Saint Martin's University receives fourth consecutive Military Friendly® Gold Status

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LACEY, Wash. — For the fourth consecutive year, Saint Martin’s University was awarded gold distinction as a 2022-23 Military Friendly® school by VIQTORY. Saint Martin’s University was the highest ranked school within the category of private, non-doctoral-granting institutions in Washington state.

The Military Friendly® Schools list has come to set the standard for higher education institutions to provide the best opportunities for veterans and their spouses. This prestigious list provides a comprehensive guide for veterans and their families using data sources from federal agencies, veteran students and proprietary survey information from participating organizations. 

“Our military-affiliated students contribute so much to the fabric of our campus community. Our Benedictine values of hospitality and community are a natural connection,” said President Roy Heynderickx, Ph.D. “It is an honor to support those men and women who have sacrificed for their families and our country.”
Saint Martin’s University received 100 percent in all six Military Friendly Rating categories, including Academic Policies & Compliance, Admissions & Orientation, Culture & Commitment, Financial Aid & Assistance, Graduation & Career, and Military Student Support & Retention. 

Institutions earning the Military Friendly® School designation were evaluated using both public data sources and responses from a proprietary survey. Over 1,800 schools participated in the 2022-2023 survey with around 665 schools earning the designation of which 282 were selected for the “Gold” award status for their leading practices, outcomes, and effective programs. 
The Military Friendly® Schools survey is the longest-running most comprehensive review of college and university investments in serving military and veteran students. The 2022-­2023 Military Friendly® Schools list will be published in G.I. Jobs magazine's May issue and found at

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

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 13 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 29 majors and 11 graduate programs and five certificate 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. 
VIQTORY is a service-disabled, veteran-owned small business that connects the military community to civilian employment, educational and entrepreneurial opportunities through its G.I. Jobs®, Military Spouse, and Military Friendly® brands.


For additional information:

Chantelle Marker
Associate Dean of Military and Graduate Programs

Jocelyn Bonilla
Marketing and Social Media Manager