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5 College Junior

Campus Quality: SMU has one of the prettiest campuses in the state of Washington, if you ask me. There is a lot of green space, nice trees, and well maintained outdoor spaces. In addition, outdoor spaces are constantly being upgraded for greater aesthetic appeal. There are great hiking/biking trails that weave all over campus. Even though these trails are open to the community, they feel very safe. Overall, I enjoy the look and feel of campus.

4 College Junior

Campus Quality: The social scene is unique at my university, as it is unlike I've experienced in high school or community college. The community at SMU is very close knit and it's easy to make friends. Many people say hi to strangers in the hall, and most people always seem to be smiling. As a transfer student, I don't feel left out of the community, just because I wasn't there for the first few years of my college career. Overall, I find that students and professors alike are open, accepting, helpful, and friendly.

3 College Freshman

Campus Quality: There's not much to do on the weekends, but they have comedians and bingo nights and cool stuff in the TUB. The dorms are pretty nice to hang out in.

4 College Freshman

Campus Quality: Old main is pretty old, but the courtyard is pretty, and Harned Hall is modern-ish. The library is big. Cebula I haven't been in too often but it looks cool.

3 College Junior

Campus Quality: The gym is typically full because of the school's athletes seem to always be training. The equipment is relatively new and well managed though. There are also lot of little areas students can get together to study throughout campus. Unfortunately there aren't very many options to go to off of campus aside from Starbucks or LimeBerry thats down the street.


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Saint Martin’s has come a long way from the all-male school it once was—with only one building that housed the classrooms, dorms, library, cafeteria, and monastery. The main campus in Lacey sits on 380 acres surrounded by trees, trails, and even wildlife. There are currently four academic buildings (with a new School of Engineering building set to open in 2013), one library, a recreation center, one student union building, four residence halls, and a church. Saint Martin’s is the only Benedictine university west of the Rockies. The campus features a functioning monastery with more than 30 monks following the rule of the Benedictine Order. Next to it is the Abbey Church, which features an annual concert series called "Abbey Church Events."

Old Main is the University’s primary building used for classrooms, administrative offices, student services offices, science labs, the bookstore, and dining hall. In front of the building is the most recognized landmark on campus: the Grand Staircase. Students fondly call it the "Jesus Stairs" because of the statue of Christ at the top. Students tend to avoid climbing this because of the seemingly endless number of stairs. During the past decade, the school has actively been updating and adding to its facilities, from the O’Grady Library in 2001 to renovations to the Trautman Student Union Building (TUB) in 2010.

Facts & Statistics

Service & Maintenance Staff
Campus Size
380 acres
Student Centers
Trautman Union Building (TUB)
Campus Library?
Main Libraries
O'Grady Library
Popular Places to Chill
  • Campus Ministry
  • Charneski Recreation Center
  • Harned Hall commons
  • Spangler Hall, third floor
  • Trautman Union Building (TUB)
Bar on Campus
Bowling on Campus
Coffeehouse on Campus
The Monk's Bean Café in Harned Hall
Movie Theater on Campus
None on campus; however, movies are shown by various clubs and organizations.
"Green" Initiatives
Bon Appétit is careful with the impact it has on the environment. The company has different bins for garbage, recyclables, and food waste. Takeout utensils are also made with recyclable materials. All around campus, you will find places to recycle bottles and papers. An on-campus garden also has been created.
School Slang
  • Abbey: The campus church located behind Old Main
  • ASSMU: Associated Students of Saint Martin's University (student government)
  • The Bell Tower: Student-run newspaper
  • Board meal credits: Meal credits to use during evening and weekend "all-you-care-to-eat" (AYCE) meals
  • Bridge mentor: A leader/peer mentor in the Summer Bridge program
  • CRC: Computer Resource Center
  • DSS: Disability Support Services
  • Flex cash: Spend like cash on retail items or for AYCE (all-you-care-to-eat) meals at any of the on-campus dining facilities
  • GNAC: Great Northwest Athletic Conference
  • The Hill: Old Main and its surrounding areas
  • Incipio: Latin for "to begin; commence"
  • LWC: Learning and Writing Center
  • Marty: The school's mascot, a Roman soldier that rallies the crowd
  • Monk Mail: The SMU on-campus mail service
  • Non-trads: Non-traditional students; these students may be partnered or single, with or without children, military veterans, or younger students with mature responsibilities.
  • OII: Office of Intercultural Initiatives
  • OIPD: Office of International Programs and Development
  • Old Main: The main building on campus that holds the cafeteria, classrooms, and other offices.
  • PROS: Programming Options Specialists, the campus life programming board
  • RA: Resident assistant
  • Saints cash: Money placed on a student ID card that can be used at on-campus dining facilities
  • Sink lounge: A lounge/study room located on the fourth floor of Old Main, at the end closest to the Abbey; it's called the "sink" lounge because it may only be reached by descending a small flight of stairs.
  • Summer Bridge: A 10-day transitional program that helps integrate new freshmen into life at Saint Martin's University
  • TUB: Trautman Union Building
  • Worthington: Norman Worthington Conference Center, home to the Department of Athletics
  • WOW!: Weeks of Welcome; weeks following orientation or the beginning of a new semester that are designed to keep students busy and involved
  • Barrio Fiesta: Hosted by the Filipino Heritage Club, it's a relatively new SMU tradition where students and the community get to enjoy Filipino food, dances, and prizes!
  • Comedy Underground/Night: Hosted by PROS (Programming Options Specialists), Comedy Underground has performances by comedians. Past comedians have included Ty Barnett, Derek Hughes, Will Marfori, Pete Lee, and Cristela Alonzo.
  • Dragon Boat Festival: An annual community event held at Port Plaza in Olympia. Dragon boat races are the main attraction as well as Chinese traditional art demonstrations, traditional lion dances, music, and martial arts performances. Each year there are usually three student teams. Other teams come from all over Washington and Oregon.
  • Graduation Walk: Graduates walk from the Grand Staircase to Marcus Pavilion for the graduation ceremony.
  • International Taste of Culture: Each year, students, staff, faculty, and local restaurants donate food and drinks representing where they're from. There are also cultural performances by students. Best part? It's free!
  • King of Hearts: This annual event features Saint Martin's University men who compete by showing their best walk, pick-up line, and answers to questions from the audience.
  • Lu'au: Hosted by Hui Hawaii Club, students and the outside community get to enjoy Hawaiian food and traditional dances.
  • President's Gala: This is a major black-tie fundraising event for scholarships.
  • Scholar's Day: Students present research projects to the campus and outside community.
  • Seattle Sounders FC : Students get to go to the Seattle Sounders FC soccer match at Qwest Field for free. Sign up fast, though; the sign-up sheet fills up within an hour the email is sent out.
  • Stress Reduction Day: Students get to reduce their stress by coloring, making crafts, petting kittens, among other activities. Healthy snacks and drinks are provided, too.
  • Whine and Dine: Hosted by the Associated Students of Saint Martin's University (ASSMU), students voice their concern about the school while eating a free dinner.
Urban Legends
There's a ghost in Old Main on the fourth floor. It's believed that a monk fell from a ladder to his death. Students who stay at night, especially Campus Security, have experienced lights being suddenly turned off.
Favorite Things To Do
Now that the Trautman Union Building (TUB) has been renovated, there has been a noticeable increase in student activity here. Playing pingpong, pool, Xbox, and watching TV in the TUB is popular. This building also holds all of the campus life activities such as "Comedy Night," "Craft Night," dances, music performers, film viewings, and other activities. Walking the trails around campus is also popular, as well as working out and going to late-night jams (playing volleyball, listening to music) at the rec center.
Student Newspaper
The Belltower
Clubs and Organizations on Campus
The most active and popular clubs on campus are the minority clubs. Hui O Hawaii and Filipino Heritage clubs are popular because of their annual luaus and barrio fiestas, respectively. Academic clubs geared toward majors are also popular such as engineering, biology, and chemistry. A new club that has gotten popular is the Harry Potter club known officially as "Saint Martin's Misuse of Muggle Artifacts Club," or SMMMAC for short. It's really easy to start a club; just find two other people who are interested, fill out some paperwork, get approved, and then watch your club grow!
Student Activities Offered
  • Campus ministries
  • Choral groups
  • Concert band
  • Dance
  • Drama/theater
  • International student organization
  • Jazz band
  • Model UN
  • Musical theater
  • Pep band
  • Student government
Air Force ROTC: No
Navy ROTC: No
Army ROTC: No

Student Polls

Rate the campus facilities in the following areas    Based on 25 responses

Very poor
  • Athletics/recreation
  • Classrooms
  • Computer labs
  • Dining
  • General aesthetics/architecture of campus
  • "Green" buildings/initiatives
  • Housing
  • Lawns/green space
  • Library
  • Modernity of facilities
  • Performing arts
  • Science/research labs
  • Student center
  • Study spots
  • Visual arts (work spaces, galleries)

What are your favorite campus events or traditions?    Based on 9 responses

  • 18% Scholar's Day
  • 14% President's Gala
  • 14% Stress Reduction Day
  • 11% Seattle Sounders FC
  • 11% Graduation Walk
  • 11% Comedy Underground/Night
  • 7% Lu'au
  • 4% Whine and Dine
  • 4% Dragon Boat Festival
  • 4% International Taste of Culture
  • 4% I haven't been here long enough to decide.
  • 0% King of Hearts
  • 0% Barrio Fiesta

What are your favorite things to do around campus?    Based on 10 responses

  • 31% Hang with friends
  • 31% Walk on the trails and go to sporting events!
  • 25% Go to class?
  • 12% Walk around the ponds

How accommodating is this school to students with physical disabilities?    Based on 7 responses

  • 0% Very accommodating. The school does everything in their power to make sure the needs of every student are met.
  • 57% Pretty accommodating. The school has taken a lot of steps to accommodate the needs of students, but they've missed a few things.
  • 43% Slightly accommodating. The school has taken a few steps to accommodate students, but not nearly enough.
  • 0% Not accommodating. Students with physical disabilities are practically ignored here.

What is your overall opinion of your school and the campus community?    Based on 22 responses

  • 41% I love everything about my school and have a lot of campus pride.
  • 45% I like mostly everything about my school, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 14% The school community is okay-we're all just here for an education, nothing more.
  • 0% I hate my school and have no school spirit.



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