Naropa defines itself as Buddhist-inspired, ecumenical and nonsectarian rather than Buddhist. Naropa promotes non-traditional activities like meditation to supplement traditional learning approaches. The fact is, this very phenomenon is unfolding today at Naropa University, a private, nonprofit, nonsectarian liberal arts institution dedicated to advancing contemplative education.
This approach to learning integrates the best of Eastern and Western educational traditions, helping students know themselves more deeply and engage constructively with others. By combining these two storied pedagogies, East and West are indeed meeting every day at Naropa University and the resulting sparks of inspiration are flying.
Naropa is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools in 1988.
Naropa University comprises a four-year undergraduate college and graduate programs in the arts, education, environmental leadership, psychology and religious studies. It offers BA, BFA, MA, MFA and MDiv degrees, as well as professional development training and classes for the community.
Distance learning at Naropa University takes advantage of the latest technology in online learning in an innovative approach to contemplative education. Students can study at Naropa University without disrupting their own busy lives or leaving their homes through the use of streaming audio, video, chat rooms, bulletin boards and other online communication tools.
Online discussion has five qualities: openness, resourcefulness, clarity of intellect, communication and effective action. They are so integral to the Naropa University distance learning experience that after some time, they become a natural part of the students’ and instructors’ approaches to course work.
In addition to individual online courses, Naropa University offers several low-residency degree programs and low-residency certificates.
A quality education is a costly product in today’s world. For this reason Naropa University makes every attempt to assist students who do not have the financial resources to achieve their educational aims. The university offers institutional grants and scholarships as well as all types of federal student aid. Some financial aid for international students is also available.