Vanguard University Named “A Best in the West” College by The Princeton Review

Vanguard University is one of the best colleges in the West according to the nationally known education services company, The Princeton Review. It is one of 121 institutions The Princeton Review recommends in its “Best in the West” section of its website feature, “2012 Best Colleges: Region by Region,” that posted August 1, 2011 on

Says Robert Franek, Princeton Review’s Senior VP / Publisher, “We’re pleased to recommend Vanguard University to users of our site as one of the best schools to earn their undergrad degree.  We chose it and the other terrific institutions we name as ‘regional best’ colleges mainly for their excellent academic programs.   From several hundred schools in each region, we winnowed our list based on institutional data we collected directly from the schools, our visits to schools over the years, and the opinions of our staff, plus college counselors and advisors whose recommendations we invite.  We also take into account what students at the schools reported to us about their campus experiences at them on our 80-question student survey for this project.   Only schools that permit us to independently survey their students are eligible to be considered for our regional ‘best’ lists.”

“Vanguard is honored to be selected for the fourth year in a row by The Princeton Review. We have outstanding faculty who are experts in their fields who receive recognition and honors for their excellence. And, our student satisfaction and retention continue to improve. It’s an exciting time at Vanguard,” says Kim Johnson, interim vice president for enrollment management.

The 121 colleges that The Princeton Review chose for its “Best in the West” list are located in fifteen states: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Oregon, Texas, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming.  The Princeton Review also designated 220 colleges in the Northeast, 153 in the Midwest, and 135 in the Southeast as best in their locales on the company’s “2012 Best Colleges: Region by Region” lists.   Collectively, the 629 colleges named “regional best(s)” constitute about 25% of the nation’s 2,500 four-year colleges.

For this project, The Princeton Review asks students attending the schools to rate their own schools on several issues — from the accessibility of their professors to quality of the campus food — and answer questions about themselves, their fellow students, and their campus life.  Comments from surveyed students are quoted in the school profiles on The Princeton Review site.

The Princeton Review does not rank the 629 colleges in its “2012 Best Colleges: Region by Region” list hierarchically or by region or in various categories.   However, some schools in this list that also appear in The Princeton Review book, “The Best 376 Colleges: 2012 Edition” may appear on some of the Princeton Review ranking lists of “top 20 colleges” in 62 categories that are unique to that book.  They are based entirely on the Company’s surveys of students at the 376 schools in the book.

The Princeton Review, headquartered in Framingham, MA with editorial offices in New York City and test preparation locations across the country and abroad, is not affiliated with Princeton University and it is not a magazine.

About Vanguard University

Vanguard University ( is a private, Christian, comprehensive university of liberal arts and professional studies, accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). U.S. News & World Report has ranked Vanguard #9 among the best baccalaureate colleges in the west in their 2010 rankings of colleges and universities.  The Princeton Review named VU “A Best in the West” college for 2011 and 2012.

About The Princeton Review

The Princeton Review (Nasdaq: REVU) has been a pioneer and leader in helping students achieve their higher education goals for 30 years through college and graduate school test preparation and private tutoring. With more than 165 print and digital publications and a free website,, the company provides students and their parents with the resources to research, apply to, prepare for, and learn how to pay for higher education. The Princeton Review partners with schools and guidance counselors throughout the U.S. to assist in college readiness, test preparation and career planning services, helping more students pursue postsecondary education.

The company also owns and operates Penn Foster Education Group, a global leader in online education, providing career-focused degree and vocational programs in the fields of allied health, business, technology, education, and select trades through the Penn Foster High School and Penn Foster Career School ( Penn Foster creates the platform to leverage the company’s Career Education Partnerships division with the National Labor College (NLC). This venture was formed to bring high-quality bachelor degree completion and certificate programs to the AFL-CIO’s 13 million members and the working adults in their families. For more information, visit

Vanguard University Welcomes Bethany Students

Costa Mesa, CA – June 16, 2011 – Vanguard University (VU) welcomes Bethany University (BU) students interested in pursuing their education in a Christ-centered community. Bethany University, located in Scotts Valley, California, announced June 13 that the University will close following a summer “teach out.”

Vanguard and Bethany share a rich history as institutions of higher education in California, with Vanguard University being established one year after Bethany in 1920. Vanguard offers bachelor and master degrees on its beautiful Southern California campus. Vanguard University shares several of Bethany’s most popular undergraduate majors, including Business Administration, Communication, Psychology, Liberal Studies, and Religion.

Vanguard is working directly with Bethany University on a Memorandum of Understanding in partnership with their accreditation agency, the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). Vanguard is making every effort to help Bethany students to transfer into an undergraduate degree program or masters degree program in Education for fall 2011. Vanguard will waive the undergraduate or graduate application fee and is dedicating admissions and financial aid counselors to work with each individual student and their family.

Kim Johnson, Interim Vice President for Enrollment Management, explains, “Every student is unique. Because each university has distinct academic requirements and financial aid packages, we are encouraging students to submit an application and take advantage of the individualized counseling and support Vanguard counselors provide.”

Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs, Jeff Hittenberger, comments “Vanguard is committed to serving Bethany students and their families. Vanguard University takes pride in the personal professor-mentor relationships that undergird our commitment to academic excellence. As students make a transition, the Vanguard community will serve and care for students and their families in addition to providing quick and comprehensive answers to their questions.”

Bethany University students can apply online immediately for free. Undergraduate admissions counselors may be reached at 800.722.6279 or by email at Graduate admissions counselors may be reached at 877.669.8872 or

Vanguard University (VU) is a private, coeducational, comprehensive university of liberal arts and professional studies that provides a Spirit-empowered community in which to pursue a quality Christ-centered education. The University was established in 1920, and now offers more than 30 degree programs. More information is available at

OCBJ’s Women in Business Awards Impress

The five women deemed the most extraordinary by a distinctive panel of judges at Orange County Business Journal’s “Women in Business” Awards included Vanguard University’s own president, Dr. Carol A. Taylor. Read Orange County Register’s full coverage on the awards here.

Vanguard University President Dr. Carol Taylor Wins Orange County Business Journal`s Women in Business Award

Vanguard University is proud to announce that the Orange County Business Journal has honored Dr. Carol Taylor with the 2011 Women in Business Award. The winner was announced May 25 at the OCBJ Luncheon and Awards Program at the Hyatt Regency Irvine.

This is the seventeenth annual Women in Business Awards ceremony and over 160 nominees. Five are chosen as the top women in business with Dr. Taylor earning the first award.

The Women in Business Awards Program is designed to recognize Orange County women who have made impactful contributions to their professions as well as within their communities. Their tenacity and drive have established, nurtured, guided and transformed countless successful businesses. Women are influential members of the OC business community, whether in the corporate, entrepreneurial or not-for-profit sector. With 93,406 women-owned businesses in 2007, Orange County ranked 6th among counties nationwide according to the U.S. Census Bureau’s Survey of Business Owners.

About Vanguard University

Vanguard University ( is a private, Christian, comprehensive university of liberal arts and professional studies, accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). U.S. News & World Report has ranked Vanguard # 9 among the best baccalaureate colleges in the west in their 2010 rankings of colleges and universities.  The Princeton Review named VU a 2010 “Best Western College.”

VU Alum Ashley Estrada to Perform at Memorial Day Concert

Vanguard University alum Ashley Estrada ’08 will be performing at Clubhouse 3 in Laguna Woods on Monday, May 30 at 2:30pm for a special Memorial Day concert.

Estrada, who graduated from Vanguard with a degree in vocal performance, performs for one of the oldest concert bands in Orange County, the Huntington Beach Concert Band. The band has been led by director Thomas D. Ridley for the past 34 years and is composed of professional and amateur musicians throughout Orange County and surrounding areas.

This year, the Huntington Beach Concert Band has selected a patriotic “Red, White and Blue” theme to be performed by the 70 piece brass, wind and percussion ensemble. The event is coordinated and sponsored in part by Mission Hospital St. Joseph Health System.

General admission tickets are $5 and are available now. For further information on the event, please visit here. To purchase tickets, please click here.