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 (2)
Journalism & Media (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.


  • 29 academic majors
  • 60 programs
  • 11 graduate programs


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.


The Career Center is wholeheartedly committed to supporting our diverse student population in defining their career goals and objectives as they relate to future employment and graduate school opportunities. As an office, we will:

  • Continue to sponsor professional development opportunities for our students.
  • Encourage enrollment in the Saints Promise program to promote upward social mobility of our students and graduates.   
  • Work with our employers to educate and provide resources on anti-racist, anti-discriminatory hiring practices, as well as how to address implicit bias in their workplaces.

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Student services

The TUB (our name for the Trautman Student Union Building) houses the campus concierge, which offers:

  • $5 movie ticket sales every Monday and Thursday (two per student ID)
  • Free locker rentals for commuting students
  • Free coffee
  • Study space with computer use available

Housing services

  • Baran Hall - Traditional residence hall that features spacious single rooms and community baths
  • Burton Hall - Apartment style
  • Parsons Hall - Double rooms for first-years with shared community baths, single suites with private or shared baths
  • Spangler Hall - Two- to four-person suites and four-bedroom apartments

Library services

The O’Grady Library building emerged from a decades-long community vision, a dream realized and sustained by the hard work, dedication, and contributions of so many. Welcome.

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

  • Basic medical care
  • Limited disease management for chronic health problems
  • Seasonal flu vaccines
  • MMR vaccines

Student Life

Campus life

The physical beauty of Saint Martin’s 300-acre campus reflects the rich intellectual and spiritual nature of its presence in the Pacific Northwest.

Sports facilities

  • Charneski Recreation Center - Our 36,000-square foot state of the art facility is free to all University students, faculty, staff, and Abbey members with a valid ID.  
  • Tennis Center - Two tennis courts are available for students, faculty and staff to enjoy. Reservations may be made for a one or two hour period. 
  • Intramurals - We offer a variety of programs to enhance and challenge your overall educational opportunities outside the classroom. Our intramurals invite you to engage with the broader Saint Martin's community and explore our beautiful Pacific Northwest surroundings.
  • Fitness programs

Student clubs

  • American Public Works Association (APWA)
  • American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
  • Archery Club (SMAC)
  • Asian Student Association (ASA)
  • Associated Students of Saint Martin's University (ASSMU)
  • Beekeeping Club
  • Biology Club
  • Black Student Union (BSU)
  • Business Club


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.

Lacey, Washington, United States


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