September 18, 2020

Saint Martin’s University has earned a place among the country’s best universities, according to U.S. News & World Report’s 2021 Best Colleges rankings.

The University was ranked 10th overall in Best Value among Regional Universities in the West, a seven-place increase from last year’s No. 17 rankings. The Western region of universities includes institutions in Hawaii, Alaska, Washington, Oregon, California, Idaho, Nevada, Montana, Wyoming, Utah, Colorado, Arizona, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas.

“Working at Saint Martin's, I know the value of a Saint Martin's education and the support provided in scholarships to make this possible for our students. It is great to see this reflected in our recent rankings,” said Saint Martin’s Dean of Enrollment Pamela Holsinger-Fuchs.

In addition, U.S. News and World Report also named Saint Martin’s University No. 33 overall Regional Universities in the West, No. 20 Best Colleges for Veterans among Regional Universities in the West and a Top 50 Performers of Social Mobility (No. 48 overall) among Regional Universities in the West with a No. 3 ranking among Washington colleges and No. 1 ranking among Washington private/independent colleges in the category.

"We take pride in offering transformative experiences here at Saint Martin's. We look to be a university that is committed to providing access to higher education for students from diverse backgrounds, including for those who may not consider college in another setting or may not believe that such opportunities can be afforded to them,” said Saint Martin's University Vice President for Academic Affairs Kate Boyle. “We are thrilled to know that our students' lives are changed because of their educational achievements with our university.

Saint Martin’s Abbey made a commitment of $3.5 million to Saint Martin’s University to support students affected by the COVID-19 pandemic in May. The gift was made for the sole purpose of providing direct emergency aid grants for Saint Martin's students to ensure those in need of the extra one-time support can continue pursuing their educational goals. Since the establishment of the Abbot Neal G. Roth, O.S.B. Saints Care Emergency Fund more than 1,000 Saint Martin’s University students have benefitted from the Saint Martin’s Abbey gift

Shared Holsinger-Fuchs, “I was especially touched that our monks of Saint Martin’s Abbey in response to the uncertainty for families in these times awarded all of our students the Abbot Neal Roth Saints Care Emergency Fund. Our Abbey and community through our yearly scholarship fundraising event, the Saint Martin’s Gala, make dreams become reality for our students.”

To determine overall rankings for universities and colleges, U.S. News and World Report says it evaluates higher education institutions based on 16 measures of academic quality, including first-year student retention, graduation rates, social mobility, class sizes, faculty resources, expert opinion, student excellence, alumni giving and other data. U.S. News and World Report defines regional universities as those that offer a broad scope of undergraduate degrees and some master’s degrees