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Welcome Week

Orientation is mandatory for all new students. Please clear your schedules for January 10-12, 2020.

We are excited to greet you on Friday, January 10th. Orientation programming is still being finalized. Below you will find a schedule for Orientation 2019. Final details will be updated December 1.

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.

Should my whole family come?

We recognize coming to college is a big transition. Families and guests are more than welcome to come to the Friday sessions of Orientation, however it is not mandatory.

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 Lindsay Dumas by January 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
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
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
Guest Services: Fully equipped kitchen, complimentary wi-fi and parking.
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What Do I Need to Pack?

View our packing list here.

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We look forward to having you so soon!