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Naropa University's School of Extended Studies offers a number of non-credit certificates, national and international conferences and continuing education programs. In addition to our on-going certificate program Authentic Leadership, we have co-sponsored conferences such as Wisdom 2.0, Legacy of Wisdom and weekend workshops with Joanna Macy and Michael Meade. For detailed information, please visit the Extended Studies page on the Naropa website.

Extended Studies sells a limited number of Non-Credit seats on our regular academic courses. Please visit the Public Registration page to view the Course Schedule for further information on courses with seats available to the public. If the course has prerequisites or other restrictions as indicated in this schedule, it is strongly encouraged that a non-degree student contact the department or instructor to determine if the student is adequately prepared for the course. If the course specifies that permission of department is required, the student must obtain written permission.

For further information, please contact us at and thank you for your interest in Naropa University's Extended Studies courses!

Can I take any Naropa class for Non-credit?

  • Any courses not listed on the Course Schedule for Non-Credit Courses are unavailable to take for non-credit.

How much does it cost to take a class for Non-Credit at Naropa?

  • Non-credit courses are $250 per class, $200 for Weekend Workshops, PLUS any related course fees.
  • All payments are due the Friday prior to the beginning of class.

Are Non-Credit courses graded? 

Non-Credit courses receive a grade of NC for "non-credit" so no, they are not graded. If you want to take a class that does receive a grade, then check out the For Credit classes.

Can I take the class Non-Credit now and upgrade it to For Credit later by paying the difference in tuition?

No. Basically, taking a class for Non-Credit means that you are not responsible for fulfilling the academic requirements for the class,  and you are not graded for your participation. As a result, you will not, nor will you be able to in the future, receive academic credit for your participation. It is not possible to "upgrade" a Non-Credit class in order to receive academic credit. 

How do I register for a Non-Credit course?

  • To register, you will fill out the online Public Registration Non-Credit Registration Form found on the Public Registration page of MyNaropa.
  • Spring courses are posted in November and Fall/Summer courses are posted in April.

How will I know if I got into a course?

  • After filling out the Public Registration Non-credit Form, Naropa's Registration Office will email you within a week to let you know if you have been added to a class as a non-credit student. 
  • If you are not registered due to lack of space in a course, your payment will be refunded. 

How can I register for the Mindfulness Instructor Trainings? 

  • You'll need to get instructor permission and fulfill certain requirements, THEN register online through the Public Registration forms.
  • The cost is $200 for non-credit students, plus the additional course fee.
  • Basic requirements for this course are at least 2-3 years pf consistent mediation practice, 2 weeks of intensive retreat before starting the program, and a letter of recommendation from a MI/mentor. If you have questions about the application process, please contact Giovannina Jobson at (303)245-4603 or Dale Asrael at (303)546-3522.

How do I cancel my registration and receive a refund?

  • If you need to cancel your registration for a Non-Credit course, please email by the end of the Add/Drop deadline for the semester. Please check the Academic Calendar for exact dates. 
  • Note: non-degree students cannot add or drop their classes without the assistance of the Registration Office. 
  • A full refund will be given for requests received by the Add/drop deadline, but no refund will be issued after that point.

 Will I receive a bill and/or a receipt? 

  • For non-degree students, Billing Statements are not issued. However, upon request, the Bursar will provide a receipt. You may reach the Bursar at
  • Note: Early payment is encouraged, but it is the responsibility of the individual student to ensure they do not carry a balance.