Guidance Counselors

Guidance Counselors

Counselors offer an invaluable service by assisting students in finding colleges that are the best possible match for their personalities, styles of learning, and long term life goals.  We want to help you best locate the information you need to see if you might know of a broad minded, intellectually curious, thoughtful student that might be a good match our unique educational environment. 

What Type of Student Thrives at DRBU?

Our students are intellectually curious, open minded individuals who enjoy reading history, literature, psychology and philosophy, have an interest in learning languages such as Chinese and Sanskrit, thrive in highly interactive class discussions, enjoy writing, and seek an exciting and academically rigorous educational experience. DRBU is a close-knit and diverse community - ideal for study, contemplation, and collaboration with like-minded fellow students.

Our university is founded on Buddhist principles, and students will have the opportunity to participate in meditation sessions and ceremonies at the City of Ten Thousand Buddhas, although participation is not required. Students who do not identify as Buddhist, but have an interest in Buddhist philosophy and practice are welcome.  Many of our students are committed to leading a life dedicated to contributing to the greater good of humanity while grounded in deep integrity and authenticity.  In their time outside of class, many enjoy extra-curricular activities, such as community service projects, gardening, yoga, calligraphy, painting, hiking, biking, running, and meditation.

What are your requirements to attend DRBU?

We know that each student is unique.  We look at each potential student's application holistically to see if they will be a good match for the unique program at DRBU.  It is important that they have a keen love of reading, are intellectually curious, enjoy writing and are open to engaging in daily discourse in class.

For undergraduate students,  we require a completed application form, two letters of recommendation, transcripts, and essays.  The SAT or ACT is optional. Applicants are welcome to include any information, in addition to those requirements, that might be interesting or useful to the admissions committee.  Access the Undergraduate Application.

For graduate students, we require the completed application form, two letters of recommendation, transcripts, and essays.  The GRE is optional.  Applicants are welcome to include any information, in addition to those requirements, that might be interesting or useful to the admissions committee.  Access the Graduate Application.

 How many majors do you offer?

We offer one major for our undergraduate program, a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts, and another for our graduate program, a Master of Arts in Buddhist Classics.

Both of these programs have a unified curriculum, in which all entering students take the same classes together throughout their college experience.  This facilitates good raport among the class and ensures that all students rely on the same accumumlated body of knowledge for reference.  Socially, this means that there is a strong sense of "we are all in this together" and all of the students in each of the respective programs can talk with any other student about their classes.    

What is the average class size?  

All classes are taught seminar style.  Undergraduate classes generally have 15 students and graduate classes generally have 10 students.

What are your application deadlines?

DRBU has a rolling admissions policy.  Each applying students application is reviewed fully within six weeks of being received.  We encourage students to submit applications as soon as they decide DRBU might be the place for them, because we accept a very limited number of students each year.

Is there an application fee?

There is a $30 application fee to apply to DRBU.

What is your Financial Aid policy?

DRBU is 100% need blind.  More information about the financial aid policy can be accessed here.

Are you accredited?

Yes, we are accredited by Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).  More information regarding accredidation may be accessed here.

Do students have to be Buddhist to attend?

Students do not have to identify as Buddhist to apply to DRBU or attend.  We encourage students from diverse religious and non-religious backgrounds to apply.  

Tell me a few unique aspects of campus life.

We observe a vegetarian diet on campus.  All of the food served in the dining hall is vegetarian.  Many devout Buddhists refrain from eating onions, garlic, and other members of the allium family, and we refrain from serving any food containing them on campus.

We observe gender seperated living spaces where men and women live in seperate areas of the campus.  This provides a respectful sense of privacy in the dorms away from commonly shared spaces in the classroom buildings, dining hall, meditation hall, library, and so forth.  

As a community we also value the importance of being clear minded and therefore refrain from the use of intoxicants, including all alcohol, tobacco, and other illegal drugs.

Meditation is available for all who are interested at 7 AM to 8 AM.

Many of our students enjoy being outdoors, and gather to hike, run, and bike together.   

Our learning environment is very unique.  Learn more about Campus Life.

Will you send a representative to conduct a college visits or attend a college fair?

We welcome such inquiries.  Please contact our admissions team.