Saint Martin’s University is a private, coeducational Catholic liberal arts university located in Lacey, Washington. Founded in 1895 by the monks of the Benedictine Order, the university was initially a boarding school for boys. It began offering college-level courses in the 1900s and became a degree-granting institution in 1940. Then known as Saint Martin’s College, the school began admitting female students in 1965 and, in 2005, officially changed its name to Saint Martin’s University. It is one of 18 Benedictine institutions in the United States and Canada and accepts students from countries all over the world.
Currently , there are 1,300 students enrolled at the main campus in Lacey and 650 students at extension campuses in McChord Air Force Base, Fort Lewis Army Post, Centralia College, Everett Community College, and Tacoma Community College. Guiding the students in their quest for higher education are full-time faculty members of whom 80% hold the highest degree possible in their chosen field. With an average class size of no more than 12 students and the student to faculty ratio at a low 10 to 1, students of the university are guaranteed a personal, one-on-one interaction with their professors.
For academic year 2009-2010, cost of attendance for fulltime, undergraduate students is US$35,542 broken down into full-year tuition of US$24,880, typical room rate of US$4,160; typical meal cost of US$4,200; health center fee of US$102; activity fee of US$200; estimated costs of books and supplies of US$1,000 and personal expenses also at US$1,000. Cost of tuition for graduate students is US$827 per credit hour. To help students pay for their cost of attendance, the university extends financial aid in the form of loans, grants, scholarships and work-study programs.
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