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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.

“I chose Vanguard because of the community that exists here, the great academics, and the chance to be a part of a student body that is actively involved in the community around us.”

Christopher Sheppard
Finance and Marketing major, Class of 2017


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.

Mr. VU

Every year, eight male students compete with their talent and skill to become the reigning Mr. VU.

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.


One of the biggest traditions in the spring is Homecoming, bringing students, alumni, donors, faculty and staff together for a long weekend of celebrating Vanguard’s history. From bonfires, concerts, food trucks, and basketball games—the weekend is packed with good memories in the making.

Humans vs. Zombies (HVZ)

A game of survival of the fittest, the humans try to make the entire week, as the “zombies” feed on one human a day (using socks and nerf guns, of course!).


Junior Senior Banquet is a formal dinner held off campus where upper class students enjoy dinner and dancing the night away.

We invite you to take the next step