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New Student Orientation

Welcome Week

Orientation is mandatory for all new students. Please clear your schedules for August 18-20, 2017.

We are excited to greet you on Friday, August 18. Orientation programming is still being finalized. Below you will find a sample schedule based on Orientation 2016. Final details will be updated August 1.

2017 Welcome Week Schedule

We are glad you’ve chosen to pursue your education at Vanguard.

There are so many exciting things awaiting you once you arrive. Welcome Week (Orientation) is an essential part of making a successful transition into our community, so clear your calendar and make plans to attend. Once you arrive, you will be introduced to student life at Vanguard via orientation. Orientation is a three-day program that assists new students get acquainted with one another and acclimated into university life on our campus.

Don’t miss your chance to be known and to get to know your new peers!

Welcome Week FAQs

Is Orientation Mandatory?

Yes, orientation is mandatory. You will be better acclimated to life at Vanguard by participating in a common process with your peers. Come learn about academic life, ways to get involved, meet faculty, staff and administrators, and so much more.

When do I arrive?

We have a staggered process for arrival, so please look out for a notification regarding your arrival time. View the general orientation schedule

Should my whole family come?

We understand that coming to college is a family affair and welcome all members of your family. There will be a prayer at the end of dinner. That signals the end of our family portions of the weekend. Please remember to register anyone who will join you for dinner or the Family Orientation when choosing your arrival time.

I have a conflict that I cannot change. What do I do?

Please fill out the Orientation Absence Request form. Completing the form does not excuse you automatically. Regardless of your reason, we cannot reverse the orientation fee and it will appear on your billing statement.

How do I notify you if I have a special request (additional assistance, food allergy, etc.)?

Please email Elizabeth Banks by August 1 to allow us sufficient time to prepare.

Where do I check in?

Our check-in process will occur in the Scott Courtyard.

My parents need a hotel for the weekend. Where should they stay?

The following hotels provide a rate for Vanguard-affiliated parties:

Ayres Hotel & Suites

Distance from Vanguard: 1.6 miles
325 Bristol St.
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
714.549.0300
Guest Services: Complimentary breakfast, wi-fi, and parking. Shuttle service within a 5-mile radius.
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Crowne Plaza Hotel

Distance from Vanguard: 2.1 miles
3131 Bristol St.
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
714.557.3000
Guest Services: Complimentary breakfast, wi-fi, and parking. Shuttle service to John Wayne Airport (SNA) and Vanguard University.
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Candlewood Suites

Distance from Vanguard: 5.3 miles
2600 S. Red Hill Ave.
Santa Ana, CA 92705
949.972.2576
Guest Services: Fully equipped kitchen, complimentary wi-fi and parking.
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Contact Us

Kayla Holtz

Coordinator of New Student Orientation & First Year Experience