Since 1895, Saint Martin's University has been driven by our Benedictine values, which include hospitality, listening, respect for others and stewardship. These values shape the way we develop our academic programs, create opportunities for leadership and service, and build our community. 

We welcome students from all faiths, viewpoints and backgrounds because we believe the best exchange of ideas occurs in a diverse, inclusive environment. Visit our Diversity and Equity Center to learn more. 

At Saint Martin's, we think, serve and live with heart.

Quick facts

  • Undergraduate enrollment (approx.): 1300
  • Graduate enrollment (approx.): 250
  • Nationalities represented on campus: 19
  • Faiths represented on campus: 20+
  • 12:1 student-to-faculty ratio, all classes taught by faculty
  • Average class size 12-14 students
  • $20 million in scholarships and gift aid awarded to students last year
  • Scholarships range from $100 to full tuition
  • First-year profile (entering 2018)
    • 53% women, 47% men
    • Percentage of students who are Catholic: 45%
    • Percentage of students who identify as ethnically diverse: 59%
    • Percentage of students who are first in their family to attend college: 35%
    • Percentage of students with need who receive financial support or aid: 97%

Think with heart

We offer 26 undergraduate majors, many also offered as minors, and 10 graduate programs. We also offer certificate programs in chemical dependency, computer science, education and engineering. Our programs are housed in our four colleges: College of Arts and Sciences, College of Education and Counseling, School of Business and the Hal and Inge Marcus School of Engineering. Explore our academic programs to see how you can achieve your goals as a Saint. 

Our top five undergraduate majors include:

Serve with heart

Commitment to affordability and access 

We believe that a Saint Martin's education, which emphasizes education of the whole person with the intent to create leaders who want to lead a meaningful life and change for the greater good, should be affordable and accessible to all students.

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Commitment to support our students

At Saint Martin's, we believe that through an inclusive, equitable community, where all individuals are distinctive and all faiths, backgrounds, and talents are respected, we cultivate empathy and promote the exchange of ideas. This provides a valuable foundation for life, preparing students to serve the larger world community. 

Live with heart

At Saint Martin's, we believe education extends beyond the classroom, with opportunities to learn and lead throughout campus, either through academic clubs or service organizations or recreation programs. Saint Martin's location also gives students unprecedented access to both metropolitan centers and the breathtaking outdoor wonders of the Pacific Northwest.

Our fun, lively campus

Our fun, lively campus

From Weeks of Welcome to Pack the Pavilion to Spring Fair, there's always something to do on campus. Get involved:

Capitol Lake

Our beautiful, vibrant surroundings

  • 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 and Lacey consistently rank well on "Best Cities" lists, including Kiplinger's, Forbes and Sperling's, for the transit systems, burgeoning business environment and low crime rate

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