Vanguard University of Southern California

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School Overview

Vanguard University is a liberal arts university located in Southern California in the city of Costa, Mesa. The University was first established by W. C. Pierce and Harold K. Needham, D. W. Kerr in 1920 as a Christian ministries school designed to prepare students to serve in various Christian ministries throughout the church. In 1927 the school was renamed the “Southern California Bible School” and it was relocated to Pasadena, California. In 1939, that the school started offering state charted degree programs and it changed its name once more to “Southern California Bible College-the first four-year institution of the Assemblies of God”. In 1950 the institution was relocated yet again and its name was changed to Southern California College and then later to Vanguard University of Southern California.

General Information

Admission Office

55 Fair Drive

Costa Mesa, CA 92626-9601

(714) 966-5496

(800) 722-6279

Fax: (714) 966-5471



Contact: Calli Christenson

Director of Undergraduate Admissions
Main Address

55 Fair Drive

Costa Mesa, CA 92626-9601

(714) 556-3610

www.vanguard.edu
Size

Total undergrads: 1,859

First-time degree-seeking freshmen: 302

Degree-seeking undergrads: 1,796

Graduate enrollment: 290

Setting

Suburban setting

Small city (50,000 – 249,999)

Residential campus

Degrees offered:
Bachelor’s
Master’s

Admissions Information

Application Fee

College has an application fee: Yes

Regular application fee: $45

Online application fee: $45
Enrollment Rates

Percent applicants admitted: 81%

Percent of students who return for sophomore year: 81%

Tuition & Fees

Estimated Expenses for Academic Year 2008-’09 2009-’10 2010-’11 2011-’12 % change 2010-’12
Tuition and fees $22,726 $24,050 $25,452 $26,342 +3.50%
Books and Supplies $1,314 $1,566 $1,638 $1,620 -1.10%
Living Arrangement – On Campus
Room and Board $7,270 $7,668 $7,994 $8,280 +3.58%
Other $2,862 $2,970 $3,042 $2,979 -2.07%
Living Arrangement – Off Campus
Room and Board $0 $0 $0 $0 0.00%
Other $0 $0 $0 $0 0.00%
Total Expenses 2008-’09 2009-’10 2010-’11 2011-’12 % change 2010-’12
In-state On Campus $34,172 $36,254 $38,126 $39,221 +2.87%
In-state Off Campus $24,040 $25,616 $27,090 $27,962 +3.22%
In-state with Family $24,040 $25,616 $27,090 $27,962 +3.22%
Average Graduate School Tuition & Fees
Tuition for In-state Students $11,862
In-state Student Fees $0
Out-of-state Tuition $11,862
Tuition for Out-of-state Students $0

Financial Aid

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
Type of Aid Students Percent Amount Average Per Student
All students financial aid 281 95%
Grant or scholarship aid 272 92% $4,066,638 $14,951
• Federal grants 80 27% $331,994 $4,150
• Pell grants 80 27% $258,299 $3,229
• Other federal grants 72 24% $73,695 $1,024
State and local government grant or scholarships 51 17% $366,063 $7,178
Institutional scholarships or grants 272 92% $3,368,581 $12,384
Student loan financial aid 200 67% $2,142,088 $10,710
• Federal student loans 197 66% $1,809,272 $9,184
• Other student loans 28 9% $332,816 $11,886

All Degrees and Programs

Program Completions for Most Recent Year BA/BS MA/MS Doctor AA/AS CERT
Grand Total of All Programs 406 93
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 9
Biology/biological Sciences, General 9
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 114 13
Accounting 6
Business Administration and Management, General 87 13
International Business/trade/commerce 9
Marketing/marketing Management, General 12
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 42
Digital Communication and Media/multimedia 13
Radio and Television
Speech Communication and Rhetoric 29
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services, Other
Education 28 45
Education, General 24 45
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching 4
English Language and Literature/letters 13
English Language and Literature, General 13
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
Spanish Language and Literature
Health Services/allied Health/health Sciences, General 18
Athletic Training/trainer 2
Registered Nursing/registered Nurse 16
History 16
History, General 16
Mathematics and Statistics 6
Mathematics, General 6
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies 6
Kinesiology and Exercise Science 6
Physical Sciences
Chemistry, General
Psychology 83 17
Clinical Psychology 17
Psychology, General 83
Social Sciences 20
Anthropology 8
Sociology 12
Theology and Religious Vocations 22 18
Bible/biblical Studies 2 4
Missions/missionary Studies and Missiology 5
Pastoral Studies/counseling 11 9
Theology/theological Studies 5
Youth Ministry 4
Visual and Performing Arts 29
Drama and Dramatics/theatre Arts, General 16
Music, General 13
Above data represent first majors only.
(-) Indicates that Indicates that program is not offered at this award level.


Undergraduate Majors

Arts, Visual & Performing

Drama/Theater Arts B
Film Production/Cinematography B
Music – General B
Music – General Performance B
Music History/Literature B
Theater Design/Stagecraft B

Biological & Biomedical Sciences

Biochemistry B
Biology B

Business, Management, & Marketing

Accounting B
Business – General B
Business Administration/Management B
Finance/Banking B
International Business B
Marketing Management B

Communications & Journalism

Communications/Rhetoric B
Digital Communications/Multimedia B

Computer & Information Sciences

Information Technology B

Education

Early Childhood Education C
Music Teacher Education B
Physical Education B

English Language & Literature

English Language & Literature – General B

Family & Consumer Sciences

Human Development/Family Studies B

Health Professions & Clinical Sciences

Athletic Training/Sports Medicine B
Nursing (RN) B
Physical therapy/therapist B
Premedicine B

History

History – General B

Law & Legal Studies

Prelaw B

Liberal Arts & Sciences

Liberal Arts & Sciences B

Mathematics

Mathematics – General B

Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

Biological/Physical Sciences B
Intercultural/Multicultural/Diversity Studies B

Parks, Recreation & Fitness

Exercise Sciences B
Health/Physical Fitness B

Philosophy & Religion

Christian Studies B
Religion/Religious Studies B

Physical Sciences

Chemistry B

Psychology

Psychology – General B

Social Sciences

Anthropology B
Political Science/Government B
Social Sciences – General B
Sociology B

Theological Studies & Religious Vocations

Bible Studies B
Missionary Studies B
Pastoral Counseling B
Religious Education B
Theology B
Youth Ministry B

Degree levels for each major are designated by the following letters:

    A = Associate degree
    B = Bachelor’s degree
    C = Certificate or diploma

*We do not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

Vanguard University of Southern California Highlights

School Information

Phone Number:(714) 556-3610
Website:www.vanguard.edu
Type of School:4-year, Private non-profit
Apply Online:www.vanguard.edu/undergraduate/applying-for-admission/
Address:55 Fair Dr, Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Setting:Rural: Remote
Campus Housing:Yes

Students & Programs

Student Population:2,104
6-yr Graduation Rate (Bachelor's):52%
Student-to-faculty Ratio:13 to 1
Distance Learning Programs:Yes
Distance Learning Students*:2,013 (96% of total students)
Degree Levels Offered:Certificates, Associates, Bachelor's, Master's

* Students taking at least 1 distance learning course

Tuition & Financial Aid*

In-state Tuition:$31,430
Out-of-state Tuition:$31,430
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid:99%
Avg. Amount of Grant or Scholarship Aid Awarded:$20,755

* Full-time beginning undergraduate students

Vanguard University of Southern California Programs

See the degree programs that are offered at Vanguard University of Southern California.

Degree NameCertAssocBachMastDoct
Biological and Biomedical Sciences2
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services4
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs2
Education1131
English Language and Literature/Letters1
Health Professions and Related Programs21
History1
Mathematics and Statistics1
Parks, Recreation, Leisure and Fitness Studies1
Philosophy and Religious Studies1
Physical Sciences1
Psychology11
Social Sciences2
Theology and Religious Vocations43
Visual and Performing Arts5
Grand total11316

* Based on programs that produced 2016-2017 graduates

Online Programs & Distance Learning

See the distance education degree programs that are offered at Vanguard University of Southern California.

Degree NameCertAssocBachMastDoct
Education111
Grand total111

* Based on programs that produced 2016-2017 graduates

Tuition & Financial Aid

See what it costs to enroll at Vanguard University of Southern California and how many students are receiving scholarships, grants, or loans as financial aid to help cover the costs of tuition.

Undergraduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees2016-2017
In-state$31,430
Out-of-state$31,430
Books and supplies$1,400

Graduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees2016-2017
In-state$10,062
Out-of-state$10,062

Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2015-2016

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

Type of AidNumber Receiving Aid% Receiving AidAvg. Amt. of Aid
Any student financial aid36799%
Grant or scholarship aid36699%$20,755
Student loan aid35094%$6,991

All Undergraduate Students

Type of AidNumber Receiving Aid% Receiving AidAvg. Amt. of Aid
Grant or scholarship aid1,67989%$16,491
Federal student loans1,54982%$7,774

Admissions & Enrollment

See the admission requirements for Vanguard University of Southern California. Find out how many students apply and how many are accepted. View a graphical breakdown of the gender, age, and ethnicity of currently enrolled Vanguard University of Southern California students.

Undergraduate Admissions, Fall 2017

TotalMaleFemale
Number of applicants1,418440978
Percent admitted100%72%70%
Percent admitted who enrolled29%30%28%

Admissions Considerations

RequiredRecommendedOptional
Secondary school GPA
Secondary school rank
Secondary school record
Completion of college-preparatory program
Recommendations
Formal demonstration of competencies
Admission test scores
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language

Vanguard University of Southern California Enrollment, Fall 2017

Total Enrollment2,104
Undergraduate enrollment1,791
Graduate enrollment313

Undergraduate Attendance

Undergraduate Gender

Undergraduate Age

Undergraduate Race/Ethnicity

Undergraduate Distance Education

Undergraduates taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Graduate Distance Education

Graduate students taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Vanguard University of Southern California Accreditation

This institution is accredited by Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Senior College and University Commission

Specialized institution accreditations:

  • Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
    • Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels
    • Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the graduate degree levels
  • National Association of Schools of Theatre, Commission on Accreditation
    • Theatre (THEA) - Institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting and/or non-degree-granting programs

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