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Warner Pacific University
Established1937; 84 years ago (1937)
Religious affiliation
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana)
Endowment$18.4 million (2020)[1]
PresidentBrian L. Johnson[2]
Location, ,
United States

45°30′22″N 122°35′35″W / 45.506°N 122.593°W / 45.506; -122.593Coordinates: 45°30′22″N 122°35′35″W / 45.506°N 122.593°W / 45.506; -122.593
Colors  Columbia Blue

Warner Pacific University is a private Christian liberal arts university in Portland, Oregon. Founded in 1937, the university is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities and affiliated with the Church of God.


The school was established by the Church of God, whose founder was Daniel Sidney Warner.[3][4] The church voted to establish the college in September 1935, and in January 1936 the church bought land in Spokane, Washington, for the school.[5] It was then incorporated on February 9, 1937, as Pacific Bible College with classes starting in October 1937.[5][3]

Then Pacific Bible College moved to Oregon in 1940 to its current campus in the Mount Tabor neighborhood of Southeast Portland.[3] In 1959, it was renamed as Warner Pacific College, and in 1961 received full accredition by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.[5] 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,[6] but that deal fell through when the neighborhood association got wind of negotiations and felt that the sale of the public land was improper.[7] In 2018, the school changed its name to Warner Pacific University.[3]

As part of the COVID-19 pandemic, the school received between $1 million and $2 million in federally backed small business loan from Washington Trust Bank as part of the Paycheck Protection Program.[8]


McGuire Auditorium
McGuire Auditorium

Warner Pacific is situated on an 15-acre (0.061 km2) urban campus on the southern slope of Mount Tabor. 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.[9]

Buildings on campus include McGuire Auditorium, the Otto F. Linn Library, Gotham Hall, and the C.C. Perry Gymnasium. 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.[10] 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.[11]

Enrollment totals 1,333 students with a student to faculty ratio of 14:1.[4] Students at Warner Pacific are from eighteen states and nine countries.[citation needed] The on-campus library contains 56,647 volumes.[4] The college was ranked as the 6th best among western regional colleges by U.S. News & World Report in 2016.[12]

Warner Pacific University was 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.[13]


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.[14] The school's colors are baby blue and Portland sky grey.

Notable alumni

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  1. ^ As of June 30, 2020. U.S. and Canadian Institutions Listed by Fiscal Year 2020 Endowment Market Value and Change in Endowment Market Value from FY19 to FY20 (Report). National Association of College and University Business Officers and TIAA. February 19, 2021. Retrieved February 21, 2021.
  2. ^ "WPU Announces Eighth President". Warner Pacific University (Press release). June 12, 2020. Retrieved November 25, 2020.
  3. ^ a b c d Ashton, David F. (February 15, 2018). "Warner Pacific becoming a university". Portland Tribune. Retrieved February 16, 2018.
  4. ^ a b c "America's Best Colleges 2008: Warner Pacific College". U.S. News & World Report. Retrieved July 12, 2008.
  5. ^ a b c "Our History". Warner Pacific College. Retrieved February 17, 2018.
  6. ^ Moore, Scott (November 23, 2006). "David vs. Goliath:The Battle for Mt. Tabor Heats Up". The Portland Mercury. Retrieved October 7, 2015.
  7. ^ "Can Francesconi be the comeback kid?". Retrieved April 29, 2017.
  8. ^ Syed, Moiz; Willis, Derek (July 7, 2020). "WARNER PACIFIC UNIVERSITY - Coronavirus Bailouts - ProPublica". ProPublica. Retrieved July 8, 2020.
  9. ^ "Mt. Tabor reservoirs no longer providing water".
  10. ^ "About Warner Pacific: Quick Facts". Retrieved September 30, 2017.
  11. ^ "Academics: Programs of Study". Retrieved June 7, 2021.
  12. ^ "Oregon colleges, as ranked by U.S. News and World Report". The Oregonian. September 13, 2016. Retrieved September 30, 2017.
  13. ^ "WPU is First in Oregon to be Named Hispanic-Serving Institution". May 26, 2018.
  14. ^ "Warner Pacific College to add men's and women's wrestling". The Oregonian. October 28, 2013. Retrieved October 30, 2013.
  15. ^ "Thomas a Fudge".
  16. ^ "Representative Victor S. 'Vic' Gilliam (OR)". Project Vote Smart. Retrieved April 5, 2009.
  17. ^ Inskeep, Steve (June 30, 2006). "Religion, Politics a Potent Mix for Jerry Falwell". Retrieved August 8, 2018.
  18. ^ "Wm. Paul Young - About". Wm. Paul Young. Retrieved January 6, 2018.
  19. ^ "WP Alum Shares Insights into Best Selling Novel/ New Movie: The Shack". March 14, 2017. Retrieved January 6, 2018.
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