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 an unusual and thought-provoking educational experience. This racially mixed school has a student population that is described as more than fifty percent resident alien. 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 schools of thought.
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 cost to attend is around $13k per year. Popular study programs include an MBA and, no surprise, religion and theology.
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 unusual academic institution.