Vanguard University Of Southern California

Vanguard University Of Southern California

The Vanguard University of Southern California, established in 1920, is located in Costa Mesa, California. It originally began as the Southern California Bible School which was founded to prepare Christian workers. The Bible school moved to Pasadena in 1927 and was chartered as the Southern California Bible College in 1939. The college moved to its present location in 1950 and nine years later its name was changed to Southern California College. It received university status in 1999, and became Vanguard University of Southern California. The university offers an array of degrees and programs through the following schools and colleges :

  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • School of Business and Management
  • School of Education
  • School of Psychology
  • School of Religion
  • School for Professional Studies

Vanguard University's sports teams, known as the Lions, participate in softball, cross country, tennis, basketball, swimming, volleyball, and track & field. The Associated Student Body government serves the students of the university.

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Vanguard University of Southern California
55 Fair Dr
Costa Mesa , CA 92626
General Phone: (714) 556-3610

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Vanguard University Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Business and Management149business management, accounting, international business, marketing
Therapy and Counseling96psychology, clinical psychology
Liberal Arts76Spanish language, English, anthropology, sociology, history
Education and Teaching73education, physical education teaching
Religion and Philosophy61religious studies, bible studies, missionary studies, theology, pastoral counseling, youth ministry
Media34communication studies, radio and television, digital communications
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy15exercise science, athletic trainer
Science10biology, chemistry
Drama and Performing Arts8drama
Computer Science and Engineering6computer support

Number of programs and degrees for Vanguard University in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree47128
Master's degree746

Vanguard University Student Body

In 2007-2008, Vanguard University had a total enrollment of 2,254 students (1,922 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 32%
Women 68%
Full-Time 100%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 87%
Graduate 13%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 64%
Black 4%
Hispanic 16%
Asian 6%
American Indian 2%
Unknown 7%
(Foreign Students) 1%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 0%
18-19 28%
20-21 28%
22-24 16%
25-29 9%
30-34 5%
35-39 4%
40-49 5%
50-64 3%
65+ 0%

Vanguard University Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 72 %
Part-Time 60 %

Vanguard University Room and Board (2007)

Vanguard University offers campus housing for 1,084 of its 1,922 (full-time) students.

(Please refer to our profile of Costa Mesa, California for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other California Colleges).

The school offers students a meal plan with 19 meals per week.

Vanguard University Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal440550
SAT Math420530
ACT Composite1823

Application Requirements:

Class Ranknot required
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrecommended
Formal Demonstration of Competencerecommended
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT78%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT31%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required

Vanguard University Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 24,310
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 24,310
Room and board $ 7,668
Room charge $ 4,252
Board (meal plan) charge $ 3,864
Books and supplies $ 1,566
Other expenses $ 2,970

Financial Aid:
Vanguard University participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 129300)

Vanguard University Faculty

Vanguard University has a tenure system for faculty.

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year16$76,3593$80,529
Associate professoracademic year16$54,44815$60,476
Assistant professoracademic year9$50,57810$54,191
Instructoracademic year1*1*
All faculty totalacademic year42$61,53029$59,743

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Vanguard University Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Basketball Golden State Athletic Conference
Baseball Golden State Athletic Conference
Track Golden State Athletic Conference

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):

All Other Sports285886

Vanguard University Degree Programs (2007)

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General
International Business/Trade/Commerce
Marketing/Marketing Management, General

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services, Other

Drama And Performing Arts
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General

Education And Teaching
Education, General
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching

Liberal Arts
English Language and Literature, General
History, General
Spanish Language and Literature

Mathematics, General

Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric
Digital Communication and Media/Multimedia
Radio and Television

Music, General

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Athletic Training/Trainer
Kinesiology and Exercise Science

Religion And Philosophy
Bible/Biblical Studies
Missions/Missionary Studies and Missiology
Pastoral Studies/Counseling
Religion/Religious Studies, Other
Theology/Theological Studies
Youth Ministry

Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General

Therapy And Counseling
Clinical Psychology
Psychology, General

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What Sets Vanguard University Apart:

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