Saint Martin's University mission
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
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
Established in 1895, Saint Martin’s University is the
educational mission of Saint Martin’s Abbey, a Catholic
Benedictine monastery, whose members pray, work, and live
together on the University campus. The physical beauty of Saint
Martin’s 300-acre campus reflects the rich intellectual and
spiritual nature of its presence in the Pacific Northwest.
Essential features of university life are animated by its
Benedictine identity and its participation in the centuries-old
traditions of Catholic intellectual thought and the search for
Thus, the University honors students and guides them towards
achieving academic excellence. Superior teaching is the expected
norm. Rooted in the long tradition of the liberal arts, the
university curriculum cultivates creativity and the ability to
communicate and pursue ideas; critical thinking and independent
inquiry; academic proficiency; the formation of sound ethical
judgments; and service to humanity.
Reflecting the Benedictine virtue of hospitality, the
University welcomes and, indeed, seeks students not only from
the Pacific Northwest, but also from other parts of the nation
and the world at its main and extension campuses. Saint Martin’s
treasures persons of all ages, religions, and nationalities as
it encourages cognizance of diverse viewpoints and an
appreciation of all cultures.
Review the complete Saint Martin's University Strategic Plan.