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VANGUARD UNIVERSITY - [VU], COSTA MESA, CALIFORNIA

Costa Mesa, CaliforniaLOCATION
UniversitySCHOOL TYPE
Estd 1920Established Year
  2116Enrollment

Vanguard University: Rankings, Courses, Admissions, Tuition Fee, Cost of Attendance & Scholarships

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Vanguard is a private university located in Costa Mesa, California. Being a semi-dry area, the city faces mild temperatures year-round. The university has a campus size of about 40 acres, which is home to more than 2,500 students. Since the economy relies highly on services, students in Costa Mesa can find a lot of off-campus work during their time at Vanguard University. 

Opened its gates for the first time in 1920 with a handful of students, the university now boasts more than 30 undergraduate and 6 graduate programs. Vanguard offers degrees from more than 14 academic departments. 

The university has a Global Centre for Women and Justice which is a faith-led facility that discusses important issues affecting the world today and offers programs such as an online academic certificate in Anti-Human Trafficking.

Since Worship and ministry are a crucial part of student life at Vanguard, undergrad students are expected to finish thirty chapel credits per semester, with one serve identified as one credit.

Moreover, the students may also write “Reflection papers” as part of this academic requirement.

Quick Fact: The Vanguard university was originally started as a Bible School 

Highlights

Type of UniversityPrivate
Campus SettingUrban
Year of Establishment1920
Total Number of Students2,552
Student to Faculty Ratio15:1
Number of Undergraduate Programs30
Number of Graduate Programs6
TOEFL Score80 (on internet-based test)
Average Amount of Scholarship(non-need based)9,393 USD
Official Websitevanguard.edu

Rankings

According to U.S. News Vanguard stands at #43 in Regional Universities West 

As per Niche rankings for the year 2020, the university is placed at:

#31 in Best Colleges for Kinesiology and Physical Therapy in America 

#82 in Best College Locations in America 

Programs

The university offers a wide variety of undergraduate and graduate programs to choose from. With 14 academic departments of undergraduate, the university provides more than 30 fields of study. Psychology, Business Administration and Management, Kinesiology and Exercise Science, and Nursing Administration being the most popular courses at Vanguard University

The university also offers a handful of graduate programs, a few of them are: 

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Leadership Studies
  • Education
  • Nursing
Vanguard University Students Enrolled

Furthermore, Vanguard is also known to offer professional study programs such as Psychology, Religion, and Anti-Human Trafficking. Interested candidates who are looking to get admission in Vanguard University can check the university’s Professional Studies Programs section from the official website. 

Campus

Situated in Costa Mesa, California, the Vanguard University campus is home to about 2,170 students. Earlier, termed as a rural farming area, Costa Mesa has developed itself as one of the largest commercial clusters of the region. The urban setting of the campus seems best suited for students who like fast-paced city life.

Vanguard University Campus

The campus is 40 acres in size and has an international population from more than 13 countries worldwide. 

  • Students with disabilities make up to 7% of the total student population at Vanguard
  • Regular training events are held to enhance campus and student security 
  • Campus safety patrol is available 24-hours, every day

Quick Fact: Costa Mesa is about halfway between Los Angeles and San Diego.

Accommodation

Living on campus at Vanguard as an international student can be one of your most memorable experiences. The university includes five residential halls spread across the campus, namely: Laguna Hall, Huntington Hall, Catalina Hall, Vanguard Center, Balboa and Newport Hall.

New students’ check-in dates are mentioned below in a tabulated format: 

SeasonSpringSummerFall
Check-in DateJanuary 8May 15August 23

The students at Vanguard University never see a dull day. With vacation spots like Disneyland and Orange County Fairgrounds being a few minutes drive from the Vanguard campus, you can take a quick study break to replenish your energy any time. 

Vanguard University Admission Process

Where to Apply: Potential students can head over to the university’s official application website to apply for the same. 

When to Apply: Fall Semester - All interested candidates must submit their application before March 2. Applications received after March 2 will be considered on a rolling basis.

Spring Semester - For Spring session, the deadline is December 1

Application Fee: 45 USD non-refundable application fee

How to Apply: Interested candidates can log into the university’s official website to apply. Prerequisites for the application are as follows: 

  • Official transcript(s) from previous school(s)/college(s)
  • A minimum score of 80 on internet-based TOEFL 
  • Students need to present the Affidavit of Financial Support along with an original bank statement (in USD)
  • Copy of Passport
  • Copies of I-20 A-B Form

Vanguard University Tuition and Living Expenses

CourseEstimated Tuition and FeesRoom and Board Expenses
Undergraduate40,500 USD9,950 USD
Graduate20,838 USD9,950 USD

The university provides double, triple, and quadruple housing options. The rates may vary according to the type of room you opt for. Room expenses for a few residential halls are as follows:

RoomDoubleTripleQuad
Huntington Hall5,790 USD5,480 USD-
Newport Hall6,460 USD-5,800 USD
Catalina Hall6,120 USD6,120 USD-
Vanguard Center - D building6,740 USD-6,500 USD

Other expenses such as; Parking fee, Late Registration Fee, Library Fee, etc. are added separately to the total expenses and are charged on a per-semester basis. 

Scholarships/Financial Aids

ScholarshipEligibilityAward
Freshman Academic Scholarshipsmust have an exceptional academic record; must maintain a minimum GPA each year8,000 USD – 22,000 USD
Athletics Scholarship Music Scholarshipinvolvement in intercollegiate athletic programs; renewal upon athletic coach’s recommendationThe total scholarship amount is directly applied to the tuition and accommodation expenses
Theatre Scholarshipavailable to Theatre Majors only; renewal upon Theatre Department’s recommendationAwards will vary depending upon the Theatre Department’s decision

Please note - Financial aid with the exception of institutional scholarships is not available for international students at Vanguard University.

Work While you Study

Work-study programs at Vanguard are available for students who have unfulfilled need of financial support even after the traditional financial aid. Typically providing on-campus jobs, the wages earned are added to the total university expenses, reducing your expected family contribution. 

Interested candidates must fill up following years’ FAFSA to be eligible for the work-study program. Other requirements may include: 

  • Complete I-9 Form
  • Documents to prove eligibility and identification
  • A W-4 Form

Please note - being a federal work-study program, it is not available for the international population.

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Vanguard University Overview

Institution TypePrivate (Not for Profit)
Student Population2816
FAFSA Code001293
Application Cost$45
Accreditation ACS WASC
Average Cost of Attendance$34,500 / Year
Student : Faculty Ratio3 : 1

Admission & Dates

Early action Deadlines

November 01

Application Deadline

April 01

Application Results

Regular decision Deadlines

January 15

Application Deadline

April 01

Application Results

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Test Scores for International Applicants

ExamsAvg. ScoreMin. ScoreMax. Score% Submitted
Language Proficiency
TOEFLCheck Detailed Score-86- -
Reading-21--
Writing-21--
Listening-21--
Speaking-21--
IELTSCheck Detailed Score-6.5- -
Reading-5--
Writing-5--
Listening-5--
Speaking-5--
Undergraduate
SATCheck Detailed Score10259301120 84%
Evidence-Based Reading and Writing525480570-
Mathematics500450550-
ACT211824 36%

Vanguard University Acceptance Rate

46.7%

Acceptance Rate

3087

Total Applicants

2816

Total Enrolled

Male
Female

32.7%

Male

67.3%

Female

Undergraduate
Undergraduate Program46.7%
Total Applicants5129
Total Enrolled2394
Graduate
Graduate Programs46.6%
Total Applicants905
Total Enrolled422

Vanguard University Enrollment

Enrollment
Vanguard University Enrollment2816
Undergraduate Enrollment2394
Graduate Enrollment422
Graduation Rate
Average Graduation Rate60.0%

Attendance Cost

$34,500

Attendance Cost

The table shows average yearly cost of attendance for international students. Amount may vary with the course opted, nature of accommodation, and personal spending habits of a candidate. Check Program wise Fees

Tuition Fees
Undergraduate Programs$34,500 / Year
Post Graduate Program$18,300 / Year
On Campus Accomodation
Books & Supplies$1,400 / Year
On campus, Room & Board$9,690 / Year
On Campus, Other Expenses$3,250 / Year
Off Campus Accomodation
Off campus (not with family), Room & Board$4,490 / Year
Off campus (not with family), Other Expenses$4,650 / Year
Off campus (with family), Room & Board$4,410 / Year
Off campus (with family), Other Expenses$4,490 / Year
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Top Accreditations [Institutional & Program Wise]

Institutional Accreditations
Western Association of Schools and Colleges
Program Wise Accreditations
Nursing ProgramsCommission on Collegiate Nursing Education
ProgramsNational Association of Schools of Theatre

Faculty

Total FacultyFull TimePart timeGraduate Assistants
96495212-
RANKING
  • 2019

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    RANKED  #552

    Overall (National)

    nearest ranking

    College rating

    based on 3 students ratings

    8.1/10

    8/10academic
    8/10infrastructure
    7.3/10placements
    9.3/10faculty
    9.3/10extracurricular
    6.7/10accommodation

    Reviews

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    Erica delano, USA Religion- youth leadership
    Vanguard University
    Current student , Batch : 2020
    7.5
    STUDENT SATISFACTION RATINGS

    VANGUARD STUDENT

    It is in Sunnyvale California and I am from Oregon so I wasted a change of scenery. Also, it wasn't too far away from home but far enough that I had to be independent and learn how to live without my parents.


    Course Curriculum - 

    I think for the most part it's a good curriculum. Some of the gen ed that I had to take were useless to my major so it felt like a waste of time and money. I think the only bad classes I've had are because of that or the professor never the material itself.

    8 /10
    academic
    8 /10
    faculty
    8 /10
    infrastructure
    6 /10
    accomodation/food
    7 /10
    placement
    8 /10
    extracurricular
    18, Mar 2019 read more
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    Noemi, USA Undergraduate
    Vanguard University
    Alumna/alumnus , Batch : 2018
    9.7
    STUDENT SATISFACTION RATINGS

    THE VANGUARD WAY

    I fell in love with the campus and the professors when I took a tour. It was a small school and I liked that I didn't have to walk too much around campus and everyone knew each other by name. It was a very personable experience.


    Course Curriculum - 

    I loved the course curriculum. All the teachers really enjoyed what they were teaching. And they were all very helpful when you have a question or when you were failing for some reason. Most of them would reach out.

    10 /10
    academic
    10 /10
    faculty
    8 /10
    infrastructure
    10 /10
    accomodation/food
    10 /10
    placement
    10 /10
    extracurricular
    16, Mar 2019 read more
    J
    Julia, USA Business
    Vanguard University
    Current student , Batch : 2021
    7.2
    STUDENT SATISFACTION RATINGS

    VANGUARD UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

    Scholarships, the beach is near, it was not too far from home (Las Vegas). I also knew a plethora of people going there and who have graduated. It's also very small which is perfect for me coming from such a small high school.


    Course Curriculum - 

    I think that the Core Curriculum at Vanguard could definitely be better, but that's probably every school. I do not feel as challenged as I was hoping for coming out of high school. Overall, I would rate it a 6/10 for the Core Curriculum.

    6 /10
    academic
    10 /10
    faculty
    8 /10
    infrastructure
    4 /10
    accomodation/food
    5 /10
    placement
    10 /10
    extracurricular
    15, Mar 2019 read more
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    55 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, CA 92626
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    Bus Station

    Del Mar-Newport0.23 Km
    Fair-Ent Vanguard0.25 Km
    Newport-Monte Vista0.27 Km
    Fair-Ent 88 OC Fairgrounds0.31 Km
    Newport-Del Mar0.33 Km
    Newport-Fair0.45 Km
    Fair-Fairview0.53 Km
    Newport-Vanguard0.73 Km
    Fairview-Yorktown403.09 Km
    Del Mar-Newport403.35 Km
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    Airport

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    Atlantic Aviation SNA2.75 Km
    BING WONG INC3.36 Km
    ACI Jet - Orange County3.38 Km
    IEX Helicopters - Orange County3.4 Km
    John Wayne Airport3.54 Km
    John Wayne Airport Cell Phone Waiting Lot3.6 Km
    South Coast Metro Center Heliport3.68 Km
    The MET3.74 Km
    JetSuite3.79 Km
    Los Angeles Times Costa Mesa Heliport3.82 Km
    Airport Terminal Services Inc4.03 Km
    The Atrium Heliport4.19 Km
    Alaska Airlines4.34 Km
    Newport Beach Police Heliport4.54 Km
    Maagg NDB NA 3374.85 Km
    Hoag Memorial Hospital Heliport4.89 Km
    A2 Global Shipping4.99 Km
    Fountain Valley Regional Hospital Heliport6.71 Km
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    Shopping Mall

    Forum Plaza0.53 Km
    Country Club Plaza1.83 Km
    OC Green Printing1.85 Km
    Mesa Verde Center2.14 Km
    Mesa-North Shopping Center2.2 Km
    The LAB Anti-Mall2.25 Km
    Triangle Square2.63 Km
    Metro Pointe at South Coast3.06 Km
    Eastbluff Village Center3.36 Km
    Vista Center3.63 Km
    South Coast Marketplace4.3 Km
    Victoria Square4.37 Km
    University Center5.94 Km
    Diamond Jamboree Shopping Center6.92 Km
    Slater Plaza7.29 Km
    The District at Tustin Legacy7.89 Km
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    Botros Nabil1.11 Km
    Sayuri F. Kobayashi, RPH2.67 Km
    Ling Y. Wang, Pharm2.67 Km
    California Pharmacy & Compounding Center3.02 Km
    CVS3.32 Km
    Prescription Solutions4.17 Km
    Kristi L. March, PharmD4.36 Km
    King's Pharmacy & Compounding Center4.4 Km
    Anthony H. Le, PharmD4.73 Km
    Tuyen A. Diamantopoulos, PHARMD4.74 Km
    Thuy-Lan T. Van, PharmD4.75 Km
    CVS Pharmacy4.75 Km
    Newport Coast Pharmacy5.98 Km
    Orange County Collective Care6.53 Km
    Rite Aid6.62 Km
    Albertsons Deli6.62 Km
    Walgreens Pharmacy7.58 Km
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    Book Store

    OCC Bookstore1.2 Km
    Crystal Cave2.11 Km
    Bookoff USA2.56 Km
    Books On Tape2.94 Km
    Ertebatt Magazine3.33 Km
    Chilisblues3.43 Km
    Usc3.51 Km
    Gateway Newstand3.62 Km
    Fisher & Associates P.C.3.69 Km
    CNBC4.16 Km
    Euphoria Moon4.29 Km
    Calvary Chapel PSP4.49 Km
    Alakazam Comics4.91 Km
    Barnes & Noble5.65 Km
    The Hill UCI Store5.76 Km
    Source ESB6.06 Km
    Tiger Lily Publishing6.17 Km
    Savers6.94 Km
    Electronics Source Book Inc7.14 Km
    Irvine University Park Friends of the Library7.51 Km
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    Hospital

    College Hospital Costa Mesa1.47 Km
    Southland Physical Therapy1.72 Km
    Newport Family Medicine4.36 Km
    The First String Healthcare4.57 Km
    Kaiser Permanente Harbor-MacArthur Medical Offices4.63 Km
    Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian4.9 Km
    UCI Health Center for Pain and Wellness4.97 Km
    UCI Health Dermatology Center4.98 Km
    UCI Health Gottschalk Medical Plaza4.98 Km
    UCI Health Beckman Laser Institute & Medical Clinic5.18 Km
    Lindberg Medical Center5.19 Km
    Advantage Plus Medical Center5.27 Km
    Coastal Kids Newport Beach6.19 Km
    Nobles Medical Tech Inc6.42 Km
    Fountain Valley Regional Hospital and Medical Center6.58 Km
    Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center6.6 Km
    American Parkinson Disease6.65 Km
    Jhangiani Haresh S MD6.65 Km
    Orange Coast OBGYN6.68 Km
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