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University of St Andrews

2015 League Table Ranking 4
2015 Overall Score 941
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Entry Standards 521 Help
Entry Standards
The average UCAS tariff score of new students entering the University.

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Student-Staff Ratio 11.8 Help
Student-Staff Ratio
The average staffing levels at the University.

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Research Assessment 2.72 Help
Research Assessment
The average quality of the research undertaken in the University.

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Academic Services Spend 1,853 Help
Academic Services Spend
A guide to how much the University spends on supporting services such as libraries and IT.

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Student Satisfaction 4.26 Help
Student Satisfaction
A guide to how satisfied students are with the quality of teaching they receive.

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Facilities Spend 445 Help
Facilities Spend
A guide to how much the University spends on supporting facilities such as the careers service, health and counselling services and sport facilities.

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Graduate Prospects 80.1 Help
Graduate Prospects
A guide to the employability of graduates on completion of their courses at the University.

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Degree Completion 96.8 Help
Degree Completion
The proportion of students expected to successfully complete their studies and gain a degree from the University.

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Good Honours 88.3 Help
Good Honours
The percentage of graduates achieving a first or upper second class honours degree – the class of degree achieved can impact a graduate’s employment prospects.

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Green Score 32.5 Help
Green Score
This environmental & ethical ranking of the University is provided courtesy of the People & Planet Green League - the only comprehensive and independent green ranking of every UK university. Choosing a greener university can reduce your carbon footprint and improve your job prospects in a global low-carbon economy.

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  • Founded in 1413.
  • Oldest university in Scotland.
  • Third oldest university in the English speaking world.
  • No campus as university integrated with town: ancient buildings juxtaposed with state of the art science facilities.

Location and Transport

  • St Andrews is set in a spectacular position on the east coast of Scotland.
  • On one side of the town are the wooded hills of the Fife countryside. To the north and east the town looks out over a rocky headland to the dramatic waters of the North Sea.
  • Much of Scotland can be accessed conveniently from St Andrews. Edinburgh airport is an hour away.

Entry Standards

  • Find out more about entry requirements at St Andrews online.

Student Mix

The 9,735 students enrolled in the academic year 2013/14 comprise:

Level of study
Mode of study
Full Time
Part Time
Student gender

Course Flexibility

  • Students are admitted to Faculties-Arts, Science, Divinity, Medicine.
  • Semesters and modules.

Teaching Standards

  • Consistently one of the top mainstream university for student satisfaction (National Student Survey 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2012).

Research Standards

  • Best for teaching and research in Scotland.
  • Consistently in UK top ten.
  • Ranked 34th in world for Arts & Humanities (THE World University Rankings 2012).
  • In 2009–10 total value of research grants awarded was over £36 million.

Academic Strengths

  • University has produced more directors of FTSE 100 companies in proportion to its size than any other educational institution in Britain, according to Institute of Employment Research.
  • At 98%, has one of the highest completion rates in the UK.

Disability Services

  • Telephone +44 (0)1334 462020 or visit our website.

Students' Union

  • Known as the Students' Association. Find out about the Students' Association at St Andrews online.


  • Sixty acres adjacent hall, university flats and science teaching complex.
  • Visit the website for information about sport at St Andrews.

Recent/Prospective New Builds

  • A brand new, purpose-built medical school offering outstanding facilities for teaching and learning opened in 2010.
  • Redevelopment of the library and student residences underway.

Availability of Part-Time Work

  • 45% students in paid work during semesters.

Notable Alumni

St Andrews’ graduates include statesmen, inventors, authors, political leaders and journalists.
Among them are:

  • Inventor of the logarithm, John Napier.
  • James Wilson, one of the fathers of the American Constitution.
  • Nobel Prize Winner Sir James Black.
  • First Minister of Scotland, Alex Salmond.
  • Writer Fay Weldon,
  • Actress Siobhan Redmon.
  • Actors Michael Forsythe and Crispin Bonham-Carter.
  • Broadcaster Hazel Irvine.
  • HRH Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, and HRH Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge.

For further information

  • www.st-andrews.ac.uk
  • admissions@st-andrews.ac.uk
  • +44 (1334) 476161
  • University of St Andrews
    St Katherine's West
    16 The Scores
    St Andrews
    KY16 9AX
UCAS Code S36

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