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Vanguard University of Southern California is a private institution that was founded in 1920. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 2,041, its setting is suburban, and the campus size is 40 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Vanguard University of Southern California's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Colleges (West), 10. Its tuition and fees are $28,500 (2012-13).
Vanguard University of Southern California is a Pentecostal school in Costa Mesa, about 50 miles south of Los Angeles. Undergraduates at Vanguard can choose from about 20 majors, and graduate students can earn master's degrees in education, religion, nursing or psychology. Outside the classroom, many Vanguard students spread their faith through local outreach projects that help the homeless, youth and elderly of Orange County. On campus, although there are no fraternities or sororities, students can get involved in more than 10 clubs, including the Student Government Association.
Student athletes can join one of the Vanguard Lions varsity sports teams, which compete in the Golden State Athletic Conference of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics. Many students at Vanguard spend their free time enjoying Costa Mesa's mild weather and convenient location. The Vanguard campus is only minutes away from two different zoos, several shopping centers, Newport Beach and Disneyland. An hour's drive takes students to Los Angeles, which offers numerous museums and professional teams in almost every sport.
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The purpose of Vanguard University is to pursue knowledge, cultivate character, deepen faith, and equip each student for a life of leadership and service. To fulfill that purpose, Vanguard gathers a community of learners resolved to blend the pursuit of academic excellence with growth as authentic Christians. The educational experience at Vanguard, therefore, promotes the integration of faith, learning, and living. The university believes that scholarship in the arts, sciences, and professional studies illuminated by Christian truth fosters the intellectual development, moral maturity, and spiritual vitality of students. The university motto - Truth, Virtue, Service - expresses our conviction that learning involves the whole person: head, heart, and hands.
|School type||private, coed college|
|Religious affiliation||Assemblies of God|
When applying to Vanguard University of Southern California, it's important to note the application deadline is rolling, and the early action deadline is January 15. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due May 1. The application fee at Vanguard University of Southern California is $45. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 68.5 percent.
For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.
|Fall 2012 acceptance rate||68.5%|
|SAT/ACT scores must be received by||May 1|
The student-faculty ratio at Vanguard University of Southern California is 15:1, and the school has 66.5 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Vanguard University of Southern California include: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Psychology; Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs; Philosophy and Religious Studies; and Education. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 73.5 percent.
|4-year graduation rate||45%|
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Vanguard University of Southern California has a total undergraduate enrollment of 2,041, with a gender distribution of 33.8 percent male students and 66.2 percent female students. At this school, 66 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 34 percent of students live off campus. Vanguard University of Southern California is part of the NAIA athletic conference.
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|Collegiate athletic association||NAIA|
Campus Info & Services
Vanguard University of Southern California offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, women's center, placement service, health service, and health insurance. Vanguard University of Southern California also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, student patrols, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Vanguard University of Southern California, 70 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is not permitted for students of legal age at Vanguard University of Southern California.
|Students who have cars on campus||70%|
|Health insurance offered||Yes|
Paying for School
|Tuition and fees||$28,500 (2012-13)|
|Room and board||$8,700 (2012-13)|
|Financial aid statistics||N/A|
* Overview details based on 2012 data