Vanguard University

Vanguard University


Welcome to Vanguard! We like to think we've come up with the perfect mix - unbeatable academic training, a caring community where lifelong friendships are born every day, a beautiful campus near Southern California's beaches and cultural attractions, and a strong spiritual foundation that puts Christ at the center of it all. Let us show you how we go beyond scholarship, beyond the classroom, beyond the expected, equipping you to lead the story God has for you.

Programs Supporting First-Generation College Students

Open House, Fly-in, Visit Fall Pre-VU

Discover what Vanguard University has to offer and see why we’re a top-ranked school. Meet our faculty, eat in the Café and get a taste of college life. You’ll see why we’ve got it all – an excellent education, authentic community and a great location – at Fall Pre-VU, High school seniors, juniors, transfer students and family members are welcome to come! Cost is free for all attendees and you can register online. For questions and to find out more information, contact the Admissions Office at 714.966.5400 or Learn more about Fall Pre-VU

Open House, Fly-in, Visit Schedule A Personal Day Visit

We are open for appointments on weekdays from 8 a.m.-5 p.m., except holidays. A standard visit includes a 30 minute appointment with an Admissions Counselor and a 1 hour campus tour. We have set campus tour times at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Overnight visit opportunities are available on Monday and Wednesday with a one-night maximum and must be requested two weeks in advance. Feel free to give us a call at 714.966.5400 or email us directly at Learn more about Schedule A Personal Day Visit

Scholarship & Financial Aid Scholarships and Grants

Vanguard University offers a number of different scholarships and grants for undergraduate students: Academic Scholarships, Talent Scholarships, Federal and State Grants, and Institutional Grants and Scholarships. Vanguard also accepts other outside scholarships. Please visit the website for more information. Learn more about Scholarships and Grants

First-Year Experience & Transition First Year Transition

ADJUSTING TO COLLEGE LIFE Each of you will experience the freedom of college life in a different way. For some, there will be a period of time where you will miss what you left immensely. For others, you could not be more excited to begin this new stage of life. The majority of you will shift between these two extremes. Some of you may even find yourself standing in the middle, not sure of which one you want to embrace more. Regardless of where you are at, we want you to know that what you are going through is completely normal. We are here to support you! Learn more about First Year Transition

Academic Advising & Support Tutorial Center

The Tutorial and Math Learning Centers offer a unique approach to academic intervention in that they are programs for the students, of the students and by the students. Learn more about Tutorial Center

Student Life & Support Student Life

Vanguard provides many opportunities to get involved with student life. Learn more about Student Life

Student Diversity

  • 1,881
  • 35/64
  • 46%
    First-generation college students
  • <1%
    American Indian or Alaskan Native
  • 5%
  • 7%
    Black or African American
  • 47%
  • 1%
    Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander
  • 62%
  • 7%
    Two or more races
  • 2%
    Race and/or ethnicity unknown
  • <1%

Student Success

  • 83%
    First-to-second year retention
  • 56%
    Six-year graduation
  • n/a
    Six-year graduation for underrepresented minority groups
  • 77%
    Freshmen who live on campus
  • 63%
    Undergraduates who live on campus
  • 58
    Full-time faculty
  • 15
    Full-time minority faculty
  • 15-1
    Student–faculty ratio
  • Top 5 Majors

    Business, Psychology, Kinesiology, Communication, and Religion.

  • Multicultural Student Clubs and Organizations

    Asian Pacific Islander Club (APIC), Black Student Union (BSU), El Puente (Latin American Club), Live2Free (Human Rights Club), and many more!


Cost of Attendance

  • $30,980
  • $30,980
    In-state Tuition
  • $450
    Required Fees
  • $9,580
    Room and Board

Financial Aid

  • $18,201,230
    Total institutional scholarships/grants
  • $14,089
    Average aid package
  • n/a
    Average student loan debt upon graduation (of those who borrow)
  • 45%
    Pell Grant recipients among freshmen
  • 72%
    Students with financial need
  • 98%
    Students with need awarded financial aid
  • 50%
    Students with need awarded need-based scholarship or grant aid
  • 100%
    Students with need whose need was fully met


Applicant Academics

  • 1,487
    # of applicants
  • 68%
  • 3.25
    Average HS GPA
  • 21
    ACT Composite
  • 440—550
    SAT Critical Reading
  • 410—540
    SAT Math
  • n/a—n/a
    SAT Writing
  • yes
    SAT/ACT optional


  • 8/1
    Regular application closing date
  • $45
    Application Fee
  • $45
    Application Fee (online)
  • yes
    Fee waiver for applicants with financial need
  • n/a
    Early decision plan
  • n/a
    Early decision application closing date
  • yes
    Early action plan
  • 12/1
    Early action application closing date