1st U.S. Independent Orthodox Christian College Opens in 2011

St. Catherine's President Dr. Frank Papatheofanis

St. Katherine College is the first independent Orthodox Christian College in the United States. It announced recently that it would begin accepting student enrollment applications for classes that will begin in the fall of 2011. It is founded by Dr. Frank Papatheofanis and located in Encinitas, California in North San Diego County.  The College will offer undergraduate degrees in 12 majors including biochemistry, public policy and interdisciplinary studies.

“The founding of St. Katherine College is a remarkable milestone in the history of the Orthodox Church in the U.S.. We are providing a college experience to students of all religious and ethnic backgrounds. The motto Inquiry Seeking Wisdom provides the context of the school’s core philosophy,” stated Dr. Papatheofanis who is the president of St. Katherine’s.

St. Katherine College is the first independent Orthodox Christian College in the United States. It is an undergraduate college of liberal arts and sciences that focuses its integrative teaching in the core subjects of Composition, English Language and Literature, Foreign Language, U.S. Government and History, Economics, Mathematics, and the Sciences, in addition to instruction in specific degree requirements. The college is independent, coeducational, non-profit and privately endowed. The College admits students of all religious and faith backgrounds and all classes are taught by experienced faculty who have earned terminal degrees in their academic fields. Outstanding teaching and research—with relevance to the practical world and Christian witness as guiding principles—is the school’s primary purpose.

The school is committed to a rigorous core of general education for first and second year students.  The College emphasizes the unique value of studying original texts and of formulating original problems based on the study of those texts. This integrative core is based on criteria defined by the American Council of Trustees and Alumni. “Opening our student’s minds to new ideas and helping them to gain perspective with context is an important aspect to our well rounded education. That is something students can expect from St. Katherine College. “says communication director Vicki Brannock.

Applications for the 2011 school year are now being accepted. For more information please visit: www.stkath.org


  1. read carefully…."St. Katherine College is the first independent Orthodox Christian College in the United States."

    this means independent of the church hierarchy, not run by the church, which is a very welcome change. bishops have proven they can't run a college. HC/HC is that proof. Otherwise, HC/HC would have been an orthodox university by now after 60 + years.

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