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Welcome, New Students!

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Welcome, new Naropa students!
We are so glad that you are here!
New Student Orientation will take place from
 Thursday, August 23rd- Friday, August 24th 2018
Orientation has been designed to help facilitate your transition as new students to Naropa and to foster a foundation for your academic, professional and personal journey through Naropa and beyond. Our hope is that orientation will initiate your integration into the intellectual, cultural, social, and energetic climate of Naropa. This is also a time for current Naropa staff, faculty, and returning students to connect with and learn about you. May you be warmly welcomed.
Orientation is required for all new graduate and undergraduate students.

Residence Life Housing Check-In Schedule

Move-In Day:
Wednesday, August 22, 2018

9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Snow Lion Residence Hall and 2333 Arapahoe Ave
** You will be required to read and sign your housing contract, medical form and parking form (if applicable). Please note, should you desire to move in earlier than Wednesday, August 22nd, a nightly rate of $50.00 will be charged to your student account. Please call or email the housing office at to confirm which day and time you wish to move in.
University Housing Orientation for Students and Families:
Wednesday, August 22nd, 2018
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Performing Arts Center
** Parents and guests, please try to be here for this!

The New Student Orientation program will begin at 10:00am on Thursday, January 11, 2018 and will continue through Friday, January 11, 2018
Yes, all new graduate and undergraduate residential students are required to attend new student orientation. If you have an emergent reason that you cannot attend, please email Learie Nurse, Dean of Students at
New Student Orientation will provide students with a better understanding of life at Naropa University. Each student will be placed in a small group of 15-20 students and paired with a Orientation Leader who is either a second third or fourth year student. Some of the ideas that new students will be exposed to include what makes Naropa and Boulder a unique and exciting place to live and go to school, how to build and balance academic and personal success, understanding diversity and the systemic nature of oppression, and where they can find further assistance for the transition to being a student at Naropa University. it will also provide students with an understanding of contemplative education and practices involved.
No. Transfer students will have the same opportunity to participate and integrate into the Naropa experience with first time first year students.

Incoming international students to Naropa will have an orientation program specifically for them, which is coordinated by the Coordinator of International Students and Scholars (ISS) on the Arapahoe campus in Lincoln Studio. International students should soon be receiving information from ISS regarding their arrival and this orientation program. If there are further questions, email Tashi Browder at or at 303-546-3562

Undergraduate International Students will join other students for the rest of New Student Orientation.

Colorado Department of Heath requires all students to show proof of two shots of the MMR (Measles, Mumps & Rubella) Vaccine. If you have your childhood records you can scan and email them to Tashi Browder at or bring them to her in Student Affairs which is located on the 2nd floor of Wulsin Hall on the Arapahoe Campus.

If you cannot find your childhood records you can do one of the following:
  1. Contact any former schools you may have attended to see if they have your records
  2. Have your doctor fill and sign the immunization form that is included in the online orientation packet.
  3. Get a Titer test done to show you have immunity to MMR
  4. Get the shots again or
  5. Lastly you can sign one of the three exemptions on the bottom of the immunization form. 
Yes, you can park for free during new student orientation at all three campuses. The parking lots on the Arapahoe campus are limited, so if you do plan to drive, arrive early. However, once the academic year begins, you will need to purchase a parking pass if you want to park on campus. An email regarding purchasing parking passes will be sent to your student email account after the first day of classes.

Orientation Details At A Glance

Undergraduate Orientation:

All activities will take place on the Arapahoe Campus (2130 Arapahoe Ave)

Wednesday, August 22nd 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Move-In Day
4:00 - 6:00 p.m. Residence Life Orientation
6:00 - 7:00 p.m. Living & Learning Community Mixer

Thursday, August 23rd
10:00 - 11:00 a.m. Work-Study Workshop and Financial Aid*
11:00 - 12:30 p.m. Check-in/Meet your Orientation Leaders/ BBQ Picnic
12:30 - 1:45 p.m. Welcome to Naropa

2:00 - 3:15 p.m. Planning Academic Journey with Study Abroad
3:15 - 4:00 p.m. Welcome to the Majors
4:00 - 6:00 p.m. Course Registration (for non-registered students) or Community Circles with Orientation Leaders (for students with a finalized schedule)
6:00 - 7:30 p.m. Taste of Boulder

Friday, August 24th
9:00 - 10:30 a.m. Entering the Traditions of Naropa & Meditation
10:00 - 11:15 a.m. Life on Campus: Drug & Alcohol Education

11:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. Co-Creating Beloved Community
12:45 - 2:00 p.m. Lunch & Get to know your Community Services /Naropa Incoming Student Survey Make-Up
2:00 - 2:30 p.m. Student Panel

2:00 - 3:30 p.m. Contemplative Education: Three Ways of Knowing
3:30 - 4:30 p.m. Transition Ritual
7:30 - 10:00 p.m. Open Mic Night

Undergraduate Academic Advising Office

Graduate Orientation

All Graduate Orientation Activities will be taking place at the Nalanda campus (6287 Arapahoe Rd)

8:30 - 9:00 a.m. Meditation (Optional)

9:00 - 10:00 a.m. Check-In & Resource Fair

10:00 - 10:15 a.m. President's Welcome

10:15 - 10:3 0a.m. Student & Campus Life Welcome, Introduction to Student Union of Naropa

10:30 - 11:00 a.m. Sustainability at Naropa

11:00 - 11:45 a.m. Entering the Culture

11:45 - 12:30 p.m. Lunch

1:30 - 2:15 p.m. Life on Campus: Counseling Center

2:15 - 2:30 p.m. Break

2:30 - 5:00 p.m. Program Metings

Helpful Resources
Area Lodging Resources (.pdf, 15K)
How to Navigate MyNaropa (.ppt, 1772K)
Transportation Flyer (.pdf, 91K)
Colorado Immunization Record Form (.pdf, 40K)

If you have your childhood records you can either scan and email them to or fax them to 303 245 4795.

If you don't have your records you will need to have your physician fill out your information and sign this form which then can be emailed to faxed to Tashi Browder at the above email address or fax number

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