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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-
55 Fair Dr
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
About Vanguard University of Southern California...
Athletic Division
NAIA Division I
Athletic Conference
Golden State Athletic Conference
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.

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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

Application Deadline
January 15
Acceptance Rate
40%
SAT Range
950-1120
ACT Range
17-23
Application Fee
$45
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Accepts Common App

Cost

Net Price
$20,572/ 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
$24,192/ 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.53 responses
75%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.53 responses

Majors

Bachelor of Science in Nursing

The Department of Nursing is committed to providing exceptional undergraduate and graduate nursing programs taught by professor-mentors in a dynamic learning community. Since launching our first nursing program in 2006, we have been a center of excellence in Christian nursing education that integrates our University values of truth, virtue and service.

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
1,524Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
316
Undergrads Over 25
6%
Pell Grant
54%
Varsity Athletes
17%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 40 responses
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  • Friendly
    40%
  • Everyone is nice and friendly, religious school
    20%
  • Very Caring
    18%
  • Religious
    8%
  • Genuine
    5%
  • Diverse
    3%
  • Not friendly
    3%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
76%
Poll
86%
of students say they don't have Greek life.58 responses
Poll
57%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.80 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 41 responses
Report
  • Your Story Matters
    61%
  • Simple and sweet
    12%
  • Ease of online program
    5%
  • Your Money Matters
    5%
  • Love it, alot of one on one time.
    2%
  • Boring
    2%
  • Resourceful, challenging, underrated. Love it.
    2%

    After College

    Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
    $41,800/ year
    National
    $33,028
    Graduation Rate
    64%
    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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    Being in the class of 2020 at VU is very special. Vanguard has really grown me as a person because it’s taught me to integrate my faith into my practical life. From caring professors who mentor, to peers who earnestly listen, I can say I love this school. The presence of the spirit is strong in the chapels and this school has caused me to fall more in love with Jesus. One suggestion I have going forth is a concern involving parking, the library not being open on Saturday, and the fact that there’s no AC/heat in upperclassmen dorms. Other than that, I look forward to graduating and seeing what God has next for me!
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    My experience through transitioning from an undergraduate student from Cal State Dominguez Hills to a graduate student at Vanguard University has been the best decision I made. Vanguard University offers Clinical Psychology, which has always interested me. Therefore, I got more involved into persuading my degree there because the school requires for us to do practicum, 30 sessions one on one therapy for students and being a private school the classes are small. Due to this the professors tend to pay more attention to their students and reach out to you when your are struggling. By so far, I really enjoy attending Vanguard because their is a diversity of students from different cultural beliefs.
    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!