Overview and Accreditation

Overview and Accreditation

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 over 1,077 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 new 49,000-square-foot Darby Academic Building.

Warner consists of three schools: School of Ministry, Arts & Sciences; School of Business; and the School of Education. The undergraduate program includes over 25 liberal arts and professional majors. We also offer three graduate level programs designed for working professionals: Master of Business Administration, Master of Arts in Education, and Master of Science in Management. In addition to the main campus in Lake Wales, Warner offers courses online.

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 belief 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 spirit squad and cheerleading (pom/dance).


Warner University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award Associate, Bachelor and Masters. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 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.