Vanguard University is Accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), and is conveniently located in Orange County near the 405 and 55 freeways in Costa Mesa, California. In our Adult Degree Completion Program you can attend school just one night per week and complete your degree in 22-24 months.
No matter your major or area of study, at Vanguard you’ll get the understanding you need in an environment designed to help you excel. Our commitment to go beyond academics leads to academic transformation, where you’ll cultivate new abilities to think critically, communicate clearly, and interact intelligently—taking you places you never thought possible.
Vanguard’s School for Professional Studies is an Adult Degree Completion program that provides students with a convenient learning schedule. Upper division courses are generally scheduled from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. one night per week for the duration of the program. General Education and elective courses are available both online or in classroom on Thursday evenings and Saturday mornings. Students may schedule to take only one class at a time, with each class running 5-8 weeks.
Online courses are available in an 8 week format (availability is limited to General Adult Education and Early Childhood Education courses).
Many people talk about the integration of faith and life. At Vanguard, we believe they were never separate to begin with. Our understanding of the world—in science, business, education, the arts, and beyond—informs and deepens our faith, bringing color and life in surprising ways. As we go beyond integration, we discover a reality based instead on incarnation, where faith comes to life in every molecule, every equation, every performance…in every moment.
Vanguard University (VU) is a private, coeducational, comprehensive university of liberal arts and professional studies that believes its Pentecostal/charismatic Christian community provides a supportive and challenging environment in which to pursue a quality education. The University assumes that it is essential to offer educational opportunity within a context of free inquiry and academic integrity. VU was founded in 1920. Three basic pursuits inherent in the VU educational experience—truth, virtue, and service—are enshrined in the University motto and embossed on its official seal. “Truth, Virtue, and Service” summarizes the institution’s core values. For more information about Vanguard click here.
Beyond The Classroom
We believe learning happens best in the context of relationship. Our faculty spend countless hours—both inside and outside the classroom—to serve as professor-mentors, not just teachers. Through close, coaching relationships, you’ll go beyond the classroom, getting not only the knowledge you need but also the wisdom to apply what you’re learning in practical ways.
Vanguard is conveniently located in Orange County near the 405 and 55 freeways in Costa Mesa, California. Costa Mesa is a coastal community about 50 miles south of Los Angeles and minutes from the beach. In addition, the Orange County job market is strong offering a broad range of opportunities in a number of fields.
Small Class Sizes
As a student in Vanguard’s School for Professional Studies you will learn in a small class size format. At Vanguard, you will have access to your professors and learn with people from all walks of life in our small and student focused classes. Cohort classes are capped at 20 students with an average of 15 students per class.
Students enrolled in upper division courses receive the entire cohort calendar at the beginning of their program, allowing them to plan ahead for breaks and vacations. Students have the opportunity to earn their Bachelor’s degree in as little as twenty-two months (if all course requisites are satisfied).
Vanguard University is highly respected and has been ranked in the top ten of comprehensive colleges in the west by US News & World Report and named a 2010 Best College in the West by the Princeton Review. Founded in Los Angeles in 1920 as a Bible training institute, VU is owned by the Southern California District of the Assemblies of God and accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). Teacher preparation and licensing for nine different credentials are approved by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing. RN-to-BSN degree program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). Vanguard is a member of the Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities, the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities and Associate Member of Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities.