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  • 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).