Naropa University, located in Boulder, Colorado, is a private liberal arts institution that offers a unique approach to higher education by integrating Eastern wisdom traditions with Western scholarly pursuits. Founded in 1974 by Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, the university is named after the 11th-century Indian Buddhist sage Naropa. Situated in a serene setting at the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, just a short distance from Denver, Naropa University's urban campus is reflective of Boulder's vibrant, environmentally conscious, and culturally rich community. The university is known for its contemplative education philosophy, and while it does not emphasize athletic programs, it offers a variety of undergraduate and graduate programs, including popular majors such as psychology, environmental studies, and religious studies. With an emphasis on personal and professional growth through mindfulness and self-inquiry, Naropa appeals to a diverse student body with a selective admissions process. On-campus living options are available for students who choose to immerse themselves fully in the Naropa experience.
In the most recent statistical year 94 prospective students applied, and 94 were granted admission. Of those admitted 30 enrolled in the school. 678 students are enrolled on a full time basis, and 387 attend part time. In-state tuition for 2022/2023, excluding room and board, is $34,400 plus fees of $200.