5 Reasons Students Attend a Christian College

As a young Christian trying to decide which college to attend for the first time, you may be wavering between a secular or Christian college. Both Christian colleges and non-christian colleges offer you a great education, but in order to make your decision, you may have to look a little deeper.

The truth is, choosing which college to attend is a huge decision. The college you choose affects your choice of major, the friends you will make, extracurricular activities that you partake in, and the location you are gaining experience. Your choice to attend one college or another may very well determine what you end up doing for work as a result of your time there. Possibly even who you marry. 

When it comes down to it, your choice of which college to attend is also your decision about which campus you want to grow at over the next four years, and the community you want to help guide you to find your place in God’s Kingdom.5 Reasons Students Attend a Christian College

Here are five reasons students choose to attend a Christian college:

  1. Use College As A Chance To Grow Your Faith

Christian colleges provide you with an environment primed for building your faith. Whether it’s incorporating Christian values and lessons into classes, to weekly religious services and spiritual advisors, having an infrastructure that prioritizes your relationship with Christ is a huge benefit to your faith. Attending a secular college can sometimes be a jarring experience, especially if you are used to the comforts of a Christian environment at home. But Christian colleges give you the chance to be surrounded by reminders every day. Whether it’s prayer before class, or a morning bible study in your dorm room, these reminders can go a long way toward helping grow into a stronger faith in the next four years, leaving you better prepared for the working world, both mentally and spiritually.  

  1. Learn With Your Values Integrated Into The Classroom

At a secular college, you may be confronted with opposing views that don’t align with God’s vision, and it can be a really difficult process to detangle, especially if you are surrounded by people who don’t share your faith. But your faith and your education shouldn’t have to be compartmentalized or separated. At a Christian college, faith-based values are integrated into every class. Whether it’s an art class, science or engineering class, you’ll get the benefit of seeing and hearing the influence of the Word on every subject. Professors and teachers bring you the benefit of their real life experiences as believers in their field, giving you a deeper understanding of the subject you are studying, and how it impacts the world in alignment with God’s plan.

  1. Surround Yourself With A Community Of Believers

The relationships you build while you are in college will follow you forward into the rest of your life. Some of these relationships may end up becoming life long friends, others may be coworkers or bosses, and one may even become your partner for life. So, it’s important to choose a community that gives you the best opportunity to meet people who ground you and encourage you in the right ways. Christian colleges attract strong young men and women from every walk of life, but having the common denominator of a shared faith can make the difference between falling into temptation during your college years and finding God’s calling. Your classmates will understand your values, and hopefully share them. Having that accountability and support can be a huge benefit to your time in school.

  1. Programs Built With Your Values In Mind

Aside from classroom experience, there’s a whole world of other activities and events that colleges can offer you, from studying abroad to internships and on-campus activities. As a student at a Christian college, you’ll also be provided with opportunities to get involved in spiritually-minded activities. Get credit for an internship or community involvement at a local church, sign up to attend a mission trip over spring break, or hear from foreign missionaries and pastors during on-campus speaking events. When you attend a Christian college, the whole campus and culture are organized around the same values, making it easier to prioritize your faith and put your time and energy to good use.

  1. Religious Services On Campus

It’s easy to let your good habits fall by the wayside when you start going to college. With new friends, classes, homework and a whole new set of distractions to pull your attention and time, things like attending a church regularly, joining a Bible study, or participating in a worship group often fall to the wayside. It’s hard to prioritize. All of these things take time and energy, which is something that comes at a bit of a premium when your homework starts piling up. Attending a Christian college makes it easy for you to prioritize your faith. With chapel services, Bible studies, and worship times all on campus, you don’t have to go far to find a good place to connect with God.




Warner Pacific Recognized for Exceeding Expectations

Christian Universities OnlineWarner Pacific is a top 50 Christian College exceeding expectations - logo ranked Warner Pacific College as one of the top Christian Colleges exceeding expectations. In fact, the College ranks 2nd!

“We intend to support, develop, and retain our students, preparing them to move forward and be successful in their lives,” explains Dr. Andrea Cook, Warner Pacific College President. Our intentionally low student/faculty ratio of 8 to 1, smaller class size, and opportunities for meaningful internships allows Warner Pacific students to receive the individual attention they need to succeed. This leads to more students completing their higher education dream by graduating with the skills and confidence they need to engage actively in a constantly changing world.

Christian Universities Online compiled the top 50 Christian Colleges and Universities that exceeded their expected graduation rates list because  “[o]ne often overlooked factor is how well the school prepares graduates for the next step (be it graduate school or employment). This can be gauged by graduation rates. The difference between anticipated or expected graduation rate and actual rate can be dramatic – and quite telling. There are several reasons why a student doesn’t graduate within the expected time frame; these reasons are taken into account in the ‘expectation’ rate.”


The Benefits of Going to an In-City College

The Benefits of Going to an In-City Colleget

You’re about to take the leap into college. You are already considering what major you are interested in. Have you decided if an urban or rural college experience is for you? Both have their benefits; however, there are some major differences when it comes to what each can offer you.

If you’ve grown up living in the in the suburbs or just outside of the city, the idea of taking one of the biggest steps in your life while simultaneously moving to the middle of an urban city can seem like a massive undertaking. As an Oregonian, Portland is not only our largest city, it is a  truly vibrant and diverse urban city and it offers a number of excellent in-city colleges. Choosing a Portland university can provide you with a wide range of benefits that a rural college experience can’t.

Enjoy A Wide Range Of Activities

Portland universities are just one part of the bustling cultural center that bring energy to  Portland. In addition to all of the activities offered by the university itself, you have the opportunity to explore the vast array of festivals, arts and cultural events, hip streets, musical venues and shops that are only available in a bigger city. Take your study group off campus to a trendy coffee shop, or sit in one of the many amazing inner city parks to read a book.

Live In An Up And Coming Area

As a college student attending a Portland university, you have the option to live in the dorms or to join up with friends and live off-campus. The city is filled with adorable neighborhoods with housing only blocks from trendy streets like Alberta or Division. Choose a home-base that inspires you to go outside and enjoy the city life so close by.

Take Advantage Of Public Transit

Another benefit of attending an in-city college is having access to public transit. Portland has an excellent array of choices, with buses, a light-rail (MAX), a trolley and even a train station nestled in downtown Portland to take you further. Try a ZipCar, take an Uber or Lyft, or rent an orange bikeshare cycle. Having to own a car is definitely an option when you are in Portland and there are many ways to save on that expense and still experience all the city has to offer.

Work Your Way Through College

With the city right outside your doorstep, you have so many opportunities for work available to you. It’s easy to find a day or night job working at a local coffee shop or serving at a restaurant. Often, Portland universities offer night classes and internships to help you find the right balance between work and study.

Start Networking Now

Most graduating students find themselves moving to the city after college to look for networking contacts, internships and opportunities for professional growth in their field. Attending an in-city college gives you access to these people and experiences before you are thrust into the real world. There are countless opportunities to meet new people, attend networking meetings and job fairs, and businesses that inspire you.

Experience New Cultures

Choosing an in-city college often means taking a trip outside of your hometown and exposing yourself to new experiences and cultures. Portland’s neighborhood offer diverse dining options including food carts, distinct entertainment (music, performance), unique architecture, large natural areas, and eclectic boutiques.

Access A Wide Range Of Resources

Public libraries, museums, meetup groups, industry experts, all of these are at your fingertips when you go to an in-city college. You are as limited in your access to professional and academic resources as your imagination is. Have a paper to write on small businesses? Go to a small business meetup group and ask founders and CEOs about their experiences. Attending a Portland university means you are in the middle of one of the fastest growing cities in America, and every day you have access to more and more unique experiences.

Take Classes At Other Universities

Portland has 19 in-city colleges available. Because there is such a large network of colleges available in the city, a lot of Portland universities also allow you to take classes at other colleges. This gives you the chance to expand your experiences even more. Adding new chances to meet people who can help you on your career path, and providing you with different avenues of learning than the Portland university you may have chosen.

Take A Trip To Anywhere

The convenience of having an international airport right in the city opens your Portland college experience up even more. Take a trip to a new place on your spring break. Explore the world and get new experiences from different cultures.

There are countless benefits to attending an in-city college. From having a diverse cultural exposure, to the benefit of experiencing a wide range of social and career building activities, you are sure to find growth and surprises during your time in college.




College Mourns the Passing of Student


Royce HaysonThe Warner Pacific College community mourns the loss of Royce Hayson, age 19, a student who passed away unexpectedly this morning.

Royce was a sophomore in the Pre-Chiropractic program and a valued member of the Knights Track & Field team, competing in shot put, javelin, and hammer. On Wednesday morning, November 2, Royce collapsed during a regular team practice. Immediate medical attention was given on-site until emergency services arrived and he was transported by EMTs to Adventist Hospital, where he received emergency medical attention. Sadly, physicians were unable to revive him.

“We are mourning a great loss today and our prayers are focused on Royce’s family and his larger circle of close friends,” said Warner Pacific president Andrea Cook. “He was a bright young man with so much to offer the world. His passing is felt deeply by many in our campus family, especially his Track & Field teammates. His death is a devastating loss to our campus.”

Students, faculty, and staff gathered on Wednesday afternoon to offer their remembrances of Royce and to console one another during this difficult time. Counseling services and support will continue to be available as the campus processes this heartbreaking tragedy. Details regarding funeral and memorial services will be shared as those plans are finalized.

The College wishes to thank everyone who has taken the time to offer condolences; your love and support is helping to sustain us as we grieve Royce’s passing. In the midst of the sadness we feel on this heartbreaking day, we look to God for comfort and for hope. We pray with the Psalmist that God will heal the brokenhearted and bind up their wounds (Psalm 147:3). We pray for comfort for those who mourn (Matthew 5:4). And when we do not know what to pray, we know that the Spirit will pray on our behalf in sighs too deep for words (Romans 8:26).

UPDATE: A GoFundMe page has been started by Royce Hayson’s family to help cover his memorial expenses. Warner Pacific encourages you to give as you are able.


Media inquiries may be directed to Melody Burton at 503.517.1369.




Fall Drama Production: Kindertransport (Nov. 10-13)

Warner Pacific Drama Department Presents Kindertransport - Fall 2016The Warner Pacific College Drama Program presents Kindertransport, by Diane Samuels, by special arrangement with Susan Schulman Literary Agency, LLC.

When: There are multiple show times with refreshments available:

  • Thursday, November 10, through Saturday, November 12, at 7:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, November 13, at 2:00 p.m. followed by a talkback discussion with company members (free and open to the public)

 Where: Warner Pacific College, McGuire Theatre, 2219 SE 68th Ave., Portland (cross street is SE Division St.; plenty of free parking available in the College’s main lot)

What is Kindertransport?

Less than a year before the outbreak of World War II, rescue efforts were organized to transport children – most of them Jewish – from Germany, Austria, and Czechoslovakia to Holland and England. It is estimated that 10,000 children were saved by these rescues.

Diane Samuels’ play, Kindertransport, examines the life of Evelyn, a Kindertransport survivor, in denial of her past until her daughter discovers artifacts in the attic that reveal Evelyn’s true identity. Ultimately the play is about identity– how do you establish your sense of self after enduring unthinkable circumstances? And how do you engage with the world and the people around you in light of that?

Why should we do this play now? What does it have to do with us?

MercyCorps reports that “Syria’s civil war is the worst humanitarian crisis of our time. More than 11 million people have been killed or forced to flee their homes.” Many of the refugees are children. As the refugee crisis continues to grow, it is critical for us to ask ourselves big questions, like, “What is my responsibility to my neighbors?” “What is the world I want to live in, and how do I participate in creating that world?” “What does the future hold for today’s refugees?” Embodying and sharing characters’ stories on the stage is a powerful way to help people see and hear the challenges our neighbors around the world are facing and to begin thinking more creatively about how we can each play a role in transforming the world.

Tickets:  $3 for WPC students and $6 for adults or two adult tickets for $10. Available at the door (in the WPC Bookstore) or may be pre-purchased by calling 503.517.1100.

Meet the production team and cast:

Production Team
Stage Manager……………………………….Brandon Bush
Assistant Stage Manager………………Kaylee Ditlefsen
Costumes……………………………………….Morgan Diehl
Properties……………………………………Selena Montoya
Lighting…………………………………………….Kaleb Hood
Set…………………………………………..Company & DR111

Eva………………………………………..…….Caeleigh Rieger
Helga………………………………………………Tarale Wolffe
Evelyn……………………………………….……..Olivia Welch
Faith…………………………………………..……..Julia Feeser
Lil…………………………………………….………..Haley Harn
The Ratcatcher, et al………………..…..Benjamin Fuhrer

5 Top Reasons for Selecting an Oregon College

Portrait of smiling studentsBeing an Oregonian is a source of pride. With the huge amount of attention that Portland has been getting lately, with shows like Portlandia bringing the city and the whole state into the eyes and minds of the rest of the country, it’s no wonder that it’s starting to become a destination. Not just somewhere you are from.

That being said, people move to Oregon for a huge variety of reasons. Some move here for the notoriously seasonal weather, and others come for food and cultural reasons. If you’re a student looking at the possibility of attending an Oregon college, all of these and more are great reasons to make Oregon your destination of choice. Even natives can benefit from attending college in Oregon. With 53 different colleges to choose from, there’s something for everyone. No matter what major you’re looking for, whether you prefer an urban city, small town, or nature-focused feeling, Oregon colleges are almost as diverse as the state itself.

Here are five reasons why you should consider choosing an Oregon college:

  1. Pursue Your Outdoor Hobbies (and pick up a new one or two)

Oregon is home to one of the most diverse and lively outdoor sports cultures in the country. With world renowned mountain slopes, shockingly gorgeous beaches, densely forested mountains, and high desserts galore, you can find a place to get out and explore any outdoor hobby you love. Oregon colleges are only a stone’s throw away from these incredible outdoor landscapes. Mt. Hood, Mt. Bachelor, Mt. Ashland all of them are ready for the taking, no matter whether you’re a skier, snowboarder, snowshoer or sledder. Take a weekend trip out to the forest and explore one of the many diverse forested areas for a hike – Portland does have the largest forested park in it’s city limits: Forest Park, or take advantage of one of Oregonians favorite hobbies: camping. With tons of lakes and rivers nearby, it’s easy to find a cool place to set up a tent, go backpacking, kayaking, or waterskiing during the hot days of summer. Oregon’s outdoor culture is nation-renown and there’s a plethora of activities to do during every season.

  1. Get Into The Spirit With Oregon Sports Teams

Oregonians love their sports rivalries almost as much as they love the great outdoors. With two state universities only a couple hours away from each other, it’s safe to say that the competitive energies run high during football season. College sports are a big focus for some of these larger universities, but Oregon boasts a few pro sports teams that have made a mark, too. Basketball lovers will find that living in the home of the Blazers is rewarding, especially when the Moda Center is only a short drive away from Portland colleges. Soccer lovers can rejoice as well since Providence Park, home of the Thorns and Timbers, is only on the other side of the river in downtown Portland. During the seasons you’ll see green and yellow and black and orange all over the city as everyone gets into the mood. As such a physically active state, it’s no surprise that Oregon colleges also have options for year-round sports for any enthusiast.

  1. Experience The Quirky Culture

Portland, in particular, is known for keeping a quirky edge, but Oregon has its cultural nuances in every part of the state. As a student attending an Oregon college, you’ll find a vast array of cultures and landscapes right outside your door. Whether it’s a musical experience you are seeking, or amazing local food options, Oregon has a way of bringing out the best and most creative parts of it’s residents. Oregon has a particular affinity for music and its medium size makes it the perfect place to draw national tours, while fostering a healthy indie band culture with plenty of opportunities to both hear and play live music. With it’s focus on the outdoors, it also comes as no surprise that alternative transportation, such as biking and walking, are well encouraged and supported by infrastructure. In fact, Portland was recently named the #1 city for biking and #10 for public transit.

  1. Enjoy Every Season

While Oregon may have a reputation for rain and residents definitely like to give off dire warnings about the lack of sun, in many ways, it’s a season-lover’s dream. Summers are warm with just the right number of hot days to make you want to escape to one of the glacial lakes and rivers. Fall and spring are rainy but feature a whole array of changing nature, while winter is the perfect time to cuddle up with a cup of tea and hide in softly lit cafes. Students who attend an Oregon college get the benefit of this wide array of seasonal beauty all year round. Enjoy all your favorite seasonal activities in this state as the seasons change around you.

  1. Head Home Anytime You Want

For Oregon natives heading to an Oregon college, there’s something to be said about proximity. Especially as a college student heading out on your own for the first time. While meal plans and laundromats can take care of your basic needs most of the time, there’s nothing like going home to mom and dad for a home cooked meal and a little help with laundry every once in awhile. The familiarity of home can be a real comfort during finals weeks when all you need is to get away and focus on your studies for awhile. Not to mention how convenient home is for the holidays. Unlike heading out of state for college, going to an Oregon college as an Oregonian makes heading home for the holidays not only a possibility, but an easy trip. No expensive airplane tickets or difficult schedules to work around for the best flight option. Take a train, drive, or take the bus back home and you get to spend the holidays with your family.



Liberal Arts Colleges Offer Flexibility – 7 Ways to Enhance Your Degree

These days, liberals arts colleges have a bit of a bad reputation. Following your passions into a liberal arts degree can seem like a risky decision. With the fluctuating nature of the economy and the most recent recession only just starting to become a bad memory, you might hear a lot of negative talk about the prospects of getting a job as an English or Fine Arts major. While these naysayers have some grounds, in reality, there’s a lot you can do with a liberal arts degree that gets overlooked.

Here are 7 ways to take advantage of your liberal arts college education:

1.Have Confidence In Your Degree 

The first step toward getting the job and life you want is confidence. So, you got a degree in poetry or theatre. You followed your passion! Be proud of that fact and know that your ability to navigate through the mires of your research and writing-dependent degree has actually given you more applicable skills than you realize. While a lot of liberal arts colleges offer degrees in subject matters that don’t directly translate to a job, these kinds of degrees leave you with strong writing skills, a superb ability to find and take in new information, and excellent communication tactics. All of these are highly sought after skills by employers. Focus on the best parts of your liberal arts education and promote your dedication to following your passion because, in the end, being a unique and passionate individual is going to make you stand out from a sea of applicants with the same credentials.

7-ways-to-enhance-your-degree2. Focus On How To Use Your Skills

While liberal arts colleges may not lead you with an easy path to a job right away, a liberal arts degree is a bit like having lots of little skills that can be applied to many paths. Part of your job is to hone in on where you want to direct and use them. The clearer you are about where you want to go, the better you’ll be able to leverage your degree and the easier your path into gainful employment will be. Employers want to know what you are trying to accomplish, where you are trying to go with your career, and how they fit into that path. Start by looking at what you love most about your liberal arts education. Was it the ability to work as a team? Maybe it was the excitement of finding a question or subject matter that you were curious about and spending hours digging into it,  learning all you can? Maybe you loved being the center of the action, and talking in front of people? Whatever it was that drew you to your liberal arts degree can help to reveal the career for you.

3. Fill In The Gaps

You followed your passion and that’s not something to be ashamed of, but once you find the direction you want to head in for your career you may also find that you need a few more skills to complement your wide range of liberal arts talents. Technical skills and certifications are especially good complements for your resume, and can really fill in the gaps for employers in the industry you are seeking work. Take some time to really research the programs and technical skills that job posters in the career path you seek are looking for. Now, use that same curiosity for learning that brought you to pursue a degree at a liberal arts college and learn something new!

4. Get Work Experience As A Volunteer Or In Non-Profits

A lot of the issues that people have with liberal arts colleges is the perceived lack of real-world application that a degree from one of these institutions leaves you with. A lot of liberal arts colleges offer internships that can go a long way toward helping you get the work experience necessary for your career path. But, if you didn’t participate in an internship while earning your liberal arts degree, there are still plenty of chances to get relevant work experience. Talk to your college about any connections they might have, look into volunteer work, or get your experience at a nonprofit. All of these avenues can provide you with the work experience that you need to really get yourself moving.

5. Use Your Cover Letter Wisely

Your cover letter is your chance to explain exactly how your liberal arts education is applicable to the job you are applying to. This is your platform to bring any soft skills you may have learned to light. Use some of the things that made you passionate about your degree in the first place. Be clear about how any extracurricular or internship work applies to the job. Talk about working to direct a team, spending significant amounts of time digging into research, and talking in front of people. All of these are great skills that liberal arts colleges provide you with. Remember, your cover letter is also a chance to show off those writing skills that you’ve been honing!

6. Boost Your Resume With A Portfolio

A resume filled with work experience isn’t the only way to show off your relevant experience. Many liberal arts degrees are centered around projects that require real-life skills like writing and designing. Take advantage of all the projects that you worked on in college to add a portfolio of work that you’ve completed to your resume. Bring your portfolio with you during interviews to show prospective employers what you’ve been working on during your time in college.

7. Embrace What Makes You Different

Liberal arts colleges can provide you with an open format to explore what excites you and what you find passion in doing. It’s a unique experience. And creates a unique and diverse graduate. Take advantage of these differences! People hire people. Showcase your passions, reveal that you’re a real and rounded person and people will be more likely to remember you and to like you! After-all, people hire people that they genuinely like and enjoy.




Free Family Fall Festival at WPC on October 31 (fun for everyone!)

WPC 2016 Fall FestivalSpooky fun for the whole family at this free fall event.

Come wearing your favorite costume (kids and adults)!

What:  WPC’s Annual Fall Festival for the community

When:  Monday, October 31, from 6 – 9 pm (Haunted House is open until 10 pm)

WhereWarner Pacific College campus – 2219 SE 68th Ave. (cross street is SE Division)

  • Family Fun events in Egtvedt Hall, Room 203 (6:00 – 7:15 pm)
  • Haunted House in the Student Union Building (8:30 – 10:00 pm)
  • Fall Pops Concert in McGuire Auditorium featuring music from Wicked, Star Trek, and Aladdin (7:30 – 9:00 pm)

 Free family fun includes:

  • Family friendly fun
  • Treats of course
  • Games for the kids (win prizes)
  • Haunted House (8:30 – 10:00 pm)
  • Pops Concert  (7:30 – 9:00 pm)
  • Costume Contest during the concert


Invitation to the Global Education Series: A Perspective on Leadership (October 27)

Featuring educators from Kazakh-American Free University (Kazakhstan)

Gain a better understanding of global leadership at the Global Education Series: a Perspective on Leadership event hosted by Warner Pacific College in partnership with Co-Serve International and featuring visiting educators from  Kazakh-American Free University (KAFU) located in Kazakhstan.

What: Global Education Series: a Perspective on Leadership with a focus on leadership in Kazakhstan

When: Thursday, October 27, from 4:00 – 5:30 pm

Description:  Three visiting educators from Kazakhstan’s Kazakh-American Free University will define leadership through their cultural lens, sharing their definition of leadership and how Kazakhstan’s culture and traditions impact its growth. Following the presentation there will be an opportunity to meet and talk with the KAFU presenters. Refreshments provided.


  • Marina Kikina: Vice President/Director of KAFU
  • Fatima Iskenderova: Senior Lecturer, Department of Pedagogy and Psychology for KAFU
  • Aizhan Khairullina: Manager, International Department; Teacher of English Language, English Department for KAFU

Where: Warner Pacific College’s Linn Library: 2219 SE 68th Ave., Portland, OR 97215. Free parking is available on SE 68th Ave. or in front of the College’s Egtvedt Hall along SE Division.

Cost: Free

The three KAFU representatives are participating in a program by Co-Serve International called the International Educators Academy which helps international universities develop cultures that model the practices of servant leadership. As they visit classes, attend meetings, chapel, and participate in social and student government events on the Warner Pacific Campus and in the Portland area, the KAFU administrators will learn about how the mission and culture of WPC help students discover their purpose in life.

KAFU - Marina Kikina
Marina Kikina
KAFU - Fatima Iskanderova
Fatima Iskanderova
KAFU - Aizhan Khairullina
Aizhan Khairullina