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Saint Martin's University

Bellingham, Washington, United States
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About Saint Martin's University

Saint Martin's University in Lacey, Washington is one of 14 Benedictine colleges and universities in the United States and Canada, and the only one west of the Rocky Mountains. Established in 1895 by monks of the Roman Catholic Order of Saint Benedict, our identity as a university is rooted in our Catholic, Benedictine tradition. Saint Martin's is a member of the Independent Colleges of Washington.

Guided by the principles of the Catholic Intellectual Tradition, Saint Martin’s University endeavors to unite academic rigor and excellence with moral thought and social responsibility – higher education that seeks to serve and promote the common good – higher education that seeks to transform lives by grappling with issues of Faith, Reason, Service and Community. We come together, faculty, staff and students, to form a community of individuals who are learning to live a meaningful life. To think with heart.

Campus information

Saint Martin’s University is located in Lacey, Washington, adjacent to Olympia, the state capital. e population of the Lacey area is about 41,000, and that of urston County — which includes the great- er Olympia area of Lacey, Olympia and Tumwater — is about 250,000.

e beauty of the 300-acre Saint Martin’s campus re ects the rich intellectual and spiritual nature of its presence in the Paci c Northwest. e wooded areas of campus are threaded with pleasant walking trails. Many species of wildlife roam the undeveloped acres on campus and the meadows below the main University buildings

Located near the shores of South Puget Sound, Saint Martin’s is conveniently located near Interstate-5, less than an hour from Seattle, two hours from Portland, Oregon, and 30 minutes from Tacoma. In nearby cities, students can take advantage of events ranging from top ight art shows, concerts and theater to professional sports. With its proximity to metropolitan areas, the Greater Olympia area also attracts nationally recognized entertainers, artists and musicians, providing cultural opportunities to complement the University’s educational experience.

e University’s proximity to the state capital gives students an opportunity to watch and take part in legislative and government-related activities. Valuable student internships and work experiences can be obtained through positions in government o ces and agencies.

For nature lovers, the area is exceptional. Swimming and other water activities are as close as ve minutes from campus on a wealth of nearby lakes, streams and ocean inlets. Paci c Ocean beaches, just 50 miles west, o er opportunities for clamming, kite ying, deep-sea shing and sailing. Less than an hour away, hikers, skiers, backpackers 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. 


A vital part of the Benedictine educational experience is living in community. Through residence hall living, you'll learn what it means to live, work and play among your fellow students. 

Saint Martin's offers a variety of residence options, from traditional singles and doubles to suites and apartments. Interested in learning more about Benedictine values or sustainability? Saint Martin's also offers special learning communities that examine these topics beyond the classroom. 

A home away from home, residence halls offer programming throughout the week and weekend that will allow you to cultivate new friendships, deepen your academic interests and expand your horizons. Embrace 24-hour Saint life by living on campus!

Baran Hall

  • For sophomores, juniors, seniors and graduate students.
  • Traditional residence hall with single rooms and community baths.
  • Computer labs, laundry facilities, wireless internet

Burton Hall

  • For juniors, seniors, graduate students, and those over 21.
  • Apartment style living.
  • Full kitchen, living room, two baths.

Parsons Hall

  • For first-year, sophomores, juniors and seniors.
  • Double rooms (first-year) with shared community baths, single suites with private or shared baths.
  • Espresso stand, convenience store, fitness room.

Spangler Hall

  • For returning residents, at least sophomore status (not Running Start).
  • Two- to four-person suites, studios, and four-bedroom apartments.
  • Fitness room, prayer room, conference room.


Courses available 10

Accounting & Finance 1 Applied, Pure Sciences 3 Computer Science, IT 1 Engineering 1 English Language 1 Law 1 Mass Communication & Media 1 MBA 1


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