Frequently Asked Questions:
How do I apply to University of the West?
Does University of the West offer financial assistance?
We are your partners in financing your education. In part, this means we offer one of the lowest tuition rates for a private university in the nation - on par with many state schools. We also offer fellowships, scholarships and individualized counseling on the various grants and loans offered by the Government.
Can I actually enroll in the classes I need to graduate?
We’re committed to offering a first-rate education - and you can’t really learn if you can’t get into the classes you want. If you need a class, at UWest, you can take it.
University of the West is a Buddhist university. I’m not Buddhist. Is that a problem?
Of course not! Our mission is to facilitate meaningful interactions between people of every culture, heritage and religious background, and both our staff and our student body hail from an incredible diverse array of backgrounds and belief systems. If you like to learn, like to explore, like to challenge yourself, and like to approach life with an open mind - you’ll fit right in.
I’m an international student. What extra steps do I have to take?
We enroll students from all over the world, so we’ve made international admission a pretty painless process. Check out more information about International Student Services.
Do you offer on-campus housing at UWest?
We do - and it’s located just a few steps from our classrooms. It doesn’t get more convenient than that. Learn more about Residential Life.
What is campus life like at University of the West?
Our students have the opportunity to become deeply involved in any of our wide variety of student organizations - from Martial Arts to Music to Badminton. Check out the UWest Student Association page to learn more.
What does it mean to attend a Buddhist University?
It means we take education of the whole person very seriously. You’ll be able to apply what you learn in the classroom to your real life and be part of a pioneering blend of Eastern and Western cultures. You’ll learn new ways of thinking, studying, playing and relaxing. And you’ll definitely see Buddhist monks and nuns in your classes.
Learn more about our founding order, Fo Guang Shan.
Dalin Lemuz / Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
"I like that UWest is a small environment. It is very peaceful. The faculty is available for my needs; everyone is always approachable."
Dalin came to University of the West from a small charter school in Los Angeles and received a $10,000 Lotus Scholarship. Her first year on campus she made the Dean's list and continues to excel. She enjoys the intimate nature of UWest, and has been extremely involved in campus organizations and volunteer opportunities. She currently serves as an elected member of the UWest student government where she is working to leave her personal mark on the university.