Location and Campuses


Vanguard University is located in the central Orange County coastal city of Costa Mesa, adjacent to State Route 55 at Fair Drive. Minutes from California state beaches and within a 60-to-90-minute drive of Los Angeles and San Diego, Vanguard University extends students the opportunity to explore living in Southern California while contributing actively to residential life. In addition to on-campus chapel worship, students can attend numerous church communities in the local area and continue their education at scores of libraries, museums and cultural points of interest throughout the region. The temperate climate of Costa Mesa enables students to access year-round outdoor activities, making Orange County an ideal place to learn and live. In addition, Orange County affords students excellent prospects for work and career advancement during their Vanguard University experience and following graduation.


The main university campus, located in Costa Mesa, California and covers nearly forty acres. Major campus buildings include the Freed Center for Leadership and Service (opening Spring 2024), Harold K. Needham Memorial Prayer Chapel, Heath Academic Center, John B. Scott Academic Center, Mahlon E. Layne Building, O. Cope Budge Library, Smith Hall, Waugh Student Center, William J. Seymour Building, and a series of Athletic fields hosting our athletics programs. Additionally, the university campus has six residence facilities: Balboa Hall, Catalina Hall, Huntington Hall, Laguna Hall, Newport Hall, and Vanguard Centre.  Vanguard Centre is comprised of four separate residence buildings and is in close proximity to the main campus. In addition to the main campus in Costa Mesa, additional locations for academic and administrative programs include Bakersfield, Fullerton, and Santa Ana, California.

Please visit our website to view the main campus map.