Saint Martin's University - the right size for you
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Office of Admissions

5000 Abbey Way SE
Lacey, WA 98503
Phone: 360-438-4596 / 800-368-8803
Fax: 360-412-6189
Twitter: @gotosmu
Hours: M-F, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. PST

Why SMU?

The Benedictine tradition

The only Catholic Benedictine university west of the Rockies, Saint Martin's embraces a philosophy of living, not just learning. We'll prepare you to lead a life of purpose, service, and compassion.

In the Benedictine tradition, Saint Martin's is committed to the education of the "whole" you. That tradition values community, listening, and stewardship. Here you'll be embraced and supported from your very first day to graduation day—and beyond. You'll be surrounded by professors, staff, and students who believe that listening is the key to understanding and learning. As we listen with our hearts, we learn to trust one another, to respect our differences, and to find opportunities where our unique talents and abilities can help create a better world.

The right size

Our small student-faculty ratio (12:1) means you’ll know and be known by your professors, as well as your fellow students. Here, you'll have the opportunity to work directly with professors, lead a research project, play a sport, or start a club. At Saint Martin's, everyone is as passionate about your hopes, dreams, and goals as you are.

We may be small, but our offerings are abundant: 23 majors, a variety of minors, and several pre-professional and graduate programs; study-abroad programs to 23 countries; 13 NCAA Division II teams and many intramural sports; and over 30 student-run clubs and organizations.

Location, location, location

Saint Martin's is within minutes of downtown Olympia, home to a vibrant arts community, hosting local and nationally recognized artists, as well as the State Capitol. This area has been named on numerous national "Best Cities" lists over the last few years for its transit systems, business environment, and low crime rate, including lists by Kiplinger’s, Forbes, and Sperling’s. We're also located halfway between Seattle and Portland, two of the most exciting and beautiful cities in the nation.

Here you'll be surrounded by all sorts of outdoor opportunities like hiking, water sports, skiing, and scenic mountains trails. With so much to do and see, just steps from your door, you’ll have the experience of a lifetime at Saint Martin’s University.

An investment in you

Saint Martin's is one of the most affordable private universities in the Pacific Northwest, with tuition rates $5,000, $7,000, even $10,000 less than other private institutions in our region. We are committed to making a Saint Martin's education accessible to you. Last year, we dedicated over $14 million to scholarships and grants. 93% of our students receive financial aid.