Vanguard University of Southern California

55 Fair Dr, Costa Mesa, CA 92626

School Details

Vanguard University of Southern California is a private, Pentecostal university located on a 40 acre suburban campus in Costa Mesa California, a town located approximately 50 miles south of Los Angeles.  Vanguard is a comprehensive university of liberal arts and professional studies, and prepares students for a Christ centered life of leadership and service.

The history of Vanguard dates back to 1920 when it was originally founded in Los Angeles, as the Southern California Baptist School.  The Southern California Baptist School was established with the intention of preparing Christian workers for various positions in the church.  The school moved to Pasadena in 1927, and was chartered in 1939 by the State of California as a college that was eligible to grant degrees.  The school became known as the Southern California Bible College, and it was the first four-year institution of the Assemblies of God.  The school moved to its current location in Costa Mesa in 1950.

Vanguard is a Christian university that prepares its students for all types of ministry.  The motto of Vanguard is Truth, Virtue, Service, and the universities mission is to pursue knowledge, develop character, enhance faith and prepare students for lives of service and leadership.  Vanguards academic environment consists of learners that are dedicated to combing the pursuit of academic excellence with growth as true Christians.   A Vanguard education promotes the combination of learning, faith and living.  Vanguard has a belief that arts, sciences and professional studies, when enhanced by Christian truth, foster students spirituality and moral and intellectual growth.

Approximately 2,000 students are enrolled in Vanguards undergraduate, graduate and professional studies programs.  The Undergraduate College at Vanguard consists of 15 academic departments that offer 21 majors.  The most popular undergraduate majors are psychology, business, education, religion and communications.  The graduate degree programs offered by Vanguard include education, clinical psychology, nursing and religion.  Vanguard’s School of Professional Studies offers adult degree completion programs in the areas of psychology, religion, early childhood education and business, and also offers an RN to BSN program.  An online Associate of Arts degree and certificate programs in early childhood education are also offered through The School of Professional Studies.  The average student to faculty ration at Vanguard is 17 to 1, and more than 60 percent of the classes consist of less than 20 students.
Centers and Institutes located at Vanguard include the Judkins Institute for Leadership Studies, the Global Center for Women & Justice, the Lewis Wilson Institute for Pentecostal Studies and the Jesse Miranda Center for Hispanic Leadership.

Some of the student life services available to assist students during their time at Vanguard include a counseling center, writing center, learning center, career center, counseling center and disability services.

Vanguard is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, and is a member of the Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities, the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities, and the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities.  The Teacher Education Program at Vanguard is accredited by the California Commission on Tech Credentialing, and the universities Theatre Arts Program is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Theater.  Vanguard is an associate member of the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities.

For students interested in participating in activities outside of the classroom, Vanguard offers over 10 clubs, which include the Student Government Association.  Many students choose to spread their faith through local outreach programs that help Orange County’s youth, elderly and homeless.  Student athletes have the option of joining Vanguard's varsity sports teams, which are a part of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics Golden State Athletic Conference.  The mild weather and convenient location of Costa Mesa make it possible for students to enjoy outdoor recreational opportunities such as Newport Beach, local zoos and Disneyland.  The universities close proximity to Los Angeles provides students with the chance to participate in numerous cultural and recreational opportunities.

The annual cost of attending Vanguard is $28,500.  Financial aid is available for eligible students.




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    Private, not-for-profit, 4-year or above
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    Master's degree
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