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Faculty & Students, as of Summer 2020 Naropa transitioned to a new Learning Management System. Please find access to classes by clicking the CANVAS button in the Gateway.  Please also find financial aid awarding, student billing, and registration services for Fall 2020 by clicking the Student Self-Service button. MyNaropa Gateway:


Campus Clearance Process

UG Academic Advising Office


Information on how to make an appointment and contact your Advisor is available
here on the new website!

Top 5 Degree Planning Tools

1. MyNaropa Course Search

While the Course Catalog (see #2) lists all of the courses offered at Naropa, not all courses are offered every semester. To find what courses are being offered in a given semester, use the Course Search feature in MyNaropa. There are a variety of ways to search within the system, and a wealth of information available for each course. Watch our quick Course Search How-to Video for details. 

2. Online Course Catalog

The official Course Catalog is issued every academic year, and outlines the University’s current academic policies, degree and major requirements, courses descriptions, and more. The Catalog for your entry year into Naropa serves as your contract with the University; it is where you can find official details regarding your degree requirements and academic expectations. Both the current Course Catalog and an archive of previous years' Catalogs are available online.

3. Your Degree Audit

Your Degree Audit is a MyNaropa tool to help you track your degree requirements. It lists all of your Core, major and minor requirements, and shows what you've completed and what you still need. Keep in mind that the Degree Audit is an automated program, and doesn’t always put things in the right place; please discuss any oddities with your Academic Advisor. Watch our quick Degree Audit How-to Video for details.

4. Your Unofficial Transcript

Your Unofficial Transcript provides a detailed semester-by-semester history of your academic journey at Naropa, including grades and transfer credits from previous academic institutions. It is a useful supplement to your Electronic Degree Audit, and the best place to review your total earned credits to-date. This is for your use only. When needed for job and graduate school applications, request an Official Transcript.  

5. MyNaropa Student Forms

Looking for a form? You can access all of the curricular and academic policy forms you need directly via Student Forms in MyNaropa. Each form includes instructions on how to complete and submit (often on the second page). Save valuable time by completing your portions of the form before bringing it to your Academic Advisor and/or Faculty!

In addition to your Academic Advisor and Faculty Mentor(s), you have the ability to develop an amazing Academic Support Team, which may include people from some or all of the following offices and programs:

  • Meets with you prior to registration and clears you to register for each semester
  • Supports you in tracking your degree progress
  • Assists you with major/minor declaration
  • Clarifies University policies 
  • Provides resources, referrals, and support related to your academic growth and/or challenges
  • Supports your process around academic and career exploration
  • You must meet with your Academic Advisor each semester for Registration Planning & Clearance.
  • If you are on Academic Probation, you will be required to meet with your Advisor.
  • In the semester prior to graduation, meet with your Advisor to complete your Graduation Degree Audit.
  • You are always welcome to meet with your Advisor to discuss your academic vision, plans, or concerns!
  • A full-time academic load is anywhere between 12-18 credits per semester. Students planning to graduate in 4 years typically take 15 credits per semester.
  • Most classes are 3 credits, but they can vary from 1 credit (for instance, a weekend workshop) to 6 credits (First Year Seminar). Each credit value represents approximately 1 hour of classroom time. Thus, a 3-credit course meets for 3 hours/week. 
15 credits x 2 semesters/year = 30 credits

30 credits/year x 4 years = 120 credits (needed for graduation)
Major Concentration
A major concentration is an area of focus within certain majors.


A minor is an optional 12 credits focused study within a particular curricular area, or discipline. 

  • Any class that does not fulfill your major, minor, or Core requirements is considered an elective.
  • The number of elective credits you complete varies, depending on major(s) and minor(s).

Course Pre-Requisites

  • Many courses have pre-requisites and/or are restricted to students in the respective major or minor. Generally speaking, students must earn a:

         -C or better grade in major pre-requisite courses.
        -D or better grade in CORE pre-requisite courses (e.g. students need a D- or better in COR 110 as a pre-requisite for COR 115.

  • Read the Course Description in the course catalog or on MyNaropa, and/or the Course Description and Notes section of the Course Details on MyNaropa for specific pre-requisite requirements.
  • Plan in advance, using the tools above! Have a good idea of what you want to register for. Meet with your Advisor to discuss your plans and receive Registration Clearance.

  • Know your Registration Time -- your specific date/time is based on the number of credits you've earned, and is available in Registration Calendars .

  • Set the Course Search to the correct semester (the one you want to register for).

  • Be aware that some courses have a number of seats saved for students in the major and/or incoming students. This may be the case if you are waitlisted for a course, even though there appear to be open seats available.

  • Full-time financial aid status requires enrollment in at least 12 credits. Waitlisted courses do not count towards full-time enrollment status, so if you want to be within the Tuition Block it’s important to register for at least 12 credits, even if you are waitlisted for a desired course.
  • Once the semester begins, you must attend all classes for which you are wait listed, and complete all of the assignments, until you are no longer at waitlist status.    
  • If you move from being on the waitlist to being enrolled into a course, you will receive notification via your Naropa student email.
  • Naropa’s official bookshop is in the basement of the Boulder Bookstore on Pearl St., and is available during regular store hours.

  • By using the Textbook Order Form, you can conveniently order books for your courses from Boulder Bookstore. (If you order books by the posted deadline at the beginning of the semester, your books will be delivered to campus for pickup.)

  • You can also order from online retailers like Amazon, Abebooks, and others. They may have special deals for students, but be mindful that books can take several weeks to arrive, so plan accordingly.

All undergraduate programs and courses at Naropa University are aligned to the six essential learning outcomes and Naropa University's unique curricular arc. These six outcomes are the hallmark of a Naropa education.

  1. Competency in Contemplative Theory and Practice
  2. Skillfulness in Addressing Diversity and Ecological Sustainability
  3. Ability to Employ Multiple Modes of Inquiry, Knowing and Expression
  4. Embody Intra-and Inter-personal Capacities
  5. Demonstrate Knowledge and Skill in a Discipline or Area of Study
  6. Apply Learning in Real World Settings
Passing a course requires the following minimum grades:
  • Core and electives: D- or better
  • Major and minor requirements: C or better

Good Academic Standing is a 2.0 (C Average) or higher GPA on a 4.0 scale.

Academic Probation occurs when your semester GPA is below a 2.0 or C average.
Academic Suspension is implemented if you fail to earn a 2.0 GPA during the semester in which you are on Academic Probation.  If you are Academically Suspended you can no longer take classes at Naropa University.  
Please see the Course Catalog for more details regarding general grading policies.
  • You are encouraged to develop strong professional relationships with at least 1-2 Faculty Mentors as a part of your Naropa education. While a Faculty Mentor may be a core instructor in your major, they don’t have to be. Ultimately it’s most important to connect with faculty who understand your strengths and passions as a student.

  • Faculty Mentors help to enrich the depth of your learning experience and are often great resources when it comes time to request letters of reference for graduate school and job applications.

  • If you have more questions on how to go about forging these relationships, please schedule an appointment with your advisor!
  • You can find information about Naropa-affiliated Study Abroad Programs on our website. The Academics page provides an overview of some available course substitutions.

  • You should meet with your Advisor to ensure that you meet the eligibility requirements, and that a Study Abroad Program will support your degree requirements and your academic journey as a whole.

  • Please contact Naropa's Study Abroad Coordinator, Mari Dark (, to explore your options and review the detailed logistics of your Study Abroad aspirations.

An option when you have not been able to complete a small amount of the remaining required coursework and have extenuating circumstances.

Shows up as an “I/F “grade on your academic record until final grade is entered.

I/F’s are given at the instructor’s discretion; therefore students must speak with the instructor directly about an “I/F.”

You and the instructor sign a contract that is due by the last day of the grading period. The signed contract is turned in to the Registration Office (not your Advisor).