Overview, Accreditations and Approvals

Our History

Founded as Warner Southern College in 1968 by Church of God pastors and laity, the institution became known as Warner University in 2008. The first freshman class of just 27 students entered in the fall of 1968. But now, Warner bustles with nearly 1200 students from over 30 states and 20 countries, all dedicated to learning in a vibrant Christian community. Our West campus has grown from two buildings to ten, including the 49,000-square-foot Darby Academic Building and new resident housing—Holland Hall.

Warner consists of three divisions: Arts & Sciences, Professional Programs and Adult and Graduate Studies. The undergraduate program includes 36 liberal arts and professional majors. We also offer four graduate level programs designed for working professionals: Master of Arts in Education, Master of Business Administration, Master of Ministry, and Master of Science in Management.

Warner’s liberal arts curriculum, in a wide variety of academic disciplines, prepares students to successfully meet the demands of today’s workplace and the challenges of graduate school. We develop servant leaders who evaluate issues from a Christian perspective and who strive to live out their beliefs in their communities, churches, and homes. The administration, faculty, and staff are highly qualified in their areas of service and dedicated to the ministry of higher education. Together, they model the values of Christian community for the students, the local area, and the world.

Warner University is a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Division II and The Sun Conference. Students compete in a number of intercollegiate sports, including baseball, basketball, cross-country, football, golf, softball, soccer, tennis, track and field, and volleyball. The University also supports a cheerleading squad.


Accreditations and Approvals

Warner University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award Associate, Bachelor’s, and Master’s degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA, 30033, or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Warner University. The Commission is to be contacted only if there is evidence that appears to support the University’s significant non-compliance with a requirement or standard. Warner University’s Social Work program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). The university’s teacher-education programs are approved by the Florida Department of Education to prepare qualified majors for certification as teachers. While accredited, the university is currently on probation with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) because of SACSCOC’s concern about the university’s finances and financial operations. University leadership will submit a monitoring report to the Commission in March 2021 and host a visit by a SACSCOC special committee no later than April 2021. The university looks forward to demonstrating its financial health and highlighting the various substantial improvements it has made as of June 30, 2020. Questions about Warner University’s accreditation status can be directed to the Office of the President by emailing jera.laurel@warner.edu.