St. Katherine College

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University of Saint Katherine
San Marcos, California
United States
Coordinates 33°02′53″N 117°16′39″W / 33.0481°N 117.2775°W / 33.0481; -117.2775Coordinates: 33°02′53″N 117°16′39″W / 33.0481°N 117.2775°W / 33.0481; -117.2775
Motto Inquiry Seeking Wisdom
Established 2010
Opened 2011
President Frank Papatheofanis
Enrollment 262 (2017-18)
Color(s) Maroon and gold
Mascot Firebirds

University of St. Katherine (formerly St. Katherine College) is an undergraduate university located in San Marcos, California. It opened in 2011, and has grown each year in enrollment from its inaugural class of less than 20 in 2011, to 104 in 2016. As of 2017, it has 262 students enrolled (202 full-time).

St. Katherine teaches liberal arts and sciences. St. Katherine is only the second undergraduate institution in the U.S. with an affiliation to the Orthodox Church, and the first college of liberal arts and sciences in the Orthodox Christian tradition. The University is regionally accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC).

For the 2016-2017 academic year, the University of St. Katherine was awarded an "A"-grade by the American Council of Trustees and Alumni for its emphasis on a comprehensive core curriculum.[1]


St. Katherine currently offers intercollegiate sports and competes as a National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) Division I institution : Baseball, Women's Basketball, Men's and Women's Volleyball, Men's and Women's Soccer, and Women's Softball.

On December 28, 2013, St. Katherine's men's basketball program gained national attention when it faced off against then No. 20 ranked San Diego State University and Pac-12 Conference member University of Utah on consecutive nights, losing by 83 points and 73 points respectively.[2]


  1. ^ Shosteck, Eron (May 2, 2016). "California's Brand New St. Katherine College Earns An "A" For Its Core Curriculum". American Council of Trustees and Alumni. Retrieved 2 December 2016. 
  2. ^ "Utah basketball: Utes looking to test depth vs. St. Katherine". Archived from the original on August 19, 2014. Retrieved August 17, 2014.