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Naropa University: Narrative Description


2130 Arapahoe Ave.
Boulder, CO 80302-6697
Tel: (303)444-0202
Free: 800-772-0410
Admissions: (303)546-3572
Fax: (303)444-0410
E-mail: [email protected]
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Independent, comprehensive, coed. Awards bachelor's, master's, and first professional degrees and post-master's certificates. Founded 1974. Setting: 12-acre urban campus with easy access to Denver. Endowment: $3.1 million. Research spending 2003-04: $3000. Educational spending 2003-04: $10,240 per student. Total enrollment: 1,219. Faculty: 298 (49 full-time, 249 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 7:1. 116 applied, 95% were admitted. 1 valedictorian. Full-time: 405 students, 61% women, 39% men. Part-time: 65 students, 46% women, 54% men. Students come from 43 states and territories, 12 other countries, 75% from out-of-state, 0.2% Native American, 6% Hispanic, 2% black, 2% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 4% international, 36% 25 or older, 6% live on campus, 18% transferred in. Retention: 68% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: psychology; English; visual/performing arts. Core. Calendar: semesters. Services for LD students, advanced placement, self-designed majors, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Study abroad program.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: electronic application, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: essay, high school transcript, 2 recommendations, interview. Recommended: SAT or ACT. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: 1/15.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $50. Comprehensive fee: $23,784 includes full-time tuition ($15,988), mandatory fees ($560), and college room and board ($7236). College room only: $4437. Full-time tuition and fees vary according to course load. Room and board charges vary according to board plan. Part-time tuition: $571 per semester hour. Part-time mandatory fees: $280 per term. Part-time tuition and fees vary according to course load.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper. Social organizations: 20 open to all. Most popular organizations: Student Union of Naropa (SUN), GLBT Group, International Students' Group, Root Outdoor Organization, Greenworks Environmental Group. Major annual events: Practice Day, Shambhala Day, Convocation. Student services: personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access, foot and vehicle patrol 4:30 pm to midnight. 26 college housing spaces available; all were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen given priority for college housing. Option: coed housing available. Allen Ginsberg Library with 27,500 books, 75 serials, 10,150 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $200,942. 48 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed. Staffed computer lab on campus.

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