Forbes recently recognized Vanguard University, located in Costa Mesa, California, as part of its 2012 "America's Top Colleges" list. Vanguard is one of the 18 colleges and universities endorsed by the Assemblies of God.
According to the U.S. Department of Education, there are more than 7,000 higher education institutions in the United States, including more than 2,700 four-year schools. Forbes ranks the 650 best four-year schools for its annual report, based on educational outcomes like career success, low debt and reported satisfaction with the college experience.
"Vanguard has been recognized by Forbes as being among the top 10 percent of colleges and universities in the United States based upon our students' post-graduation success, our students' satisfaction, their relatively low levels of debt and default compared with students at other comparable colleges and universities, their four-year graduation rates and the prestigious awards they earn," says Jeff Hittenberger, provost/vice president of academic affairs.
From the top colleges list, Princeton University ranked at No.1 overall and in the private school category, followed by Williams College, Stanford University, University of Chicago and Yale University coming in fifth. Harvard took sixth place.
Vanguard was ranked at No. 460 overall and No. 329 in the private colleges category.
"Vanguard has accomplished these great things while strengthening our emphasis on our mission: 'To equip each student for a Spirit-empowered life of Christ-centered leadership and service,'" Hittenberger says.