University of the West

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The University of the West (locally referred to as “UWest”) is a non-profit, private university that resides in Rosemead, California. The University was founded by Master Hsing Yun in 1991 and the school offered its first classes in the spring of the same year. Master Hsing Yung was also the founder of the Hsi Lai Temple and the Buddhist Order of Guang Shan. (The Buddhist Order of Guang is based in Taiwan. The Hsi Lai Temple serves as the headquarters for the Order in the United States.)

Even though the University was founded by Buddhists, UWest is not a Buddist school. Students are not required to belong to the Buddhist faith or practice Buddhism in any way. In fact, UWest’s degree programs in Business Administration are much more popular among students than its programs in Religious Studies.

UWest is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges to provide undergraduate and graduate degrees. The school offers a large selection of programs ranging from religious studies to business administration.

General Information

1409 N Walnut Grove Ave, Rosemead, CA 91770

General Phone:(626) 571-8811
Type of Institution:Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above
Awards Offered:One but less than two years certificate
BA/BS degrees
MA/MS degrees
Post-MA/MS’s certificate
Doctor’s degree – research/scholarship (new classification)
Campus setting:Suburb: Large
On-campus housing:Yes
Student Population:351 (103 undergraduate)
Ratio of students to faculty:9 to 1

Tuition & Fees

Estimated Expenses for Academic Year 2008-’09 2009-’10 2010-’11 2011-’12 % change 2010-’12
Tuition and fees $6,890 $7,930 $8,016 $8,300 +3.54%
Books and Supplies $1,314 $1,314 $1,314 $1,314 0.00%
Living Arrangement – On Campus
Room and Board $5,430 $5,702 $6,290 $6,290 0.00%
Other $4,374 $4,374 $4,374 $4,374 0.00%
Living Arrangement – Off Campus
Room and Board $8,910 $8,910 $10,872 $10,872 0.00%
Other $4,374 $4,950 $4,950 $4,950 0.00%
Total Expenses 2008-’09 2009-’10 2010-’11 2011-’12 % change 2010-’12
In-state On Campus $18,008 $19,320 $19,994 $20,278 +1.42%
In-state Off Campus $21,488 $23,104 $25,152 $25,436 +1.13%
In-state with Family $8,204 $9,244 $9,330 $9,614 +3.04%
Average Graduate School Tuition & Fees
Tuition for In-state Students $6,150
In-state Student Fees $500
Tuition for Out-of-state Students $6,150
Out-of-state Student Fees $500

All Degrees and Programs

Program Completions for Most Recent Year BA/BS MA/MS Doctor AA/AS CERT
Grand Total of All Programs 7 29
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 7 27
Business Administration and Management, General 7 27
Education, General
English Language and Literature/letters
English Language and Literature, General
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
Chinese Language and Literature
History, General
Psychology 2
Psychology, General 2
Above data represent first majors only.
(-) Indicates that program is not offered at this award level.

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