Higher (Purpose)

Living in the present while preparing for the future.

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The Summer of '74

In 1974, scholars, philosophers, writers, and performers gathered to form the Naropa Institute with the intent of drawing on the wisdom of both the eastern and western hemispheres to educate students--mind, body, and spirit. They expected 200 students but more than 1,500 attended. 

Since then, the Naropa Institute has become Naropa University, a fully-accredited university with 16 degrees and thousands of alumni.

Our Mission

Naropa University has been inspired by the rich intellectual and experiential traditions of East and West and is North America's leading institution of contemplative education. Because of our focus on educating the whole person, we are uniquely suited to train teachers, leaders, and counselors to live mindful and compassionate lives while fulfilling their life's mission.

As a contemplative institution we embrace respect for ourselves, others and the world as our values. We fiercely embrace diversity--all are welcome at Naropa regardless of gender, race, sexual orientation, religion, or world view. We respect the world as our home and are moving towards zero waste and 100% renewable energy.

Diverse, Small Classes

Nation's Leading Institution of Contemplative Education

#2 Best College for Hippies, According to College Magazine

Nationally Recognized Professors

Beautiful Boulder, Colorado

Boulder was named the best college town in America by USA Today and it's no wonder why. With over 300 days of sunshine, hiking and biking trails, access to skiing, and an active food and entertainment scene there will be may ways for you to get away or to connect with other students and your community.