Warner Pacific is a Christ-centered, urban, liberal arts university dedicated to providing students from diverse backgrounds an education that prepares them to engage actively in a constantly changing world.

Vision Statement

Warner Pacific University will be a Christ-centered, innovative, diverse, formational learning community known for fostering collaboration, developing a sense of vocation among students, staff, and faculty, and operating within a position of fiscal responsibility.

Values Statement

Warner Pacific University, as a Christ-centered higher education institution, faith-based college values:

  • Learning within the context of community
  • Academic and inclusive excellence
  • Engaged relationships among students, staff, and faculty (read our Institutional Profile)
  • Service in and beyond our city
  • The transformative power of the gospel

Core Themes

  • Cultivating a Christ-centered learning community
  • Collaborating with and for our urban environment
  • Fostering a liberal arts education
  • Investing in the formation and success of students from diverse backgrounds

Tagline and Motto


“Where faith and scholarship lead to service.”

Embracing Paradox

We encourage interdisciplinary learning and invite honest questioning through a foundation of faith. As a result, faculty members have created a core curriculum rooted in the notion of paradox that challenges students to engage with life’s most difficult questions.

The Warner Pacific University experience additionally offers:

  • Small classes: Our 12-to-1 student-to-faculty ratio translates into the individualized attention and intellectual interaction that meaningful scholarship requires. Close academic relationships between faculty and students often result in customized internships and independent study courses, both of which are enhanced by the resources of the greater Portland area, where a multitude of cultural and employment opportunities await.
  • Options: Undergraduates can choose from 25 majors and 29 minors, and students pursuing a graduate education can select one of three graduate studies degrees, including a Master of Education, Master of Teaching, and Master of Science in Management/Organizational Leadership.
  • Ongoing education: For the last 20 years, our distinctive Professional and Graduate Studies  (PGS) has offered adult learners a convenient and pragmatic degree completion program that is built around their individual needs.