Are you drawn to the spirit of the Pacific Northwest? There's a sense of oneness with nature here, from the evergreens that border our campus to the nearby meadows and retaining ponds. There's also a sense of opportunity here, a frontier where anything is possible, from the mountains to the east to the ocean shores to the west.

Located between the metropolitan areas of Seattle and Portland, and minutes from Olympia, the state capital, Saint Martin's is close to the best of the Pacific Northwest. Here you'll enjoy urban excursions and outdoor adventure, both for the occasional diversion and the needed inspiration, not to mention opportunities to try new things and share your passions.

Urban excursions

Capitol Building

Lacey, Olympia and Thurston County

In Lacey and the South Puget Sound area you'll enjoy rocky beaches, watershed parks and a nearby rainforest, as well as quirky shops, bountiful farmers markets, and local coffeehouses and microbreweries. Because Olympia is the state capital, you can pursue internships with many state government agencies as well as health-related organizations and businesses.

Seattle, Washington

Seattle and Tacoma

Nearby Seattle and Tacoma offer world-class museums and shopping, bustling restaurant scenes, music venues, major sport teams and parks galore. Both metropolitan areas serve as headquarters for some amazing companies, including Amazon, Boeing, Microsoft, Nordstrom and REI, as well as great nonprofits.

Portland, Oregon


Just two hours away, Portland is home to a lively arts and crafts scene, beautiful rivers and trails, and more. Portland's funky culture is a counterpoint to Seattle's fast-paced scene. Portland also serves as headquarters for many industry-leading businesses such as Intel and Nike as well as innovative start-ups.

Outdoor adventures

Mountain Rainier and wildflowers

Majestic mountains

Whether you like hiking, rock climbing, mountain biking, skiing or camping, western Washington has endless opportunities to reconnect with nature and rejuvenate your spirit. Mount Rainier, Mount Baker and the Olympics are just some of the awe-inspiring options in your backyard. 

Budd Bay kayaking

Boundless water

Our region, the southernmost section of the Puget Sound, is blessed with many types of bodies of water, include inlets, lakes and rivers. The water rejuvenates us and inspires us. Paddle boat in the Sound, kayak along rocky beaches, or observe sea life in tidal pools along Sound. 

Our professors embrace life in the Pacific Northwest

David Price

The power of the pedal

"It's a nice little shot of exercise. It's good for the environment and it's good for me."

Carol Overdeep College of Arts and Sciences Professor of Mathematics

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