Naropa University Graduate Program Reviews

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93%
of students recommend
(3.99 out of 5.0)
School rating based on 27 respondents

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School Information

  • Website: Visit College Website
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Campus Setting: City: Small
  • Student Population: 942 (397 undergrad)
  • Student to Faculty Ratio: 8 to 1
  • Graduate Attendance Status: 32% part-time, 68% full-time
  • Annual Tuition: $22,570
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Student & Graduate Reviews

4.0 out of 5.0
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Degree: Religious Studies
Graduation Year: 2018

Naropa is a unique and interesting school - certainly a place to come if you are looking to come across perspectives you may not find elsewhere. It is perhaps not the most academically challenging school, but it is challenging in other ways. The focus on contemplative education makes you peer into yourself and consider viewpoints that a more traditional university would not bring up.
4.0 out of 5.0
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Degree: Health Sciences
Graduation Year: 2019

Naropa University is profoundly unique in its nature. Its foundation in contemplative education which integrates Easter wisdom traditions and Western practices makes it a dynamic hybrid educational platform. I have never before been in an academic program that puts such a respectable emphasis on the development of self. Naropa has offered me a community and space to grow in inner wisdom, and it is here that I offer much gratitude to its founding vision and mindful structure. As a graduate student in transpersonal art therapy, I am proud to say that Naropa has provided leading educators in the field as our personal instructors. Each and every faculty member that I have worked with thus far has extended themselves openly and empathetically to my fruition as a future therapist. Artistic acts are transformational, holding a deep process for healing. This is a fundamental aspect of the foundation of our practice. Which leads me to say that I would like our studio time at the university to be more broad, encompassing more of the dynamic nature of art. One of my main mediums is film photography. However, unfortunately I did not have access to a darkroom. This limited my personal growth as an artist, which contributes to my overall growth as an art therapist. My only request would be to allow the art therapy graduate students greater access to various modes of art making.I would also like to touch on Naropas student body. There has been a lot of emphasis on diversity and training around the process of inclusion. However, personally as an ethnic first generation american I have felt isolated and at many times uncomfortable. I deeply respect the education they are offering around diversity (although I feel that some topics could be addressed in a more relatable light) but have noticed a gap in mimicking that in the actual student body at the graduate university. I would love to see the mainly one demographic that fills the halls becoming more representative of the truly diverse nature that makes up our world. However, I feel confident in saying that I believe in a few years time this will be the case as Naropa continues to enhance themselves as a university. My experience overall at Naropa continues to blossom as I am in my second year of a three year graduate program. I look forward to the continued relationship between myself and the university as it is constantly evolving. thank you.
4.0 out of 5.0
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Degree: Writing
Graduation Year: 2017

Naropa is a place that breaks apart whatever box you find yourself in. At first, you feel exposed in a way that's foreign, but out of that exposure, Naropa helps you think about the world and your work in a new way. This allows you to experiment with your own voice, to ask what that voice is and who you want it to be for.
3.5 out of 5.0
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Degree: Counseling
Graduation Year: 2019

Naropa's Clinical Mental Health Counseling program is an experiential program that happens in a cohort. The cohort model offers many opportunities to learn counseling skills and interpersonal relationship development. I expect that my Naropa education will provide me with the experiences necessary to become a compassionate helping professional.
3.0 out of 5.0
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Degree: Psychology
Graduation Year: 2018

Pros Buddhist inspired, therefore highly appropriate for anyone who with this mindset Emphasizes the process of learning, focusing on individual needs Intimate class sizes Teachers are accessible and open to feedback Negs: Boulder is an expensive city Naropa does not yet have highest academic recognition Instead of focusing on teaching new material, class discussion can take over and is not regulated
4.17 out of 5.0
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Degree: Psychology
Graduation Year: 2018

I am doing my masters at Naropa in Contemplative Psychology. The graduate programs have a unique outlook on education. This can be taken as a pro or a con. Depending on your personal goals and passions this program is perfect for someone looking for a more hands on experience towards education. The opportunity to expand and grow internally, as well as, externally with your peers is vast. I highly recommend this aspect of the program. The only downside to the program is presumably cost and aid. It is a private program and the cost of living in Boulder can be steep. Especially, for students with little outside help who depend on aid. All logistics aside this graduate program speaks wonders for an individual looking for an alternative way of approaching mental health in the psychology field. I wouldn't have wanted anything less for my master's experience.
3.25 out of 5.0
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Degree: School Psychology
Graduation Year: 2017

Pros: learning about every modality of psychology, parapsychology, spirituality & psychology. Expanding psychological knowledge to include spirituality into the humanistic perspective. Very accommodating to students with learning disabilities. Amazing faculty. Small classrooms for more intimate learning experience. Mandatory mindful meditation. Cons: Very little diversity, unorganized staff, technological improvement, still in process for cacrep accreditation.
4.83 out of 5.0
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Degree: Counseling
Graduation Year: 2016

Naropa University is a rigorous and unique place. I am currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Somatic Counseling Psychology, which means that I am trained to work with the body as a direct intervention in talk therapy. PROS: Highly supportive faculty and staff; Rigorous Academic program; Unique education that is relevant to the 'real world'; Great location (if you like Boulder, CO, and surrounding areas); Multicultural awareness on campus CONS: Terrible 'kitchen' on campus (no fresh food on Fridays! SHAME!!); astonishingly ugly building for the graduate psychology students; lack of 'smart' technology or emphasis on technology in our training
3.42 out of 5.0
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Degree: Psychology
Graduation Year: 2013

The Naropa Graduate School of Psychology specializes in experiential learning and mindfulness.practices. The faculty are skilled in their fields as well as available to students.
4.08 out of 5.0
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Degree: Liberal Arts
Graduation Year: 2016

I am excited to start at the program. The rating is based on what I think it will be like going into the program.
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