December 9: Weather Updates

UPDATE: Warner Pacific offices and the Early Learning Center Preschool will close at 2:00 pm on Friday, December 9. Afternoon and evening classes on the Traditional and Adult Degree Program campuses are canceled.

Due to continued icy conditions, all Warner Pacific offices and the Early Learning Center Preschool will open at 10:00 am on Friday, December 9.

Students with outstanding final exams should contact instructors to coordinate scheduling.

December 8: Classes Canceled and Offices Closed

Due to severe weather conditions on Thursday, December 8, 2016, all Warner Pacific College classes at the Traditional and Adult Degree Program (ADP) campuses have been canceled.

The Office of Academic Affairs is currently making alternate arrangements for final exams that are impacted by these cancellations. Professors will share additional information with those specific courses as it become available.

All Warner Pacific Traditional and ADP offices are closed, as well as the Early Learning Center Preschool.

Campus events, including the 3:00 p.m. Closing Reception for artist Gary Buhler have been canceled. For information about athletics events, please visit


Be Prepared for Inclement Weather

In the event of inclement weather, the Vice President for Academic Affairs will make the decision whether or not to close offices and cancel classes or delay the start of classes.

TRADITIONAL CAMPUS: Decisions impacting offices and classes will be made by 6:00 am that day.

ADP CAMPUSES: Due to changes in weather patterns, decisions will be made by 4:00 pm that day whether to cancel ADP classes across all campuses. In severe weather occasions, the decision to cancel ADP classes may be made in the morning. In such cases, ADP class cancellation will be included in the text of the alert.

Information is first distributed through our e2campus alert system. If you are not currently signed up to receive campus alerts, please follow the instructions below. After the campus alert is sent, information about office closures and class cancellations or delays will be shared with local news outlets, as well as on the College’s Facebook page and website to ensure that guests planning to visit the campus will be notified of potential service disruptions.

If no announcement is made, it’s safe to assume that Warner Pacific campuses are operating as usual. On rare occasions, individual professors may choose to cancel a class meeting even though the College is operating normally, so please be sure that you are checking your Warner Pacific email account to find out if your specific class is impacted.


How to Register for e2campus Alerts:

  1. Go to
  2. Click the “Create New Account.”
  3. Enter your Warner Pacific College user name (usually your first initial and last name) and a password.
  4. Enter the rest of the information requested (Under “Opt-Out Date” select a date appropriate for the length of time you intend to be at Warner Pacific. Employees should select the date farthest out).
  5. Put a check mark in the box marked Tabor Campus (for traditional/Tabor Campus), ADP Campuses, or both if you are associated with both programs.
  6. Once you ask the system to create your account, it will send a code to your cell phone which you will need to enter into the system to verify that it is working correctly.
  7. Once you have entered that code online, you have created your account.

You can always log in to the system at with your user name and password to adjust account information (cell number, email addresses, etc.).

Please direct any emergency notification questions to Paul Hartman, Director of Campus Services, at


Are Small Colleges Still Affordable?

Are Small Colleges Still Affordable?

Though many schools of higher education are firmly rooted in tradition—through campus life, sports, and legacy families—what higher education looks like today is quite different than it did for previous generations. With over 2,700 schools to choose from, online classes are becoming the norm and more schools are offering completely online degrees. Flexible schedules are allowing more people to earn degrees than ever before, but it comes at a cost (literally).

Tuition prices have skyrocketed in the past 20 years. Between 1995 and 2015, the average tuition at private U.S. universities rose by 179%, surpassed by out-of-state tuition for public schools’ increase of 226%, and in-state public university tuition alarming jump of 296% (note that inflation between the same years grew by just 55.1%). Collectively, the 44 million Americans saddled with student loans are $1.3 trillion in student debt. The average higher education graduate in 2016 has $37,172 in student loan debt, 6% more than students who graduated just one year before. So in short, all universities, big and small, are increasingly expensive.

Cost aside, earning your college degree is more important today than it ever has been—with one in every three people holding a bachelor’s degree or higher. With so many factors determining which career path is right for you, affordable small colleges make it easier to find your perfect fit without drowning in debt.

Why Choose a Small College?

Small colleges can be among the most affordable options for higher education and are scaled to create a strong sense of community among students and staff. Starting college can be overwhelming, but a smaller campus with fewer students can reduce reasons for anxiety.

Academically, affordable small colleges are more likely to employ instructors and professors who are there because they love to teach. Large universities often pull big-name professors who teach in order to have an institution to conduct their research. Small class sizes at small colleges facilitate one-on-one interactions and a tight-knit learning environment. With a shorter list of majors, small colleges often offer customizable degrees that cater to the career goals of each individual student.

How to Keep Small Colleges Affordable

Whether you go big or small, starting with a low base tuition is the best way to keep college affordable. Grants, loans, scholarships, and part-time jobs all make getting your degree more affordable, but first you need to determine which combination of these subsidies and payment methods is right for you:

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

During your college years, you’ll likely become quite acquainted with the acronym FAFSA—a huge factor in determining the amount and the kind of financial help you’ll receive each year. Your year in school, enrollment status, cost of attendance, and the income of your parents or guardians (unless you are an independent student, then your personal income will be a factor instead) all determine your eligibility for financial help. The tricky thing is, even if your parents or guardians do not plan to help pay for your tuition, FAFSA will take their income into account as if they are the ones picking up the check.

Government financial aid is divided among two categories. Need-based aid is financial aid that you can receive if you have financial need and meet other eligibility criteria. It includes grants, subsidized loans, and work-study opportunities. Non-need-based aid does not take Expected Family Contribution (based on household assets and income) into account, but rather is based on the other assistance a student has or will be receiving. Unsubsidized loans and minimal grants are included in non-need-based aid.


To qualify for both subsidized and unsubsidized loans, a student must be enrolled at least half-time (taking 6 credit hours of classes, for example). Subsidized loans give students a six-month post-graduation grace period until your payment obligation kicks in. Interest accumulated while the student is enrolled at least half-time is paid by the U.S. Department of Education. Interest payments for unsubsidized loans accrue throughout a student’s enrollment time and are tacked-on to the loan amount once the student graduates.  


Unlike loans, grants do not have to be paid back. Grants can be privately or governmentally funded. The Federal Pell Grant is part of FAFSA’s need-based aid and is usually awarded only to undergraduate students who have not yet earned a degree. Every student who is deemed eligible on a need-based evaluation can receive the Pell Grant. The amount allotted per student each year fluctuates and will change each academic year. Even if you do not qualify for grants through the government, there’s a good chance you can apply to some through your affordable small college’s website.


Scholarships are awarded for just about anything you could think of and though they usually require a lengthy application process, scholarships can help save thousands of dollars on college tuition. High schools, extracurriculars, and sports teams, as well as private foundations and companies, are all great resources for potential scholarship money. College websites list scholarships awarded through the school. Like grants, you don’t have to pay back scholarships.


Nearly every school offers a work-study program that provides part-time work for enrolled students with financial need as determined by FAFSA. Work-study programs are often available to both half-time and full-time students and include both on-campus jobs and jobs through select nonprofit organizations or public agencies. Work-study jobs are typically very flexible and work around class schedules. Students are paid hourly and placement is determined by a student’s skill-set and financial need, though the early worm does usually get the employment worm! Be proactive. If your FAFSA determined you eligible, apply before the semester starts to increase your chances of being placed.




President Cook’s Statement on Free Speech

To the Warner Pacific Community:

Recently, our Knights joined an on-going national conversation about free speech and the rights of student-athletes to protest peacefully. I know that many of you have strong feelings about these actions and some of you have shared your opinions about the decision by members of the men’s basketball team to kneel during the national anthem at the home game on November 15, 2016.

I have heard both support for the actions of these students as well as concerns over the choice they have made, and I understand the deep convictions and concerns driving both perspectives. As a community, our ability to live in this tension with grace is both our privilege as Americans and our calling as followers of Christ.

As a community, Warner Pacific is dedicated to putting our core values into practice. We respect students’ capacity to think independently and encourage each one to engage actively in the academic and co-curricular learning process. While at Warner Pacific, we desire for students to learn the importance of questioning the status quo as they become critical thinkers who are capable of evaluating evidence to inform their decisions. As the President of Warner Pacific College, I fully support your right to enter into this conversation respectfully and I welcome the diverse perspective that each of us brings.

I recognize that some people may be upset by the actions taken by these students, or by the response of those who oppose these actions. But let me be clear, Warner Pacific College holds fast to the First Amendment rights of every student and employee. Whether you are debating in the classroom, praying in the locker room, petitioning at city hall, waving the American flag, or kneeling during the national anthem; we are all protected under the same freedoms.

We have the privilege to walk with young people as they journey through this process of learning; wrestling with their perspectives on many things, including faith and grace. We have this moment—a span of a few years— to engage them in a Christ-centered learning process that will help form and frame their lives beyond this place.

My hope is that Warner Pacific will be known as a community that invites and encourages all to come to the table where we can engage in respectful and civil dialogue rather than shouting at one another from the corners.

With Hope and Gratitude,
Andrea P. Cook, Ph.D.

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Certified Personal Trainer Certification Available to WPC Students

In partnership with the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM), Warner Pacific is excited to be able to offer our students a Bachelor of Science in Health & Wellness that includes a Certified Personal Trainer (CPT) accreditation.

As the only four-year institution in Oregon affiliated with NASM, Warner Pacific believes this partnership will provide our graduates with the competitive edge they need to enter the workforce with the skills, training, and confidence to succeed as health and wellness professionals. According to NASM, “The fitness professional provides guidance to help clients achieve their personal, health, fitness, and performance goals via the implementation of exercise programs, nutritional recommendations, and suggestions in lifestyle modification.”

The NASM CPT certification is accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA). The NCCA is a nationally recognized third party agency that accredits certification programs which are able to meet and comply with its standards. NCCA’s mission is to help ensure the health, welfare, and safety of the public through the accreditation of certification programs that assess professional competence.

Earning your CPT as you complete your Warner Pacific degree program means that you’ll have the practical and scientific knowledge to work in a variety of facilities, including health clubs, gyms, university, corporate, and community or public fitness centers, and positions ranging from freelance to full-time.

Warner Pacific Students Participate in the Murdock College Science Research Conference

At the recent Murdock College Science Research Conference (November 2016) hosted at Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington, two Warner Pacific science students presented research posters. Science posters are a key component of communicating a snapshot of research and are intended to invite conversation about the work.

The Conference focuses on sharing and advancing new knowledge in the natural sciences that were created or discovered through collaborative faculty-student research at colleges and universities in the Pacific Northwest.

In honor of the program’s silver anniversary, the theme of the Conference this year was “Celebrating 25 Years in Supporting Undergraduate Research.”

Attendance at this Conference is by invitation; Warner Pacific was one of 30 invited. Oral and poster research presentations by students form the core of the Conference with over 300 students participating.


WPC Student Ben Durham at Murdock Conference 2016
Ben Durham entered: Biology-Ecology Competition may lead to declines in American Kestrel (Falco sparverius) nest box use at the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge and its implications for management.
WPC student Brook Mengistu at Murdock Conference 2016
Biruktawit (Brook) Mengistu entered: Biology Developmental Biology –  Effect of maternal obesity on expression of Carnitine Palmitoyltransferase 1a (CPT 1a) in the human placenta.

Fall Concert Series

Autum leaves on sheet musicEnjoy the musical talents of our extraordinary students during our Fall Concert Series:

Jazz Concert

Featuring the Warner Pacific Jazz Band and Vocal Jazz Ensemble performing family-friendly music that includes ballads, rock, jazz, Latin, and gospel songs.

Wednesday, November 16, at 7:30 pm

Choir Concert

Featuring the Warner Pacific Concert Choir and Warner Chorale. This entertaining program highlights music by composers such as Bruckner, Arnesen, Augustinas, and Whalum, featuring rich harmonies, captivating arrangements, and a musical surprise or two.  People of all ages are welcome and will find this concert to be inspiring and uplifting.

Sunday, November 20, at 3:00 pm

Wind Ensemble Concert

Wednesday, November 30, at 7:30 pm


All concerts are free and take place at Warner Pacific’s McGuire Auditorium (2219 SE 68th Ave.). Plenty of free parking available.


Join us for Advent Brunch (December 3)

Warner Pacific Advent BrunchPlease join us for the 5th Annual Advent Brunch hosted President Andrea Cook; a joyful time of fellowship, reflection, and renewal.


  • Saturday, December 3
  • 10 am – 12 pm
  • McGuire Auditorium (2219 SE 68th Ave., Portland)
  • Gourmet Brunch
  • Advent Brunch RSVP buttonHelp us spread joy this season by bringing and donating a new or gently used children’s book for the Children’s Book Bank Drive and help us give kids throughout Portland the gift of reading
  • Be our guests (there is no charge to attend); however, please RSVP to reserve your spot.
  • Please RSVP by Wednesday, November 23

Give the Gift of Reading

We are excited to once again partner with the Children’s Book Bank, supporting  their work to bring the gift of reading to kids throughout Portland. Easy access to books is foundational to literacy development. Scarcity of books in the home is one of the greatest obstacles that must be overcome by children living in poverty. Children with books in the home become better readers and do better in school.

Please bring your new or gently used books to the brunch and help us give  Portland’s most vulnerable children the gift of reading. Types of books most in need are Dr. Seuss and Spanish-language books. Other requests are: picture books, board books, alphabet books, and counting books. (New books are preferred for Christmas.)

Click here to purchase books specially requested by the Children’s Book Bank.

Chldren's Book Bank