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Reviews 331 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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2 College Junior

Overall Experience: The school is okay if you're choosing to enroll in either engineering or education (both of which also have issues, but are more funded than any other program at the school). However, if you choose any other major be prepared for subpar supplies in lab (if you even have enough lab equipment) and issues preparing for life after school. Like any school, some professors are absolutely amazing and make class both enjoyable and easy to learn, and other professors should consider another profession. The financial aid is pretty good, just make sure to regularly keep in touch with them so that there are no surprises. Also, make sure to really get a jump on registering for classes, and have a backup schedule handy to change to in case the classes are cancelled or more likely moved into another time slot after you register that you can't fit into the schedule.

3 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: Not a whole lot of places that aren't chain restaurants. Anything not chain is pretty pricey.

3 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: Not a whole lot of young people live off campus. Not allowed to until you're older anyway.

2 College Senior

Party Scene: Nothing going on. Campus is pretty quiet. You have to know the right people to go to the parties.

3 College Senior

Administration: University policy is often at odds with the lifestyle people wish to lead. If you're not caught, it's easy to get along with no problems!

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3 College Senior

Scholarships: Sometimes Student Aid is hard to work with. They don't always have their end of things put together.

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3 College Senior

Campus Food: Food accessibility is now cornered by the catering service. Now that they have the monopoly, the quality is going down drastically.

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3 College Senior

Campus Housing: Not amazing quality. Helps that all the housing is on campus. No one is ever turned away due to availability issues.

5 College Junior

Scholarships: I have had no problem getting questions answered or problems fixed, in person or over the phone. Several times when I have called, someone has picked it up within one ring!

4 College Junior

Campus Food: There is a lot of variety, options for everyone. Some of the food that tastes the best is pricier, but hey that's just how it goes.

3 College Sophomore

Administration: You don't see much of the administration except for when you specifically need to see them in their respected offices

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3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: This is a really quiet campus, everyone's usually too busy with homework during the semester to think of harming anyone else, and the Lacey police are close-by and will ride through campus a lot

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3 College Senior

Administration: Every kind of keeps to themselves, so....

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3 College Senior

Academics: Good teacher but really small. Not a lot of options.

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3 College Senior

Majors: There are only a few teachers for my major.

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4 College Senior

Health & Safety: They are very serious about student safety.

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3 College Senior

Scholarships: They are pretty competitive and there are only a few.

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3 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: Most of the restaurants are within walking distance.

4 College Junior

Campus Food: There is very good food offered and I personally enjoy the variety. I am very satisfied with this school food-wise.

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3 College Junior

Greek Life: We don't really have anything big in Greek life. We just have academic fraternities and sororities which are not as involved as they probably could be.

3 College Junior

Athletics: Our athletic teams are not that great but still fun to attend! The workout facility is not that great at all, I really wish that it was much larger and there was just a better variety of everything. Weight room could definitely use upgrades. If we had better sports teams I feel that the school would be even more into the sports as well but right now we are a below average sports school.

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5 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: I am not vegan and can have gluten so I'm not sure about those options quite as much but I do know that the options are plentiful and fairly reasonable. Some places give student discounts, but I feel as if they all should. Late night dining is not bad either, but I cannot expect every restaurant to stay open all night.

4 College Junior

Majors: Getting into my program was not too bad. My grades are very good so I really did not have to worry about getting in much at all though. My program is well worth it!

5 College Junior

Local Area: It is a beautiful area with plenty of incredible people very willing to help! I really enjoy it and I have intentions to live here after college!

4 College Junior

Guys & Girls: Everyone is very friendly and outgoing. It is easy to make friends and get along with people as well.

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Most students will say that they feel at home while attending Saint Martin’s, but there are students who think it is too small, too boring, or they just don't enjoy their experience. The professors are knowledgeable, accessible, and friendly, with class sizes that are small. Overall, the campus is beautiful, and there are a variety of opportunities students can grasp if they want to (e.g., leadership, study abroad, etc.). The location of the University can be a turn-off for students who come from a big city, but oftentimes students will find the hidden gems Lacey-Olympia-Tumwater has to offer. Nature surrounds the school, and it is no surprise for students to spot a herd of deer up close. And when it's time to graduate, all undergraduate and graduate students receive a hood—you definitely will not get that at a bigger school. These are just a few reasons Saint Martin’s University is the place to be, to feel at home.

The functioning Benedictine monastery is very unique to Saint Martin’s. Monks serve as professors as well as other roles at the University. Many times you will see a person wearing all black with what looks like a cape; these are the monks and their attire is called a habit. Where else can you find monks playing video games in the student union building? At Saint Martin's, it's an everyday occurrence. As a Benedictine university, classes are often taught with the staples of the Benedictine philosophy. Students graduate feeling, knowing, and growing into their individuality with "faith, reason, and service" in mind.

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