Naropa University

Naropa University

Naropa University was established in 1974 as the Naropa Institute by Tibetan Buddhist teacher, Chögyam Trungpa. This private liberal arts institute is located in Boulder, Colorado. Naropa University's recent enrollments have been around 1,000 undergraduates and postgraduates, of whom about 5% are international students.

Naropa University offers a large number of undergraduate and graduate degree programs. In addition, study abroad and distance learning opportunities are provided. The university also hosts the summer writing program through the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics.

Naropa University is home to several active student groups such as the Art and Enlightenment Sangha, The Dharma Clowns, Improvisational Movement and Music, International Students Club, and Women in Buddhism: Sakyadhita. Students are offered financial assistance through scholarship programs such as the Naropa in Prague: Engaged Writer Scholarship, The Frederick P. Lenz Foundation Merit Scholarship, Monastic Scholarship, and The Jack Kerouac Scholarship.

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Contacting Naropa University

Naropa University
2130 Arapahoe Ave
Boulder , CO 80302-6697
General Phone: (303) 444-0202

Naropa University Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Therapy and Counseling135psychology, counseling psychology, psychology courses
Liberal Arts69English, creative writing, liberal arts and sciences, peace and conflict resolution, interdisciplinary studies
Religion and Philosophy34religion, ministry
Drama and Performing Arts21stagecraft
Education and Teaching10early childhood education, education courses
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy8health and fitness
Fine Arts7fine arts
Conservation and Resource Management6environmental studies, natural resources management
Art Studies2visual and performing arts

Number of programs and degrees for Naropa University in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree11111
Master's degree18610
Award of at least 1 but less than 2 academic years02

Naropa University Student Body

In 2007-2008, Naropa University had a total enrollment of 1,104 students (912 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 47%
Women 53%
Full-Time 98%
Part-Time 2%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 44%
Graduate 56%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 73%
Black 2%
Hispanic 4%
Asian 2%
American Indian 1%
Unknown 13%
(Foreign Students) 5%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 0%
18-19 8%
20-21 9%
22-24 17%
25-29 30%
30-34 12%
35-39 9%
40-49 8%
50-64 5%
65+ 0%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

New Mexico3%
South Carolina1%
(International Students)1%
North Carolina1%

Naropa University Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 57 %

Naropa University Room and Board (2007)

Naropa University offers campus housing for 100 of its 912 (full-time) students. Freshmen are required to live on campus.

(Please refer to our profile of Boulder, Colorado for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Colorado Colleges).

The school does not offer students a meal plan.

Naropa University Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Application Requirements:

Class Ranknot required
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrecommended
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)not required
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required
Other Standardized Testsnot required

Naropa University Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 21,984
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 21,984
Room and board $ 6,618
Room charge $ 4,680
Board (meal plan) charge $ 3,528
Books and supplies $ 706
Other expenses $ 4,378

Financial Aid:
Naropa University participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 2117500)

Naropa University Faculty

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year7$53,1416$48,475
Associate professoracademic year9$46,37112$41,566
Assistant professoracademic year3$39,9718$40,819
Instructoracademic year3$40,4300*
Lectureracademic year0*1*
All faculty totalacademic year22$46,84227$42,452

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Naropa University Degree Programs (2007)

Art Studies
Visual and Performing Arts, General

Conservation And Resource Management
Environmental Studies
Natural Resources Management and Policy

Drama And Performing Arts
Dramatic/Theatre Arts and Stagecraft, Other

Education And Teaching
Early Childhood Education and Teaching
Education, Other

Fine Arts
Fine/Studio Arts, General

Liberal Arts
Creative Writing
English Language and Literature, General
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution

Music, General

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Health and Physical Education/Fitness, Other

Religion And Philosophy
Divinity/Ministry (BD, MDiv)
Religion/Religious Studies

Therapy And Counseling
Counseling Psychology
Psychology, General
Psychology, Other

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