Saint Martin’s University Earns 2023-2024 Military Friendly® School Gold Designation for Fifth Consecutive Year

Old Main at the top of the hill on a sunny day, with the Military Friendly School 23-24 Gold badge in the top left corner

LACEY, Wash. —Saint Martin’s University was awarded gold designation as a 2023-2024 Military Friendly® School for the fifth consecutive year by VIQTORY.

“We are proud of our history supporting our veteran students through our academic and extracurricular program offerings, and plan to continue growing that support,” said President Jennifer Bonds-Raacke, Ph.D. “I hope this recognition serves as additional assurance to our military-affiliated students and families that Saint Martin’s is a university dedicated to their success.”   

With veterans making up approximately 9% of the student population, Saint Martin’s University is recognized as one of the nation’s top military-supportive colleges. The University was ranked No. 14 in Best Colleges for Veterans by U.S. News & World Report in 2022. In September, Saint Martin’s received a $583,135 grant from the U.S. Department of Education to establish a Center of Excellence for Veteran Student Success. This Center will increase wrap-around support and programming for veteran students. The University was also named the first Purple Heart University in the state of Washington by the Order of the Purple Heart.   

Institutions earning the Military Friendly® School designation were evaluated using both public data sources and responses from a proprietary survey. More than 1,800 schools participated in the 2022-2023 survey with 665 earning special awards for going above the standard. The 2022-2023 Military Friendly® Schools list will be published in the May and October issue of G.I. Jobs magazine and can be found at

Methodology, criteria, and weightings were determined by VIQTORY with input from the Military Friendly® Advisory Council of independent leaders in the higher education and military recruitment community. Final ratings were determined by combining the institution’s survey scores with the assessment of the institution’s ability to meet thresholds for Student Retention, Graduation, Job Placement, Loan Repayment, Persistence (Degree Advancement or Transfer) and Loan Default rates for all students and, specifically, for student veterans.  

“Military Friendly® is committed to transparency and providing consistent data-driven standards in our designation process. Our standards provide a benchmark that promotes positive outcomes and support services that better the educational landscape and provide opportunity for the Military Community. This creates a competitive atmosphere that encourages colleges to evolve and invest in their programs consistently. Schools who achieve awards designation show true commitment in their efforts, going over and above that standard.” - Kayla Lopez, National Director of Military Partnerships, Military Friendly®.  

For more information about the resources and programs that Saint Martin’s offers to support the military community, both at its Lacey and JBLM campuses, visit the military community page on the Saint Martin’s website

About Military Friendly ® Schools:  
The Military Friendly ® Schools list is created each year based on extensive research using public data sources from more than 8,800 schools nationwide, input from student veterans, and responses to the proprietary, data-driven Military Friendly® Schools survey from participating institutions. The survey questions, methodology, criteria and weighting were developed with the assistance of an independent research firm and an advisory council of educators and employers. The survey is administered for free and is open to all postsecondary schools that wish to participate. Criteria for consideration can be found at

About Saint Martin’s University: 
Saint Martin’s University is an independent, four-year, coeducational university located on a wooded campus of more than 300 acres in Lacey, Washing­ton. Established in 1895 by the Catholic Order of Saint Benedict, the University is one of 14 Benedic­tine colleges and universities in the United States and Canada, and the only one west of the Rocky Mountains. Saint Martin’s University prepares students for successful lives through its 25 majors and seven graduate programs spanning the liberal arts, business, education, nursing and engineering. Saint Martin’s welcomes more than 1,300 undergraduate students and 250 graduate students from many ethnic and religious backgrounds to its Lacey campus, and more students to its extended campus located at Joint Base Lewis-McChord. 

About VIQTORY:  
Founded in 2001, VIQTORY is a service-disabled, veteran-owned small business (SDVOSB) that connects the military community to civilian employment, educational and entrepreneurial opportunities through its G.I. Jobs® and Military Friendly® brands. VIQTORY and its brands are not a part of or endorsed by the U.S. Dept of Defense or any federal government entity. Learn more about VIQTORY at


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