The college was established by Tzu Chi Buddhist Compassion Relief Foundation under the guidance of Dharma Master Cheng Yen in 1989.
The foundation promotes four major missions: Charity, Medical Care, Education, and Culture. Currently, the college admits graduates from junior high and senior high schools without restriction as to religion.
In the Day-program students must live in the dormitory. Generally, four students share a dorm room that has built-in desks, bookshelves, and cabinets.
Students must wear the college uniform on campus during regular school hours from Monday through Friday. Students must study in their dorm rooms during evenings from Monday through Friday.
Each student is a member of a homeroom class that is overseen by a teacher. The homeroom teacher serves as an information provider and a general guidance counselor for all students in the class.
Students in groups of nine are assigned to three "Yi-te" mothers or sisters, who serve as surrogate role mothers, models and counselors. Students meet regularly with the volunteer women to discuss school and personal matters and to participate in various activities. The Yi-te mothers and sisters are members of Tz'u-Chi Buddhist Compassion Relief Foundation. At least four of them remain on duty at the college throughout the week to make themselves available to students at any moment.
Students are welcome to participate in a variety of extra-curricular activities such as the chorus, the marching drum band, the guitar club, the tennis team, the volleyball team, the basketball club, the ping pong club, the T'ai Chi Ch'Uan(Chinese shadow boxing)club, the drama club, the fine arts club, and the Aboriginal People's Service Association.
880, Sec. 2, Chien-kuo Rd., Hualien, Taiwan, R.O.C.