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"When someone says 'college' I immediately think of a new place, new people and more difficult tests. It may be a common notion that college is just about furthering your education, meaning, furthering what you know from lectures and textbooks, but in fact, a major player in the game of 'the college experience' is the everyday encounters one has with individuals from other places…"
— Michaela Kier

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Office of International Programs
and Development

5000 Abbey Way SE
Old Main Room 430
Lacey, WA 98503
Phone: 360-438-4504
Fax: 360-438-4359
Email: intladmissions@stmartin.edu
Hours: M-F, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. PST


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Welcome to OIPD

The Office of International Programs and Development (OIPD) serves the Saint Martin’s community by offering a variety of international programs which help foster an appreciation for cultural diversity.

What we do

We play an important role in the University’s international community by providing services related to language, culture and academic exchange. Our office enhances and supports cross-cultural education and seeks distinction through our numerous programs designed to encourage an appreciation between international and domestic communities.

We believe that international education here at Saint Martin’s University is about cultivating a sense of global citizenry. Every year we welcome students from many countries, host cultural activities that promote international understanding, and provide avenues in which cultural exchange is a daily event.

For students who are interested in going overseas, we provide support for study abroad opportunities all around the world. We also coordinate with our faculty to teach overseas or lead international study tours.

  • To strengthen connections between international and domestic communities.
  • To offer and support international programs and events that celebrate intercultural awareness and promote personal discovery.
  • To enable international students to have a successful experience at Saint Martin’s University.
  • To provide support and promote discovery of other cultures, both on campus and overseas.

University Profile

  • Founded in 1895
  • Private, Catholic Benedictine comprehensive university
  • 380-acre campus, graced with woods, trails, and wildlife
  • 1 hour to Seattle; 2 hours to Portland; 45 minutes to Seattle-Tacoma International Airport
  • 1,386 undergraduates and 275 graduate students on main campus in Lacey, Washington
  • 370 students at extension campuses at JBLM McChord Field (old McChord Air Force Base), JBLM Main (old Fort Lewis Army Post) and Centralia College
  • 12:1 student-to-faculty ratio
  • Average incoming first-year GPA for fall 2013: 3.46
  • Middle 50% unweighted high school GPA of entering first year students: 3.46
  • Average SAT scores: Writing 511, Math 537, Critical Reading 526
  • Average ACT score: 23
  • Middle 50% SAT (with ACT scores converted to SAT):1583
  • First-year student gender: 43% male; 57% female
  • Transfer student gender: 42% male; 58% female
  • First-year student race/ethnicity: 45% students of color
  • New transfer student race/ethnicity: 36% students of color
  • 44% of first-year students are Catholic (students represent a variety of religions and beliefs)
  • 23% of transfer students are Catholic
  • 22% of first-year students come from out-of-state (primarily California, Oregon, and Hawaii)
  • 79% of first-year undergraduates live in campus housing
  • 77 full-time and 125 part-time faculty members
  • O'Grady Library offers access to more than 28 million sources including microforms, books, journals, and recordings
  • NCAA Division II sports: baseball, basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, softball, track and field, and volleyball

Please come by and visit with us. We are happy to have you as a part of our international community!


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