Institution Type: University

Location: USA

University of the West is a private Buddhist-affiliated university in Rosemead, California. It was founded in 1990 by Hsing Yun, founder of the Taiwan-based Buddhist order Fo Guang Shan and Hsi Lai Temple, the North American order headquarters. The school offered its first class in spring of 1991. We are a community committed to learning with, from, and on behalf of others. UWest students seize the opportunity to develop their personal values and determine a personalized path to academic success. We think your education should be as unique as you. With over 44 countries represented in our student body, we like to say that U West is “the entire globe on 11 acres.”

Area of Study

  • Business
  • Arts
  • Psychology


University west was accredited by WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC) on February 16, 2006. Accreditation assures that the quality of education students receive is on par with peer institutions in the region. WSCUC is the regional accrediting body for all major colleges and universities in California, Oregon, Washington,
and Hawaii, including the University of California and California State University systems. Information about WSCUC is available at Information about UWest’s accreditation process is available at UWest is eligible to participate in US Federal Student Aid (Title IV) programs and is approved for Veterans Administration benefits.


Lotus Scholarship

A renewable annual award of up to $10,000 solely for new students. Students must be eligible, and will be considered based on both academic merit and financial need.

Springboard Scholarship

Awarded to new undergraduate students transferring to UWest during the spring semester. The Springboard Scholarship is awarded based on merits.


Jan, May, Aug

Fee Range

Around USD 13,800


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