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University of the West

Rosemead, California, United States
We were founded in 1991 as an alternative to the conventional university experience, integrating liberal arts traditions with a global perspective and drawing from Buddhist wisdom to create a community of collaboration and cooperation. Our graduates meet the challenges of an increasingly complex and globally interdependent world with creativity and compassion.

About

History

UWest was incorporated as “Hsi Lai University” in 1990 by Venerable Master Hsing Yun, and opened its doors in spring 1991. The university is a pioneering partnership between Chinese and American Buddhists to establish an American university integrating liberal arts traditions and Buddhist wisdom.

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Services

Housing services

Amenities in the Residence Halls Include

  • Furnished accommodations
  • Lounge and study spaces
  • Computer lab
  • WiFi in student rooms and shared spaces
  • Coin-operated laundry rooms
  • 24/7 fitness facilities
  • Dining facilities with a choice of meal plans
  • Snack kitchenettes in the common areas of halls
  • Live-in staff who coordinate activities, serve as peer advisors, and manage the building
  • Living-Learning communities and programming
  • Leadership opportunities
  • Job opportunities on campus and dining facilities

Library services

University of the West Library is an academic library that provides services to UWest students, faculty, and staff. Visitors to our campus should plan to come during office hours (M-F 9am-6pm) and register at the front desk of the administration building. Our stacks are open for perusal during office hours to registered visitors.

ICT services

  • Computer lab
  • WiFi in student rooms and shared spaces

Student Life

Campus life

UWest’s campus is a reflection of our core values: diverse, vibrant, contemplative, and joyful. The grounds are spacious, but intimate, perched on a lush hillside looking out on the San Gabriel Mountains. The campus is located in the city of Rosemead, approximately 30 minutes from downtown Los Angeles. The surrounding community offers many culturally diverse restaurants, shopping destinations, and entertainment opportunities.

Sports facilities

24/7 fitness facilities

Student clubs

Our students have the opportunity to join any of our wide variety of student organizations—from Martial Arts to Music to Badminton.

Accreditation

University of the West has received the WASC Senior College and University Commission’s action letter announcing their decision to reaffirm UWest’s accreditation for the period of seven years. 

Rosemead, California, United States

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