Dharma Realm Buddhist University Accepting Applications for Undergraduate Program

PRESS RELEASE: For Immediate Release

UKIAH, California, June 18, 2014 — Dharma Realm Buddhist University (DRBU) is currently accepting applications for Fall 2014 for it’s inaugural Undergraduate program which has been in development for the last three years - a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts. Similar to “Great Books” programs like those at St. John’s College, Thomas Aquinas College, and St. Mary’s College’s Integral Program, all students in the program take the same unified curriculum featuring Eastern and Western Classics in small, seminar style classes. The program offered at DRBU is unique among all “Great Books” programs in the United States because of the deep engagement with classical primary texts from both East and West. "As the only four-year bachelor's program in Mendocino County, we are excited to offer an affordable alternative to local students who are interested in a quality liberal arts college education." says Douglas Powers, Vice-President for Administration and Finance.

The Senior College and University Commission of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) has granted Dharma Realm Buddhist University eligibility to proceed with an application for WASC Candidacy and Initial Accreditation—a significant progress in the University’s pursuit of regional accreditation. In its letter, the Commission expressed appreciation for the “clear articulation of [DRBU’s] philosophy blending the East and West in a broad liberal arts-based education growing out of Buddhism.” Further, the Commission stated that DRBU’s “strong program with solid academics, a qualified administration, faculty, and staff” and thorough understanding of the accreditation process are evidence of the University’s “potential to achieve accreditation and to show further growth.” Obtaining WASC Candidacy is a top priority for DRBU, and the University is working closely with WASC in the coming year to meet the Commission’s accreditation Standards and Criteria for Review. The university also offers a new graduate program, a Master of Arts in Buddhist Classics. That program will begin it’s second year in August 2014.

The ideal prospective student for DRBU is one who is intellectually curious and broad-minded; enjoys writing, history, literature, psychology and philosophy; has an interest in learning languages such as Chinese and Sanskrit; and thrives in highly interactive class discussions. This student would also likely be service oriented, and intrigued by a life dedicated in some way to the greater good. They may also find activities such as yoga, tai chi, calligraphy, painting, art, organic gardening, group community service projects, and meditation of interest.

DRBU is an ideal place for students who want to focus on their studies on a campus full of natural beauty. It should be noted that intoxicants of any type, (including alcohol and tobacco), are banned while on campus, men and women live in separate dorms, and all food offered in the dining hall is vegetarian. Students are not required to identify themselves as a Buddhist to apply. “This is an especially good option if a student is looking for an alternative to attending a large state university or community college, and would enjoy an academically rigorous curriculum and small seminar style classes where they will be mentored by their professors, and know all of their fellow students by name.” says Angela Justice, Director of University Relations.

"DRBU strives to make the opportunity to study here a reality for all accepted students, regardless of financial circumstances. We work with each student and their family to develop a customized aid package that meets their entire demonstrated need.", says Wayne Chen, Director of Admissions and Financial Aid. For students that are a good match for admission into our program, the university will meet all of their demonstrated financial need. DRBU invites all college bound students to apply, including non-traditional age students. The university has a rolling admission process and will continue to review applications for Fall 2014 through July 15, 2014. Please visit drbu.org/admissions/undergraduate-admissions for more details.

DRBU has applied for Eligibility from the WASC Senior College and University Commission. WASC has reviewed the application and determined that the University is eligible to proceed with an application for Candidacy and Initial Accreditation. A determination of Eligibility is not a formal status with the WASC Senior College and University Commission, nor does it ensure eventual accreditation. It is a preliminary finding that the institution is potentially accreditable and can proceed within four years of its Eligibility determination to be reviewed for Candidacy and Initial Accreditation status with the Commission. Questions about Eligibility may be directed to the institution or to WASC at wascsr@wascsenior.org or (510) 748-9001.