Saint Katherine College opened its permanent home here in San Marcos this past summer and now joins the ranks of the diverse higher education options housed within our city limits.
Saint Katherine College is the only Orthodox Christian College of Liberal Arts & Sciences in the nation. Founded in 2010 by physician and scientist, Frank Papatheofanis, Saint Katherine College is a four-year faith-based college that blends arts and science. Dr. Papatheofanis was born and raised in Chicago and came to San Diego about 20 years ago when he accepted a position at UCSD. He has always had a passion for learning and teaching. When he began his own education he remembers searching for a faith-based option, but that none existed in the Orthodox Christian Tradition. Today, he’s doing his part to fill that void and bring that vision to life.
Like other faith-based liberal arts schools such as Wheaton, Westmont, Azusa Pacific and Pepperdine, Saint Katherine College is not a seminary or church. All faiths are welcome. Saint Katherine College offers an integrated curriculum designed to teach analytical and critical thinking skills that encourage problem-solving and creative thinking.
Dr. Papatheofanis is proud that Saint Katherine College has attracted staff and faculty that are not only highly-skilled, but also full of integrity. Students learn to think, write and communicate from people with rich life experiences who are committed to living their faith.
Most of the full-time faculty at Saint Katherine have earned a PhD, which allows students the benefit of learning directly from full professors and the student to faculty ratio is extremely low at 9:1. The long-term vision is to build a student body of about 800-1000 creating an intimate and small-class environment even into the future.`
Saint Katherine College currently offers a Bachelor of Arts degree in Arts & Humanities as well as in Business, Management & Economics and Bachelor of Science degrees in Natural Science and Kinesiology & Nutrition. They also offer a dynamic athletic program with men’s baseball, basketball, soccer, cross country and women’s softball.
Saint Katherine College looks forward to becoming an integrated part of the community as they build out their permanent home here in San Marcos. They host various lecture series by accomplished academics that are open to the public. In addition, they look forward to developing community service opportunities for their students.
As Dr. Papatheofanis explained, research shows that “graduates of Christian colleges donate three times more of their time and financial resources to their local communities than those who attended secular institutions.” Already Saint Katherine College is watching these statistics come to life as their first graduates are choosing career paths in non-profits, education and even stepping into positions on their own campus.