Vanguard University of Southern California

55 Fair Dr, Costa mesa, CA 92626
Tel: (714)556-3610
Private not-for-profit | 2,309 students
Vanguard University is a community of thoughtful Christians dedicated to honoring Christ and serving his church. As anevangelical comprehensive university within the Pentecostal tradition, VU is committed to providing an educational experiencethat integrates faith, learning, and living, and to preparing students for a lifetime of learning and service in a variety ofvocations and ministries. The University believes that a liberal arts education illuminated by Christian truth fosters theintellectual and spiritual development that prepares and challenges students to take an active role in shaping their cultureand their world.

School Overview:

Vanguard University of Southern California
CountyOrange County, CA
Title IV EligibleParticipat
Carnegie ClassificationBaccalaureate Colleges--General
Institution LevelFour or more years
Institution ControlPrivate not-for-profit
Instructional Staff Total
(research/public service staff included)
110 staff115 staff
Student Body
Total Enrollment2,309 students1,633 students
# Full-Time Students
1,585 students1,434 students
# Part-Time Students
724 students137 students
 
# Undergraduate Students
2,041 students 1,507 students
# Graduate Students
268 students129 students
 
% American Indian/Alaskan
1%1%
% Asian
5%2%
% Hawaiian
-1%
% Hispanic
23%3%
% Black
3%6%
% White
67%84%
% Two or more races
2%2%
 
Finances and Admission
In-State Tuition Fees
(2012-13)
$28,500$24,462
 
Out-State Tuition Fees
(2012-13)
$28,500$24,744
 
Percent Admitted67%64%
SAT Reading (25-75%)450-550450-570
SAT Math (25-75%)440-540460-573
SAT Writing (25-75%)440-540440-570
ACT English (25-75%)19-2519-25
ACT Math (25-75%)18-2418-25
ACT Composite (25-75%)19-2420-25

School Notes:

  • Vanguard University (VU) is a private, coeducational, comprehensive university of liberal arts andprofessional studies that believes its Pentecostal/charismatic Christian community provides a supportive and challengingenvironment in which to pursue a quality education. The University assumes that it is essential to offer educationalopportunity within a context of free inquiry and academic integrity. Such opportunity includes examining the Christianheritage, the claims of Christ, the charismatic involvement of the church, and the revelation of God. VU is a community thatencourages individual integrity and responsibility in accordance with biblical Christianity and its social and ethicalimplications.
  • Vanguard University of Southern California is a community of thoughtful Christians dedicated tohonoring Christ and serving his church. As an evangelical comprehensive university within the Pentecostal tradition, VUSC iscommitted to providing an educational experience that integrates faith, learning, and living, and to preparing students for alifetime of learning and service in a variety of vocations and ministries.
  • Vanguard University offers a 4-year Bachelor of Arts or Science degree in 34 majors andconcentrations, Master of Business Administration, Master of Arts in Education, a Master of Arts in Religion, a Master ofTheological Studies, and a Master of Science in Clinical Psychology. A School for Professional Studies (adult professionals).
  • Within the Schools of Business, Religion, Psychology, and Education, graduate degrees are alsooffered. The School for Professional Studies offers adult learners degrees in business, nursing, psychology, and religion, aswell as a minor in liberal studies and general education courses. Aside from taking classes in their own major, students inthe traditional undergraduate program are also required to take classes that are part of the core curriculum.
  • Vanguard University is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). Teacherpreparation and licensing for nine different credentials approved by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing.Member of the Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities, and the Council for Christian Colleges andUniversities and Associate Member of Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities.
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