Warner Pacific College
"Warner Pacific is a Christ-centered, urban, liberal arts college dedicated to providing students from...
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Warner Pacific College

Portland, Oregon

Warner Pacific College is dedicated to seeing individuals, families, and communities flourish. As an urban college designed to serve students from diverse backgrounds, they know that for a city to flourish, its leaders must be prepared to engage actively in a constantly changing world.


Warner Pacific’s Christ-centered, liberal arts approach invites you to seek answers to difficult questions and will challenge you to expand your comfort zone in order to explore the ways in with you understand society, community, and faith.


At Warner Pacific, you will discover your passion, develop your skills, and serve the greater community.


Warner Pacific will provide a welcoming and inclusive space for you to dream, achieve, and flourish. 


Student Profile

501 traditional undergraduates, 860 Adult Degree Program (45% male, 55% female);
18 states, 3 countries.

Faculty Profile

11:1 student/faculty ratio.

Residence Life

49% of students living on campus, 51% commute.

School Location

Portland, Oregon


Member of the National Associate of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), Division II; Competing in the Cascade Collegiate Conference. Warner Pacific College offers 11 men’s and women’s varsity sports: men’s and women’s basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, track and field, and wrestling; and women’s volleyball. Mascot: Knights, Colors: Blue and White

Other Information

Warner Pacific College is a four-year, Christ-centered, private liberal arts college founded in 1937. Warner Pacific College is affiliated with the Church of God (Anderson, Indiana), with 38 Christian denominations represented on campus.

More Distinctions

  • U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges 2014, Regional West

  • President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction

  • Warner Pacific ranked 48th in the nation on the Washington Monthly’s 2014 Baccalaureate Colleges list

  • 2013 Winner of the Robert and Susan Andringa Award for Advancing Racial Harmony from the Council for Christian College & Univiserities.

  • The Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities commended Warner Pacific College in a letter received August 6, 2012. The Commission found “noteworthy the College’s intentional and mission-driven engagement with its surrounding community which provided evidence of a passionate and sustained commitment to community engagement via service learning, co-curricular activities, events and services, and relationship building.

  • The November 2011 issue of Christianity Today featured Warner Pacific and President Cook as “one of five Portlanders who unite work, service and a love for their community.” As recently as April 26, 2012, the Portland Tribune reported that the College has “quietly engineered a surprising turnaround,” and is making a difference in our neighborhood.

  • Warner Pacific College was named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for exemplary service efforts and service to America’s communities. (This is the highest federal recognition a school can achieve for its commitment to service-learning and civic engagement.)

  • “We are encouraged and excited about the urban mission that Warner Pacific is committed to. They are strategically poised to serve the unique needs of students from the Portland Metro area, particularly those students who are first generation college students from financially disadvantaged backgrounds. We are thrilled to support this urban mission as it seeks to serve and inspire higher education opportunities for those students living in and around the city of Portland.” –John W. Castles, Trustee, M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust


Students at Warner Pacific experience all the benefits of a private, Christ-centered liberal arts college, along with the opportunities afforded by an urban setting. Warner Pacific’s scenic campus is centrally located in the eclectic neighborhood of SE Portland, where students enjoy the intimacy of a small college, along with the cultural and career-building possibilities of being in a major city.

Portland offers a wide range of internship, service and research opportunities. Warner Pacific students are stretched as they encounter diverse opinions and have eye-opening experiences through meaningful connections with the people and cultures found in Portland.

Many of Warner Pacific students:

  • Intern with Wells Fargo, Boeing, Columbia Sportswear or Intel
  • Assist in professional research through the Murdock Scholars Program at Oregon Health and Science University
  • Serve with Portland Rescue Mission, Café au Play or Second Stories
  • Explore the food carts, thrift shops, art galleries and concert venues that have made Portland one of the country’s most vibrant cities
  • Participate in study abroad programs and annual mission trips

Students enrolled in 12 or more credit hours participate in the Faith and Service Commitment Program. The Warner Pacific Office of Service Learning works with students, faculty and community partners to create volunteer service opportunities that benefit the city of Portland. Warner Pacific highlights this commitment to the community through annual events like the Common Day of Service, during which all classes are cancelled and the entire campus community devotes a day to serving agencies throughout Portland. The partnership between Warner Pacific College and the greater Portland community engages students in service primarily with nonprofit organizations, local public schools, and under-resourced agencies. Community partnerships are strategically developed so as to live out the urban mission of Warner Pacific.

In addition to internships, service opportunities, and study abroad programs, Warner Pacific College also offers a wide variety of clubs, organizations, artistic groups, and leadership opportunities. Many students choose to participate in Walkabout, a weeklong series of challenging mental and physical activities through which they are able to develop the problem-solving skills they’ll need to be effective leaders.


Through various academic programs, as well as a Humanities core curriculum, Warner Pacific challenges students to wrestle with paradoxes inherent within the human condition—truth is not always a matter of contrasts, but often contains many shades of gray.

A student-to-faculty ratio of 11:1 ensures that students are on a first name basis with their professors. Warner Pacific professors are committed to guiding students as they develop a Christ-centered perspective that relates faith to their chosen area of study. This unique blend of rigorous study and authentic relationship provides Warner Pacific students with the confidence to seek careers that are both professionally rewarding and personally fulfilling.

In addition to close faculty relationships, Warner Pacific College also offers First Year Learning Communities (FYLCs) to help students build a foundation of success and support throughout their college experience. FYLCs are cohorts of 12-15 students who participate together in learning activities that extend outside the traditional classroom setting.

These Learning Communities focus on issues relevant to incoming students including; transitioning to college, social support, study skills, and community building. Using the city as their classroom, FYLCs explore topics relevant to Portland, immersing students in interdisciplinary, collaborative, hands-on learning. The students in each FYLC will be in at least one other core class together in the same semester, as well as a thematically linked class across semesters. Dedicated faculty, co-curricular educators and upper-class peer mentors provide a strong framework of support and connection.


Warner Pacific is located in the heart of Portland, Oregon, one of the country’s most vibrant and unique cities. Bursting with artists, musicians, restaurants and boutiques, Portland offers something for everyone. In addition to on-campus lectures, events and activities, students are encouraged to view the city as their classroom, exploring all that Portland has to offer.

The beauty of the Pacific Northwest provides unrivaled recreational experiences. The sandy beaches of the Pacific Ocean and the snow-capped, sun-drenched peaks of the Cascade Mountains are only a short drive from campus, with timeless, towering forests along the way.

Warner Pacific’s urban setting provides an invigorating atmosphere to simply enjoy being a college student. “Stumptown,” as it’s fondly known, gives access to nearly limitless cultural activities, including:

  • Visiting the downtown Saturday Market to sample the diverse open-air food carts, which recently helped earn Portland the honor of “World’s Best Street Food” by Budget Travel magazine
  • Becoming part of the city’s vibrant music scene through catching shows at one of Portland’s many coffeehouse hangouts, or taking center stage at a local open mic event
  • Exploring the city’s 37,000 acres of parks, on foot or by bike, students can begin just steps from the residence halls in the almost 200-acre Mt. Tabor Park, which borders the Warner Pacific campus
  • Cheering on the Portland Trail Blazers (NBA), Winterhawks (hockey) and local favorite, the Portland Timbers (MLS) at the city’s professional sporting events
  • Catching a world-class theater production at the Portland Center for the Performing Arts or newly composed work at the Oregon Symphony


One of the biggest questions that students wrestle with when choosing a college is, “Who will I become?” At Warner Pacific, this question is best answered through the personal experiences gained throughout a student’s college education. As students pursue their studies in Warner Pacific’s collaborative environment, they will begin to better understand their strengths and discover how to put those strengths into action, fulfilling their unique calling.

Regardless of their academic path, Warner Pacific students are well prepared for both challenging graduate study and meaningful professional careers. The Warner Pacific community has helped them develop the intellectual capacity, practical leadership skills, and spiritual perspective necessary to excel in their chosen field and find personal fulfillment in their lives.

Warner Pacific students have embarked on careers around the world and are making a difference in their respective fields of business, education, music and the performing arts, humanities, natural science, medicine, religion, social science, urban planning, and more. Recent graduates have been accepted into prestigious graduate and pre-professional programs at Lewis and Clark College, Reed College, the New School (NYC), Duke Divinity School, Vanderbilt Divinity School, Johns Hopkins University, and Oregon Health and Science University, just to name a few.

Warner Pacific students work, serve and learn together, becoming friends and colleagues who deeply care for one another. They serve others in meaningful ways through programs located in the campus neighborhood, the city and beyond. Overall, students develop the skills necessary to be life-long learners, prepared to face a rapidly changing world.

Warner Pacific College graduates believe deeply, think strategically, and serve diligently.


Warner Pacific College’s core mission is to make Christian higher education accessible to as many qualified students, and their families, as possible. The College significantly reduced tuition in 2008, and has worked to keep it at an affordable level each year. According to the College Board, Warner Pacific’s tuition and fees are approximately $9,000, or 33% lower than the average cost of four-year private colleges across the country.

Warner Pacific College recognizes the challenge students and their families face in financing the cost of attending college, and is committed to making affordable personalized education of excellence. Although the primary responsibility for financing an education lies with the students and their families, financial assistance is a partnership between the student, the student’s family, the federal government, and the College. Warner Pacific will do everything possible to ease the financial burden for students and their families, but all the partners must work as a team.

At Warner Pacific, they understand that choosing a private, Christ-centered, liberal arts college comes at a cost. Too often, the anxiety of having to repay educational loans results in students abandoning their first choice school or field of study in order to pursue the college or program that will cost the least.

They are confident in the value of the educational experience at Warner Pacific College. That’s why beginning in the fall of 2014, all incoming first time freshmen in the traditional undergraduate program will be automatically enrolled in “Freedom to Flourish,” an innovative loan repayment assistance program. Warner Pacific is the only college in Portland offering this type of assistance.

With Freedom to Flourish [], Warner Pacific will help students repay student loans if their first job after graduating from the College is primarily about service and experience rather than dollars and cents. Warner Pacific wants to reassure our students that student loan debt will not stand in the way of their plans for the future.

Freedom to Flourish empowers graduates to secure a well-paying job after graduation or ensures their ability to repay their loans while following their dreams.

Warner Pacific College has committed substantial resources to need-based institutional financial assistance and to merit award programs for academically superior students. Financial resources are available from federal, state, institutional, and private programs.

Types of Aid Available

Scholarships Opportunities for First-Year Students

Academic Awards
First-year college students who are admitted to Warner Pacific and meet the following high school GPA requirements will automatically be awarded the corresponding scholarship.

3.60 – 4.00: Trustee Scholarship worth $8,000 per year
3.25 – 3.59: President’s Scholarship worth $6,000 per year
3.00 – 3.24: Dean’s Scholarship worth $4,000 per year
2.50 – 2.99: Achievement Award worth $2,000 per year

Scholarship Competition
Warner Pacific invites students to audition or interview for the following awards at our Scholarship Day in February. Separate application forms are required and information is available at: .

Performing Arts:

  • Music
  • Theatre


  • Act Six Academy
  • John Garlington Award
  • Lee Leadership Award

Other Grants and Assistance

  • Alumni Grant
  • Church of God Grant
  • Church Matching Grant


All students are strongly encouraged to file the FAFSA as soon after January 1 as possible. The Warner Pacific College code to enter on the FAFSA is 003225. This will allow us to review individual financial information and determine eligibility for federal, state and other institutional aid opportunities.

Steps to Receiving Aid/Resources

  • Applying for financial aid
  • Important Forms and Links
  • Net Price Calculator