Total Undergraduates 383
Gender 36% Male / 64% Female
Enrollment Breakdown 94% Full Time / 6% Part Time
Geography 37% In State / 63% Out of State / 1% International
Socio-Economic Diversity 42% of students received Pell Grants, which are provided by the U.S. government to students from middle and lower income families. It gives you an idea of a school’s socio-economic diversity.
Ethnic Diversity
Percentage
White 64%
Multi-racial 6%
International 2%
Hispanic/Latino 9%
Ethnicity Unknown 17%
Black or African American 1%
Asian 1%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0%

Housing

Campus housing is available for undergraduates. Housing deposit : $300.00. Housing deposit due : Jun 15. Housing deposit is not refunded if student does not enroll.. Freshman allowed to have car. No pets.

19% of students live on-campus.

81% of freshman live on-campus.

  • Coed Dorms
  • Housing Offered

Activities

  • Dance
  • Government or Political Activity
  • International Student Organization
  • Literary Magazine
  • Choral Groups
  • Drama/Theater
  • Campus Ministries

Student Services

  • Academic Support Services: reduced course load study skills assistance tutoring writing center learning center
  • Computer Services: computer center, libraries wireless network available dorms wired for high speed internet connections student web hosting available
  • Counseling Services: alcohol/substance abuse counseling career counseling financial aid counseling minority students services personal counseling chaplain/spiritual director
  • Facilities: meditation halls, maitri rooms, greenhouse, tea house, performing arts center, dance studios, music studio, art studio, art exhibits, audio archives
  • Special Needs Services: services and/or facilities for hearing impaired partial services for students with learning disabilities services and/or facilities for visually impaired wheelchair accessibility
  • Specialty Programs (ROTC, Accelerated Programs, Professional Development, etc.): double major independent study internships student-designed major
  • Transfer In Services
  • Transfer Out Services

Academics

Academics

Popular Majors

Psychology (27%), Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other (21%), English Language and Literature (9%), Health and Physical Education/Fitness, Other (9%), Environmental Studies (6%), Music (5%)

Majors Offered

Bachelor's

A general program that focuses on the English language, including its history, structure and related communications skills; and the literature and culture of English-speaking peoples.

Job Opportunities:

English Language and Literature Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in English language and literature, including linguistics and comparative literature. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.
Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education
Teach students in one or more subjects, such as English, mathematics, or social studies at the secondary level in public or private schools. May be designated according to subject matter specialty.

A program that prepares individuals to generally function as creative artists in the visual and plastic media. Includes instruction in the traditional fine arts media (drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking, CAD/CAM) and/or modern media (ceramics, textiles, intermedia, photography, digital images), theory of art, color theory, composition and perspective, anatomy, the techniques and procedures for maintaining equipment and managing a studio, and art portfolio marketing.

Job Opportunities:

Art, Drama, and Music Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in drama, music, and the arts including fine and applied art, such as painting and sculpture, or design and crafts. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.
Fine Artists, Including Painters, Sculptors, and Illustrators
Create original artwork using any of a wide variety of media and techniques.
Artists and Related Workers, All Other
All artists and related workers not listed separately.

A general program that focuses on the introductory study and appreciation of music and the performing arts. Includes instruction in music, dance, and other performing arts media.

Job Opportunities:

Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education
Teach students in one or more subjects, such as English, mathematics, or social studies at the secondary level in public or private schools. May be designated according to subject matter specialty.
Musicians and Singers
Play one or more musical instruments or sing. May perform on stage, for on-air broadcasting, or for sound or video recording.

A program that focuses on the nature of religious belief and specific religious and quasi-religious systems. Includes instruction in phenomenology; the sociology, psychology, philosophy, anthropology, literature and art of religion; mythology; scriptural and textual studies; religious history and politics; and specific studies of particular faith communities and their behavior.

Job Opportunities:

Philosophy and Religion Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in philosophy, religion, and theology. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

A general, undifferentiated program that focuses on the visual and performing arts and that may prepare individuals in any of the visual artistic media or performing disciplines.

Job Opportunities:

Art, Drama, and Music Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in drama, music, and the arts including fine and applied art, such as painting and sculpture, or design and crafts. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.
Craft Artists
Create or reproduce hand-made objects for sale and exhibition using a variety of techniques, such as welding, weaving, pottery, and needlecraft.
Fine Artists, Including Painters, Sculptors, and Illustrators
Create original artwork using any of a wide variety of media and techniques.
Artists and Related Workers, All Other
All artists and related workers not listed separately.
Photographers
Photograph people, landscapes, merchandise, or other subjects, using digital or film cameras and equipment. May develop negatives or use computer software to produce finished images and prints. Includes scientific photographers, aerial photographers, and photojournalists.

Bachelor's

A program that prepares individuals to teach students ranging in age from infancy through eight years (grade three), depending on the school system or state regulations. Includes preparation to teach all relevant subject matter.

Job Opportunities:

Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education
Instruct preschool-aged children in activities designed to promote social, physical, and intellectual growth needed for primary school in preschool, day care center, or other child development facility. May be required to hold State certification.
Kindergarten Teachers, Except Special Education
Teach elemental natural and social science, personal hygiene, music, art, and literature to kindergarten students. Promote physical, mental, and social development. May be required to hold State certification.

Bachelor's

Any instructional program in multi/interdisciplinary studies not listed above.

A program that focuses on the origins, resolution and prevention of international and inter-group conflicts. Includes instruction in peace research methods and related social scientific and psychological knowledge bases.

Bachelor's

Any instructional program in health and physical education/fitness not listed above.

Bachelor's

A program that focuses on environment-related issues using scientific, social scientific, or humanistic approaches or a combination. Includes instruction in the basic principles of ecology and environmental science and related subjects such as policy, politics, law, economics, social aspects, planning, pollution control, natural resources, and the interactions of human beings and nature.

Job Opportunities:

Environmental Scientists and Specialists, Including Health
Conduct research or perform investigation for the purpose of identifying, abating, or eliminating sources of pollutants or hazards that affect either the environment or the health of the population. Using knowledge of various scientific disciplines, may collect, synthesize, study, report, and recommend action based on data derived from measurements or observations of air, food, soil, water, and other sources.
Environmental Science Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in environmental science. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

Bachelor's

A general program that focuses on the scientific study of individual and collective behavior, the physical and environmental bases of behavior, and the analysis and treatment of behavior problems and disorders. Includes instruction in the principles of the various subfields of psychology, research methods, and psychological assessment and testing methods.

Job Opportunities:

Managers, All Other
All managers not listed separately.
Clinical, Counseling, and School Psychologists
Diagnose and treat mental disorders; learning disabilities; and cognitive, behavioral, and emotional problems, using individual, child, family, and group therapies. May design and implement behavior modification programs.
Industrial-Organizational Psychologists
Apply principles of psychology to human resources, administration, management, sales, and marketing problems. Activities may include policy planning; employee testing and selection, training and development; and organizational development and analysis. May work with management to organize the work setting to improve worker productivity.
Psychologists, All Other
All psychologists not listed separately.
Psychology Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in psychology, such as child, clinical, and developmental psychology, and psychological counseling. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

Administration & Faculty

President Charles G. Lief
Accredited by North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission
Full-time Faculty 46
Student : Faculty Ratio 11 : 1
Faculty Gender (% Male : Female) 45 : 54
Percentage of Faculty Members
Non-Tenure Track Faculty 100
International Faculty 2

Admissions

Admissions

Selectivity

Selectivity Score: 46/100
46
Selectivity

Acceptance Rate: 79.7% accepted of 79 applications

Admission Considerations

Very Important: Rigor Of Secondary School Record, Application Essay

Important: Academic GPA, Character Personal Qualities, Recommendations

Also Considered: Work Experience, Level Of Applicants Interest, Racial Ethnic Status, Standardized Test Scores, Talent Ability, Volunteer Work, Class Rank, Extracurricular Activities, First Generation College Student, Interview

High School Curriculum (years of study):
Required Recommended
History 0 3
English 0 4
Math 0 3
Science 0 3
Science Lab 0 2
Social Studies 0 3
Foreign Language 0 3
Academic Electives 0 0

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Finance

Finance

Average Net Tuition

The average student pays $25,942 for tuition, fees, and other expenses, after grants and scholarships.

Household Income Real Cost
$0-$30K $21,603
$30K-$48K $24,510
$48K-$75K $26,695
$75K-$110K $36,457
$110K+ $38,075

Sticker Price

Total stated tuition is $28,610, in-state and on-campus, before financial aid.

On-Campus Off-Campus
Stated Tuition $28,610 Same as On-Campus
Fees $180 Same as On-Campus
Housing $8,780 $8,980
Books $1,200 $1,200
Total (before financial aid) $38,770 $38,970

Students Receiving Aid

63% of students receive some form of financial aid.

Undergrads Receiving Aid Average Aid Amount
Federal Loans 46% $7,995
Federal Scholarships/Grants 42% $5,075
Institutional Grants 54% $15,057
Other Federal Grants 21% $800
Pell Grants 42% $4,675
State and Local Scholarships/Grants 8% $1,500
Student Loans 46% $7,995

Financial Aid Websites

Learn more about financial aid at http://naropa.edu/costs-aid/aid/index.php.

Estimate the net price for you at http://www.naropa.edu/costs-aid/costs/undergraduate-costs/cost-calculator.php.

Alumni and Outcomes

Alumni and Outcomes

Graduation Rates

19% of students graduated on time.

40% of students graduated in six years.

57% of full time students continued studying at this school after freshman year.

Rankings

WalletHub

#18 The Best and Worst College Cities and Towns in America

Washington Monthly

#310 Master's Universities - Service Staff, Courses, and Financial Aid Rank
#312 Master's Universities - Community Service Participation Rank
#346 Master's Universities - Research Expenditures Rank
#442 Master's Universities - Graduation Rate Rank
#471 Master's Universities - Federal Work-Study Funds Spent on Service Rank
#472 Master's Universities - ROTC Rank
#500 Master's Universities - Peace Corps Rank
#524 Master's Universities - Overall Rank
#569 Master's Universities - Bachelor's to PhD Rank
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