Vanguard University of Southern California

Also known as Vanguard University

55 Fair Dr, Costa Mesa, CA

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Vanguard University of Southern California is a nonprofit private institution located in Costa Mesa, California and provides a large number of program options for students. The school maintains an Assemblies of God Church affiliation, which is evident in the role it plays in program curriculums and daily life at the school. Approximately 2,100 students are enrolled yearly at Vanguard University of Southern California.

A list of some of the more popular programs offered are:

  • Business And Marketing Studies
  • Psychology
  • Education
  • Communications And Journalism
  • Social Sciences

Students applying for admission are most often asked to submit an application, transcripts, records, test scores and any requested personal statements, which will then be reviewed by the school. An ACT or SAT exam is required prior to applying, with scores between 1320 - 1620 on the SAT and within the range of 18 - 25 for the ACT exam is common among students accepted to Vanguard University of Southern California. Vanguard University of Southern California admits approximately 70% of applicants yearly. Of those accepted, nearly 45% of students registered for enrollment. More information from the admissions office can be found at

Tuition is approximately $30,000 per year, though it may vary based on any number of circumstances. Students should visit the school's net price calculator to find what your personalized cost of attendance would be. Housing is available on-campus for students. The annual cost of housing is estimated to be $5,600. Students enrolled at Vanguard University of Southern California may be eligible for aid which is typically scholarships, grants, and loans.

The mascot for Vanguard University of Southern California is the "Lions", and they participate in intercollegiate sports through the NAIA. Athletic programs available include:

  • Baseball (NAIA Division I)
  • Basketball (NAIA Division I)
  • Track & Field (NAIA Division I)
  • Soccer (NAIA Division I)

To see a full list of areas of study, enrollment information, financial aid details, and more, please take a look at the school's website at

Admission Requirements & Details

The admission details below may give you an idea of the applicants Vanguard University of Southern California accepts. The details may include admissions application requirements and recommendations, SAT/ACT scores of students that were accepted, as well as any AP or college credits that may be transferred. This information can be used to get a better idea of your chances of getting accepted to Vanguard University.

Admission Requirements & Recommendations

  • High School G.P.A. and School Records are Required
  • High School Academic Ranking are Recommended
  • Letters of Recommendation are Required
  • SAT or ACT Test Scores are Required
  • TOEFL for ESL Students are Required

College Credits Accepted

  • Dual Credits
  • Life Experience Credits
  • AP Course Credits

Admissions Test Scores - SAT Exam, ACT Exam, etc...

ACT ® scores for students that were accepted Fall 2013

 Score Range (25th to 75th Percentile)
ACT ® English17 - 28
ACT ® Math17 - 28
ACT ® Composite Score18 - 28

Acceptance Rate Table - Chances of Getting Into Vanguard University

The table below lists the chances of getting accepted into Vanguard University of Southern California.

 Number (Percentage)
Granted Admissions1,043 (70%)
Accepted Students That Enrolled392 (38%)

Student Enrollment

Total enrollment at Vanguard University of Southern California is around 2,300 students, with undergraduate students making up about 88% of the total student population and graduate students making up the rest.

Estimated Costs & Financial Aid

The items listed below are for informational purposes only and may not represent current tuition, fees, and expenses.

Tuition & Fees Information

  • The estimated tuition range is around $29,000-$34,000 per year
  • Per unit charges are around $1,300 for part time students

Financial Aid Details

The financial aid table below details the types of financial aid, along with the percent of students receiving aid, and on average the amount of aid per student per year.

 Percent of StudentsAverage Amount
Any Financial Aid97%-
Receiving Grants & Scholarships97%$17,557
Receiving Student Loans76%$7,690

Note: The estimated default rate of students taking federal student loans in 2011 was around 5%.

Academics & Student Services

Student Services

To support students and graduates, Vanguard University of Southern California may provide services to students like those listed below:

  • Online course work available
  • Night and weekend classes available
  • Remedial courses
  • Academic counseling for students
  • Student employment
  • Assisting students to find work

Graduation Rates

The overall graduation rate of Vanguard University of Southern California is around 55%.

Number of Year to GraduatePercent of Entering Class
Students Graduating in 4 Years52%
Graduating in 5 Years4%
Graduating in 6 Years0.3%

Specialized Programs & Accreditations

  • Bachelor's Degree in Nursing (BSN) Program
    • * Accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (since 2009)
  • Theatre Program
    • * Accredited by the National Association of Schools of Theatre, Commission on Accreditation (since 2010)

Intercollegiate Athletics

Vanguard University is a Member of National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), with many of the sports being in the NAIA Division I classification. The most popular sports played are listed below:

  • Baseball (Golden State Athletic Conference)
  • Basketball (Golden State Athletic Conference)
  • Track and Field (Golden State Athletic Conference)
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball
  • Water Polo

Programs Offered

The program list below is organized by areas of study. The programs that have a link will direct you to the program's profile page where you can learn more about education requirements and career pathways.

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(C) Certificate or Award | (A) Associate's | (B) Bachelor's | (M) Master's Degree | (D) Doctorate (PhD,...)

Biological and Biomedical Sciences

Business and Marketing Studies

Communications and Journalism


English Language and Literature

Health and Clinical Professions


Mathematics and Statistics

Philosophy and Religious Studies

Physical Sciences


Recreation and Fitness Studies

Social Sciences

Theology and Religious Vocations

Visual and Performing Arts

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Data Disclaimer

Information displayed on this page has been obtained from Institution, State, and Federal data sources, including the US Dept. of Education's Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) Survey 2008-2013. Information should be solely used for informational purposes only and may not be accurate for the current year. Contact Vanguard University of Southern California for official up-to-date information.

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