Vanguard University of Southern California

Costa Mesa, CA

Vanguard says, "The mission of the core curriculum is to provide an integrative four-year learning experience for matriculants. ... [T]he core challenges students to examine and develop their beliefs and strengthen their intellectual skills. Its goal is that Vanguard graduates will bear a distinctive stamp reflective of their common experience." [Source]

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  • Undergraduate Enrollment:1,840
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate:57%
  • Tuition & Fees:$32,430 annually

General Education Requirements

  • 1. Composition

  • 2. Literature

  • 3. Foreign Language


    See Note

    No credit given for Foreign Language because the requirement only applies to select degree programs and may be fulfilled with elementary-level study.

  • 4. U.S. Government or History

  • 5. Economics

  • 6. Mathematics


    See Note

    No credit given for Mathematics because the "Mathematics" requirement may be satisfied by a course with little college-level math content.

  • 7. Science

  • Additional Information

    Vanguard University of Southern California should be commended for their strong requirements in World History, Theology, and Fine Arts.

  • General Education Assessment

    Vanguard University of Southern California uses one or more of the following instruments to assess undergraduate progress in core collegiate skills: the Council on Aid to Education Collegiate Learning Assessment (CLA), the Educational Testing Service Proficiency Profile, or the ACT Collegiate Assessment of Academic Proficiency (CAAP). For more information, visit

Curriculum last evaluated: 07/18/2018


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