Why Saint Martin's?
The Benedictine tradition
The only Benedictine Catholic university west of the
Rockies, Saint Martin's embraces a philosophy of living,
not just learning. We'll prepare you to lead a life of
purpose, service, and compassion.
In the Benedictine
tradition, Saint Martin's is committed to the
education of the "whole" you. That tradition values
community, listening, and stewardship. Here you'll be
embraced and supported from your very first day to
graduation day—and beyond. You'll be surrounded by
professors, staff, and students who believe that
listening is the key to understanding and learning. As
we listen with our hearts, we learn to trust one
another, to respect our differences, and to find
opportunities where our unique talents and abilities can
help create a better world.
The right size
Our small student-faculty ratio (10:1) and small average class size (12)
mean you’ll know and be known by your professors, as well as your fellow
students. Here, you'll have the opportunity to work directly with
professors, lead a research project, play a sport, or start a club. At Saint
Martin's, everyone is as passionate about your hopes, dreams, and goals as
We may be small, but our offerings are abundant: 21 majors, minors, and
several pre-professional and graduate programs; study-abroad programs to 18
countries; 13 NCAA Division II teams and 12 intramural sports; and over 20
student-run clubs and organizations.
Location, location, location
Saint Martin's is within minutes of downtown Olympia,
home to a vibrant arts community, hosting local and
nationally recognized artists, as well as the State
Capitol. This area has been named on more than seven
national "Best Cities" lists, including Kiplinger’s
2009 Top 10. We're also located halfway between Seattle
and Portland, #2 and #7 (respectively) on Outside
magazine's Top 10 America's Best Cities list.
Here you'll be surrounded by all sorts of outdoor opportunities like
hiking, water sports, skiing, and scenic mountains trails. With so much to
do and see, just steps from your door, you’ll have the experience of a
lifetime at Saint Martin’s University.