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.
Vanguard University is committed to preparing students through an education marked by academic excellence and spiritual vitality for productive service in a variety of vocations and ministries that are matched to the marketplace of the 21st century. A strong commitment to cultural diversity, racial reconciliation, and gender equality is a consequence of VU being deeply grounded in the Pentecostal faith, a tradition that brought the university into existence.
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.
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.
Printers, photocopier, and scanner are available throughout the library for faculty, staff, students, and guests.
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.
VU Rec provides the Vanguard Community with a broad range of sports, fitness, and outdoor programs for students of ALL ability levels in order to enhance their connection to campus, promote self-efficacy, and establish a commitment to personal well-being. We offer more than 14 different sports leagues and tournaments, ranging from recreational to competitive.
Disability Support Club, Sigma Alpha Omega, Surf Club
Vanguard is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).
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