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Welcome MCU students

Vanguard University is saddened by the announcement that Marymount California University will close summer 2022. We recognize its history of providing a private, liberal arts, faith-based education to students in neighboring Los Angeles County. We believe you may find Vanguard University to be similar to MCU and a potential fit as you seek to finish (or start) your college education. Our staff and faculty are here to support you as you discern your next path. 

Vanguard University is located in Costa Mesa, a place that's dubbed Orange County's "capital of cool" by the OC Register and ranked #4 in the Niche 2022 Best College Locations in California. Only 4.6 miles from Newport Beach, Vanguard offers exceptional academics, a strong spiritual climate, an authentic community and endless recreational activities.
We equip you to live the story God has for you. We offer a top-rated education - a first tier University in the West and #1 in the "Most Students Receiving Merit Aid" category in U.S. News & World Report 2022 - excellent practical skills and training in the liberal arts and sciences to prepare you for the next chapter in your life.
We invite you to visit campus at one of our upcoming events or schedule a personal visit on a day of your choosing. We can't wait to meet you and support you during this time of transition.

Academic Excellence

For over 100 years, the combination of outstanding faculty and small class sizes - 20 students on average and a 16:1 student faculty ratio - means every diploma we grant is backed by personal attention. With 40 academic programs, we've got a path that's right for you.

Spiritual Climate

We want students to discover their God-given calling, and then engage the culture around them from a Christian point of view. More than 24 denominations are represented on campus with Catholic being the third largest. Our global mission trips, regular chapel meetings and more than 20 student-led worship teams and ministry opportunities bring faith and service to life.

Authentic Community

Our authentic community builds lifelong relationships. We have 125 intramural sports teams and campus clubs, from the Accounting Society to Live2Free. And, 60% of the 1,700 undergraduate students live on campus.

Annual academic scholarships from $10,000-$25,000 available

MCU Academic Programs offered at VU:

Accounting Accounting
Biology Biology
Biomedical Science
Business Business Administration
Communication: Digital Media Communication: Technology & Emerging Media
Marketing Marketing
Psychology Psychology
Criminal Justice

Sociology (major) with Criminology and Criminal Justice (minor)

VU Viewbook

Direct Costs:

Tuition $35,861 $38,000
Student Services Fees $2,000 $700
Room and Board $15,210 $10,290
Total $53,071 $48,990
Average amount of scholarship/grant aid received* $20,682 $22,590

*From College Navigator/IPEDS 2019-20 data

Like what you see?

Let's get started! Apply online and we'll waive the $45 application fee for MCU students. Use the discount option on the final page of the application and enter MCU in the text box.


Contact Undergraduate Admissions at admissions@vanguard.edu or 714.966.5496.

Freed Center - Coming 2024

Our new 35,000 square foot student center opened in 2020. In summer 2022, we will break ground on the new Freed Center, a 60,000 square foot, 3-story, dynamic athletics and learning facility scheduled to open in the 2023-24 academic year.