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students walking (left) and Needham Chapel bell tower (right)

The mission of Vanguard University is to pursue knowledge, cultivate character, deepen faith, and equip each student for a Spirit-empowered life of Christ-centered leadership and service.



We pursue truth by knowing Christ who is Truth, and understanding the Word of God through disciplined study; we strive to develop critical and creative thinking skills for careful, reasoned, and independent analysis; and we engage in scholarship with integrity and excellence.


We honor God by committing ourselves to the person and model of Jesus Christ; we develop personal integrity and character by applying biblical values to our lives; and we follow the leading of the Holy Spirit as we live a life of humility and service.


We develop our talents to their potential and discern God's purpose for our lives; we strengthen the skills necessary for a productive place in society; we exercise civic responsibility, respect cultural, group, and individual differences, and care for others; and we prepare students for diverse vocations and leadership roles.


Worship in Needham



As a Christian comprehensive university of liberal arts and sciences, informed by its evangelical persuasion and Pentecostal heritage, Vanguard University affirms the following confession of faith. We believe:

  • The Bible to be the inspired and only infallible and authoritative Word of God.
  • That there is one God, eternally existent in three persons: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.
  • In the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in his virgin birth, in his sinless life, in his miracles, in his vicarious and atoning death, in his bodily resurrection, in his ascension to the right hand of the Father, and in his personal, future return to this earth in power and glory to rule over the nations.
  • That the only means of being cleansed from sin is through repentance and faith in the precious blood of Christ.
  • That regeneration by the Holy Spirit is absolutely essential for personal salvation.
  • That the redemptive work of Christ on the cross provides healing of the human body in answer to believing prayer.
  • That the baptism in the Holy Spirit, according to Acts 2:4, is given to believers who ask for it.
  • In the sanctifying power of the Holy Spirit by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a holy life.
  • In the resurrection of both the saved and the lost, the one to everlasting life and the other to everlasting damnation.


Vanguard University will be the leading source of Christian Higher Education in California. 


The university's vision will be accomplished through the following student focused strategies: 

  • Access: Pave clear pathways to a Vanguard education.
  • Affordability: Make the Vanguard educational experience financially attainable.
  • Success: Cultivate resources and support for academic and career achievement.
  • Facilities: Build facilities that enhance the quality of the Vanguard experience.