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General Information626-571-8111
TypePrivate not-for-profit, 4-year or above
Awards OfferedOne but less than two years certificate, Bachelor's degree, Postbaccalaureate certificate, Doctor's degree - research/scholarship, Master's degree, Post-master's certificate
Campus SettingSuburb, Large
Campus HousingNo
Student Population 324 (145 undergraduate)
Student-to-Faculty Ratio10 to 1

Mission Statement

The University of the West (formerly known as Hsi Lai University) was founded in 1991 as a contemporary university intent on educating, inspiring, and preparing students to meet the challenges of an increasingly complex and globally interdependent world. In the 21st century, the free exchange of ideas and traditions across cultures is no longer restricted by national borders but advanced through international collaboration, cooperation and community. University of the West is located at the center of this cultural and intellectual exchange as a multidisciplinary and multi-cultural institution that integrates the finest of liberal arts traditions with a global perspective in order to provide a comprehensive student-centered educational experience of the highest quality.

As reflected in its multidisciplinary educational objectives and culturally diverse faculty and student body, The University of the West is deeply committed to the interaction of diverse cultures and the comparative teaching of international perspectives. At University of the West, students and faculty come together as a community of scholars to participate in an ongoing dialogue between Eastern and Western perspectives to advance knowledge, address societal and cultural issues, and promote education and understanding across cultures.

The content of the curriculum at The University of the West is designed to educate students as well as enrich. While at the university, students are expected to acquire knowledge and skills and to develop moral, ethical and principled character that will be reflected in their personal and professional life. With the culmination of their studies, students will embark upon careers as professionally trained and intellectually fulfilled individuals who are pro-active, participating members in society, from local communities to international.

Special Learning Opportunities Religious Affiliation
Weekend/evening college Not applicable
Student Services Undergraduates registered as students with disabilities
Remedial service
Academic/career counseling service
Employment services for students
Not applicable
Credit Accepted  
Dual credit
Advanced placement credits
Faculty and Graduate Assistants Full-timePart-time
Total Faculty 181
Instructional 171
Research and Public Service 10
Total Graduate Assistants -0
Instructional -0
Research and Public Service -0