Vanguard is an above-average private, Christian university located in Costa Mesa, California in the Los Angeles Area. It is a small institution with an enrollment of 1,447 undergraduate students. Admissions is somewhat competitive as the Vanguard acceptance rate is 70%. Popular majors include Business Administration and Management, Psychology, and Nursing Administration. Graduating 56% of students, Vanguard alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $31,700.
Vanguard University of Southern California Rankings
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- of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.45 responses
- of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.49 responses
- of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.49 responses
Most Popular Majors
Business Administration and Management83 Graduates
Nursing Administration42 Graduates
Kinesiology and Exercise Science36 Graduates
Foundations of Education23 Graduates
Religious Studies21 Graduates
Early Childhood Education20 Graduates
Undergrads Over 25
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Freshmen Live On-Campus
- of students say they don't have Greek life.54 responses
- of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.76 responses
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- of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.31 responses
Vanguard University of Southern California Reviews
The professors, as well as other staff members, are highly intentional and caring when it comes to the students and even alumni of their university. It is often encouraged that students grab a coffee or meet with professors outside of class so that they may get to know you for the person that you are. When a friendship is achieved between professor and student usually the professor is more understanding when a family emergency occurs. The counselors provide four-year plan guidelines that remove the stress of deciding which courses to enroll in. Campus life is very calm given that this is a private Christian university, in that there are no major parties but rather an emphasis on mental well being and academic achievement. As a resident, I would say my life has been relatively stress-free in that I am able to meet with professors outside of class at any hour.
Vanguard University is a strong Christian campus with people from all walks of life from the students to the professors and administration. The price to attend this school is very pricey considering it is a private school. If you want to build in your Christian faith this is a school I would strongly suggest. As for a social life the religion can be conflicting because there are many people there who don't go for the religious aspect but for other reasons, and others who go to build in their faith. The academics and the athletics are well emphasized, and the Kinesiology program is steadily growing. If you are a college student who wants to have fun and go to parties throughout your college experience I would not suggest this school. But at the same time, if you want to leave this school knowing you received a great education and you built a stronger character, I would suggest this school.
Vanguard University is quite the experience. It is a campus that is filled with lost spirits with the desire of hope. What I mean by this is, many come to Vanguard with broken pieces or just completely unsure of who they are but after being on campus they quickly realize that God has strategically placed them right where they are. Vanguard is filled with bright life's willing to take on the world with the sole flame of Jesus with-in them. If there was anything that should be changed with-in Vanguard it is definitely towards the food being provided. It is not that the food is bad, it just could be better. If all a campus needs to improve is foodservice, they must be doing something right. Vanguard is a home to many people who have discovered who they are. It is a school that not only excels with excellent professors and campus life, but a school that takes your purpose and morphs it into a future.