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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 1,524 undergraduate students. Admissions is fairly competitive as the Vanguard acceptance rate is 47%. Popular majors include Business, Psychology, and Nursing Administration. Graduating 61% of students, Vanguard alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $34,700.
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
47%
Application Deadline
January 15
SAT Range
930-1120
ACT Range
18-24
Application Fee
$45
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
No

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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.
Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $18,354/ year
  • $30-48k
    $18,085/ year
  • $49-75k
    $20,250/ year
  • $76-110k
    $22,434/ year
  • $110k+
    $26,718/ year
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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
76%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.50 responses
76%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.50 responses
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Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
1,524Undergrads
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 37 responses
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  • Friendly
    43%
  • Very Caring
    19%
  • Everyone is nice and friendly, religious school
    14%
  • Religious
    8%
  • Genuine
    5%
  • Diverse
    3%
  • Not friendly
    3%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
84%
Poll
85%
of students say they don't have Greek life.55 responses
Poll
57%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.77 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 38 responses
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  • Your Story Matters
    61%
  • Simple and sweet
    13%
  • Ease of online program
    5%
  • Your Money Matters
    5%
  • Boring
    3%
  • Fast-paced
    3%
  • Hard dense material
    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 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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One of the best choices I made was attending Vanguard University. The professors, location, and student life were by far the highlights of my time there. The school is really advanced in the musical arts and inspired many great musicians I know. The liberal arts education allowed for an expansion of my worldview and taught me to be an independent and nimble thinker. The staff genuinely cared about me, and I still have personal relationships with professors and staff over a decade later. At Vanguard, I met many of my closest friends and my best friend, my wife. Overall, if you are looking for a school where you will be known, encouraged to discover your unique calling, and inspired to participate in God's mission as you are equipped in your vocation, Vanguard is a wonderful choice.
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.