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First Year Experience

Whether you are a freshman or a transfer student, college life is an exciting time for building a new community and making a new home. At Vanguard University, our goal is to help you grow spiritually and succeed academically, and help you make lifelong connections.

Vanguard University was founded in 1920 and its campus culture and traditions are rich. For nearly 100 years, a wide variety of events have taken place in campus life—most of them are Vanguard traditions. Here are just a few of our annual traditions:


Welcome Week

At the start of each academic year, amidst the moving in, registration, orientation, and meet and greets, the student life department makes sure students dive into as much fun as possible before the school year begins.

all school party This bash welcomes students back to campus, kicking off the academic year with a rally, and a party on campus under the Southern California stars.

Mock Rock

Mock Rock is a lip sync and dance battle, where each class performs against each other. The costumes, dancing, and set design will be sure to blow you away.

We invite you to take the next step