Naropa University, Boulder, Colorado, MA

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– 397 undergraduates
– 8:1 student to faculty ratio
– 80% acceptance rate
– Mid 50% SAT/ACT scores not reported
– 78% retention rate – Freshman returning for their sophomore year
– No varsity sports
– 7% of students who have no financial need receive on average $4,500
– 68% of financial need met
– Full undergraduate institution since 1995, established about 40 years ago
– Private university
– Contemplative liberal arts education – emphasis on how to train students through what they learn in the classroom with the outside world
– Students who are interested and eager in making a difference in the world using the whole person
– 2 campus’s and integrate with taking classes at U of Colorado Boulder
– Students are looking for a greater meaning
– Collaborative environment between staff and students
– 1000 students total, 700 graduate students focusing predominantly on psychology
– Not a traditional school, no math and science courses except the basics
– Student who wants self awareness, getting to know yourself
– All apartment style living
– Small cafe but mostly students manage their own meals, with meal cards for surrounding grocery stores and restaurants
– Good percentage of students who are classified as an independent student from an age standpoint, age 24 or older
– A good amount of transfer students
– Art Therapy, Peace Studies, Environmental Studies, Early Child Education
– A lot of community, everyone knows everybody
– Social Justice
– Experimental learning, alternative education
– “Transform yourself to transform the world”
– A more mature student body
– Gain a deeper understanding of the world through understanding yourself and others
– Can design your own major

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