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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 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 offers undergraduate programs from the Undergraduate College, master's degree programs, and professional studies programs, as well as certificates. Many individual courses are offered completely online, as well as a few degrees and certificates, through the Professional Studies program.
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