Vanguard University of Southern California

Costa Mesa, CA 92626

Vanguard University of Southern California is one of the 138 private 4-year, not-for-profit colleges in California. Its campus is small in size and located in Costa Mesa. The institution offers both undergrad and graduate degree programs.

In the 2017 fall enrollment, 433 freshman students enrolled, and approximately 316 students returned for their sophomore year (which makes its freshman retention rate 73%).

Every year 61% of students graduate in 150% of the time it takes to complete their respective studies.

Vanguard University of Southern California's in-state tuition for 2017-2018 academic year was $31,980, and fees were $450. Out-of-state tuition and fees for the same period were $31,980 and $450 respectively.


Campus LocaleMidsize City
Campus SizeSmall
Student to Faculty Ratio14:1
Is Admission OpenNo
Religious Affiliation
Assemblies of God Church
Business ModelNot-for-profit
On Campus HousingYes
Retention Rate73%

Nursing Programs Offered

Nursing Programs Graduates (2017-2018 academic year)

Number of Graduates
Degree type Men Women
Bachelor's degree 3 39
Master's degree 0 5

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Institutional Accreditations
Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Senior College and University Commission
01/31/1964 - Current
Nursing Programs Accreditations
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels
04/25/2009 - Current
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the graduate degree levels
04/22/2014 - Current



Acceptance Rate
Enrolled students test score (Fall 2017)
SAT930 to 1120
ACT18 to 24
Admission considerations
Secondary school GPA Required
Secondary school rank Recommended
Secondary school record Required
Completion of college-preparatory program Recommended
Recommendations Considered but not required
Formal demonstration of competencies Neither required nor recommended
Admission test scores (SAT/ACT) Required
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) Required
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.) Neither required nor recommended

In addition to the college's admission requirements each nursing program might have its own admission criteria (such as: TEAS score, HESI A2 score, nursing prerequisites GPA, etc).
Application fee
Undergrads $45
Graduates $45

Cost to Attend

The following table details the reported cost of attendance per credit hour for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Undergrad courses
In District Students$1,330/credit
In State Students$1,330/credit
Out of State Students$1,330/credit
Graduate courses
In District Students$603/credit
In State Students$603/credit
Out of State Students$603/credit

Tuition Estimates

Based on the above credit hour costs, here is a sample tuition for different nursing programs.

Program Credit Hours In district In State Out of State
LPN 45 $59,850 $59,850 $59,850
ADN 70 $93,100 $93,100 $93,100
BSN 125 $166,250 $166,250 $166,250
FNP 50 $30,150 $30,150 $30,150
Please note that the above cost estimate does not include school fees, books, supplies, etc.You need to allot additional money for that.
If you attend a private, for-profit school, usually the additional cost (besides tuition) is about 10% of the tuition. If you attend a public school or a not-for-profit private school, the additional cost is around 50% of the tuition.

Financial Aid

In 2017-2018 academic year, 100% of Vanguard University of Southern California's students received financial aid. Below is the breakdown of the financial aid provided to students.

Students Receiving Aid Average Amount/Student
Pell Grant 51% $4,857
Other Federal Grant 23% $746
State Grant & Scholarships 44% $6,584
Institutional Grant & Scholarships 99% $16,895
Federal Student Loans 95% $6,722
Private Loans 6% $15,725


Average Net Price/year
The average net price is calculated by subtracting the average amount of financial aid received by students from the total cost of attendance.
Average Net Price by Family Income
Less than $30,000$18,354
$30,001 to $48,000$18,085
$48,001 to $75,000$20,250
$75,001 to $110,000$22,434
Over $110,000$26,718

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Student Population













Ethnic Diversity
Race/ethnicity unknown
Black/African American
Two or more races
Non-resident alien
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander

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Data source: (2017-2018 colleges survey) and California state board of nursing.

Vanguard University of Southern California
55 Fair Dr
Costa Mesa, CA 92626

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