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Warner Pacific College
Warner Pacific College is dedicated to seeing individuals, families, and communities flourish. As an...

Warner Pacific College

Portland, Oregon

Warner Pacific’s Christ-centered, liberal arts approach invites students to seek answers to difficult questions and challenges students to expand their comfort zone in order to explore the ways in which they understand society, community, and faith.



Student Profile

Fall 2014 Enrollment
552 undergraduate students
95% of undergrad students are full time
44% male — 56% female
32% of students are from out of state

Faculty Profile

2014-2015 Academic Year
27 full-time faculty
48 part-time faculty
12 to 1 student/faculty ratio

Residence Life

45% of students living on campus

School Location

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 peaks of the Cascade Mountains are only a short drive from campus, with timeless, towering forests along the way.

High-Impact Practices

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First-Year Seminars and Experiences x
Common Intellectual Experiences x
Learning Communities x
Writing-Intensive Courses x
Collaborative Assignments and Projects x
Undergraduate Research x
Diversity/Global Learning x
Service Learning, Community-Based Learning x
Internships/Coops/Practicums x
Capstone Courses and Projects/Senior Experience x

Retention Fall 2015

63.4% of students began in Fall 2013 and returned in Fall 2014 (full time, first time freshmen)

6 Year Graduation Rate 2015

55% of students graduated in 6 years


Nonresident aliens 1%
Hispanic/Latino 17%
Black or African American 10%
White 54%
American Indian or Alaska Native 1%
Asian 6%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander 2%
Two or more races 5%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown 6%


Warner Pacific is a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), Division II; competing in the Cascade Collegiate Conference. The College offers 13 varsity sports:

Men’s and Women’s Basketball, Cross Country, Golf, Soccer, Track & Field, and Wrestling; 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

  • Education in Equity Award from Oregon Campus Compact

  • The only 4-year college in Oregon to be named a Hispanic Serving Institution by the HSI Center for Policy & Practice

  • Robert & Susan Andringa Award for Advancing Racial Harmony from the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities (CCCU)

  • President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction; the highest honor a college can receive for its commitment to volunteerism, service learning, and volunteer engagement

  • Recognized for affordability by Great Value Colleges

  • Military Friend School for six consecutive years

  • Champions of Character Five-Star Institution from the National Associate of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA)

  • “Best Bang for the Buck” by Washington Monthly

  • Top 10 Regional Colleges (West) by U.S. News & World Report, which also commended Warner Pacific as a “Best College for Veterans,” a “Best Value School,” and recognized the campus for ethnic diversity

Service Learning

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.

The Warner Pacific Office of Service Learning works with students, faculty, staff, 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, when all classes are cancelled and the entire campus community devotes a day to serving agencies throughout Portland.

Local Connect is a program that program links students to meaningful local, long-term service opportunities that align with their unique skills and interests. Warner Pacific believes that civic engagement empowers students to develop and apply their educational skills outside of the classroom in a practical environment, network locally, gain real-world experience, and effectively work toward lasting positive social change. All service is done through curricular and co-curricular collaborative service opportunities and facilitated reflection specifically focused on these seven categories:

  • Economic Equity
  • Ecological Justice
  • Racial/Ethnic Equity
  • Youth & Child Support
  • Support for the Elderly & Disabled
  • Gender Equity
  • Interfaith Dialogue


This ethic of service is woven throughout the Warner Pacific learning environment, including designated Service Learning Courses such as:

  • CM 220—Spiritual Formation
  • HIS 206—Strangers Among Us: Immigration and the Borderlands
  • HIS/URB 370—History of the American City
  • REL/TH 410—Christian Ethics
  • REL 320—Spirituality, Character, and Service
  • SOC/REL 310—Religions of the World
  • SOC/PS 345—Social Problems and Public Policy


All community partnerships are strategically developed so as to live out the Christ-centered, urban, and diverse mission of Warner Pacific College.

Murdock Scholars

Warner Pacific Murdock Scholars are young scientists who spend ten weeks during the summer between their junior and senior years working full-time on a scientific project under the direction of an established research scientist at Oregon Health and Sciences University (OHSU). During their senior year, the scholars continue to work part-time with their mentors to complete their research projects, write their scientific theses, and present their research at local conferences.

The Murdock Scholars Program is funded by the trustees of the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust and directed by Dr. David Farrell at the OHSU Heart Research Center. The program brings the brightest science majors from local, private institutions of higher education to work in the nationally recognized laboratories of the OHSU Heart Research Center and the Knight Cancer Institute.

Activities Offered

Campus Ministries x
Choral groups x
Concert band x
Drama/theater x
International Student Organization x
Jazz band x
Literary magazine x
Marching band  
Model UN  
Music ensembles x
Musical theater  
Pep band  
Radio station  
Student government x
Student newspaper x
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Symphony orchestra  
Television station  

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 12:1 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 students with the confidence to seek careers that are both professionally rewarding and personally fulfilling.

Warner Pacific faculty cultivates programs of study that will prepare students to enter a variety of cutting edge career fields after graduation.


The first of its kind in Oregon, the Social Entrepreneurship major at Warner Pacific equips students with the expertise needed to create innovative business ventures that address society’s most pressing challenges. During the senior year, in conjunction with their internship, Social Entrepreneurship majors are required to identify a need within the community and then create a small entrepreneurial business to meet that need; this is known as the Capstone Project.

At the core of the Capstone Project is a team made up of the student, a Social Entrepreneurship Advisory Board (SEAB), community partners, and faculty members. This team will work toward the common goal of creating free enterprise while meeting community need, providing students the opportunity to apply classroom theory to real life practice.

The culmination of the Capstone Project is the awarding of a cash prize for the best business plan, allowing students to become real-world social entrepreneurs by the time they graduate.


A degree in Sports and Recreation Management provides students with the planning, administrative, and leadership skills needed to contribute to the success of organizations that focus on sport and recreation activities, sports products, or sports services.

All students within this major complete the common core classes. Additionally, each student must declare either an administrative emphasis or coaching emphasis, which identifies the remaining required courses.


The Music Business / Entrepreneurship degree prepares students for careers in business that are related to the music industry, such as retail, recording and production, publishing, and instruction. The beautiful campus recording studio provides a valuable resource for those wishing to develop their skills in production and sound engineering.


Students with a passion for teaching can achieve their career goals faster as they complete their bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in less than five years. This degree track has average savings of $34,000 over the cost of two degrees.


Individualized majors and minors are available for students who seek to graduate with an interdisciplinary degree. Students work with a faculty member to plan an individualized course of study, which provides the opportunity for the student to focus learning in a specialized field not available through the College’s regular programs.


Common Core

Arts/fine arts x
Computer literacy  
English (including composition) x
Foreign languages  
History x
Humanities x
Mathematics x
Philosophy x
Sciences (biological or physical) x
Social science x


Other: Religion 


Starting at a new school is never easy. That’s why Warner Pacific is committed to making sure that each first-year freshman student has a smooth transition to college and is immediately engaged. To help create this environment, the College established a cohort style of learning called First-Year Learning Communities (FYLCs).

Through a set of three linked core classes throughout a year, students are given the ability to connect learning with context and be curious about the world. By experiencing Portland’s city and culture through hands-on learning and service, FYLCs invite students to broaden the sense of where learning and teaching happen. Sometimes the best lessons come from:

  • working on a cattle ranch
  • graffiti removal/abatement
  • visiting with a Portland commissioner
  • serving in a community garden in a food desert
  • preparing and sharing a meal together


Students will be challenged to not only write, but to write with purpose. They will begin to ask questions about justice, equality, and access, and see how their education can make a difference. Warner Pacific’s dedicated faculty and upper-class peer mentors are committed to helping students succeed.

Warner Pacific believes that FYLCs will help establish a lifelong curiosity about self, others, and responsibility in the world. By developing social support, strong study skills, and community building, these learning communities help Warner Pacific students flourish in their studies and activities on campus, leading to increased academic performance and persistence to graduate.

Campus Life

Whether you’re competing in intramurals, enjoying movie night in the dorms, rocking at an Open Mic, or exploring Portland with a group of friends, some of the most enduring Warner Pacific memories are made outside of the classroom.

Leadership Opportunities:

  • Student Government (ASWPC)
  • College Activities Board (CAB)
  • Student Diversity Council (SDC)
  • FYLC Peer Mentors

Things to Do on Campus:

  • Intramurals
  • WPC Unplugged (monthly open mic)
  • Spring Leadership Awards and Banquet
  • Theme Nights (karaoke, games, study breaks, holiday parties, and more)
  • Music Ensembles
  • Drama Productions

Clubs & Organizations:

  • African Culture Organization
  • Black Student Organization
  • Bridge Builders (multicultural organization exploring sexuality and faith)
  • Enactus (business leadership)
  • Knight Times Student Magazine
  • Mantra (gender equity)
  • ME.Ch.A.
  • Eco-Justice
  • Rocinante (art & literature journal)
  • Warner Pac Fan Club


The Campus Ministries team cultivates the love of God by providing quality pastoral care, developing transformational leaders, and building community by serving the campus and the city. Through chapel, small groups, student leadership, service, music, and arts, Warner Pacific students are engaged in a journey of spiritual growth and development.

Spiritual Life:

  • Chapel Services
  • Small Groups
  • Worship Arts Leadership
  • Step Team
  • Student Chaplain Program


Coed dorms  
Men’s dorms x
Women’s dorms x
Apartments for married students x
Apartments for single students x
Special housing for disabled students  
Special housing for international students  
Fraternity/sorority housing  
Cooperative housing  
Theme housing  
Wellness housing  
Other housing options  

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.

Prepared for the Future

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.

Portland and Internships Opportunities

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. Internships are a vital part of the academic program at Warner Pacific. Recent internships include Wells Fargo, Boeing, Columbia Sportswear, Intel, Nike, the City of Portland, and Multnomah County.

Careers and Graduate School

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.


  • Alternative Spring Break Trips
  • Saturday Serve
  • Mentoring & Tutoring at Portland Public Schools
  • Common Day of Service
  • MLK Day of Service
  • Mission Trips – within the U.S. and abroad
  • Hot Chocolate Ministry
  • Sandwich Ministry
  • Faith & Justice Awareness Projects


Admissions Fall 2014

948 Total Applicants
500 Total Admissions
85 Total Freshmen Enrollment

52.74% of applicants admitted


Net Price Calculator



Tuition $19,640
Fees $660
Total $20,300
Room and Board (on campus) $8,230
Room Only $3,340
Board Only $4,890
Estimated Total On Campus $28,530


Financial Aid Breakdown 2014-2015

99% of full-time first-time undergraduates receiving any financial aid
78% of full-time first-time undergraduates receiving student loan aid

$10,132 Average amount of federal state local or institutional grant aid received
$6,682 Average amount of student loan aid received by full-time first-time undergraduates

Aid Information

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 35% 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.


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: www.warnerpacific.edu/scholarships .

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.

Freedom to Flourish

Warner Pacific understands that choosing a private, Christ-centered, liberal arts college comes at a cost. That’s why incoming, first time freshmen in our traditional undergraduate program are enrolled in “Freedom to Flourish,” the College’s innovative loan repayment assistance program.

Freedom to Flourish:

  • Empowers students to choose a major that aligns with their passion and unique calling
  • Allows graduates to enter the job market without anxiety
  • Provides a safety net to help ease the burden of student financial loans
  • Reinforces that as part of the Warner Pacific community, alumni have a supportive network dedicated to working with them on their journey toward personal and professional success


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