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  1. Academics
    B
  2. Value
    B+
  3. Diversity
    B+
  4. Campus
    B+
  5. Athletics
    B-
  6. Party Scene
    C
  7. Professors
    B-
  8. Location
    A
  9. Dorms
    B+
  10. Campus Food
    B-
  11. Student Life
    B+
  12. Safety
    A-
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.
About Vanguard University of Southern California...
Athletic Division
NAIA Division I
Athletic Conference
Golden State Athletic Conference
Address
55 Fair Dr
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
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Vanguard University of Southern California Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
70%
Application Deadline
January 15
SAT Range
830-1030
ACT Range
17-24
Application Fee
$45
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
No

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Cost

Net Price
$21,827/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $19,452/ year
  • $30-48k
    $24,876/ year
  • $49-75k
    $29,677/ year
  • $76-110k
    $33,013/ year
  • $110k+
    $34,929/ year
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Academics

Professors
B-
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
13:1
Evening Degree Programs
Yes
89%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.45 responses
76%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.49 responses
76%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.49 responses
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Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
1,447Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
6%
Pell Grant
49%
Varsity Athletes
13%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 36 responses
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  • Friendly
    44%
  • Very Caring
    19%
  • Everyone is nice and friendly, religious school
    11%
  • Religious
    8%
  • Genuine
    6%
  • Diverse
    3%
  • Not friendly
    3%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
81%
Poll
85%
of students say they don't have Greek life.54 responses
Poll
58%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.76 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 37 responses
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  • Your Story Matters
    62%
  • Simple and sweet
    14%
  • Ease of online program
    5%
  • Your Money Matters
    5%
  • Boring
    3%
  • Hard dense material
    3%
  • Love it, alot of one on one time.
    3%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$36,800/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
56%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
91%
National
83%
94%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.31 responses
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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.
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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.