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B+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  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
    A-
  10. Campus Food
    B-
  11. Student Life
    B+
  12. Safety
    A-
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
From Vanguard University of Southern California

The mission of Vanguard University is to pursue knowledge, cultivate character, deepen faith, and equip each student for a Spirit-empowered life of Christ-centered leadership and service.

Vanguard University will become a nationally recognized leader in Christian higher education by cultivating academic excellence, character development and global perspective as seeds of greatness in the life of every student.

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

Application Deadline
January 15
Acceptance Rate
47%
SAT Range
930-1120
ACT Range
18-24
Application Fee
$45
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Accepts Common App

Cost

Net Price
$21,611/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$22,396/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
100%

Academics

Professors
B-
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
14:1
Evening Degree Programs
Yes
89%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.45 responses
75%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.51 responses
75%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.51 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
1,524Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
316
Undergrads Over 25
6%
Pell Grant
51%
Varsity Athletes
17%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 38 responses
Report
  • Friendly
    42%
  • Very Caring
    18%
  • Everyone is nice and friendly, religious school
    16%
  • Religious
    8%
  • Genuine
    5%
  • Diverse
    3%
  • Not friendly
    3%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
84%
Poll
86%
of students say they don't have Greek life.56 responses
Poll
58%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.78 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 39 responses
Report
  • Your Story Matters
    59%
  • Simple and sweet
    13%
  • Ease of online program
    5%
  • Your Money Matters
    5%
  • Love it, alot of one on one time.
    3%
  • Boring
    3%
  • Resourceful, challenging, underrated. Love it.
    3%

    After College

    Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
    $41,800/ year
    National
    $33,028
    Graduation Rate
    61%
    National
    49%
    Employed 2 Years After Graduation
    92%
    National
    83%
    94%
    of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.31 responses
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    Vanguard University of Southern California Reviews

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    Vanguard University is WONDERFUl school! Its staff/faculty are all amazing people who are very helpful and they are extremely dedicated to each student. As I am currently entering the second half of my sophomore year here I can confidently say that I love this school. From being openly God driven to the simple and sweet encouraging students everywhere on campus I cannot express much impactful each day here is. God is currently moving in a mighty way on the campus. There is an immense hunger for God and so many opportunities to help/serve yourself and the community here. Each day is purposeful with a neverending reminder that with God ALL IS POSSIBLE!
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    I absolutely love the professors and community at Vanguard! However, there are of course a few things they could work on. The tuition is unfortunately very expensive as well as living on campus. Living on campus has been an amazing experience. However, it is also expensive.
    I am a returning student to Vanguard University of Southern California. This upcoming fall I am happy to say I will be coming back as a sophomore. Vanguard University has proven to be an excellent school with diligent professors and tons of welcoming, excited students. Christianity is highly taught on campus and all are encouraged to step deeper in their faith and walk with God. The campus is very nice and well kept despite the current construction for the new Student-Life building. If you are looking for an on-campus party seen, Vanguard, is definitely not your place. The city of Costa Mesa is very good for those who like to explore. The campus is an excellent distance from the beach, amusement parks, and many tourist attractions.