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Vanguard University

Costa Mesa, California, United States
Vanguard University is a private, Christian, comprehensive university of liberal arts and professional studies equipping students for a Spirit-empowered life of Christ-centered leadership and service.



During the summer of 1920, Harold K. Needham, D. W. Kerr, and W. C. Peirce opened a school to prepare Christian workers for the various ministries of the church. The new institute, Southern California Bible School, moved from Los Angeles to Pasadena in 1927. In 1939 it was chartered by the State of California as a college eligible to grant degrees.


Vanguard University offers a wide variety of academic programs to choose from, so you can make an impact in almost any field when you start your career. With outstanding faculty and small class sizes, every diploma we grant is backed by personalized instruction.

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Housing services

Living on campus can be one of the most memorable and formative experiences a student can have during their time at Vanguard University. There are many fun activities on and off campus every week. Vanguard University is steps away from concerts and events at the Orange County Fairgrounds, five miles from the beach, and a quick drive to vacation spots like Disneyland and Balboa Island. You can take study breaks around the fire pits and outdoor dining areas in the year-round sunshine, with access to all of the amenities that make you feel right at home.

Library services

The O. Cope Budge Library acquires, manages, and promotes the use of information resources in a user-centered environment. The library links students, faculty, and staff to an increasingly global body of knowledge.

ICT services

Printers, photocopier, and scanner are available throughout the library for faculty, staff, students, and guests.

Student Life

Campus life

Your life will be fostered in a diverse campus community that is located in one of the most robust, vibrant coastal cities famed for its sunny weather. You will be surrounded by the career opportunity that comes with living in Southern California. Most of all, your journey will be knitted together by lasting friendships, professor-mentors, and a faith in Jesus Christ.

Student clubs

 Disability Support Club, Sigma Alpha Omega, Surf Club


Vanguard is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).

Costa Mesa, California, United States

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