The Mission of the University of Saint Katherine is: To provide a balanced education in the liberal arts and sciences, founded and rooted in the life of the Orthodox Christian Tradition – Inquiry Seeking Wisdom.



Saint Katherine is a nationally-recognized university of arts and sciences that focuses its integrated, interdisciplinary teaching in the core areas of Composition, English Language and Literature, American Government and History, Economics, Business, and the Sciences as part of an innovative approach to general education. Students may complete degree (BA/BS) programs in eleven concentrations, pre-professional studies (health sciences and graduate studies), and PK-12 teacher credentialing preparation. Outstanding teaching and research – with relevance to the practical world and Christian witness as guiding principles – is our primary aim.

The University of Saint Katherine emphasizes interdisciplinary collaborations, laboratories, field experience, international study and programs whose work cuts across traditional departmental boundaries. We realize these aims in a singularly collegial, interdisciplinary atmosphere, while educating outstanding students to become creative members of society. Instruction at the University of Saint Katherine reflects on and emphasizes awareness and understanding of cultures worldwide.

University of Saint Katherine is not-for-profit, WSCUC-accredited, independent, coeducational, and privately endowed. The University of Saint Katherine admits students of all religious and faith backgrounds. All classes are taught by experienced faculty who have earned terminal degrees and possess substantial experience in their academic field.

The University of Saint Katherine is ideal for students seeking a rigorous education underpinned by Christian identity and the sense of adventure that only comes with creating and building something new.
— Dr. Frank Papatheofanis, President and Founder


  • Independent, Non-Profit

  • Orthodox Christian Affiliation

  • Founded in 2010

  • 280 (FTE) Student Enrollment

  • WASC Accredited

  • 960 - 1080 Middle New SAT Range

  • Firebird Mascot (NAIA)

  • Internships and Global Studies


The University is an independent institution of higher education formed in the Orthodox Christian tradition. There are approximately 300 million Orthodox Christians worldwide committed to the undivided Christian faith as revealed in Holy Scripture, the Nicene Creed, and the historic texts and Ecumenical Councils of the Christian Tradition. The University has received the blessings and encouragement of the western Orthodox Christian hierarchs who act as advisors. The President serves on the Theological Education Committee of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of North and Central America. The University is named for the 4th century martyr Saint Katherine of Alexandria.

The Office of Faith and Service, in conjunction with the Student Success and Services Coordinator, supervise a rich program in spiritual formation at the University. Two chapel services are celebrated each week with the entire community.  There is an active chapter of the Orthodox Christian Fellowship and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes on campus. Students are encouraged to attend regular services at a church of their choice and participate in the life of local church communities.



The University Seal represents the basic elements upon which the University stands. It is in the form of a circle with a Cross to represent that we are an inclusive Christian community. The Book represents the Gospel from which all of our beliefs are derived. The crown is for the Kingdom of God which exists here on earth and into eternity and for which we strive. The “chi-rho” symbol is that of ancient Christianity, often found in early churches, and representative of the ancient Orthodox Christian faith. The wheel with spikes represents the life and martyrdom of Saint Katherine and the idea that we are all witnesses (martyrs) of Christianity.


Dear Lord, Jesus Christ, we thank you for all that you provide.
Please bless the students, faculty, and staff of the University of Saint Katherine today.
Please give us all strength, patience, and the love we need to honor You, one another, and the mission of this Holy University.
We pray for this in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. For Christ is our life. Amen.


“The American Council of Trustees and Alumni (ACTA) today announced that San Diego-based University of Saint Katherine has earned an “A” rating in the nationwide What Will They Learn?™ (WWTL) survey. It is clear that the faculty and leadership of University of Saint Katherine came together and determined the skills and knowledge that all its graduates must have in common, whatever their majors might be. This is a sign of true academic excellence and commitment to student success,” said ACTA’s President, Dr. Michael Poliakoff.    American Council of Trustees and Alumni

“There are very few colleges and universities that earn an “A” from the American Council of Trustees and Alumni for having a solid curriculum and I was delighted to learn that a new college recently was added to ACTA’s list: University of Saint Katherine. This tiny school located near San Diego is an educationally serious place with a religious orientation.”    The National Review

“Saint Katherine thus joins historic universities such as John Erskine’s Columbia and Robert Hutchins’s University of Chicago that embraced a structured, coherent, transformative curriculum in which what comes before serves as ground for what comes after with the aim of graduating students who have absorbed a truly liberal education.”    The John William Pope Center for Higher Education Policy

2015 Business of the Year Finalist   San Marcos Chamber of Commerce

2016 Mid-Sized Business of the Year   California Legislature Assembly