How international is SMU?
"When someone says 'college' I immediately think of a new place, new people
and more difficult tests. It may be a common notion that college is just about
furthering your education, meaning, furthering what you know from lectures and
textbooks, but in fact, a major player in the game of 'the college experience'
is the everyday encounters one has with individuals from other places…"
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video on YouTube…
Office of International Programs
5000 Abbey Way SE
Old Main Room 430
Lacey, WA 98503
Hours: M-F, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. PST
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Welcome to OIPD
The Office of International Programs and Development (OIPD) serves the
Saint Martin’s community by offering a variety of international programs
which help foster an appreciation for cultural diversity.
We play an important role in the University’s international community
by providing services related to language, culture and academic
exchange. Our office enhances and supports cross-cultural education and
seeks distinction through our numerous programs designed to encourage an
appreciation between international and domestic communities.
We believe that international education here at Saint Martin’s
University is about cultivating a sense of global citizenry. Every year
we welcome students from many countries, host cultural activities that
promote international understanding, and provide avenues in which
cultural exchange is a daily event.
For students who are interested in going overseas, we provide support
for study abroad opportunities all around the world. We also coordinate
with our faculty to teach overseas or lead international study tours.
To strengthen connections between international and domestic
To offer and support international programs and events that
celebrate intercultural awareness and promote personal discovery.
To enable international students to have a successful experience at
Saint Martin’s University.
To provide support and promote discovery of other cultures, both on
campus and overseas.
- Founded in 1895
- Private, Catholic Benedictine
- 380-acre campus, graced with woods,
trails, and wildlife
- 1 hour to Seattle; 2 hours to
Portland; 45 minutes to Seattle-Tacoma
- 1,386 undergraduates and 275
graduate students on main campus in
- 370 students at extension campuses
at JBLM McChord Field (old McChord Air
Force Base), JBLM Main (old Fort Lewis
Army Post) and Centralia College
- 12:1 student-to-faculty ratio
- Average incoming first-year GPA for
fall 2013: 3.46
- Middle 50% unweighted high school
GPA of entering first year students:
- Average SAT scores: Writing 511,
Math 537, Critical Reading 526
- Average ACT score: 23
- Middle 50% SAT (with ACT scores
converted to SAT):1583
- First-year student gender: 43% male;
- Transfer student gender: 42% male;
- First-year student race/ethnicity:
45% students of color
- New transfer student race/ethnicity:
36% students of color
- 44% of first-year students are
Catholic (students represent a variety
of religions and beliefs)
- 23% of transfer students are
- 22% of first-year students come from
out-of-state (primarily California,
Oregon, and Hawaii)
- 79% of first-year undergraduates
live in campus housing
- 77 full-time and 125 part-time
- O'Grady Library offers access to
more than 28 million sources including
microforms, books, journals, and
- NCAA Division II sports: baseball,
basketball, cross country, golf, soccer,
softball, track and field, and
Please come by and visit with us. We are happy to have you as a part
of our international community!