University of the West takes pride in offering a unique educational experience. At University of the West you will discover a learning community that combines educational excellence, a highly personalized environment, and an opportunity to develop a deeper understanding of both eastern and western cultures as they continue to develop in today̠s world. All of our activities including building the academic strengths of our students, enhancing their understanding of world cultures, and encouraging them to develop their own personal beliefs, are pursued embracing the values of our mission of providing a whole person education in a context informed by Buddhist wisdom and values. Our students not only master a body of knowledge, but they also learn to understand, appreciate and function effectively in today̠s multicultural society. In addition, they are encouraged to explore and cultivate their own personal values and sense of social responsibility.