Saint Catharine College Clock Tower photo

College Facts

College Facts

St. Catharine College, founded in 1931, is a small liberal arts college with a unique residential collegiate experience totally dedicated to helping each student realize his or her full potential.  St. Catharine enrolls approximately 850 students from 52 counties in Kentucky, 15 states and five countries.


At St. Catharine College, you will find faculty and staff whose focus on students grows from a clear mission and expected values. We will help prepare you as a lifelong learner who is motivated to explore new ideas and opportunities. St. Catharine College provides a welcoming environment in which students can develop a sense of responsibility for themselves, their community, and a just society.


Consistent with Dominican tradition, St. Catharine College is committed to the pursuit of truth across the entire spectrum of knowledge. Our Dominican tradition views faith and reason as fully compatible and we believe their integration is essential to fulfillment in the search for truth.

St. Catharine College is a Catholic institution, but you do not have to be Catholic to study, teach or work here. We embrace Christian principles while welcoming individuals of all religious traditions. The student body is divided almost equally among Catholics, Baptists, and persons of other faiths and there is an ecumenical feeling that celebrates faith in its many forms.

St. Catharine College is open to and provides equal opportunity to all students regardless of age, race, color, disability, gender, religion or national origin. While St. Catharine College has a liberal admissions policy, it considers the quality of high school preparation, potential for further education and students motivation as important factors in making admission decisions.


Bachelor of Science in Advanced Medical Imaging
  Computed Tomography
  Magnetic Resonance
Bachelor of Science in Biology
Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice
Bachelor of Science in Education
     Elementary Education
     Middle School Education
          Language Arts
          Language Arts/Science Combined
Bachelor of Arts in English
Bachelor of Science in Fine Arts
Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences
Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts
  Social Sciences
Bachelor of Science in Liberal Arts
  Natural Science
Bachelor of Arts in Management and Supervision
  Sports & Recreation Leadership
  Human Resource Management
Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN-to-BSN)
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
Bachelor of Science in Sports Leadership
Bachelor of Science in Farming and Ecological Agrarianism
  Plant and Soil Stewardship
Bachelor of Arts in Farming and Ecological Agrarianism
  Community Leadership
  Environmental Arts and Humanities


Computer Information Systems
Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education
Social Work
Pharmacy Technology
Diagnostic Sonography
  General Sonography
  Vascular Sonography
  Cardiac Sonography
  Surgical Technology


Computer Information Systems
Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education
Pastoral Ministry
Pharmacy Technology

Men's & Women's Basketball
Men's & Women's Bowling
Men's & Women's Cross Country/Track & Field
Men's & Women's Golf
Men's & Women's Soccer
Men's Baseball
Women's Fast Pitch Softball
Women's Volleyball

Education at St. Catharine College includes learning experiences beyond the classroom. Students are encouraged to become involved in a number of clubs and organizations to include: campus ministry, Phi Theta Kappa, resident assistants, Students Together Accessing Resources & Services (STARS), Student Government Association, Mid-Kentucky Arts Chorus, Student Ambassadors, student newspaper staff, and Fellowship of  Christian Athletes (FCA).

St. Catharine College offers opportunities for higher education to students from a variety of backgrounds and life situations. It is the policy of the College to provide financial assistance to all U.S. citizens who demonstrate financial need. Financial assistance is sponsored by the College and by federal and state governments in the form of scholarships, grants, work-study employment and loans. The Financial Aid Office works with the individual student to design an aid package that meets the particular needs of the student.

Tuition may vary. Please check the current semester's course schedule for all tuition, room and board, and other fees applicable to students.

91% of our students receive financial assistance.

St. Catharine College, a Catholic, Dominican college inspired by its founders, welcomes all to the challenging pursuit of truth, preparing them to become critical thinkers, ethical leaders and engaged citizens.

Often times you will see St. Dominic pictured with a dog at his side. Almost always the dog will have a torch in his mouth. This comes from a story that is supposed to have happened during the time of Dominic’s Mother’s pregnancy. His Mother, Jane, had a dream and in the dream she saw a dog with a torch running across the world igniting everything that it touched. It was setting the world on fire. Truth or myth, what we know is that Dominic had a passion to preach the truth of God’s mercy and love wherever people gathered. 

The other symbol that is used in Christian art of Dominic is a star. This comes from the story that is told about his baptism. His godmother is said to have seen a bright star shining on Dominic’s forehead at the time of his baptism. 

The year 1931 refers to the year the college began. All of these, the torch, the star and the date, are depicted on a shield. In the time of St. Dominic, in the 13th century, it was customary for a family to have a shield on which to display symbols that had meaning for that particular family. The shield is purple and gold, the official colors of St. Catharine College.

A child once said that a legend is ‘when the outside words might not be true but the inside words are true.’ So the inner truth of these myths or legends that Dominicans hold dear is that we are all called to spread the Word of God throughout the world so that it will bring light where there may be darkness and always to be receivers and givers of God’s mercy and love.

THE DOMINICAN CHARISM (pronounced care-ism)
For nearly 800 years the motto of the Dominican Order has been Contemplare et Contemplata Aliis Tradere.  Translated from the Latin it means ‘to contemplate truth and share with others the fruits of this contemplation’. Concretely, Dominicans identify four pillars:  prayer, study, ministry and community, which are foundational to the mission of any Dominican school.   

St. Catharine is located on US 150, just 15 miles south of historic Bardstown, Kentucky, one hour southwest of Lexington and one hour southeast of Louisville.

For further information or to arrange a visit to St. Catharine College, please contact the Admissions Office:

St. Catharine College
2735 Bardstown Road, St. Catharine, KY  40061
Local: 859-336-5082, Ext. 1259

St. Catharine College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.