First U.S. Independent Orthodox Christian College Opens its Doors in 2011

Encinitas, California, October 21, 2010

St. Katherine's President, Dr. Frank Papatheofanis St. Katherine's President, Dr. Frank Papatheofanis
St. Katherine College, the first independent Orthodox Christian College in the United States, announced recently that it would begin accepting student enrollment applications for classes that will begin in the fall 2011. 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,” says Dr. Papatheofanis, 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 major-specific degree requirements. The college is independent, coeducational, not-for-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 field. 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 that 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 fall 2011 school year are now being accepted. For more information visit

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