Saint Martin’s seeks to build a diverse, hard-working, and highly-engaged
fellowship of students. This does not necessarily mean a 4.0 GPA or perfect
SAT scores. We seek students who want to build an education around a
philosophy of living, not just learning. Saint Martin’s isn’t a place for
“wall flowers” or “back-benchers.” You will be expected to challenge
yourself with opportunities inside and outside the classroom, to lead and
make a difference in our community.
At Saint Martin's, you will find a unique, values-driven education, one
that is centered around the 1,500-year-old Benedictine traditions of
community, hospitality, service, and stewardship. You will be a part of a
community that values open academic inquiry and discussion, that welcomes
people of all faiths and backgrounds, and that supports one another
intellectually, socially, and spiritually.
In evaluating your application, we’ll look first at your academic
background and preparation – grades, course selection, writing, and, for
first-year applicants, test scores. If you’ve got a couple bumps and bruises
along the way academically, don’t worry. We’ll learn all we can about you
from your application, contact you if we need more information, and if
you’re on an upward path we can admit you. If we think you’ll need a little
help to achieve academic success we’ll admit you through our College
Achievement Program, which directs a number of support services to you and
has proven highly effective in helping students achieve academic success at
the college level.
Beyond your academic record, we’re equally interested in what you’ll add
to our community outside the classroom. Whether you are an actor, athlete,
community organizer, singer or worship leader – we want to see your
enthusiasm and dedication to life beyond the books.
Saint Martin’s University does not have minimum GPA, SAT or ACT scores
for admission. We evaluate each application holistically and take into
account all information presented in an application when making a decision,
including the rigor of courses, and service and leadership experience.
Learn more about first-year requirements and
the application process.
As a guideline, you can use this information about students that enrolled
in the fall 2013 first-year class:
- Middle 50% range unweighted high school GPA: 3.21 to 3.78 (Middle
50% average GPA: 3.51)
- Middle 50% range SAT – Reading: 470-580
- (Middle 50% average: 528)
- Middle 50% range SAT – Math: 480-600
- (Middle 50% average: 537)
- Middle 50% range SAT – Writing: 460-570
- (Middle 50% average: 508)
- Middle 50% ACT range: 20-25
- (Middle 50% average: 23)
High school course selection is important in our decision making
process. It is recommended that high school applicants complete an
academic program that follows this pattern:
English – Four years
At least three years of study should be from college preparatory
composition and/or English literature. One year may be satisfied by courses
in drama, public speaking, debate, or journalism.
Mathematics – Three years
We recommend college preparatory algebra and geometry. One additional
year in advanced mathematics is recommended for students majoring in the
sciences, engineering or business.
Science – Three years
We recommend college preparatory science, including one year of a
laboratory science. Three years of science with two years of laboratory
science are recommended for students majoring in engineering or the
Social science – Two years
Students might select from history, psychology, political science,
economics, sociology, and/or cultural anthropology.
Foreign language – Two years
Any foreign language.
Academic electives – Three years
Advanced study beyond the recommended course pattern.
Additional courses in English, mathematics, laboratory science, and
foreign language will strengthen a student’s application for admission.
Students who do not fulfill these recommended course patterns may be offered
admission with a conditional status.
Saint Martin’s University welcomes transfer students at any stage of
their college career. A maximum of 90 semester hours (135 quarter hours)
will be accepted toward fulfillment of requirements for a baccalaureate
degree. Transfer credits from a two-year accredited college may not exceed
60 semester hours (90 quarter hours). Students are required to complete our
General Education Requirements.
Saint Martin’s University does not have minimum GPA requirements for
admission. We evaluate each application holistically and take into account
all information presented in an application when making a decision.
As a guideline, the middle 50% GPA range for transfer students that
enrolled in the fall 2013 class was 2.93 to 3.52 (Middle 50% average
transfer GPA: 3.21).
Course selection at your previous institution(s) is important in our
decision making process. While we do not have specific course
recommendations for admission, successful transfer applicants will have
completed an academic-focused program that prepares them for
Baccalaureate-level work. To prepare for Saint Martin’s liberal arts-based
curriculum, all students should take courses that emphasize writing and
critical thinking skills. Students intending to major in the sciences should
take both lecture and lab courses in their intended field of studies as well
as relevant mathematics courses. Math, chemistry, computer science, and
engineering majors will be well served to complete college-level calculus
with a B average before transferring.
If you will be transferring in 24 or fewer semester credits (typically
two semesters or three quarters of full-time study) you may be required to
submit your high school transcript and SAT or ACT scores, particularly if
you graduated from high school less than three years from the time you plan
to apply for admission as a transfer student. These materials may be
evaluated and considered during the review process. Your admission counselor
will let you know which specific materials are necessary to complete your
application depending upon your individual circumstances.
Saint Martin's University requires TOEFL or IELTS test scores from all
international applicants to complete the application process.
Detailed instructions and access to the online application can be
found on our
We look forward to reviewing your application and getting to know you.