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Ukiah, CA – April 11, 2024 — Dharma Realm Buddhist University (DRBU) is pleased to announce that it has been granted an eight-year academic reaccreditation by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC) after a comprehensive review. DRBU was first granted accreditation in 2018, and this eight-year renewal marks a significant milestone in the growth and maturity of the university. DRBU offers undergraduate, masters and certificate programs and is the only accredited four-year institution in Mendocino County.

The WSCUC team visited DRBU in October to conduct a three-day review. The reviewing team commended the University for its highly qualified faculty and staff, for the transformational impact of the DRBU education on students and alumni, and for its commitment to graduate students debt free. WSCUC’s Commission Action Letter affirms that DRBU has successfully fulfilled the rigorous standards set forth in the accreditation process.

“We are proud of this eight-year reaffirmation and of WSCUC’s recognition of our distinctive strengths, especially the transformational impact of our education and our ethic of care,” said Dr. Susan Rounds, DRBU President. “This accomplishment is due to the efforts of the whole University community and our collective commitment to DRBU’s mission and to WSCUC’s high standards for academic quality and institutional effectiveness.”

Renowned for its distinctive “Great Books” style degree programs, DRBU offers a unique educational experience centered on Asian and Western core texts and the integration of contemplative exercises. 

The official WSCUC Action Letter is available for public viewing on the WSCUC website, offering insight into DRBU’s commitment to transformative education and student-centered learning.

For further information about Dharma Realm Buddhist University and its accredited programs, please visit


About Dharma Realm Buddhist University

Dharma Realm Buddhist University is a small private university and community dedicated to liberal education in the broad Buddhist tradition—a tradition characterized by knowledge in the arts and sciences, self-cultivation, and the pursuit of wisdom. The University offers two degree programs centered around reading and discussion of classical primary texts at its Ukiah, California campus: a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts and a Master of Arts in Buddhist Classics. Dharma Realm Buddhist University is accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC). For more information, please visit