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Saint Martin's University

Lacey, Washington, United States
Saint Martin's University in Lacey, Washington is one of 14 Benedictine colleges and universities in the United States and Canada, and the only one west of the Rocky Mountains.

Bachelor's programmes

Education & Training (2)
Natural Sciences & Mathematics (2)
Social Sciences (1)



Saint Martin's opened its doors Sept. 11, 1895, for a single student, Angus McDonald, who reportedly traveled by canoe from Shelton, some 25 miles away. He was joined by several more students in the following weeks, but until their arrival, received a full course of high school-level classes as the school’s lone enrollee.


Saint Martin’s University is a Catholic Benedictine institution of higher education that empowers students to pursue a lifetime of learning and accomplishment in all arenas of human endeavor. Saint Martin’s students learn to make a positive difference in their lives and in the lives of others through the interaction of faith, reason, and service. The University honors both the sacredness of the individual and the significance of community in the ongoing journey of becoming.


Dedication to research and scholarly activity permeates the air at Saint Martin's. Our faculty write books, publish and travel the world as Fulbright Scholars. They work side-by-side with students on real-world projects, cultivating curiosity and care. Our students develop academic investigations of their own, including a senior capstone project under the mentorship of their faculty advisor. If accepted, they present at our annual Scholars Day conference. Some have gone on to be published. Even our staff present at professional conferences and complete advanced degrees. Our commitment to lifelong learning provides fertile ground for scholastic achievement and an enduring call to inquiry.


Our graduates have been accepted at graduate schools such as University of Washington, Oregon State and Loyola University. They've applied (or been hired!) with companies such as Enterprise Holdings, Skillings Connolly, Inc., Washington State Auditor's Office, and the Disney College Program.

At Saint Martin's we seek to prepare you to enter the workforce as a skilled professional. Applying yourself academically is one way to develop those skills. Complement your academics by completing an internship or applying for student employment (work study, if you qualify).

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Student services

In Student Affairs, we are dedicated to fulfilling the mission of Saint Martin’s University by supporting the development and learning of students “in their ongoing journey of becoming.” Inspired and informed by our Benedictine Catholic heritage, we offer multiple programs and opportunities that challenge students to grow and develop in mind, body, and spirit. 

The Office of Human Resources is committed to providing a respectful and welcoming environment for members of the Saint Martin’s community and visitors. 

Housing services

A vital part of the Benedictine educational experience is living in community. Through residence hall living, you'll learn what it means to live, work and play among your fellow students. 

Saint Martin's offers a variety of residence options, from traditional singles and doubles to suites and apartments. Interested in learning more about Benedictine values or sustainability? Saint Martin's also offers special learning communities that examine these topics beyond the classroom. Embrace 24-hour Saint life by living on campus!

Library services

The library is the heart of the university community. O’Grady Library is named for the family of alumnus and benefactor Tom O’Grady. 

ICT services

With 22 computers available for student use, the Computer Resource and Copy Center in Old Main 350 is available to students, faculty, and staff for your printing, scanning, and computer needs.

Medical services

Saint Martin's provides assistance with a wide range of health issues.

In addition to basic medical care, students may also receive limited disease management for chronic health problems. We offer flu vaccines seasonally and MMR vaccines and tuberculosis screening if needed.

Student Life

Campus life

At Saint Martin's, we hope to create a safe and secure environment as your university home. Our coeducational residential village, which includes traditional residential halls and apartments, offers both privacy and community. We want this to be a welcoming place for you to build relationships, develop social responsibility, and achieve academic success.

Sports facilities

Feeling like a game of hoops? Need to do a few warrior poses? Want to kick those bench presses up a notch? The Charneski Recreation Center is your go-to place for all things exercise at Saint Martin's. We have wellness classes that promote vitality and calm, two certified trainers, weights and cardio machines — even batting cages. Spend some time decompressing and live strong!

Fall semester 2017 will see the opening of the new Saint Martin's University Tennis Center. Students, faculty, and staff will able to enjoy high-quality facilities while also adding to the opportunities offered by campus recreation.

Student clubs

Want to join a club that addresses a special interest or initiative, like diversity, interfaith or service? Or looking for an organization that will focus on your academic area or intended profession? Saint Martin's has several student opportunities.


Saint Martin's University is regionally accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. 

Student Reviews

Saint Mary's Student Review
Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

The academics are great in regards to you receiving a quality education from compassionate professors. The student life is rich as indicated by the myriad countries represented within the university.