Saint Martin's University is in Lacey, Washington, a city of
38,400 people, adjacent to Olympia, the state capital. The
population of the Greater Olympia Area - Lacey, Olympia and
Tumwater - is over 100,000. Located near the waters of southern
Puget Sound, Saint Martin's is less than an hour from Seattle,
30 minutes from Tacoma and two hours from Portland, Oregon. It
is conveniently near Interstate-5 and major shopping areas.
The physical beauty of the 380-acre Saint Martin's campus
reflects the rich intellectual and spiritual nature of its
presence in the Pacific Northwest. The campus' wooded areas are
threaded with pleasant walking trails. Many species of wildlife
roam or fly over its undeveloped acres and in the meadows near
the main University buildings.
Because of its location near metropolitan areas, Saint
Martin's and the Greater Olympia Area attract nationally
recognized entertainers, artists and musicians, providing
cultural opportunities that complement the University's
educational experience. Students also can take advantage of a
host of events in nearby cities, ranging from top-flight art
shows, concerts and theater to professional sports.
The University's next-door proximity to Olympia gives students
opportunities to watch and sometimes take part in government in
action. Valuable student internships and work experiences are
frequently obtained through positions in government offices and
The South Sound area is naturally wonderful. Swimming and other
water activities are as close as five minutes from campus on a
wealth of nearby lakes, streams and ocean inlets. Pacific Ocean
beaches, just 50 miles west, offer opportunities for clamming,
kiting, deep-sea fishing and sailing. Less than an hour away,
hikers, skiers, backpackers, birders and other outdoor enthusiasts
can pursue their favorite pastimes in the mountains or enjoy such
spectacular Northwest attractions as Mount Rainier National Park,
Mount St. Helens, the Olympic peninsula and the San Juan Islands.