As a Catholic, private university, there is the assumption that you have to be wealthy and Catholic to attend Saint Martin’s—neither of which is true. Generous financial aid packages make it possible for anyone of any economic background to attend SMU. About half of the student population is Catholic, and the rest are a mixture of Christian-Protestants, Muslims, or aren't affiliated with any religion. Students may find it difficult to express their sexual preference while attending a Catholic school because of fear of being judged, so there is no sign of a true LGBTQ community.
Saint Martin’s welcomes a small but very noticeable population of international students, who mainly come from China, Japan, and Korea. There has also been an increase in minority students from previous years. Most minority students are well represented by their clubs. Clubs and organizations geared toward minority students include: Hui O Hawaii, Filipino Heritage, Black Student Union, Chinese Dragon, Latino Student Alliance, International Club, Japanese Neko, Minorities in Action (MIA), Pacific Islander Connection, and AHANA (Asian American/Pacific Islander, Hispanic/Latino, African American/Black, and Native American). True to the Benedictine philosophy of community and hospitality, no one is excluded from joining these clubs and organizations.