Warner Pacific University

Warner Pacific University is an urban, Christian liberal arts university located in Southeast Portland, Oregon, United States. Founded in 1937, the university is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. A private university, it is affiliated with the Church of God.

Warner Pacific University
Established1937 (1937)
Religious affiliation
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana)
Endowment$2.95 million
PresidentAndrea Cook
Location, ,
45.506°N 122.593°W / 45.506; -122.593
Colors     Columbia Blue


The school was established by the Church of God, whose founder was Daniel Sidney Warner.[1][2] The church voted to establish the college in September 1935, and in January 1936 the church bought land in Spokane, Washington, for the school.[3] It was then incorporated on February 9, 1937, as Pacific Bible College with classes starting on October 1937.[3][1]

Then Pacific Bible College moved to Oregon in 1940 to its current campus in the Mount Tabor neighborhood of Southeast Portland.[1] In 1959, it was renamed as Warner Pacific College, and in 1961 received full accredition by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.[3] The university long sought to expand its campus, most recently (in 2006) pursuing the purchase of a nine-acre portion of city property adjoining the park. In its negotiations, the university was represented by attorney and former Parks commissioner Jim Francesconi,[4] but that deal fell through when the neighborhood association got wind of negotiations and felt that the sale of the public land was improper.[5] In 2018, the school changed its name to Warner Pacific University.[1]


Warner Pacific is situated on an 15-acre (0.061 km2) urban campus on the southern slope of Mount Tabor. The 195-acre (0.79 km2), adjacent to the dog park at Mount Tabor Park. Since the 1890s, the park has contained reservoirs that serve the city of Portland, and that are now listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The city's drinking water is being transitioned to covered reservoirs at Powell Butte; the transition is scheduled to be complete by 2020.[6]

Major buildings on campus include McGuire Auditorium, the Otto F. Linn Library, Gotham Hall, and the C.C. Perry Gymnasium. The legendary A.F. Gray building, named after the school's first president, boasts several flights of stairs. Staff and faculty members whose offices are located on the third floor have powerful leg muscles. Bounded on the south by Southeast Division Street, the campus runs from (what would be) 65th Avenue to 70th Avenue.


Warner Pacific University's traditional undergraduate program offers 25 majors, seven areas of pre-professional study, and 29 minors.[7] For working adults, Warner Pacific University offers its adult degree program with an associate degree in organizational dynamics; Bachelor's degrees in accounting, business administration, healthcare administration and human development; a Master of Science degree in management and organizational leadership, a Master of Education degree, a Master of Arts in Human services degree, a MMOL-to-MBA bridge program, and a Master of Arts in Teaching degree.[8]

Enrollment totals 1,333 students with a student to faculty ratio of 14:1.[2] Students at Warner Pacific are from eighteen states and nine countries. The on-campus library contains 56,647 volumes.[2] The college was ranked as the 6th best among western regional colleges by U.S. News & World Report in 2016.[9]

Warner Pacific University is the first four-year college or university in Oregon to receive designation as a Hispanic-Serving Institution by the U.S. Department of Education. The qualifications to receive this designation is having 25% of students who identify as Latino or Hispanic, and Warner Pacific has 30.1% of their student body who identify as Latino or Hispanic. [10]

As of Fall 2018 Warner Pacific is reducing their tuition 24%, in efforts to provide more equitable access to education. Tuition is now $18,660 a year, which makes Warner Pacific the more affordable private College or University in Oregon.[11]

Warner Pacific has recently added new programs:

  • Digital Media and Communications
  • Ministry and Community Engagement
  • Criminal Justice
  • Criminal Justice and Criminology (PGS)
  • MBA

Warner Pacific is dedicated to diversity in their student population. During the 2017 - 2018 school year, 61.5 % of students were students of color and 30.5% of students were first-generation college students.


Warner Pacific Knights
UniversityWarner Pacific College
ConferenceCascade Collegiate Conference
NAIADivision II
LocationPortland, Oregon
Varsity teams13
ColorsColumbia blue and Black

Warner Pacific University's Knights are part of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), primarily competing in the Cascade Collegiate Conference (CCC). Men's sports include wrestling, basketball, cross country, golf, soccer and track & field. Women's sports include softball, wrestling, basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, track & field and volleyball. The school added men's and women's wrestling starting with the 2014 to 2015 school year.[12] The school's colors are baby blue and Portland sky grey.

Notable alumni


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  2. "America's Best Colleges 2008: Warner Pacific College". U.S. News & World Report. Retrieved July 12, 2008.
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  4. Moore, Scott (November 23, 2006). "David vs. Goliath:The Battle for Mt. Tabor Heats Up". The Portland Mercury. Retrieved October 7, 2015.
  5. "Can Francesconi be the comeback kid?". Retrieved April 29, 2017.
  6. https://pamplinmedia.com/pt/9-news/285831-162745-mt-tabor-reservoirs-disconnected-from-water-system
  7. "About Warner Pacific: Quick Facts". Retrieved September 30, 2017.
  8. "Academics: Majors/Degrees". Retrieved September 30, 2017.
  9. "Oregon colleges, as ranked by U.S. News and World Report". The Oregonian. September 13, 2016. Retrieved September 30, 2017.
  10. https://www.warnerpacific.edu/news/hispanic-serving-institution/
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  19. https://www.une.edu.au/staff-profiles/hass/tfudge
  20. "2017 Distinguished Alumni Ministry Service - Warner Pacific University". Warner Pacific University. Retrieved August 8, 2018.
  21. "Representative Victor S. 'Vic' Gilliam (OR)". Project Vote Smart. Retrieved April 5, 2009.
  22. "Kutless". TodaysChristianMusic.com. Archived from the original on March 4, 2016. Retrieved August 8, 2018.
  23. "Senator Rod Monroe". Oregon State Legislature. Retrieved October 7, 2015.
  24. Inskeep, Steve (June 30, 2006). "Religion, Politics a Potent Mix for Jerry Falwell". NPR.org. Retrieved August 8, 2018.
  25. "Wm. Paul Young - About". Wm. Paul Young. Retrieved January 6, 2018.
  26. "WP Alum Shares Insights into Best Selling Novel/ New Movie: The Shack". www.warnerpacific.edu. Retrieved January 6, 2018.
  27. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC38Zp6UJyCKVMmN7htZOQDg
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