Vanguard University of Southern California

Costa Mesa, CA, USA
3.87 Average Rating

Originally founded as a Bible school, Vanguard University of Southern California is a Christian liberal arts college in Orange County. Vanguard confers bachelor’s degrees in 32 fields of study. As a Christian institution, Vanguard holds chapel services throughout the week and all students are expected to attend. Throughout the year, Vanguard schedules a number of all-campus celebrations including the Mock Rock lip sync battle and Welcome Week celebration.

Admissions

Key Admissions Stats

Institution Type
Private
  • Not for Profit
  • Assemblies of God Church
  • Coed

Need Blind

This school does not consider an applicant’s financial situation when deciding admission

Level of Institution
4 Year
Campus Setting
Small city

0
100
47%
Acceptance Rate

Admissions Requirements

SAT
Yes
ACT
Yes
Transcript
Yes

Important Deadlines

Application Type Application Deadline Reply Deadline
Early Action Acceptance is not binding, but student will receive admissions decision earlier. December 1, 2019
Fall Regular Decision March 2, 2020 May 1, 2019
Spring Regular Decision December 1, 2019
Other January 15, 2020

Admitted Student Stats

In-State Students
86%
Out-Of-State Students
10%
36%
Submitting ACT
84%
Submitting SAT
Average SAT Composite: 1037
0
1600
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Academics

Key Academic Stats

Highest Degree Offered
Master's
Total Number of Students
2,116
Total Number of Undergrads
1,840
Academic Calendar

Semester

Classroom Sizes

2-19 Students
61%
20-39 Students
30%
40-99 Students
8%
0
100
49%
Graduate in 4 Years US National: 28%
0
100
56%
Graduate in 6 Years US National: 52%
Student:Faculty Ratio
14:1
US National: 21:1
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Tuition, Cost & Aid

Key Financial Stats

Average Net Price
$21,374
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Tuition
In-State Tuition In-state tuition is the tuition charged by institutions to those students who meet the state's or institution's residency requirements. In-district tuition is the tuition charged by the institution to those students residing in the locality in which they attend school and may be a lower rate than in-state tuition if offered by the institution.
$33,720
Out-of-State Tuition Out-of-state tuition is the tuition charged by institutions to those students who do not meet the state’s or institution’s residency requirements. Out-of-district tuition is the tuition charged by the institution to those students not residing in the locality in which they attend school.
$33,720
Additional Costs
Room and Board The weighted average for room and board and other expenses is generated as follows:
  • (amount for on-campus room, board and other expenses * # of students living on-campus.
  • + amount for off-campus (with family) room, board and other expenses * # of students living off-campus with family
  • + amount for off-campus (not with family) room, board and other expenses * # of students living off-campus not with family)
divided by the total # of students. Students whose living arrangements are unknown are excluded from the calculation. For some institutions the # of students by living arrangement will be known, but dollar amounts will not be known. In this case the # of students with no corresponding dollar amount will be excluded from the denominator.
$9,980
Books and Supplies
$1850

Aid & Grants

Students Receiving Gift Aid Percent of undergraduate students awarded federal gift aid. Federal gift aid includes any grant or scholarship aid awarded, from the federal government, a state or local government, the institution, and other sources known by the institution.
45%
Average Aid Per Year
$22,396
Students Receiving Grants Percent of undergraduate students awarded grant aid. Grant aid includes any grant or scholarship aid awarded, from the federal government, a state or local government, the institution, and other sources known by the institution.
45%
Average Federal Grant Aid Per Year
$5,198
Average Institution Grant Aid Per Year
$16,895

Student Loans

Students Borrowing Loans Loans to students - Any monies that must be repaid to the lending institution for which the student is the designated borrower. Includes all Title IV subsidized and unsubsidized loans and all institutionally- and privately-sponsored loans. Does not include PLUS and other loans made directly to parents.
95%
Average Loan Amount Per Year
$7,781
Average Debt at Graduation The median federal debt of undergraduate borrowers who graduated. This figure includes only federal loans; it excludes private student loans and Parent PLUS loans.
$19,000
Median Monthly Loan Payment The median monthly loan payment for student borrowers who completed, if it were repaid over 10 years at a 5.05% interest rate.
$266
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Campus Life

Key Campus Stats

Student Gender
Male
Female
35%
65%
Student Organizations
16
Size of Town
Small city
LGBTQIA Student Resource Groups
No
On Campus Women's Center
No

Housing

0
100
50%
Undergrads Living on Campus
On-campus living required of freshman
No

Athletics

Divisional Sports Nickname
Lions
School Colors
Blue/Gold
Varsity Athletics Association
NAIA
Varsity Athletics Conference Primary
Not applicable

Campus Safety

24-HR security patrol
Yes
Campus emergency phones
Yes
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After Graduation

Post Grad Stats

Top 5 Cities
Orange
Los Angeles
San Diego
San Francisco
Seattle
Average Salary
6 years after graduation
$48,800
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What Students Are Saying

3.87 Average Rating
The student to teacher ration has allowed me to learn more on subjects that I am not interested in. The teachers are engaged in your life to the extent you want them to be, and are always open to help you out in your spiritual walk or in regular classes.
Andrea from Mission Viejo, CA
It is a great school and the teachers are just amazing! They are willing to work with you. And the environment is wonderful.
Kaitlyn from Castaic, CA
vanguard university is one of the finest i have ever been to, about this university is a christian friendly community, it has brought me so many to opportunities to study and attend here.
Cristina De La Cerda from Lancaster, CA
Your story matters. My story matters. Our story matters.
Caitlyn :) from Temecula Ca
I visited Vanguard on one of their Pre-VU programs, and the experience definitely influenced my thoughts on the school. At first I was uncomfortable because I am very shy, but by the end of the program I was really impressed by the students, teachers and the whole experience.
Alicia from Sacramento, CA

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