Naropa University

Naropa University is a private, nonprofit, nonsectarian liberal arts institution dedicated to advancing contemplative education. Informed by ancient Eastern educational philosophies, contemplative education at Naropa experiments with another way of knowing through its joining of rigorous liberal arts training and the disciplined training of the heart. 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. 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. Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, the university comprises a four-year undergraduate college with degrees in the arts, social sciences, and humanities and graduate degree programs in education, environmental leadership, counseling psychology, religious studies, creative writing and theater.

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School Details

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Private, Coed 1974 N/A Semester N/A 2130 Arapahoe Avenue, Boulder, CO 80302 (303) 444-0202
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Colorado Boulder 1198

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Graduation and Retention Rates (22.5%)

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6-year graduation rate 34%
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Faculty Resources (20%)

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Classes with fewer than 20 students 89.1%
Classes with 50 or more students 1%
Student-faculty ratio 9:1

Student Selectivity (12.5%)

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Fall 2016 acceptance rate 100%