Students Say

Vanguard University is a small, liberal arts school, characterized by its Christian atmosphere, warm community, and beautiful Southern California location. Students say the academic experience is challenging but manageable; though “degree programs vary in academic intensity,” so choose wisely. In the classroom, professors are “really insightful and show a lot of personality.” Outside the classroom, “professors try their best to make themselves available” and “actually care about your academic and career achievements.” On that note, Vanguard isn’t a strictly academic experience, and “the school tends to focus on students' personal development and a sense of community on campus.”

Overview

Applicants
899
Acceptance Rate
83%
Average HS GPA
3.35

GPA Breakdown

26%
Over 3.75
16%
3.50 - 3.74
20%
3.25 - 3.49
16%
3.00 - 3.24
19%
2.50 - 2.99
2%
2.00 - 2.49

Test Scores

SAT Reading
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
450 - 570
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
430 - 560
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
19 - 24

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Application Essay
Recommendation(s)
Non-Academic

Character / Personal Qualities

Selectivity Rating

Overall

Students Say

Vanguard University is a small, liberal arts school, characterized by its Christian atmosphere, warm community, and beautiful Southern California location. Students say the academic experience is challenging but manageable; though “degree programs vary in academic intensity,” so choose wisely. In the classroom, professors are “really insightful and show a lot of personality.” Outside the classroom, “professors try their best to make themselves available” and “actually care about your academic and career achievements.” On that note, Vanguard isn’t a strictly academic experience, and “the school tends to focus on students' personal development and a sense of community on campus.” Students unilaterally praise the administration for bringing students together; however, they also note that administrative issues need “some fine tuning,” especially when it comes to budget allocations. In addition, undergraduates love the school’s spiritual outlook and caring campus pastor, who will “move mountains to meet with anyone who just needs a cup of coffee and some good conversation.”

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
16:1
Total Faculty
204
with Terminal Degree
84

119
Men
85
Women
23
Minority

Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
2 - 9


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
37%
Graduate in 5 years
46%
Graduate in 6 years
49%

Majors

  • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services

  • Accounting
  • Business/Commerce, General
  • Finance, General
  • International Business/Trade/Commerce
  • Marketing/Marketing Management, General

  • Education

  • Education, General
  • Elementary Education and Teaching
  • History Teacher Education
  • Music Teacher Education
  • Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
  • Secondary Education and Teaching

  • English Language and Literature/Letters

  • English Language and Literature, General

  • Foreign languages, literatures, and Linguistics

  • Spanish Language and Literature

  • Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences

  • Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN)

  • History

  • History, General

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies

  • Mathematics and Statistics

  • Mathematics, General

  • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

  • Biological and Physical Sciences

  • Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies

  • Kinesiology and Exercise Science

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies

  • Christian Studies
  • Religion/Religious Studies

  • Physical Sciences

  • Chemistry, General

  • Psychology

  • Psychology, General

  • Social Sciences

  • Anthropology
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Social Sciences, General
  • Sociology

  • Theology and Religious Vocations

  • Bible/Biblical Studies
  • Missions/Missionary Studies and Missiology
  • Religious Education
  • Theology/Theological Studies
  • Youth Ministry

  • Visual and Performing Arts

  • Cinematography and Film/Video Production
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • Music History, Literature, and Theory
  • Music Performance, General
  • Music, Other


Degrees

Bachelor's
Master's

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
No

Prominent Alumni


Dan Amen
Psychiatrist/Brain studies/Best selling Author

Jesse Miranda
Community Activist, Advisor to Bush on Hispanics

Ed Lee
Restauranteur/Founder

Peter Kuzmic
Founder/Croatian relief org; diplomat; peacemaker

Larry Mantle
Host of AirTalk on National Public Radio

Melinda Rediger
Producer of Disney's House of Mouse TV show

Becky Stilling
President of Ed Fund

Academic Rating

Career overview


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
37%
Graduate in 5 years
46%
Graduate in 6 years
49%

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
No

ROI & Outcomes

Dates

Application Deadlines
Mar 2
Notification Date
Apr 1

Required Forms

FAFSA
State Aid

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$8,850

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$7,892

Average Need-Based Loan
$3,190

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$16,979

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
75%

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$15,502

Financial aid provided to international students
No

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$22,466
Required Fees
$520
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,314

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$3,348
Transportation for Commuters
$954

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
Federal

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
Federal Perkins Loans
FFEL PLUS loans
FFEL Subsidized Stafford Loans
FFEL Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
No

Financial Aid Rating

Overall

Students Say

“People at this school tend to either be very Californian (if you don't know what that means, you're probably one of them), or else people who aspire to be Californians,” explains a Vanguard senior. Most also come from “financially stable” and Christian families in Orange, Los Angeles, Riverside, or San Diego counties. Despite these similarities, there are lots of personality types on campus, and “most people find a place to fit in, whether with roommates, students with the same major, [or] teammates.” Friendships are supremely important to most Vanguard undergrads and “Community is not just a buzzword at VU.” A senior shares, “There are many genuinely friendly people here. I came as a transfer student last year and was made to feel welcome by an extensive "Welcome Week" campaign.” As Vanguard is a conservative Christian school, “a lot of people on this campus take their faith in Jesus very seriously,” and many say they are “glad to be pursuing their degree in an environment of people who share their faith.”

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
1,927
Out of State
14%

International
Foreign Countries Represented
17

Demographics

64% female
36% male
14% are out of state
79% are full time
21% are part time

Overview

Students Say

“Life at Vanguard involves a lot of hanging out on the beautiful lawns under palm trees, having coffee together in the Cove, or hanging out in the student lounges where we can play games, cards, or just talk,” waxes one satisfied junior. Just outside the picturesque town of Newport Beach, Vanguard is well situated for a range of cultural and recreational activities in Orange County, as well as the greater Los Angeles area. The beach is a popular (and inexpensive) destination, and many “people go to Disneyland at least once a week.” You’ll also find lots of Vanguard undergrads playing sports, eating out, or hitting up the local “shopping centers and Starbucks.” Come Friday, campus quiets down as many students return home. However, there’s always something to do at school, “including movie nights, ice skating, broomball, and bonfires.” At Vanguard, drinking is strictly prohibited and, while there are a few students who like to party anyway, most prefer to stay clean and “find fun in other areas.”

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
0%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

First-Year Students living on campus
0%

Campus Environment
Small Urban

Housing Options

Apartment Married
Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Female
Dorms Male
Other

Special Needs Admissions


College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered


Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
50
Number of Honor Societies
5

Number of Social Sororities
0
Number of Religious Organizations
25

Sports

Athletic Division
NAIA

Men's Sports (Lions)
7 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Cross Country
Soccer
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Women's Sports (Lions)
8 Sports

Basketball
Cross Country
Soccer
Softball
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball

Student Services


LGBT Support Groups: www.vanguard.edu/studentlife/counseling

Minority Support Groups: www.vanguard.edu/studentlife/counseling

Air Force ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: Loyola Marymount

Sustainability


Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
9

Average Number of PC's per Lab
20

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
No

Student Web Pages Permitted
No

Student Web Pages Provided
No

Partnerships with Technology Companies
Yes

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Undergraduates that Own Computers
70%

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Gateway Computers; Apple

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
Yes

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
No

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Jessica Nunn
Admissions Coordinator

Address
Office of Admissions
55 Fair Drive
Costa Mesa, CA 92626

Phone
7145563610


Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Cove-Student Union
The Library
The Pit-our gymnasium
Heath Academic Center
The Dining Commons

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Beaches in Newport, Laguna, and Huntington
Disneyland
South Coast Plaza and Fashion Island
The Block-Skateboard Park and Mall
Irvine Spectrum
Metro Pointe shops and cinema Angel Stadium (Anaheim) Orange County Performing Arts Center

Campus Tours

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. Mon. - Fri.
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Available

Times
8am - 4pm Mon-Fri

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Year-round

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Advance Notice
2 weeks

Contact Email Address for Visit
bwilson@vanguard.edu

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Available

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Limitations
2 nights is the maximum stay

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Taxi, bus, shuttle bus John Wayne Airport / Orange County (airport code - SNA)

Driving Instructions to Campus
From Central Los Angeles and surrounding communities: Take the Santa Ana Free way 5 south to the Costa Mesa Freeway 55 south to Costa Mesa. Take the Fair Drive/Del Mar exit. Turn right on Fair Drive. The main entrance to campus is on the left. From the San Fernando Valley and Westwood areas of Los Angeles and surrounding communties: Take the San Diego Freeway 405 south and transition (via the 73 Freeway south) to the Costa Mesa Freeway 55 south to Costa Mesa. Take the Fair Drive/Del Mar exit. Turn right on Fair Drive. The main entrance to campus is on the left. From San Diego and surrounding communities: Take the San Diego Freeway 405 north to the Costa Mesa Freeway 55 south. Take the Fair Drive/Del Mar exit. Turn right on Fair Drive. The main entrance to campus is on the left. From Riverside and points east: Take the Riverside Freeway 91 west to the Costa Mesa Freeway 55 south. Proceed south several miles. Take the Fair Drive/Del Mar exit. Turn right on Fair Drive. The main entrance to campus is on the left.

Local Accommodations
Just 2.6 miles from campus is the Ramada Limited (1680 Superior Avenue @ 17th St., Costa Mesa; 800-345-8025). 4 to 4.6 miles from campus are the following: Atrium Hotel (18700 MacArthur Blvd., Irvine, CA; 800-854-3012); Woolley;s Petite Suites (2721 Hotel Terrace Dr. @ 55 and E. Dyer Rd., Santa Ana, CA; 800-762-2597); La Quinta Inn (1515 South Coast Drive @ Harbor BI, Costa Mesa, CA; 800-531-5900); The Little Inn on the Bay (607 Lido Park Drive, Newport Beach, CA; 949-673-8800); Portfolio Beach Hotel (2306 W. Ocean Front, Newport, CA; 949-673-7030).
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Key Stats

899
Applicants
1,927
Size
83%
Acceptance Rate

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