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Naropa University Admissions

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Naropa University

Naropa University

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Naropa University Description:

Naropa University is not your typical small college, and a surprising 70% of students come from out-of-state. Naropa is dedicated to "advancing contemplative education" through a combination of Eastern and Western educational traditions. The college's learning philosophy is grounded in Buddhism, but the school is secular and open to all. With under 500 undergraduates and slightly more graduate students, Naropa has an intimate educational environment. Classes are small (average size of 15), and academics are supported by a healthy 13 to 1 student / faculty ratio. On the whole, Naropa's students tend to be artistic, creative, thoughtful, and community-minded. Naropa's campus borders the University of Colorado at Boulder, and students can use CU's library and take classes through the University of Colorado Access program. Nature lover lovers will appreciate Naropa's location on the eastern edge of the Rocky Mountains as well as the school's efforts to promote environmental sustainability. All of the campus's electricity use is offset by wind power renewable energy credits.

Admissions Data (2013):

Enrollment (2013):

  • Total Enrollment: 992 (383 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 36% Male / 64% Female
  • 93% Full-time

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Costs (2013 - 14):

  • Tuition and Fees: $28,790
  • Books: $1,200 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $8,780
  • Other Expenses: $4,850
  • Total Cost: $43,620

Naropa University Financial Aid (2012 - 13):

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 63%
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 63%
    • Loans: 46%
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $16,633
    • Loans: $7,995

Most Popular Majors:

Interdisciplinary Studies, Psychology, Writing and Literature

Retention and Graduation Rates:

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 58%
  • Transfer Out Rate: 30%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 20%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 41%

Data Source:

National Center for Educational Statistics and the Naropa website

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Naropa University Mission Statement:

mission statement from http://www.naropa.edu/about-naropa/mission/mission-statement.php

"Inspired by the rich intellectual and experiential traditions of East and West, Naropa University is North America's leading institution of contemplative education.

Naropa recognizes the inherent goodness and wisdom of each human being. It educates the whole person, cultivating academic excellence and contemplative insight in order to infuse knowledge with wisdom. The university nurtures in its students a lifelong joy in learning, a critical intellect, the sense of purpose that accompanies compassionate service to the world, and the openness and equanimity that arise from authentic insight and self-understanding. Ultimately, Naropa students explore the inner resources needed to engage courageously with a complex and challenging world, to help transform that world through skill and compassion, and to attain deeper levels of happiness and meaning in their lives.

Drawing on the vital insights of the world's wisdom traditions, the university is simultaneously Buddhist-inspired, ecumenical and nonsectarian. Naropa values ethnic and cultural differences for their essential role in education. It embraces the richness of human diversity with the aim of fostering a more just and equitable society and an expanded awareness of our common humanity.

A Naropa education--reflecting the interplay of discipline and delight--prepares its graduates both to meet the world as it is and to change it for the better."

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