Since 1895 we have been driven by our Benedictine values. We welcome students from all faiths, viewpoints and backgrounds. We believe in the exchange of ideas that occur in a diverse and inclusive atmosphere. Our students think, pray and live with heart.

The Benedictine tradition of educating the whole you

Founded on our four core values of faith, reason, service, and community, we are committed to fostering an inclusive and global learning environment.

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Academic excellence

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1,282 undergraduate students, 277 graduate students12:1 student-to-faculty ratio, all classes taught by faculty
$19 million in scholarships and gift aid awarded last yearAverage class size 12-14 students
100% of first-year students with need receive aidScholarships ranging from $100 to full tuition

Academic Programs

Our students are known not only for the transformation they create on campus, but for their ability to lead through service after graduation. Explore our academic programs to see how you can achieve your goals as a Saint.

Commitment to Diversity and Equity

We educate students to transform our world for peace and justice.

Facts and Resources
Diversity and Equity Center provides a safe place, resources, and staff to support studentsVeteran's Center and VA Representative provides support on campus
AHANA Connections (orientation) designed specifically for students of color and first-generation college studentsStudent services help international students settle in the U.S.
Bias Impact Response TeamGreen Dot Bystander Awareness Training for all incoming students

The perfect location

Saint Martin's location gives students unprecedented access to both the city and the breathtaking outdoor wonders of the Pacific Northwest.


Capitol Lake

What's nearby

  • One hour from Seattle and two hours from Portland
  • Sea-Tac International Airport is only 45 minutes away
  • Mt. Rainier, national parks, deciduous rain forests, and ocean beaches
  • Free local transportation in Thurston county (with your Saints ID Card)
  • Minutes from downtown Olympia, home to a vibrant arts community as well as the State Capitol
  • Olympia/Lacey ranks well on "Best Cities" lists, including Kiplinger's, Forbes and Sperling's, for its transit systems, business environment and low crime rate
An active campus

An active campus

From the Neon Rave to Casino Night, there's always something to do on campus. Get involved:


SMU admissions stories

Jeneva Burton '15

I am their story

“I am Martin Luther King’s dream, Harriet Tubman’s walk, Wilma Rudolph’s run and Malcolm X’s fight — I am their story.”