Costa Mesa, CA
Vanguard University of Southern California


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Recent Reviews

Jennifer
Describe the students at your school.

my classmates are helpful, understanding, smart, funny, and outgoing.

Describe the students at your school.

my classmates are helpful, understanding, smart, funny, and outgoing.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

To find the one the fits you best as a person.

What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

what is most frustrating Addministration not knowing what the are doing and that the departments do not talk to each other.

Katie
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Look for the college that specializes in the feild that you most want to study, or else the one that appeals to you the most....

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Look for the college that specializes in the feild that you most want to study, or else the one that appeals to you the most. I chose this school because it felt right, in my guts. Going to college is about finding out who you are as well and getting the credentials to do what you feel msot passionate about in life. Don't let a lot of work discourage you becausae it does pay off. This so far has been the best experience of my life and my future is very bright.

What's unique about your campus?

I like how the professors get to know the students on a personal level. We're all family here and it's really nice. I grew up going to public shcool where no one really cared about anyone, but this is a nice change.

What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

I just dislike the meal plan they have here. Last year they were more relaxed about who you could get in and feed, this year you don't get to do that and you're only allowed a certain amount of meals a week.

Debbie
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

pray about it, trust God, and just go with what makes you smile.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

pray about it, trust God, and just go with what makes you smile.

What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

the cost! its the worst because its the number one reason people leave, cant stay, or dont even come. its an amazing school but it cost sooooooooooooooooooo much.

What kind of person should attend this school?

a person that is looking to grow in all areas of there life. Spiritually, physically, mentally, etc . someone who is ready to learn and really grow up. Last a person who likes the beach but can stay focused when the time comes. someone serious about just livin life.

Brittney
Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

A welcoming university that values academics as well as each students spiritual, emotional, and over-all well-being.

Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

A welcoming university that values academics as well as each students spiritual, emotional, and over-all well-being.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

I would advise them first to pick out options for different schools. Secondly, visit those schools and weigh the price, financial aid, and location. Make sure you check out the dorms and get a feel for the social and academic life at the school. Whatever you feel most at home and comfortable, that will be the right college for you!

What kind of person should not attend this school?

Someone who is not a Christian and does not agree with the contract in which each student signs when applying (no drinking, etc.)

Paul
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

choose one the student actually wants to attend.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

choose one the student actually wants to attend.

What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

the school's funds. It is a christain school therfore it does not recieve money from the State.

Michelle
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Take your time. The last thing you want to do is rush into a decsion. In many ways, this one decsion will determine your lif...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Take your time. The last thing you want to do is rush into a decsion. In many ways, this one decsion will determine your life path. It will determine you friends, your career choices, and in many cases, your spouse. It should not be taken lightly. Don't choose a school for its prestige, or its price but for the quality of its education and the values the institution hopes to embody. My last advice would be to defer enrollment once accepted for a semester or two from your second/third choice schools. You never really know if your choice school will work out and if it is a good fit for you until you get there and sit in the classrooms, eat in the cafeteria, or sleep in your dorm room. By defering enrollment to your other schools, you can more easily find what is best for you and transition if need be. Good luck!

What's unique about your campus?

The people. Both the students and faculty are kind and good people. Relationships made while attending this school will last a lifetime.

What kind of person should not attend this school?

This is a predominantly christian school so those who would feel offended being required to attend chapel several times a week should not attend.

Alyssa
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Do your research! Visit the school ahead of time and get all the possible information you can! Make sure the STUDENT picks th...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Do your research! Visit the school ahead of time and get all the possible information you can! Make sure the STUDENT picks the school(s) of their choice, not just the parents! The student is one that has to attend the school, not the parent, so they better make sure they like it.

What kind of person should not attend this school?

Ultra-conservative types.... this university is far too liberal, and it might scare the person a little too far out of their comfort zone.

What do you brag about most when you tell your friends about your school?

Some professors really make the school. Without them, I do not believe the school would still exist.

Jamie
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

The best advice I was ever given when looking at colleges, was to visit all the campuses I was interested in, and whatever on...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

The best advice I was ever given when looking at colleges, was to visit all the campuses I was interested in, and whatever one I felt more welcomed and at home was the one to choose. This advice worked for me when choosing my University. The moment I stepped foot on the campus, I had a gut feeling that it was the place where I was meant to be. Of course, I still battled on picking a school, but the feeling I experienced at that campus ultimately led me to make my decision. When I first arrived to my new home, I admit I was pretty overwhelmed. One moment I am dependent on my parents the next I was on my own. It took about two months to fully adjust, like the majority of college freshman. I would say the ticket to making the most of your college experience is to get yourself involved with the programs, activities, and events your school has to offer. Colleges offer a wide variety of leadership roles, try-out one, even if you do not feel competent to be a leader. You will most likely surprise yourself!

What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

I wish I would have known that there was little parking. Also, the fact the housing facilities are not all that great, especially for upperclassmen. In addition, when living on campus you must have some sort of a meal plan, I was not expecting that.

What kind of person should attend this school?

I would definitely encourage Christian believers to attend Vanguard no matter what stage you are in your faith. Drinking is not allowed on campus, so people who will respect the rules and are not looking for colleges as an out for partying. I also would reccommend someone who can balance academics and their social life equally. The social aspect is really important at Vanguard.

Heidi
Describe your favorite campus traditions.

It is best know for its great community in which staff, faculty, and students all work together to learn and grow. It is wel...

Describe your favorite campus traditions.

It is best know for its great community in which staff, faculty, and students all work together to learn and grow. It is well known in the business community as producing the best people for jobs . It is also known for its all around development of the person not just academically but really puts forth a whole person development.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

The key to finding the right college for you or your child is to actually go and visit the schools. Ask lots of questions to make sure they meet your needs and get a feel for the community spirit. Your student will be living there for four or so years and they want to find a place that makes them feel at home. Look at the community around the school see if that's a place your student wants to be. Finally once you have started college don't let opportunities pass you by. Get involved in campus clubs, and activities. Make the most of the resources they offer such as campus jobs and tutoring. Most importantly go and talk to your professors. They are a great resource of knowlege and often enjoy getting to know their students and building relationships with them. My professors have been the best mentors to me outside of the classroom. Don't slack off but stay focused on classes while balancing a good social calendar because those are the memories you will take with you the rest of your life! Best wishes in your college search and career!

What kind of person should attend this school?

Anyone who really wants to be part of a loving community where you grow and learn. This is not the place for people who just want to party, drinking and such is not allowed. But for those serious students who want a good environment to learn in and to work towards making this world a better place then this is the school for you!

Kevin
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Get involved with the school and step out of comfort zone.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Get involved with the school and step out of comfort zone.

What's unique about your campus?

The best thing about my school is the community here. We are all friendly and want to make friends and make no person feel left out.

What kind of person should attend this school?

A person who wants to achieve more then a diploma, who wants to have life skills not taught at other schools and to get a different kind of education.

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  • 1,791
  • Tuition & Fees
  • $31,430
  • Acceptance rate
  • 70%

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