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Empowering students to become leaders and to find opportunities to make a difference.

Over the last 120 years, guided by our Catholic, Benedictine tradition, we have fostered a diverse, supportive community of students, faculty, staff, monks and alumni. Whether you pursue a career in the arts or sciences, business, education, or engineering, you will graduate ready to lead and make a difference. 2

Student clubs and organizations


Academic programs and 25 majors tailored to your interests

Undergraduates 49% male | 51% female

Students from outside of Washington state AK 1%, AZ 2%, CA 5%, HI 3%, ID 1%, IA 1%, MT 2%, NV 1%, OR 7%, UT 1%, TX 1%, WA 75% Students who are first-generation college students Faiths represented on campus Student to teacher ratio

Residence Halls

Courses with less than 30 students, average class size 12-14 students

Men’s and 7 Women’s NCAA Division II intercollegiate athletic teams Students who are Catholic Students of color Countries in the world where study abroad opportunities are available. Argentina, Chile, Korea, Mexico, Northern Ireland, Tanzania and many more countries! 3

Experiential Learning is at the heart of a Saint Martin’s University Education.

Our curriculum challenges and enriches our students. We cultivate an environment where students explore who they are in the world as they study their chosen field. Our students are known not only for the transformation they create on campus, but for their ability to lead through service after graduation. 4

A community defined by strong student-centered academic programs Majors

•A  ccounting •B  iology •B  usiness Administration •C  hemistry •C  ivil Engineering •C  ommunication Studies •C  ommunity Service •C  omputer Science

•C  riminology and Criminal Justice •E  ducational Studies •E  lementary Education •E  nglish •H  istory • I nterdisciplinary Studies •M  athematics •M  echanical Engineering •M  usic

•P  olitical Science •P  sychology •R  eligious Studies •S  ocial Work •S  ociology and Cultural Anthropology •S  pecial Education •T  heatre Arts


• Dentistry • Law • Medicine • Nursing • Optometry • Pharmacy • Physical Therapy • Veterinary Medicine

Where will your Saint Martin’s education take you? At Saint Martin’s, we provide a well-rounded education, both inside and outside the classroom, that will prepare you to be a critical thinker and a compassionate leader in the career path you choose. “Living by the Saint Martin’s core values of faith, reason, service and community has helped me to achieve this opportunity as a Fulbright Scholar and will continue to help me to be successful over the course of my grant period. This opportunity will allow me to pursue my passion for teaching as well as to serve as cultural ambassador for the US while also learning more about the Colombian culture and educational system.” — Chyteira Dues ’15 Fulbright Scholar

Grad School

Business Engineerin g Governme nt Health C are Educatio n Nonprofi ts Other

26% 26% 15% 11% 9% 7% 3% 3%



Explore the beautiful Pacific Northwest 6

From Urban adventures to outdoor fun, Saint Martin’s is close to everything your adventurous side is looking for. Saint Martin’s is located on 380+ acres of beautiful woodlands and trails in Lacey, Washington. Our main campus is minutes from Olympia, Washington’s capital city, with nearby farmers markets, coffee houses, bookstores, parks, lakes, theaters and shopping. Centrally located between Seattle and Portland, you’ll have endless opportunities to enjoy sporting events, kayaking, skiing, hiking, camping, and more.






Affording a private education...Let’s look at the numbers College tuition can be intimidating, especially at a private institution. What most students don’t realize is that there are many scholarships available at private universities. For example, Saint Martin’s University awards an average of $15 million per year to students in aid. With a student body of 1349 undergraduate students, you do the math!

Total investment

$45,456 “Sticker Price”

(what shows up on your bill)


Room and Board


Tuition and Fees

$22,079 Average “Net Price”

(the average of what students are actually paying)

Part of our commitment to affordability, Saint Martin’s offers merit scholarships to all admitted incoming domestic students. For additional information on financial aid and a complete list of scholarships, visit 8

Freshman Scholarships* 

*anticipated annual award based on standardized test scores and unweighted cumulative GPA

Did you know? Saint Martin’s was ranked as one of the top designated Military-Friendly schools, and offers the Yellow Ribbon program.

Transfer Scholarships*

*anticipated annual award based on unweighted cumulative GPA of all college work

GPA 3.4 – 4.0: $11,000 Chancellor’s Scholarship

GPA 2.85 – 3.39: $8,000 President’s Scholarship

GPA 2.84 - : $5,000 University Scholarship 9

Making a difference through the interaction of faith, reason, service and community.

At Saint Martin’s our students are known for their contributions to the community — in between sports, clubs, and activities they make it a priority to make a difference in the lives of others.


Service and Sustainability Our Benedictine values honor the importance of each person and the significance of service and community. Saints take pride in helping those in need and caring for the earth through service projects and activities. Students work individually or together in groups.

Service • Each summer, a group of students volunteers in a Tanzanian orphanage for two weeks. • Students help kids at the local Boys and Girls Clubs do homework, practice reading, learn sports and create art. • In an alternate spring break experience, students assist migrant farm workers in the Yakima Valley of Eastern Washington. • Students pitch in regularly at a local soup kitchen, and on service immersion trips to Portland, OR., to help the city’s homeless.

Sustainability • Students, staff, and faculty members learn sustainable gardening techniques during workships in our SMU Learning Garden. • Our Sustainability Club throws an annual event, “Garbageology,” to raise awareness about how much trash is thrown away on campus and create recycling opportunities! • We have a special learning community, Oikos (that’s Greek for “home”), that focuses on sustainability. One Oikos project? Helping the campus save more than 100,000 water bottles since installing 19 hydration stations. • Graduate students assisted in designing and constructing Cebula Hall, our engineering building and one of the highest Platinum LEED-rated buildings in the world.


Your life as a Saint means incredible experiences and life-long friendships along the way.

We love our Benedictine tradition, which emphasizes the importance of community and the value of each person in it. In this welcoming place, feel free to spread your wings. Here, you can meet new people, explore ideas, cultures and points of view, master something new, help people out, have fun, and then use all you’ve become as a Saint to make your community and your world a better place. 12


Saint Martin’s

Saints Athletics, recreation and clubs Saint Martin’s competes in NCAA Division II Athletics, as part of the Great Northwest Athletic Conference (GNAC). We sponsor 15 varsity sports with over 200 student athletes and as a Division II school, success can be seen both in the classroom and on the playing field.

Men’s: Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Golf, Soccer, Track and Field Women’s: Basketball, Cross Country, Golf, Softball, Soccer, Track and Field, Volleyball

Beyond athletics Fitness classes, strength training, intramural sports, outdoor recreation, clubs and organizations, Saint Martin’s has something for everyone! Enjoy off campus adventures with SOAR for hikes, snowshoeing, skiing and rafting or join one of our 30+ clubs on campus that align with your special interests like diversity, interfaith, debate, LGBTQA or even sustainability!


Safety Your safety is our utmost concern—Saint Martin’s University provides full-service protection to the campus community through the Office of Public Safety which operates 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Safety officers patrol campus 24 hours a day with an emphasis placed on crime prevention and education.

Keeping our students and campus safe • 24/7 Emergency Response on-campus • e2Campus Alert System: Receive campus weather updates and emergency notifications through text, email and social media •B  lue Light System: Emergency call boxes are located around campus, which dial 9-1-1 with the push of a button •L  acey Police Station and Fire Department are both less than 1/2 mile from campus • Public Safety offices patrol all buildings and parking lots regularly • Residence Halls require key-card access • Free campus escort service available • Annual active shooter, earthquake, and fire drills/trainings across campus • Self-Defense and First Aid classes offered regularly to students • Monthly cross-campus awareness initiatives Students report feeling very safe on campus, and if you’d like more information about crime rates they are always available online at


Our monks in black The St. Martin’s Abbey monks are actively involved with the campus community.

What makes Saint Martin’s University so special? The answer is simple—our monks. For over 120 years, our Catholic, Benedictine monks have called Saint Martin’s home. It is their support (and sense of humor) that makes community the number one thing students talk about when describing Saint Martin’s.



In 2009 several Saint Martin’s students and faculty teamed up to write a book about the Monks of Saint Martin’s. Pick up a copy of "One Rule, Many Men," in our bookstore when you visit campus.


Besides gathering to pray five times a day in the Abbey Church, Saint Martin’s monks work as professors, mailmen, archivists, Campus ministers and guest-masters.


Some monks have been ordained as priests so they can help with pastoral duties and giving the sacraments, and they bear the title “Father,” while others who follow other paths of service and are called “Brother.”

Getting to Know the Monks / Matching Game Match the monk with the activity that he is well known for (as told by students): 1. Father Peter

A. Facebooks from Rome while attending graduate school

2. Brother Ramon

B. Plays Disc Golf, talks about zombies and leads his famous Papa Pete & Popcorn movie series in the res halls

3. Brother Boniface 4. Father Gerard 5. Father Bede

C. Rocks sunglasses while playing jazz piano D. Sells eggs and lavender from the Abbey garden E. Delivers campus mail with a smile while humming a tune

6. Father George

F. Hangs paintings from the breathtaking Abbey art collection and teaches spanish

7. Father Kilian

G. Defeats students at arcade games in the Trautman Union Building

8. Father Marion

H. Leads a tour of Saint Martin’s history around campus for incoming students and their families

Answers: 1-B, 2-E, 3-F, 4-G, 5-D, 6-C, 7-H, 8-A 17

Making memories and enjoy living with your best friends 24/7!

Your home away from home

Among the largest freshman rooms in the state of Washington

Your first-year hall amentities

• On-site laundry • Full Kitchen

• Espresso stand and convenience store

• Microwave, mini-refrigerator/ freezer unit in each room (no charge)

• Computer lab • Wireless internet and cable

Dining at Saint Martin’s Saint Martin’s has partnered with Bon Appetit Management Company to provide you with fresh, locally-sourced and sustainable food options. Organic, vegan, and gluten free options are available daily.


• Exercise room • Study lounges • 24/7 on-call staff

Becoming a Saint While your academic record and test scores are strong indicators of academic success, we also want to know about your writing ability, community engagement, and any factors that may have influenced your academic performance.

Application facts: • No Application Fee • Online application available either through the Common Application or the Saint Martin’s University Application • Rolling admission with priority deadlines • Two-week admission decision if application is complete by priority deadline

Application checklist: First-year Applicants/Running Start o Free online application o Essay o Official high school or home school transcript o Official SAT or ACT test scores o School Report Form

Transfer Applicants o Free online application o Essay o Official transcripts from all colleges, including attempted credit

• Six Priority review deadlines. October 15, November 1, December 1, February 1, March 1, April 1.

Not sure if Saint Martin’s is the right fit? The best way to find out if SMU is the right fit is to visit campus and see us in action. Want to tour campus, stay overnight with a current student, or sit down and chat with a professor? No problem! In addition to daily visits we also offer Saturday Visits and several Open House events throughout the year.

Schedule your visit today at or call 360-438-4596! Visit before April 15 of the year in which you intend to enroll to qualify for a $400 Visit Award that will be credited to your student account should you ultimately enroll at Saint Martin’s.


Office of Admissions 5000 Abbey Way SE Lacey, WA 98503 360-438-4596


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