“Knights 4 A Day” introduces high school golfers to college

Oregon Junior Golf Association golfers spent a day as honorary members of Warner Pacific College’s Knights Golf Teams on Wednesday, August 17, 2016.

Oregon Junior Golfers with Knight Golfer at Knights 4 A Day eventIt was an idyllic summer day for golf in Portland and a perfect day for seven local high school golfers to go back to school as part of a first-of-its-kind partnership between the Warner Pacific Knights Golf Teams and the Oregon Golf Association.

“’Knights 4 A Day’ is a truly unique, one-of-kind program developed by Warner Pacific Athletics. It uses golf as a pathway to reach diverse and underrepresented high school students,” explained Dr. Aaron McMurray,  former Vice President for Institutional Advancement and External Relations. “We hope to inspire and educate young golfers by giving them a taste of what it is like to be a college athlete, even just for a day.”

For the junior golfers, their day as a Knight started in the classroom, giving them a true college student experience. An interactive presentation about college admissions and financing provided tips and resources that will help them regardless of what school they ultimately choose.

Paired with a Knight golfer, the students spread out across the Mt. Tabor campus for a scavenger-hunt-style campus tour that even included capturing several Pokémons.  One junior golfer loved “how WPC is right next to a dog park.” Their on-campus experience was capped with a workout with a WPC trainer.

Finally, the golfers found their way to the links where they excelled in the friendly competition offered by the nine-hole scramble. The Sah-Hah-Lee Golf Course, along the Clackamas River, challenged them with undulating greens, water hazards, and greenside sand bunkers. Knights coached the junior players with tips that immediately improved their stroke, stance, and score. “I was able to share some drills and practice techniques that will help them make it to the next level with their golfing,” said Warner Pacific golfer Jacob Berg. “It was fascinating to think that only four years ago I was in their shoes and now I am starting the last competitive season of golf in my life! It was a humbling experience.”

Oregon Junior Golfers with Knight golf coach Quincy Heard
Oregon Junior Golfers with Knights Golf Coach Quincy Heard

By the end of the day, the junior golfers really saw the difference between playing for a high school team and playing at college level.

Warner Pacific golfer Quincy Anderson remembered “how I felt when I was their age. I was so unsure of college and what it would be like.” She wishes there would have been a program like this when she was exploring colleges and enthusiastically supports future Knights-4-A-Day events.

Because of this innovative introduction, several of the junior golfers expressed serious interest in making Warner Pacific their top college choice.

“Thank you to Warner Pacific and the Warner Pacific Golf Teams for inspiring junior golfers and for encouraging them to continue having fun playing golf while looking ahead to college opportunities,” expressed Robyn Lorain, Certified PGA, Director, Oregon Junior Golf for the Oregon Golf Association. “We are very impressed with how well rounded the entire day was and filled with so many experiences – the scavenger hunt, lunch, and golf. Your golfers certainly made the juniors feel special.”

Oregon Junior Golf introduces youth to the sport, encouraging friendships and a life-long love for the game for young golfers of all skill levels. Oregon Junior Golf offers both competitive and non-competitive junior golf playing opportunities.

Join us for Founder’s Day at Warner Pacific (October 5)

  Join us as we celebrate our 2nd Annual Founder’s Day.

2016 Founder's DayCelebrate the day Pacific Bible College opened its doors, October 5, 1937. Drop by Egtvedt Hall on Wednesday, October 5, at 12:30 pm for your slice of WP birthday cake!

We are asking alumni to donate $1 for each year you’ve been out of college. Every dollar donated (up to $4,500) will be matched thanks to the generosity of WPC alums Don Heerlein and Cliff Schrock.

Friends, faculty, staff, and current students can donate $1 for every year they’ve been connected to the college.

Support WPC students todayThese donations will go a long way in helping current Knights earn a quality liberal arts education and create similar lifelong memories and friendships.

 Join the celebration on campus

LUNCH: If you live close to campus, please join us for lunch on Founders Day – Wednesday, October 5. The cafeteria opens at 11 am. Feel free to stop in, grab lunch, and mix/mingle with current students and fellow alums. (Lunch is just $5 with coupon (PDF).)

CAKE: President Cook will be cutting the birthday cake at 12:30 pm in the dining hall of the Mt. Tabor Campus.

 Discover WPC’s history

When did the cafeteria move to Egtvedt Hall? Who was the second President of the College? Where was the original building on the Mt. Tabor campus? Did you know that Warner Pacific had the last true switchboard in Portland?

Learn more about the College’s history on through the Historical Timeline.

 Share your memories!

You can participate in Founder’s Day from any place on the globe! 

View our campus timeline and add your favorite photos and WPC memories via social media. Remember to
@ mention us or use #warnerpacific.

WPC is also recognized for as a Best Value School by US News

We are so pleased that for another year, Warner Pacific not only ranks in the Top 10 Regional Colleges in the West (ranked 6th), the College was also named as a “Best Value School in the West” (ranked 7th) by the U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges 2017 edition. To determine which colleges and universities offer the best value for students, U.S. News takes into account both academic quality and cost. We strives to make a private, Christian higher education accessible to as many qualified students, and their families, as possible.

In 2008, Warner Pacific reduced tuition significantly and continues to keep it an affordable level, with tuition and fees averaging just $22,710 a year, more than 40% less than the average private college in Oregon and Washington.

Warner Pacific also launched “Freedom to Flourish” in 2014. This is Portland’s first loan repayment assistance program for undergraduate students that promises incoming freshmen that the College will provide assistance to repay student loans after graduation to those who need it (valid for students who entered Warner Pacific as freshmen in Fall 2014 through Fall 2015).

“We’re very aware of the financial strain facing many families,” said Dale Seipp, Jr., Vice President for Enrollment and Marketing. “That is why we are committed to keeping increases in tuition, fees, and housing to a minimum, providing affordable, Christ-centered, private liberal arts education that serves students and families for whom college has traditionally been out of reach.”

Other resources offered to students include scholarships, work-study positions, financial literacy coaching, and a free membership into $ALT.

Warner Pacific Ranks as 6th Best Regional College in the West (U.S. News & World Report)

Warner Pacific science classWarner Pacific College offers students a place to explore and find answers while growing in leadership, service to the community, and faith. In addition, the school’s urban location offers professional internships, volunteer opportunities, and work experiences where students can apply the knowledge and skills they’ve developed in the classroom and within a campus culture.

While our students know what a wonderful place the College is, we continue to be recognized for our excellent liberal arts education. Warner Pacific consistently ranks in the Top 10 Regional Colleges (West) by the U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges. The ranking allows prospective students and their families compare the relative quality of colleges based on widely accepted indicators of excellence such as first-year student retention, graduation rates, excellence in education, and strength of the faculty.

Warner Pacific College is one of the Top 10 Regional Colleges – West, an area that includes institutions from 14 states. The College is one of only two Oregon colleges to be in the top 10.

Warner Pacific religion class“As a small college, we are honored to be nationally recognized for the quality of our educational environment,” said Dr. Andrea P. Cook, President of Warner Pacific College. “Warner Pacific students experience a unique blend of rigorous study and authentic relationships that provide them with the confidence they need to seek a career that is both professionally rewarding and personally fulfilling.”

In addition to internships, service opportunities, and study abroad programs, Warner Pacific College also offers a wide variety of clubs, organizations, artistic groups, and leadership opportunities. Using the city as their classroom, students develop the skills necessary to become life-long learners who are prepared to face a rapidly changing world.

The information presented in the 2017 Best Colleges rankings and directory was collected during spring and summer 2016 via the U.S. News annual statistical survey of colleges.

See all of Warner Pacific’s national rankings

Pre-Election Event: Politics, Portland, and You (September 27)

Warner Pacific College invites you to our Pre-Election Event 2016 on National Voter Registration Day.

WPC Pre-election event 2016When: Tuesday, September 27, from 6:30 – 8:30pm
Where: Warner Pacific College, McGuire Auditorium, 2219 SE 68th Ave., Portland (cross street is SE Division); Free parking
RSVP: Sign up with our online registration form or Facebook – space is limited; No cost

  • Is there a connection between the national election and housing in your neighborhood?
  • How can you get involved and make change in your community?

Learn from local leaders about how to get involved though formal politics and community organizations.

  • Keynote speaker Margaret Salazar, Field Office Director, Oregon State Office at US Department of Housing and Urban Development, will discuss the National Impact on Local Housing.
  • Panelists WPC Alum Senator Rod Monroe ’64, Portland NAACP President Jo Ann Hardesty, Representative Alissa Keny – Guyer, and Lynn Snodgrass, CEO of the Gresham Area Chamber of Commerce will share their stories and answer your questions.
  • Local agencies will be on site to help you get involved: NAYA, Unite Oregon, Causa Oregon, Latino Network, Hacienda CDC, Transition Projects, Yes for Affordable Homes, Bus ProjectRSVP button

The event is open to the public, so please join us and invite your friends!

Questions: Please contact Serena Cline scline@warnerpacific.edu or 503.517.1026

22nd Annual Oregon Small Business Fair hosted at Warner Pacific (September 17)

Thinking of starting your own business or expanding the one you already own?

The Oregon Small Business Fair (Saturday, September 17) offers free workshops and exhibits as well as providing an opportunity for entrepreneurs in Oregon to get invaluable business information.

  • Attendees can enjoy a wide range of workshops topics including Access to Capital, Marketing Online for Business Success, Exploring the Government Marketplace, Hiring Business Professionals, Staying on the Right Track with Taxes, and Insuring Your Business Success.
  • The Keynote Speaker, Oregon’s current State Treasurer and Mayor Elect of Portland,Ted Wheeler, will be speaking during the luncheon.
  • Get free business counseling and advice from 30 exhibitors.

This free one-day event features exhibits hosted by the Asian Pacific American Chamber of Commerce of Oregon and SW Washington (APACC), and sponsored by Business Oregon, Umpqua Bank, City of Portland, On Point Community Credit Union, SAIF, Albina Community Bank, The Portland Development Commission, M Bank, Phoenix Media, and Warner Pacific College.

Warner Pacific Alum becomes Medford’s new City Manager

Warner Pacific alum Brian Sjothun, Medford City ManagerThe College congratulates alum Brian Sjothun ’96 who was recently named as Medford’s new City Manager by a vote of the Medford City Council. The City Manager’s Office provides support to the Mayor and City Council and includes the City Recorder, Emergency Management, and Facilities Management divisions.

[From a KOBI5 news report] Sjothun served with the City of Medford since March 2004. He served as the Recreation Superintendent for five months prior to becoming the Parks and Recreation Director in August 2004. Prior to coming to the City of Medford, Brian spent 16 years with the Woodburn Recreation & Parks Department. Sjothun received his Bachelor’s degree from Warner Pacific College and completed his Master’s degree in Public Administration from Golden Gate University.

“I am honored to be selected and look forward to continue serving the residents of Medford,” said Sjothun in press release sent by the City of Medford.

What are the Differences Between Big and Small Colleges

For many students, this is the penultimate question when determining what college they want to attend: big or small? Each has its merits and the truth is neither is superior to the other; the reality is they cater to different types of students.

Are you self-motivated and enjoy anonymity? Are you curious and interested in a community?What are the Differences Between Big and Small Colleges

These are two of the core questions to ask, but even if you don’t know the answer, hopefully the following differences will help you figure it out. Here’s a comprehensive list of the differences between big and small colleges.

Class Size: Big or Small?

If you’ve just graduated high school, then this may be hard to visualize, but the class sizes at big colleges are enormous. Can you imagine being in a classroom with 200 other students? How about 300 or 400 where students are standing in the back row (waiting for people to drop out)? This is common and especially with your mandatory general education courses.

Some students enjoy this feature of big colleges because they feel like they can blend in. They won’t be called to answer a question unless they decide to. There are many opportunities to meet new people and you don’t feel like you’re being watched every time you send a text to one of your friends during the lecture. That said, unless you make a concentrated effort to formally introduce yourself to your professor and make repeat visits to their office hours, you cannot expect to build a mentor/student relationship naturally. Smaller classes are essentially the opposite of this.

In smaller classes, you will get to know everyone, even the professor, and you are no exception. Your presence will be felt and have an impact on the class. If you’re the one always asking the questions on everyone’s mind and you’re out sick, then it will change the tone of the class that day. Similarly, if you prefer anonymity, but the person who always asks questions is absent, then that role might fall onto you.

Professors: Esteemed or Mentors?

Typically, larger colleges have famous or esteemed professors at their school. These can be people who are experts in their field and teach as a “side-gig” while they work full-time on their own or with a research grants from the university. For many students, this can be appealing since you’re not simply reading about contemporaries in your field of study, but you’re listening to your contemporaries talking about their books; their research.

That said, there is a caveat that comes with this. Not all classes “by the professor” are necessarily taught by the professor. Oftentimes, the professor’s assistant is the one teaching the course, but the professor is available during office hours.

With smaller colleges, it’s less likely that you’ll meet a famous professor in your field (less likely, not impossible), but they are usually full-time professors. This means you can reach out to them, talk with them, get coffee and really delve into the subject matter and/or develop a mentor/student relationship.

(Also, especially with this difference, remember that this doesn’t apply to all colleges. Some small colleges have famous professors, but some of the best small colleges might have no one you’ve ever heard of. It’s simply more likely that at a large university, you will have someone of renown.)

Sports: Priority or Secondary?

Almost all schools have sports teams, but at the bigger universities, you’re guaranteed to have large sporting events celebrating your home team. These are huge gatherings that you can enjoy with friends or experience a new community.

Small colleges foster sporting programs and athletes as well, but there’s usually a focus on a few select sports rather than the whole gamut. So if you’re erring on the side of small colleges, you should definitely do some research beforehand to ensure that the one you select has the sports program you’re interested in.

Majors: Variety or Select?

Another big difference between large and small colleges is the options for majors. Larger colleges tend to have an endless swathe of choices. This caters to people who are interested in double-majoring, majoring in something a bit more esoteric, or don’t know what they want. If you go into a four-year college undecided, then a large university will give you a taste of the myriad choices.

A smaller college is more focused. They may not offer as many majors, but they do offer very customized plans. Many small colleges are flexible and if your passion appears to be a hybrid of sorts, you may be able to create an entire program for yourself.


The last difference we’ll address is community because for many people, this is why they attend a small college over a larger college. If you’re not very outgoing, you can go through your entire four-years at a larger college without getting to know anyone. There are thousands of students and you can slide through the cracks wholly anonymous. At small colleges however, you will know everyone, it’s a consequence of being at the same school. You don’t need to have a class together to get to know someone. You meet everyone by proxy or through some intermediary. You establish a genuine community with your peers. If this is important to you, then you may want to consider a smaller Christian college.

Ultimately, the choice is yours, but as you may have already pieced together, each college appeals to a certain type of person. If you’re self-disciplined, outgoing, but unsure of who you are (or want to be), then a bigger college will appeal to you. You can be the anonymous observer, get the work done, experience some events and become who you want to be.

If you’re curious and need to dig deeper into subject matters, and want some guidance, then a smaller college would be perfect for you. The community gives you the opportunity to enhance yourself, but the mentor relationship fosters growth. It’s your choice, so take some time to delve deeper into what you want and then decide what’s right for you.

Why Warner Pacific Ranks Best Regional College West

Year after year, Warner Pacific continues to rank in the top ten for Best Value Schools and Regional Colleges West by U.S. News. The metrics for determining these rankings is manifold, weighing the tuition cost, financial aid options, graduation rates, overall academics and even safety. Ranking is an honor and demonstrates a school’s commitment to quality education. Still you may be wondering why Warner Pacific ranks so highly. Here are the top reasons why Warner Pacific Ranks in the top ten for Best Regional College West and Best Value.Why Warner Pacific Ranks Best Regional College West

1. Affordability

Warner Pacific is incredibly affordable, especially when compared to other private colleges or four-year universities. In 2015-2016, the tuition rate was $21,460. For some, that number may still seem daunting, but that’s roughly 30% less than the majority of private colleges and even less than the cost of some public four-year institutions. On its own, this is a feat, but it’s nothing compared to the second reason Warner Pacific ranks so highly.

2. Financial Aid

Many colleges are ranked for their financial aid opportunities. Having a prestigious college with expert professors at the forefront of their field of study won’t mean anything if students cannot receive the financial aid necessary to attend. In this regard, Warner Pacific continues to put education as their top priority, reinvesting their own finances into the students. On average, students of Warner Pacific receive $6,462 in scholarships or grant awards directly from the College.

Warner Pacific offers a wide-range of scholarship opportunities and many of them are easy for students to achieve simply by working hard in their high school studies. In addition, there are major-specific grants and scholarships, as well as faith-based and leadership scholarships. This makes Warner Pacific an incredibly affordable college, and it is largely based on the students’ own merits.

3. Faculty to Student Body Ratio

One of the elements Warner Pacific prides themselves on is being a small college. A small college is a selling point for many students and is, indeed, a reason for a school to rank highly.

Small colleges offer a more interactive environment for students; more intimate class discussions — as opposed to lectures. This is the perfect environment for students who want a hands-on learning experience and, more importantly, to build a mentorship with their professors.

With larger colleges, students need to be incredibly self-disciplined which, although admirable, is not a skill learned overnight. Considering that most college students pursue a degree after 12 years of mandatory school, it can be challenging for freshmen to simply take on their academics on their own. This is why larger schools are usually the better choice for students who are already self-motivated, since they need to take ownership of the workload and rarely connect with their professors.

At Warner Pacific, the ratio of faculty to students for the 2015-2016 academic year was 12:1 with over 71% of classes having fewer than 20 students. Professors recognize their students, know them by name, and mentorships can easily be formed. The mentorship in particular is useful as students graduate college and start seeking employment. The professors at small colleges are usually well-networked within their field — so if a graduate is struggling to find work, they’ll have someone to turn to for help.

4. Safety

Warner Pacific ranks highly for safety, offering 24-hour patrols around the campus, lighted pathways, emergency telephone lines for students, and late night transport and escort service for anyone in need of additional safety. In addition, all dormitories are secure premises, requiring either a key or security card to get access.

And since 2011, there have been 0 arrests on campus. In short, Warner Pacific is an extremely secure school, and make no mistake, just because Warner Pacific is secure, does not mean students lack freedom. Over 70% of the student body have their own vehicles on campus and they are free to come and go as they please.

5. Education for Veterans

Warner Pacific also ranks in the top ten for Veterans. This means that Warner Pacific participates in federal initiatives that help veterans and active-duty military pay for their college degrees.

6. A Top Ranking Faith-Based College

Education is always held in the highest regard at Warner Pacific, a christian college, but the other reason to attend is because Warner Pacific is a faith-based college. For those who believe strongly in their faith and want to continue to grow in a community of their peers, this is the right school for you.

Warner Pacific’s motto is “Where faith and scholarship lead to service” and the idea is to weave the teachings of God into all of your experiences. This doesn’t limit it to academics, but leadership, friendship, art, and co-curricular passions. Warner Pacific calls students to involve their faith in every facet of what they do – and it’s why living amongst your peers is so beneficial for the college experience. This is the type of college that invites students to ask hard questions, but also seek answers. To challenge themselves while having a community to support them. Too often, schools separate scholarship from faith, but Warner Pacific believes in combining the two; to see how they’re intertwined, rather than divided.

For students interested in growing in their faith, becoming a part of lifelong community, and attaining a four-year college degree, then Warner Pacific is the right choice.

Warner Pacific recognized as a College of Distinction

Warner Pacific is a College of DistinctionA national college guide honors Warner Pacific for distinctive educational excellence.

Warner Pacific continues to be honored as a College of Distinction!

The 2016-17 College of Distinction designation is given to select schools to honor their excellence in student-focused higher education. Warner Pacific was found to excel in all Four Distinctions.

Warner Pacific a Christian College of Distinction

Warner Pacific was nominated by high school counselors and educators and evaluated on several key indicators including student engagement, student empowerment, and curricular innovation.

The College was also recognized as a Christian College of Distinction. With our commitment to seeing individuals, families, and communities flourish, we know our students will find their passion and be equipped to serve in their calling whether it is in business, on the basketball court, behind a microphone, or from a pulpit.

Warner Pacific is an Oregon College of DistinctionColleges of Distinction is a web-based guide for high school juniors and seniors seeking a school that is nationally recognized and highly recommended by professionals in the field of education.