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Warner Pacific University
WPU Logo Stacked.svg
Type Private
Established 1937 (1937)
Religious affiliation
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana)
Endowment $2.95 million
President Andrea Cook
Students 1333
Location Portland, Oregon, USA
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
Campus Urban
Colors      Warner Pacific Blue
     Thriving Green
Website www.warnerpacific.edu

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.

History[edit]

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]

Campus[edit]

McGuire Auditorium

Warner Pacific is situated on a 15-acre (0.061 km2) urban campus on the southern slope of Mount Tabor. The campus is adjacent to the 195-acre (0.79 km2) Mount Tabor Park that includes the Mount Tabor Park Reservoirs that are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Major buildings on campus include McGuire Auditorium, the Otto F. Linn Library, and the C.C. Perry Gymnasium. Bounded on the south by Southeast Division Street, the campus runs from approximately what would be 65th Avenue to 70th Avenue.

Academics[edit]

Warner Pacific University's traditional undergraduate program offers 25 majors, seven areas of pre-professional study, and 29 minors.[6] 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.[7]

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.[citation needed] 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.[8]

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. [9]

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.[10]

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.

Athletics[edit]

Warner Pacific Knights
Logo
University Warner Pacific College
Conference Cascade Collegiate Conference
NAIA Division II
Location Portland, OR
Varsity teams 13
Nickname Knights
Colors Columbia blue and Black
         
Website www.wpuknights.com

Warner Pacific teams, nicknamed the 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 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.[11]

Notable alumni[edit]

  • Nick Van der Veur[12]
  • Jim and Terri Teague[13]
  • Mike Moreland Sr[14]
  • Andy Magel[15]
  • Sah’Rah Kelsey Bey[16]
  • Anthony Hicker [17]
  • Mark Forster[18]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Ashton, David F. (February 15, 2018). "Warner Pacific becoming a university". Portland Tribune. Retrieved 16 February 2018. 
  2. ^ a b c "America's Best Colleges 2008: Warner Pacific College". U.S. News & World Report. Retrieved July 12, 2008. 
  3. ^ a b c "Our History". www.warnerpacific.edu. Warner Pacific College. Retrieved 17 February 2018. 
  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. ^ "About Warner Pacific: Quick Facts". Retrieved September 30, 2017. 
  7. ^ "Academics: Majors/Degrees". Retrieved September 30, 2017. 
  8. ^ "Oregon colleges, as ranked by U.S. News and World Report". The Oregonian. September 13, 2016. Retrieved September 30, 2017. 
  9. ^ https://www.warnerpacific.edu/news/hispanic-serving-institution/
  10. ^ "Warner Pacific Cuts Tuition by 24 Percent - Warner Pacific University". Warner Pacific University. Retrieved 2018-08-08. 
  11. ^ "Warner Pacific College to add men's and women's wrestling". The Oregonian. October 28, 2013. Retrieved October 30, 2013. 
  12. ^ "2015 Distinguished Alumni Award, Ministry - Warner Pacific University". Warner Pacific University. Retrieved 2018-08-08. 
  13. ^ "2015 Distinguished Alumni Award, Legacy - Warner Pacific University". Warner Pacific University. Retrieved 2018-08-08. 
  14. ^ "2016 Distinguished Alumni Award, Adult Degree Program - Warner Pacific University". Warner Pacific University. Retrieved 2018-08-08. 
  15. ^ "2017 Distinguished Alumni: Recent Alum - Warner Pacific University". Warner Pacific University. Retrieved 2018-08-08. 
  16. ^ "2017 Distinguished Alumni: Adult Degree Program - Warner Pacific University". Warner Pacific University. Retrieved 2018-08-08. 
  17. ^ "2017 Distinguished Alumni Award, Adult Degree Program - Warner Pacific University". Warner Pacific University. Retrieved 2018-08-08. 
  18. ^ "2017 Distinguished Alumni Ministry Service - Warner Pacific University". Warner Pacific University. Retrieved 2018-08-08. 
  19. ^ "Representative Victor S. 'Vic' Gilliam (OR)". Project Vote Smart. Retrieved April 5, 2009. 
  20. ^ "Kutless". TodaysChristianMusic.com. Archived from the original on 2016-03-04. Retrieved 2018-08-08. 
  21. ^ "Senator Rod Monroe". Oregon State Legislature. Retrieved October 7, 2015. 
  22. ^ Inskeep, Steve (2006-06-30). "Religion, Politics a Potent Mix for Jerry Falwell". NPR.org. Retrieved 2018-08-08. 
  23. ^ "Wm. Paul Young - About". Wm. Paul Young. Retrieved 2018-01-06. 
  24. ^ "WP Alum Shares Insights into Best Selling Novel/ New Movie: The Shack". www.warnerpacific.edu. Retrieved 2018-01-06. 

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