Welcome to University of the West

Founded in 1991, University of the West (UWest) is a private non-profit university located in Southern California. UWest is accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission and is ranked #10 in the “100 Most Affordable Small Colleges in America 2015” list reported by Best Value Schools.

The small campus feel of UWest is set on an 11-acre beautiful hillside overlooking a nature preserve. Our trees and greenery block out the sounds of the city around you, but you are never far from major attractions in “The Entertainment Capital of the World.”

Mission and Values

The mission of UWest is to provide a whole-person education in a context informed by Buddhist wisdom and values, and to facilitate cultural understanding and appreciation between East and West.

In proud tradition of our founder, Venerable Master Hsing Yun, University of the West values Character, Compassion, and Community.

Belonging to a university founded on Humanistic Buddhist principles means:

  • Becoming people of strong character who behave ethically, cultivate awareness of self and others, and develop wisdom.
  • Practicing compassion and working with others to relieve suffering and promote equality
  • Building a sustainable community by embracing diversity and achieving harmony through common purpose.