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Saint Martin's students receive high returns on investment

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 09 October, 2014, 4:01pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 10 June, 2015, 3:45pm

Nurturing well-rounded individuals in an optimal environment enables Saint Martin's University to offer a high return on investment (ROI) to students and their parents. Among the state of Washington's top-ranked institutions in terms of students' ROI, Saint Martin's produces graduates with a high employability rate of 95 per cent.

"We're all about the development of the whole person," says Dr Roy Heynderickx, president. "We have strong testimonials from graduates about the strength of the programmes here, and from employers who think extremely highly of those with Saint Martin's degrees."

The university has produced community and business leaders since 1895 with its personalised educational approach, which is rooted in a tradition of liberal arts and critical thinking. Founded by monks of the Order of Saint Benedict, it is renowned for its diverse undergraduate and graduate programmes, particularly in business, education and engineering.

Saint Martin's Hal and Inge Marcus School of Engineering has moved to the university's newly built Cebula Hall. The hall has the third-highest Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) certification in the world, and the highest LEED certification in the western hemisphere.

Engineering students participated in the completion of Cebula Hall last year - a testament to the strong interaction among faculty and students, especially those from overseas. The size of the university nurtures such relationships within the on-campus community in a way that few larger institutions can. Saint Martin's gives international students many opportunities to learn about American culture and to practise their English. It encourages foreign students to actively participate in community service and summer cultural immersion programmes.

"We're close enough to the state capital, but rural enough to provide personalised attention and a safe environment," says Dr Molly Smith, provost and professor of English. "We offer an academic experience that really speaks to what international students and their parents would value the most."

With international students coming from all over the world, Saint Martin's University has long-standing relations with higher educational institutions in Asia, Europe and South America. These ties provide a multitude of study abroad and service-learning opportunities for Saint Martin's students.

"Bringing overseas students here is just the first step," says Josephine Yung, vice-president of international programmes and development. "The real work starts when they get here. Saint Martin's University provides a comprehensive orientation programme to all international students, enabling a smooth transition from their home countries to the United States. We also provide a strong academic support system to make sure they are successful during their time at Saint Martin's."

Saint Martin’s University
http://www.stmartin.edu