What is an Orthodox Christian College?
Saint Katherine College is an independent Orthodox Christian college that adheres to the principles and tenets of the undivided Christian faith handed down from the Apostles. We have received the blessing and cooperation of church hierarchs and clergy in the United States but we have no formal affiliation with any “jurisdiction”. The majority of our faculty are worshiping Orthodox Christians. Over ninety percent of our staff and board of trustees are committed Orthodox Christians with the balance being committed Christians from other traditions. Theology is taught from an Orthodox Christian understanding (phronema) while being mindful and respectful of other faith traditions. The College is a singularly American institution of higher education.
What is your admission policy?
Saint Katherine College takes a holistic view of our potential students. Our admission process takes into account many different aspects of an individual. Test scores and grades play an important role because they identify college readiness; participation in extracurricular activities, community service and a desire to engage in a rigorous academic community are also important. The student must also possess a strong desire to be part of a new and exciting community that will build a legacy for future generations. We look at EACH application individually and encourage you to discuss your circumstances and particular interests with our admissions staff.
Can non-Orthodox or non-Christians attend?
Absolutely! We accept qualified students from all faiths and practices. Saint Katherine College is an undergraduate and graduate educational institution, not a seminary or denominational school of theology. Students are required to agree to abide by our Community Covenant.
Why should I attend a Christian College?
As befits a Christ-centered institution, we think that faith is a central part of a comprehensive education. This does not mean we expect students to come to believe a prescribed list of tenants. It means, instead, that we think that a discussion of one’s purpose and the meaning of life is as important as high quality science education, or one’s physical health. We want our graduates to know who they are. We want them to know how to discern what is important and meaningful, in their lives and in the lives of those around them. In short, we want them to strive to be complete human beings, and we believe no one can truly strive to achieve such success without a healthy and challenging discussion of faith.
Is this an online school?
We are fundamentally a residential institution. We offer graduate degrees on-line.
How much does it cost to attend?
Tuition is $18,385 per year. You can see a breakdown of all fees and estimates for living costs here. The College is committed to providing a high-caliber, affordable Christian education.
Are there scholarships available?
Many scholarships and on-campus work-study programs are available. Students are encouraged to pursue all scholarship opportunities and exhaust options before considering loans.
Do you accept transfer students?
Saint Katherine College admits to its sophomore and junior classes students who have excellent records at other institutions of collegiate rank.
Will I be able to afford a private education?
With the amount of financial aid available at the College, and our aim to graduate students in a timely manner, we are much more affordable than most people think.
It’s tempting to compare private college and public university tuition costs and assume that you just can’t afford a private education. Don’t jump to that conclusion without looking a little deeper. Never assume your household income makes you ineligible for financial aid. There are many factors that go into determining financial need. We offer a variety of scholarships that are not based on financial need, but instead reward a student’s academic achievement or talent in a particular area or support specific career goals. We know that a family’s financial situation can change suddenly, with job change or loss, or unexpected medical expenses. We’ll work with you to ensure that your education is not interrupted. Finally, a high percentage of public university students take five or more years to graduate, paying more of that “cheaper” tuition and foregoing a year or more of income – which now averages over $30,000 for recent college graduates. The vast majority of our students graduate in four years, saving a year or more in tuition, and entering the workforce sooner.
What credits are transferable?
We may accept up to 60 semester hour credits toward the baccalaureate degree from another accredited institution for entry into the sophomore or junior class. Please note that transfer credit is evaluated and awarded after careful review of content alignment with Saint Katherine College programs, and it is awarded on a case-by-case basis.
Is the College approved to offer degrees?
Saint Katherine College is approved to operate as a private, degree-granting college of liberal arts and sciences according to the Private Postsecondary Education Act of 2009. (California Education Code §§ 94885, 94887; Title 5, California Code of Regulations §§ 71110-71340).
A student or any member of the public may file a complaint about this institution with the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education by calling (888 370-7589) or by completing a complaint form, which can be obtained on the bureau’s Internet Web site (http://www.bppe.ca.gov/). Bureau For Private Postsecondary Education Physical Address: 2535 Capitol Oaks Drive, Suite 400, Sacramento, CA 95833 Mailing Address: P.O. Box 980818, West Sacramento, CA 95798-0818 Phone Number: (916) 431-6959 Toll Free: (888) 370-7589 Fax Number: (916) 263-1897.
Will I learn what I need to compete in the workplace?
A liberal arts education will not only give you the tools you need to be talented and versatile in a constantly changing economy, but also enrich you as a person and member of the global community. Some people think of big public universities as being more career-oriented than small colleges. While it is true that a larger institution can be just right for many people, especially if they are set on one profession or career path, a liberal arts education ensures that a student has a solid and broad education. The availability of extracurricular activities and work-study positions and internships often allow students to gain important skills and build their resumes as they earn their degrees. Students also complete a senior independent study project that allows them to specialize in a specific area of study. The College offers a challenging curriculum that prepares students to be problem-solving, curious, hard-working, dynamic individuals who are able to achieve success in many areas of their lives.
Will I have as many opportunities available to me at a small college?
Small colleges and universities give young students the chance to get involved early, sometimes in activities in which they have little previous experience. Students are often a part of many groups; an athlete can sing in the choir and be part of a community service group. Or if you can’t find the group you are looking for, small colleges encourage the innovation and initiation of creating new campus groups and organizations. In small college and university communities, you are not just another face in the crowd.