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
Source: NCES

Student & Graduate Reviews

4.33 out of 5.0
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Degree: Liberal Arts
Graduation Year: 2016

The combination of spirituality and psychology is the largest pro. The program is developed to help people explore themselves to better help others.
4.42 out of 5.0
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Degree: Performing Arts
Graduation Year: 2015

The contemplative education approach allows students to thoroughly investigate their field of study, to ask questions and to challenge what is known about their field.
4.33 out of 5.0
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Degree: Counseling
Graduation Year: 2015

Naropa is extremely experiential. It is not only teaching me to be a counselor, but it is teaching me a way of being.
3.67 out of 5.0
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Degree: Psychology
Graduation Year: 2017

Naropa´s Transpersonal Counseling Psychology program educates the whole person, cultivates academic excellence and nurtures in its students a lifelong joy of learning. It incorporates Eastern contemplative practices and experiential learning with Western, scientifically-supported theories. You are still getting the same "book-knowledge" as in any other program, but the Eastern approach allows you to grow as a human being, with increased awareness and understanding of who you are and where you stand. It not only provides you with the tools to become a better therapist, but with lifelong learning.
4.0 out of 5.0
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Degree: Psychology
Graduation Year: 2016

Unique college experience. Small community and very supportive. Very expensive and cost of living is also very expensive.
4.08 out of 5.0
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Degree: Counseling
Graduation Year: 2016

I feel that the pros of my program are its emphasis on meditation and self-work, the amazing people in my cohort, and the wisdom of the faculty. I am extremely grateful to be in a position to attend Naropa, and I personally value the founders and lineage of the program. The cons are the lack of national recognition of the program, a lack of computer/technology in the library, and the price of the program.
3.17 out of 5.0
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Degree: Health Sciences
Graduation Year: 2016

There is no other program like it! Naropa takes a very progressive and non-traditional approach to counseling. To do this kind of work, it's of utmost important you're well-aware of your own personal issues and biases so you're not projecting them on to your clients. Our classes require that we study ourselves in addition to a rigorous academic work load. Everything is taught with a counseling perspective – it's challenging, life changing, and the community is strong to support you through the growth! Boulder is beautiful and the public transit system is wonderful. The cons involve the high tuition and the cost of living in Boulder. It's beautiful but very expensive.
4.17 out of 5.0
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Degree: Psychology
Graduation Year: 2016

I feel the pros are a great learning experience that integrates meditation and contemplative practices in a way that is very useful in personal growth and in the field of psychotherapy. The cons are that there is less reliance on text book knowledge than found in other programs.
3.75 out of 5.0
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Degree: Counseling
Graduation Year: 2016

Con: amount of tuition. Pro: definitely not traditional!
5.0 out of 5.0
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Degree: Psychology
Graduation Year: 2016

the professors are very much involved and will to help. the hands on experiential approach is priceless but the student has to be willing to take it for what it is worth.
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