Welcome to the Celebration!

Whether a student, faculty or staff member, alumni or friend, we are so thankful for you. Join us as we celebrate with joy and gratitude what God has done through Vanguard University for the past 100 years. VU100 is for you!

Thanks for the Memories

Select a decade below to explore the moments and stories that make up 100 amazing years.

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Southern California Bible School Opens
1920: Harold & Huldah Needham open Southern California Bible School in the Highland Park neighborhood of... +
20s
Southern California Bible School Moves to Pasadena, CA
1927: With rapidly growing enrollment and the subsequent need for more space, Southern California Bible... +
30s
Southern California Bible School Becomes Southern California Bible College
1939: Southern California Bible School is chartered by the State of California as a college... +
40s
Southern California Bible College Moves to Costa Mesa, CA
1950: As the College continues to grow, land becomes available at the decommissioned Santa Ana... +
50s
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I remember a chapel service in 1964. Our administration and faculty had labored toward regional... +
60s
Southern California Bible College Becomes Southern California College

1959: Under the new name of Southern California College, the doors are open for the College to become
a Christ-centered liberal arts college.

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I am so grateful to Vanguard University that nurtured me into early adulthood — offering... +
70s
Southern California College Receives Accreditation

1964: After earning regional accreditation and membership in the Western Association of Schools and Colleges – SCC becomes the first accredited Pentecostal Bible college in the world.

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Vanguard has been part of my life since I was 19 years old. Over these... +
80s
1983 First Graduate Degree Program Launches

Southern California College launches its first graduate degree program: Master of Arts in Religion.

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From my classes, leadership positions on campus and volunteer work in the community, I was... +
90s
1999 Southern California College Becomes Vanguard University

University status is achieved and SCC becomes Vanguard University of Southern California. The student body selects the Lion as the University mascot.

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The lifelong relationships. The friends, teammates, and professors I met at Vanguard have been with... +
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2008 Vanguard University Wins First NAIA Championship

The women’s basketball team is the first Vanguard Lions athletic program to win a National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Division I Championship.

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I am deeply grateful for my time at Vanguard. Vanguard provided me with tremendous opportunities.... +
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Vanguard University Recognized as "Hispanic-Serving Institution"

2015: Vanguard University is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as an “Hispanic-Serving Institution” — one of the first universities in Orange County to receive this recognition.

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Vanguard University Recognized as "Hispanic-Serving Institution"

2015: Vanguard University is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as an “Hispanic-Serving Institution” — one of the first universities in Orange County to receive this recognition.

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Was your life positively impacted by your time at Vanguard? Are your friends or loved ones alumni? Share it here! In a few words, share your Vanguard story. Story submissions subject to approval and may be edited for space.

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Countdown to Confetti!

We’re counting the minutes until our 100th birthday party and grand opening of our brand-new student center. It’s going be the party of the century! RSVP here.

VU100 Voices

We’re all celebrating! See and hear how the Vanguard community – both on and off campus – are commemorating VU100. Check back to see moments captured throughout the celebration.

Events Calendar

So blessed to have so much to celebrate.
You know the why: Here’s the when and where of events happening on or near campus.

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