Vanguard University of Southern California: Narrative Description

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55 Fair Dr.
Costa Mesa, CA 92626-9601
Tel: (714)556-3610
Free: 800-722-6279
Fax: (714)966-5460
E-mail: [email protected]
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Independent, comprehensive, coed, affiliated with Assemblies of God. Awards bachelor's and master's degrees. Founded 1920. Setting: 38-acre suburban campus with easy access to Los Angeles. Endowment: $2.3 million. Educational spending 2003-04: $6305 per student. Total enrollment: 2,195. Faculty: 146 (70 full-time, 76 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 17:1. 898 applied. 31% from top 10% of their high school class, 57% from top quarter, 88% from top half. 2 National Merit Scholars, 16 class presidents, 14 valedictorians, 163 student government officers. Full-time: 1,442 students, 65% women, 35% men. Part-time: 358 students, 63% women, 37% men. Students come from 37 states and territories, 12 other countries, 15% from out-of-state, 1% Native American, 18% Hispanic, 4% black, 5% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 1% international, 19% 25 or older, 70% live on campus, 11% transferred in. Retention: 80% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; psychology; social sciences and history. Core. Calendar: semesters. Services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, independent study, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, external degree program, adult/continuing education programs, internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study at Council for Christian Colleges and Universities, Los Angeles Film Studies Center. Study abroad program. ROTC: Air Force (c).

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Common Application, electronic application, early admission, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: essay, high school transcript, minimum 2.8 high school GPA, 2 recommendations, SAT or ACT. Required for some: interview. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: 12/1. Notification: 1/15. Preference given to Christians.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $45. Comprehensive fee: $27,086 includes full-time tuition ($19,900), mandatory fees ($430), and college room and board ($6756). College room only: $3366. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility. Part-time tuition: $829 per credit hour. Part-time mandatory fees: $25 per term.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper. Social organizations: 50 open to all. Most popular organizations: student ministries, choral groups, orchestral bands. Major annual events: Harvest Party, Homecoming, Welcome Week. Student services: personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service. 1,028 college housing spaces available; 1,000 were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen given priority for college housing. Options: coed, men-only, women-only housing available. O. Cope Budge Library with 142,893 books, 19,342 microform titles, 10,482 serials, 6,138 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $533,119. 150 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

The college is adjacent to Newport Beach, the pleasure boat harbor of the West. See Orange Coast College.

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