4-year, Regionally accredited
Degrees: Bachelor's, Master's
Located in suburban Los Angeles, this unique institution was founded on Buddhist thought and tradition, making for a thought-provoking educational experience. This diverse school has a student population that is described as more than fifty percent international. One-third of students attend part time and about 15% are ages 25 and older. Their stated mission, paraphrased, is to provide a whole-person education informed by Buddhist wisdom and values. This approach is intended to foster cultural understanding between East and West.
University of the West is regionally accredited and has an open enrollment policy, which is non-restrictive. The small student body consists of less than 400 enrollees, and the tuition is less than $13k per year. Popular undergraduate study programs include business, English, and psychology, plus they offer an interdisciplinary liberal arts program. Graduate programs include business, psychology, Buddhist chaplaincy, and religious studies.
The vast majority of student comments we uncovered showed a love for the school, its small community of students, and an appreciation for its academic offerings. We suggest open-minded prospective enrollees take a look at this unique Southern California academic institution.