Saint Martin’s University

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School Overview

Saint Martin’s University (formerly Saint Martin’s College) is a Christian (Catholic) liberal arts school located in the Lacey, Washington. The university was established in 1895 by monks of the Benedictine Order as a boarding school for boys, but today the University is a coeducational institution that accepts both genders. In the early 1900s, the school began offering college courses and in 1940 it officially became a degree-granting higher education institution. Saint Martin’s opened its doors to women in 1965. The university has a student-to-teacher ratio of 15 to 1 and nearly 30% of its students are minorities. Consequently, Saint Martin’s has developed a reputation for small class sizes and a very diverse student body. On colleges campus, Saint Martin still has a fully-functional Benedictine monastery and many of the school’s professors are of the Benedictine Order.

Average tuition for students during the 2011-2012 academic year was roughly $30,000. To help cover tuition costs many Saint Martin’s students receive financial assistance in some form.

Saint Martin’s College officially changed its name to Saint Martin’s University in 2005.


Saint Martin’s University offers over 20 bachelor degrees and 7 graduate degrees. The university offers several reputable academic programs in disciplines such as business administration, civil and mechanical engineering, and education. Saint Martin’s student can also take advantage of courses and programs offered via Joint Base Lewis-McChord and Centralia College. The underlining educational emphasis at Saint Martin’s is liberal arts (laced with Benedictine teachings and values). All entering freshman take a basic seminar designed to introduce them to college life at Saint Martin’s University. In addition, incoming freshman are offered a college writing workshop (Summer Bridge Program) that helps them master the ability to write at a college level.

General education requirements at Saint Martin’s include:

  • Freshman Seminar
  • Philosophy
  • College Writing
  • Basic Mathematics
  • Literature
  • Physical Education
  • History
  • Fine Arts
  • Science with Lab
  • Religion

All undergraduate and graduate degree programs are offered via the university’s four academic colleges which include the School of Business, School of Engineering, College of Arts and Sciences, and College of Education and Professional Psychology.

General Information

Admission Office

5300 Pacific Avenue SE

Lacey, WA 98503-7500

(360) 438-4311

(800) 368-8803

Fax: (360) 412-6189

Contact: Eric Pedersen

Dean, Enrollment and Financial Aid
Main Address

5300 Pacific Avenue SE

Lacey, WA 98503-7500

(360) 491-4700

Total undergrads: 1,387

First-time degree-seeking freshmen: 202

Degree-seeking undergrads: 1,296

Graduate enrollment: 272


Suburban setting

Large town (10,000 – 49,999)

Residential campus

Degrees offered:

Admissions Information

Application Fee

College has an application fee: Yes

Regular application fee: $35

Online application fee: $35
Enrollment Rates

Percent applicants admitted: 84%

Percent of students who return for sophomore year: 72%

Tuition & Fees

Estimated Expenses for Academic Year 2008-’09 2009-’10 2010-’11 2011-’12 % change 2010-’12
Tuition and fees $22,725 $24,387 $25,457 $26,677 +4.79%
Books and Supplies $1,000 $1,000 $1,000 $1,000 0.00%
Living Arrangement – On Campus
Room and Board $6,960 $8,040 $8,360 $8,660 +3.59%
Other $3,300 $3,300 $3,000 $3,000 0.00%
Living Arrangement – Off Campus
Room and Board $6,620 $6,620 $6,620 $6,890 +4.08%
Other $3,000 $3,000 $3,000 $3,000 0.00%
Total Expenses 2008-’09 2009-’10 2010-’11 2011-’12 % change 2010-’12
In-state On Campus $33,985 $36,727 $37,817 $39,337 +4.02%
In-state Off Campus $33,345 $35,007 $36,077 $37,567 +4.13%
In-state with Family $23,725 $25,387 $26,457 $27,677 +4.61%
Average Graduate School Tuition & Fees
In-state Tuition $10,440
In-state Student Fees $0
Out-of-state Tuition $10,440
Out-of-state Student Fees $0

Financial Aid

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
Type of Aid Students Percent Amount Average Per Student
All students financial aid 199 100%
Grant or scholarship aid 199 100% $3,273,105 $16,448
• Federal grants 58 29% $279,298 $4,815
• Pell grants 58 29% $210,394 $3,627
• Other federal grants 51 26% $68,904 $1,351
Local and state government scholarships or grants 59 30% $309,359 $5,243
Institutional grants or scholarships 199 100% $2,684,448 $13,490
Student loan financial aid 142 71% $1,100,469 $7,750
• Federal student loans 140 70% $801,917 $5,728
• Other student loans 25 13% $298,552 $11,942

All Degrees and Programs

Program Completions for Most Recent Year BA/BS MA/MS Doctor AA/AS CERT
Grand Total of All Programs 333 68 9
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 33
Biology/biological Sciences, General 33
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 98 19
Accounting 18
Business Administration and Management, General 80
Business Administration, Management and Operations, Other 19
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services 6
Computer Science 6
Education 32 20 9
Education, Other 11
Educational Leadership and Administration, General
Elementary Education and Teaching 28
Special Education and Teaching, General 4
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Levels and Methods, Other 9
Teacher Education, Multiple Levels 9
Engineering 31 4
Civil Engineering, General 19
Civil Engineering, Other 1
Engineering, Other 3
Mechanical Engineering 12
English Language and Literature/letters 12
English Language and Literature, General 12
History 11
History, General 11
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services 21
Criminal Justice/safety Studies 21
Human Services, General 13
Community organization and Advocacy 13
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 3
Humanities/humanistic Studies 3
Mathematics and Statistics 7
Mathematics, General 7
Physical Sciences 2
Chemistry, General 2
Psychology 35 25
Counseling Psychology 25
Psychology, General 35
Social Sciences 26
Anthropology 12
Political Science and Government, General 14
Social Sciences, General
Visual and Performing Arts 3
Drama and Dramatics/theatre Arts, General
Music, General 3
Above data represent first majors only.
(-) Indicates that program is not offered at this award level.

Undergraduate Majors

Arts, Visual & Performing

Drama/Theater Arts B
Music – General B

Biological & Biomedical Sciences

Biology B

Business, Management, & Marketing

Accounting B
Business Administration/Management B

Computer & Information Sciences

Computer Science B
Computer/Information Sciences – General B


Elementary Education B
Special Education B


Civil Engineering B
Mechanical Engineering B

English Language & Literature

English Language & Literature – General B

Health Professions & Clinical Sciences

Predentistry B
Premedicine B
Prepharmacy B
Preveterinary Medicine B


History – General B

Liberal Arts & Sciences

Humanities B


Mathematics – General B

Philosophy & Religion

Philosophy B
Religion/Religious Studies B

Physical Sciences

Chemistry B


Psychology – General B

Public Administration & Services

Community Organization/Advocacy B

Security & Protective Services

Criminal Justice Studies B

Social Sciences

Political Science/Government B
Sociology B

Degree levels for each major are designated by the following letters:

    A = Associate degree
    B = Bachelor’s degree
    C = Certificate or diploma

*We do not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

Saint Martin's University Highlights

School Information

Phone Number: (360) 491-4700
Type of School: 4-year, Private non-profit
Apply Online:
Address: 5000 Abbey Way SE, Lacey, WA 98503-7500
Setting: City: Small
Campus Housing: Yes

Students & Programs

Student Population: 1,629
6-yr Graduation Rate (Bachelor's): 59%
Student-to-faculty Ratio: 12 to 1
Distance Learning Programs: Yes
Distance Learning Students*: 1,313 (81% of total students)
Degree Levels Offered: Certificates, Bachelor's, Master's

* Students taking at least 1 distance learning course

Tuition & Financial Aid*

In-state Tuition: $38,560
Out-of-state Tuition: $38,560
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid: 98%
Avg. Amount of Grant or Scholarship Aid Awarded: $26,070

* Full-time beginning undergraduate students. Financial aid is available to those who qualify.

Saint Martin's University Programs

See the degree programs that are offered at Saint Martin's University.

Degree Name Cert Assoc Bach Mast Doct
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 1
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 22
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 1
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services 12
Education 647
Engineering 22
Engineering Technologies and Engineering-related Fields 1
English Language and Literature/Letters 1
Health Professions and Related Programs 1
History 1
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting, and Related Protective Service 1
Mathematics and Statistics 1
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 1
Natural Resources and Conservation 1
Parks, Recreation, Leisure and Fitness Studies 1
Philosophy and Religious Studies 1
Physical Sciences 1
Psychology 11
Public Administration and Social Service Professions 1
Social Sciences 2
Visual and Performing Arts 2
Grand total 72813

* Based on programs that produced 2019-2020 graduates

Tuition & Financial Aid

See what it costs to enroll at Saint Martin's University and how many students are receiving scholarships, grants, or loans as financial aid to help cover the costs of tuition.

Undergraduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $38,560
Out-of-state $38,560
Books and supplies $1,000

Graduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $15,300
Out-of-state $15,300

Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2018-2019

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Any student financial aid 234 98%
Grant or scholarship aid 234 98% $26,070
Student loan aid 138 58% $6,939

All Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Grant or scholarship aid 1,074 80% $23,487
Federal student loans 653 49% $7,184

Admissions & Enrollment

See the admission requirements for Saint Martin's University. Find out how many students apply and how many are accepted. View a graphical breakdown of the gender, age, and ethnicity of currently enrolled Saint Martin's University students.

Undergraduate Admissions, Fall 2020

Total Male Female
Number of applicants 1,614 546 1,068
Percent admitted 100% 96% 96%
Percent admitted who enrolled 21% 24% 19%

Admissions Considerations

Required Recommended Optional
Secondary school GPA
Secondary school rank
Secondary school record
Completion of college-preparatory program
Formal demonstration of competencies
Admission test scores
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language

Saint Martin's University Enrollment, Fall 2020

Total Enrollment 1,629
Undergraduate enrollment 1,389
Graduate enrollment 240

Undergraduate Attendance

Undergraduate Gender

Undergraduate Age

Undergraduate Race/Ethnicity

Undergraduate Distance Education

Undergraduates taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Graduate Distance Education

Graduate students taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Saint Martin's University Accreditation

This institution is accredited by Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities

Specialized institution accreditations:

  • Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
    • Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels
  • Teacher Education Accreditation Council, Accreditation Committee
    • Baccalaureate Teacher Education Accreditation Council (BTEAC) - Baccalaureate programs
    • Graduate Teacher Education Accreditation Council (GTEAC) - Graduate programs

*General information for this school has been gathered from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) database, a service provided by the U.S. Department of Education. does not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

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