Saint Martin's University in Lacey, Washington is one of 13 Benedictine colleges and universities in the United States and Canada, and the only one west of the Rocky Mountains. Established in 1895 by monks of the Roman Catholic Order of Saint Benedict, our identity as a university is rooted in our Catholic, Benedictine tradition. Saint Martin's is a member of the Independent Colleges of Washington.

Guided by the principles of the Catholic Intellectual Tradition, Saint Martin’s University endeavors to unite academic rigor and excellence with moral thought and social responsibility – higher education that seeks to serve and promote the common good – higher education that seeks to transform lives by grappling with issues of Faith, Reason, Service and Community. We come together, faculty, staff and students, to form a community of individuals who are learning to live a meaningful life. Saints think, pray, serve, play and live with heart.

Quick facts

  • Undergraduate enrollment (approx.): 1300
  • Graduate enrollment (approx.): 250
  • Nationalities represented on campus: 19
  • Faiths represented on campus: 20+
  • 12:1 student-to-faculty ratio, all classes taught by faculty
  • Average class size 12-14 students
  • Over $20 million in scholarships and gift aid awarded to students last year 
  • Scholarships range from $100 to full tuition
  • First-year profile (entering 2018)
    • 53% women, 47% men
    • Percentage of students who are Catholic: 45%
    • Percentage of students who identify as ethnically diverse: 59%
    • Percentage of students who are first in their family to attend college: 35%
    • Percentage of students with need who receive financial support or aid: 100%

The Order of St. Benedict

The charisms of Community and Balance are uniquely demonstrated and fostered in Benedictine spirituality:

St. Benedict called his monks into a community – a shared life of prayer, work and study. Benedict was convinced that everything we need to learn about loving God, loving each other, and loving ourselves – is done in the context of community. Benedictine community, while being the antidote to individualism, always has a reverence for uniqueness. By design, we stand shoulder to shoulder with people who may actually be very different from ourselves – this is viewed as an asset – not a hindrance.

Balancing the life of the mind with the life of the spirit and body is decidedly Benedictine. The Rule of St. Benedict distinctly carves out time for prayer, work and study for all members of the community. This Benedictine balance is reflected in our core themes of Faith, Reason and Service. At Saint Martin’s we strive to nurture and develop the entire person through excellent and integrated academic, spiritual, athletic and other co-curricular programs.

Our goal is to graduate students who have a life-long passion for learning, are dedicated to developing their spiritual selves, and have a palpable commitment to service that seeks to establish a peaceful and socially just order in our world.