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A gap year for adventurous thinkers, faithful believers, and ambitious dreamers.

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Start Your Vanguard Journey

Build a vision for the future by bridging the gap between high school and college with a year unlike any other. You'll explore diverse cultures, navigate life's big questions, and live in a Christ-centered community. This extraordinary year of transformational experiences and leadership development will prepare you for life.

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How to Apply to Vanguard

As a Vanguard applicant, you will be completing the Wheaton College application.

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Want to use the Common App?

Once you submit the Common App to Wheaton College Undergraduate Admissions, email Laura Elliott. In the email to Laura, say you'd like your Common App to be considered for Vanguard. Use the code ApplyEarly to waive the app fee!

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I just want to apply to Vanguard, not Wheaton College.

That's okay, but as the gap year of Wheaton College, you'll still be completing the Wheaton College application. To make sure the Vanguard team receives your application, click "YES" when asked if you want your application to be considered for admittance to Vanguard. 

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Applying to Wheaton College and Vanguard

By completing one application, you'll receive an admissions decision for both Wheaton College and Vanguard! There's no obligation to attend Wheaton after Vanguard, but it'll be an option for you that requires zero extra work!

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Visit Us in Person or Online

An in-person or virtual visit is the best way to learn more about the Vanguard experience.

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How to Choose a Gap Year

Stuck trying to figure out how to decide between the gap years you're checking out? Or maybe you're deciding between taking a gap year and college? Either way, download our step by step guide. You'll get our evaluation process and tool to help simplify your decision.

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Request Information

If you have a question about Vanguard or the application, don't hesitate to reach out! We love connecting with prospective Vanguards. 

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