Dharma Realm Buddhist University

Dharma Realm Buddhist University

DRBU's four-year BA program in Liberal Arts puts students in direct conversations with seminal works of both Eastern and Western traditions – books that have shaped the world in which we live. Our core curriculum includes philosophy, literature, writing, mathematics, music, science, and language. In small, discussion-based classes, students deeply reflect on foundations of the human experience, exploring implications for both themselves and the wider world. Nestled in Ukiah valley among lush foliage and redwoods trees, theory and practice go hand-in-hand on our contemplative campus.

Academic Programs

  • Great Books
  • Liberal Arts

Student experience

  • Contemplative Education
  • On-Campus Housing

Application information

Find out about requirements, fees, and deadlines


Much like our approach to education, our admissions process is holistic and personally engaged. We take our time to get to know each applicant, taking into account academic achievements, records of service, recommendations, and most importantly, a sincere commitment to engage with DRBU’s rigorous curriculum and unique contemplative approach to education. The essays are a particularly important part of the application as they give our admissions committee the opportunity to hear your voice and understand your thinking. 


The DRBU curriculum is fully integrated and all-required. Therefore, all students are admitted as freshmen, and we do not accept transfer credits from other colleges. However, college-level course work is strong evidence of academic achievement. These courses are taken into account during the evaluation for admission to DRBU. If you have attended college after high school, you can select "Transfer" as your student type.

Visit us

We welcome prospective students to visit campus, sit in on classes, and stay overnight in our dormitories. Campus visits are available while classes are in session, August to May.

Students' experiences at DRBU change them in a positive direction. When they graduate, they will have the kind of inner strength that will set them on a course that will lead them to be happy, fulfilled, and useful in the world.

Dr. Susan Rounds, President
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Admissions office

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School location

1991 Virtue Way
Ukiah, CA 95482, United States of America

Phone number

(707) 621-7000 , ext 1