Applying to Saint Martin's has never been easier. Simply fill out our FREE online application, send in your official transcript(s) and you're good to go!

You will receive an admission decision in as little as 2 weeks and automatic scholarship consideration.

Transfer students are students who have completed one or more college credits following high school graduation.

If you have completed 20 or fewer credits post high school you may be evaluated as a traditional first-year applicant and will be eligible for first-year scholarships.


Are you a previous student applying for re-admission

Complete our re-admit form

Important Information


Spring, summer and fall 2022

Spring 2022 
Application and materials Dec. 10
DepositDec. 20
Summer 2022 
Application and materialsApril 15
Deposit May 1
Fall 2022 
Application and materials July 25
DepositAug. 10
**Nursing application for fall 2022/spring 2023 cohorts 
Application and materialsJan. 15
DepositMarch 15

**All nursing applicants must use the Saint Martin’s University application. Traditional BSN students can only apply for Fall 2022 to be considered for admissions to the fall or spring cohorts. 


Applying is free!
Application requirements for transfer students include:

  • Saint Martin's Application or the Common Application*
  • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
  • Your official high school transcript, GED certificate or home school documentation, if applicable†
  • Military credits‡
  • **Nursing essay questions are required for all nursing applicants.

Application details

* There is no application fee for domestic transfer applicants.
** As instructed on the Common Application.
‡For those who have prior military credits: All scores from U.S. Armed Forces Institution Examinations (USAFI) and/or (DANTES) and/or College Examination Program (CLEP). Other documentation such as DD Form 214, DD Form 295, AARTS transcripts, CCAF transcripts, DLI transcripts and SMART transcripts.

Learn more about transferring to Saint Martin's

Considering transferring to finish your degree at Saint Martin's? Join us for one of our transfer information sessions!

Bring your questions and unofficial transcripts, and learn more about why Saint Martin's may be the right fit for you. 

Sign up for a transfer info session

Transfer sessions are custom-made visits designed to engage prospective transfer students with their academic programs. Each prospective student will learn about their academic major and the admissions process through a transfer admissions presentation, a tour designed for transfer students, and an advising session to discuss credit transfer and educational opportunities. 

While signing up for a transfer session, please review our majors. Please note the nursing department holds separate information sessions for students interested in that major. Sign up to attend a nursing info sessions.


Transfer sessions begin in Old Main 221 in the Admissions Conference Room. Parking is complimentary in the Abbey Guest Visitor Lot C, located by the Abbey Church. View a campus map.

Reverse Transfers Agreement

Students who have been admitted to Saint Martin’s University without a DTA associate’s degree, and who have at least 60 transferrable quarter credits, or 40 transferable semester credits, from a Washington community or technical college, may be eligible to earn a DTA associate’s degree from their transfer institution. This is accomplished by transferring SMU credits back to the community or technical college, which may then apply the credits towards its own associate degree requirements.

To activate this policy, students must alert the Registrar’s office that they wish to have their courses reverse transferred, and are responsible for ensuring that the receiving institution awards credit and the DTA associate’s degree. Students must then provide the Saint Martin’s University Registrar with an official transcript posting the DTA associate’s degree prior to their final semester or term before graduation. Upon receipt of the DTA associate’s degree, students will have satisfied Saint Martin’s Core 22 requirements (Gen Ed) with the exception of one course in religion and one course in philosophy, if not already completed.

Programs requiring separate, supplemental applications

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Education programs, including teacher certification

The College of Education and Counseling has a separate and supplemental application process for their education programs.

Breakdown of requirements and how to apply »

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Nursing programs

In addition to our standard transfer application processes, the BSN and RN-to-BSN programs require a number of pre-requisites and additional steps for acceptance.

Learn more about BSN requirements »
Learn more about RN-to-BSN requirements »

Social Work

Social Work

In addition to our standard transfer application processes, the Social Work program requires prospective students to complete a program-specific application.

Social Work program application »

Why apply early?

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Priority consideration

Applicants who complete their application by each review deadline will receive priority consideration for admission, scholarships, and other types of financial aid. Those who apply later will be admitted on a space-available basis and should be aware that some types of housing, Saint Martin’s scholarships, and state and federal aid may be limited.

Applicants should submit their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) beginning Jan. 1 to October 1st of the academic year for which they are applying.


Saint Martin's University operates on the semester system. Most community colleges and many other colleges and universities are on the quarter system. Saint Martin's fall semester begins in late August, spring semester in January. The University offers two summer sessions. One semester credit equals 1.5 quarter credits.

Most academic programs at Saint Martin's University require 120 semester credits for graduation.

A maximum of 90 semester hours (135 quarter hours) will be accepted toward the 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 with learning gained from job experiences, civic or volunteer work have an opportunity to obtain credit toward a baccalaureate degree through the University's FOCUS Program. Please check the Saint Martin's University catalog for details about this program.

No. However, if you are completing one or want to know which associates transfers best for your intended major, contact your transfer counselor.

Official transcripts can be ordered through your college’s registrar office. Electronic transcripts can be sent by email, through National Students Clearinghouse or Parchment to: Transcripts can also be mailed to 5000 Abbey Way SE, Lacey, WA 98503.