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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 Spring Orientation will take place from
 Thursday, January 10th- Friday, January 11th 2019
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, Jan 9th, 2019

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, January 9th, 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, Jan 9th, 2019
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Performing Arts Center
** Parents and guests, please try to be here for this!

The new student Fall 2018 Orientation for undergraduate students begins Wednesday, August 22nd for Naropa housing residents and Thursday, August 23rd for all others.  Students with work-study eligibility should plan to attend the openingWork-Study Workshop & Financial Aid session Thursday, August 23rd at 10am on the main Arapahoe campus (2130 Arapahoe Ave) in Lincoln 4140.  For all other undergraduate students, Orientation officially begins at 11am with Check-In on the main Arapahoe campus Green, a BBQ, and meeting your peer Orientation Leader.
Graduate student Orientation begins Friday, August 24th at 9am at the Nalanda campus at 63rd & Arapahoe, although Naropa housing residents should move in and attend Residence Life Orientation on Wednesday, August 22nd.  
Yes, all new graduate and undergraduate students are required to attend Orientation. If for any emergent reason you are absolutely unable to attend, please contact Karen Wills at or Jaime Duggan 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 an Orientation Leader who is 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 Spring '19 Orientation:


Wednesday, Jan 9th Move-In Day

9am-3pm Move-In at 2333 and Snow Lion Residences

4-6pm Residence Life Orientation

6-7pm Living & Learning Community Mixer


Thursday, January 10th

8-10am Open Lab for Title IX Completion 

10-11am Work-Study & Financial Aid Workshop 

11am-12:30pm CHECK-IN/ Meet your Orientation Leaders & Campus Tour

12:30-2pm Welcome to Naropa

2-3:30pm Planning Your Academic Journey & Study-Abroad

3:30-4:30pm Welcome to the Majors

4:30-5:30pm Orientation Circles with your Orientation Leader

5:30-6:30pm Taste of Boulder


Friday, January 11th

9:30am-12pm The Three Pillars of Naropa

12-1pm Lunch & Resource Fair

1-2:30pm Contemplative Education: 3 Ways of Knowing

2:30-2:45pm Snack Break

2:45-3:30pm Student Leaders AMA (Ask Me Anything)

3:30-4:30pm Exploration, Sobriety & Well-Being

4:30-5:30pm Transition Ritual

7:30-10pm NarOPEN Mic

 *All activities take place on the Arapaho campus (2130 Arapahoe Ave)



Undergraduate Academic Advising Office

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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