What can I do for fun?

While some people prefer to be caught up in the hustle and bustle of a big city, others would rather live in a quiet, easy-going community. Students at VUSC experience the best of both worlds. Located a short distance southwest of Los Angeles in the Orange County coastal city of Costa Mesa, Vanguard University is literally across the street from the OC Fairgrounds, and minutes away from world class beaches, shopping, dining, and performing arts venues.

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How much does Vanguard cost, and what financial aid is available?

A common myth is that one must be rich to attend a Christian university. The financial aid program at Vanguard is designed to dispel that myth by offering scholarships, grants, talent awards, loans, and making work assistance available in order to help you achieve your educational goals within your family’s financial means. VU encourages all students to apply for financial aid by filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). With over $27.8 million in financial aid going to about 92% of our students, Vanguard’s cost to you may be surprisingly affordable!

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Is Vanguard fully accredited?

Founded in Los Angeles in 1920 as a Bible training institute, VU is owned by the Southern California District of the Assemblies of God, and is fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). Teacher preparation and licensing for nine different credentials is approved by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing. VU is also a member of the Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities, the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities, and an Associate Member of Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities.

Can I study abroad through Vanguard?

Vanguard is a member of the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities, which offers a number of study abroad programs. A sample of the programs offered to students can be viewed here. For a complete listing and more information on study abroad programs, please check out the Best Semester website.

How does Vanguard care for student health and safety?

Staying healthy in college isn’t always easy. VU wants to promote healthy living by providing its students with resources to stay mentally and physically fit. Precautions are also taken to ensure that the student body is safe. Our team of seven Campus Safety officers patrol the campus 24 hours a day.

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How can I get involved?

Opportunities for involvement are varied to support the interests of our diverse student body. Some of the extracurricular activities available on campus includes Associated Student Body government, intramural competition in several sports, Delta Kappa, participation in Vanguard’s numerous music ensembles, newspaper and yearbook staffs.

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May I see a course schedule?

Course registration is handled by the Office of the Registrar. Our extensive course schedule lists all details pertaining to classes offered at VU, including call numbers, when and where a class takes place, and who teaches the course.

Vanguard also requires a Core Curriculum of all students, regardless of major.

How can I plug in to a local church?

Vanguard students hail from a wide range of denominations, and it is only fitting that local churches match such diversity. Whether your taste is a large, contemporary megachurch, a quiet, conservative fellowship, or somewhere in between, the Orange County area offers church communities of all shapes and sizes.

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What majors are offered at Vanguard?

As a comprehensive Christian liberal arts university, Vanguard’s undergraduate school offers thirty-four different majors with a wide range of concentrations.

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What should I bring for my dorm room?

Moving away from home can be both an exciting and terrifying experience. We have provided a list of suggested and prohibited items to make packing for VU that much easier.

Where will I sleep?

All rooms in Vanguard’s dormitories are carpeted, furnished (with the exception of Vanguard Centre) and designed for double to quadruple occupancy based on square footage of the rooms. A bed and mattress is provided for each resident. Dressers, desks, desk chairs, and closet space are provided and residents are expected to share these furnishings. Since the University does not provide linen service, students need to bring their own pillow, sheets, pillowcases, blankets, bedspreads, and towels.

Each of the residence facilities have coin-operated laundry facilities and lounge areas. Utilities and access to the campus Local Area Network (LAN) and the Internet are included. Six Residence Facilities are available for campus housing. The University reserves the right to assign and re-assign rooms/roommates, and to increase the number of students per room based on annual housing needs.

Where will I eat?

Vanguard’s Dining Commons, affectionately known as “The Caf,” is managed by Bon Appetit. Bon Appétit Management Company’s dream is to be the premier onsite restaurant company known for its culinary expertise and commitment to socially responsible practices.

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What are chapel services like at Vanguard?

Chapel is a chance to allow students to mature in their faith as they listen to a broad range of speakers from VU professors, to missionaries, to Christians impacting our culture.

The Campus Chapel is located on the corner of the campus at Fair Drive and Newport Blvd. This is also the home of Newport Mesa Christian Center (NMCC), a church located on the school’s grounds. The sanctuary at NMCC is used for Vanguard University’s chapel services on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays.

A special student-led Prayer & Praise Service is held in the Cove each Wednesday night, and small group meetings are held weekly, providing an opportunity for fellowship and prayer for personal and group needs.

Chapel attendance is recorded, and students should consult the Student Handbook for details with regard to absences due to illness or work obligations. Excessive Chapel absences will be the basis for disciplinary action.

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