Warner University

Warner University
Former names
Warner Southern College
Type Private, Christian
Established 1968
Affiliation Church of God
Endowment $3.2 million
President Dr. David A. Hoag
Students 1,200
Location Lake Wales, Florida, U.S.
Coordinates: 27°49′35″N 81°36′08″W / 27.8263°N 81.6022°W / 27.8263; -81.6022
Colors Navy & Gold
Nickname Royals
Affiliations The Sun Conference and National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics
Website www.warner.edu

Warner University is a co-educational, private Christian liberal arts college in Lake Wales, Florida, affiliated with the Church of God.


Warner Southern College was founded in 1968 by the Southeastern Association of the Church of God in Anderson, Indiana. In 2008, the name was changed to Warner University.[1]


Warner's 360-acre (1,456,868.3 m2) campus is located 5 miles (8 km) miles south of Lake Wales, Florida, in the geographic center of the state between Tampa and Orlando.

Student enrollment

Enrollment averages 1,200 students and it has a student-to-faculty ratio of 16:1. Its student body represents 26 states and 18 countries.

Awards and recognition

Warner has received recognition for Campus Diversity by U.S. News & World Report's "America's Best Colleges" for four consecutive years.[2][3][4][5]


Warner is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools,[6] which is recognized by the US Department of Education. and offers 20 undergraduate degree programs for traditional students. For working adults, Warner offers a Master of Business Administration degree, a Master of Arts in Education degree, a Master of Science in Management, a Bachelor of Science in Transformational Church Ministry degree, a Bachelor of Arts in Educational Studies, a Bachelor of Arts in Healthcare Management, and a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration degree. These degrees are available in either an online or site based format.

Warner also supports a unique training facility known as the HEART (Hunger Education and Resources Training) Institute. The HEART Institute is a simulated Third World village which trains students in appropriate technology as well as giving them an opportunity to live in an environment similar to many underdeveloped parts of the world.

Library services

The Pontious Learning Resource Center serves as the academic library at Warner University. Its collection includes approximately 95,000 books and 8,000 periodical subscriptions in several different formats. The Pontious Learning Resource Center also offers several specialized collections including the Curriculum Materials Center, Instructional Materials Lab and the Pioneer Room. The Pioneer Room houses the Church of God and Warner University archival materials.[7]

Academic Library Year Hours

Monday to Thursday 7:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.

Friday 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Saturday 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Sunday 6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.


Main article: Warner Royals
Former athletics logo for Warner Southern College.

Warner University teams are nicknamed as the Royals. The university competes at the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Division II level and holds membership in The Sun Conference,[8] formerly known as the Florida Sun Conference (FSC). Men's sports include baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, soccer, tennis, track & field and volleyball; while women's sports include basketball, cheerleading, cross country, dance, golf, soccer, softball, tennis, track & field and volleyball.

Warner University is currently the only college/university to offer a Men's Volleyball program in the state of Florida. The men's volleyball program participates in the Mid-America Men's Volleyball Intercollegiate Conference (MAMVIC). The program has seen much success in the past two seasons, making back to back appearances in the Tachikara-NAIA Men’s Volleyball National Invitational Tournament.

See also


  1. "Articles of Amendment". Florida Department of State Division of Corporations. June 2, 2008. Retrieved March 4, 2016.
  2. "Campus Ethnic Diversity | Rankings | Regional Universities (South) | US News". 2013-12-12. Archived from the original on December 12, 2013. Retrieved 2016-03-05.
  3. "Campus Ethnic Diversity | Rankings | Regional Universities (South) | US News". 2014-02-02. Archived from the original on February 2, 2014. Retrieved 2016-03-05.
  4. "Campus Ethnic Diversity | Regional Universities South | US News Best Colleges". 2015-11-17. Archived from the original on November 17, 2015. Retrieved 2016-03-05.
  5. "Campus Ethnic Diversity | Regional Universities South | US News Best Colleges". colleges.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com. Retrieved 2016-03-05.
  6. "College Navigator - Warner University". nces.ed.gov. Retrieved 2016-03-05.
  7. http://warner.edu/student-dashboard/student-learning/library-services/
  8. "2011-12 NAIA Baseball Qualification Plan" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-02-07.
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