See what students say:


Vanguard University is a small, liberal arts school, characterized by its Christian atmosphere, warm community, and beautiful Southern California location. Students say the academic experience is challenging but manageable; though “degree programs vary in academic intensity,” so choose wisely. In the classroom, professors are “really insightful and show a lot of personality.” Outside the classroom, “professors try their best to make themselves available” and “actually care about your academic and career achievements.” On that note, Vanguard isn’t a strictly academic experience, and “the school tends to focus on students' personal development and a sense of community on campus.” Students unilaterally praise the administration for bringing students together; however, they also note that administrative issues need “some fine tuning,” especially when it comes to budget allocations. In addition, undergraduates love the school’s spiritual outlook and caring campus pastor, who will “move mountains to meet with anyone who just needs a cup of coffee and some good conversation.”

Student Body

“People at this school tend to either be very Californian (if you don't know what that means, you're probably one of them), or else people who aspire to be Californians,” explains a Vanguard senior. Most also come from “financially stable” and Christian families in Orange, Los Angeles, Riverside, or San Diego counties. Despite these similarities, there are lots of personality types on campus, and “most people find a place to fit in, whether with roommates, students with the same major, [or] teammates.” Friendships are supremely important to most Vanguard undergrads and “Community is not just a buzzword at VU.” A senior shares, “There are many genuinely friendly people here. I came as a transfer student last year and was made to feel welcome by an extensive "Welcome Week" campaign.” As Vanguard is a conservative Christian school, “a lot of people on this campus take their faith in Jesus very seriously,” and many say they are “glad to be pursuing their degree in an environment of people who share their faith.”

Campus Life

“Life at Vanguard involves a lot of hanging out on the beautiful lawns under palm trees, having coffee together in the Cove, or hanging out in the student lounges where we can play games, cards, or just talk,” waxes one satisfied junior. Just outside the picturesque town of Newport Beach, Vanguard is well situated for a range of cultural and recreational activities in Orange County, as well as the greater Los Angeles area. The beach is a popular (and inexpensive) destination, and many “people go to Disneyland at least once a week.” You’ll also find lots of Vanguard undergrads playing sports, eating out, or hitting up the local “shopping centers and Starbucks.” Come Friday, campus quiets down as many students return home. However, there’s always something to do at school, “including movie nights, ice skating, broomball, and bonfires.” At Vanguard, drinking is strictly prohibited and, while there are a few students who like to party anyway, most prefer to stay clean and “find fun in other areas.”

Contact & Visit

Campus Visits Contact

Jessica Nunn
Admissions Coordinator

Office of Admissions
55 Fair Drive
Costa Mesa, CA 92626


Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Cove-Student Union
The Library
The Pit-our gymnasium
Heath Academic Center
The Dining Commons

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Beaches in Newport, Laguna, and Huntington
South Coast Plaza and Fashion Island
The Block-Skateboard Park and Mall
Irvine Spectrum
Metro Pointe shops and cinema Angel Stadium (Anaheim) Orange County Performing Arts Center

Campus Tours

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. Mon. - Fri.
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews

Information Sessions

8am - 4pm Mon-Fri

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available

Contact Admissions Office

Advance Notice
2 weeks

Contact Email Address for Visit

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays

Contact Admissions Office

2 nights is the maximum stay


Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Taxi, bus, shuttle bus John Wayne Airport / Orange County (airport code - SNA)

Driving Instructions to Campus
From Central Los Angeles and surrounding communities: Take the Santa Ana Free way 5 south to the Costa Mesa Freeway 55 south to Costa Mesa. Take the Fair Drive/Del Mar exit. Turn right on Fair Drive. The main entrance to campus is on the left. From the San Fernando Valley and Westwood areas of Los Angeles and surrounding communties: Take the San Diego Freeway 405 south and transition (via the 73 Freeway south) to the Costa Mesa Freeway 55 south to Costa Mesa. Take the Fair Drive/Del Mar exit. Turn right on Fair Drive. The main entrance to campus is on the left. From San Diego and surrounding communities: Take the San Diego Freeway 405 north to the Costa Mesa Freeway 55 south. Take the Fair Drive/Del Mar exit. Turn right on Fair Drive. The main entrance to campus is on the left. From Riverside and points east: Take the Riverside Freeway 91 west to the Costa Mesa Freeway 55 south. Proceed south several miles. Take the Fair Drive/Del Mar exit. Turn right on Fair Drive. The main entrance to campus is on the left.

Local Accommodations
Just 2.6 miles from campus is the Ramada Limited (1680 Superior Avenue @ 17th St., Costa Mesa; 800-345-8025). 4 to 4.6 miles from campus are the following: Atrium Hotel (18700 MacArthur Blvd., Irvine, CA; 800-854-3012); Woolley;s Petite Suites (2721 Hotel Terrace Dr. @ 55 and E. Dyer Rd., Santa Ana, CA; 800-762-2597); La Quinta Inn (1515 South Coast Drive @ Harbor BI, Costa Mesa, CA; 800-531-5900); The Little Inn on the Bay (607 Lido Park Drive, Newport Beach, CA; 949-673-8800); Portfolio Beach Hotel (2306 W. Ocean Front, Newport, CA; 949-673-7030).


Applicants: 899
Acceptance Rate: 83%
Average HS GPA: 3.35



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