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University of St Andrews

St. Andrews, United Kingdom

Public -1413


International Student Rate

January and October



Acceptance Rate


Student: Teacher Ratio

40.3 : 59.7

Male: Female Ratio

History, Affiliations and Rankings

The University of St. Andrews, one of Scotland's oldest universities, was founded in 1413 and is located in the Fife area of Scotland, UK. The university was founded when a group of Augustinian clergy, driven from the University of Paris by the Avignon schism and from the universities of Oxford and Cambridge by the Anglo-Scottish Wars, formed a society of higher learning in St Andrews, which offered courses of lectures in divinity, logic, philosophy, and law. St. Salvator's College (1450), St. Leonard's College (1512), and the University Library, refounded by James VI in 1612, are among the university structures, many of which originate from the Middle Ages. Since 1579, a third institution, St. Mary's (1537), has been solely dedicated to theological education. St. Salvator's and St. Leonard's were merged in 1747 to form the University of St. Andrews. The university is affiliated with European Universities Association, Europaeum, Universities Scotland, Universities UK, Wallace group, Sutton 13. QS World University Rankings 2022 gave it a global rank of #91, Times Higher Education Rankings gave it a global rank of #201, and US News and World Report gave it a global rank of #342.

Infrastructure, Campuses, and Courses

The University of St Andrews is situated in the small town of St Andrews in rural Fife, Scotland. The university has teaching facilities, libraries, student housing, and other buildings spread throughout the town. St Andrews is made up of a variety of institutions, comprising three colleges — United College, St Mary's College, and St Leonard's College, the last-named being a non-statutory revival of St Leonard's as a postgraduate society. The four academic faculties collectively encompass 18 schools. The University has a faculty of Arts, a faculty of Divinity, a faculty of Medicine, and a faculty of Science. 

Accomplishments and Alumni 

Since its establishment, more than 600 years ago. The University of St. Andrews has had a long road of history and accomplishments. In 2022 The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide, St Andrews ranked as the best university in the UK, as the first university to ever top Oxford and Cambridge in a British ranking. According to data released by the Department for Education in 2018, St Andrews was rated as the fifth-best university in the UK for boosting male graduate earnings with male graduates seeing a 24.5% increase in earnings compared to the average graduate, and the 9th-best university for females, with female graduates seeing a 14.8% increase in earnings compared to the average graduate. Many notable Alumni like John Rose (Businessman and CEO of Rolls Royce), Danny Blanchflower (Northern Ireland international footballer), and Andrew Lawrence (Comedian and winner of the 2004 BBC New Act of the Year) have graduated through the University of St Andrews

Student Diversity and Visiting Companies

Over 45% of the Student Body of the University of St Andrews comprises International Students. More than 4,300 students from over 120 countries attend the University every year. It is from a total of more than 10,000 students. For the year 2018-19, 10.9% of the entire UK domiciled population in St Andrews was BAME, 0.6% was unknown, and 88.5% was White. 32.5% of the non-UK domiciled population was BAME, 5.5% was unknown, and 62% was White. In all, 20.2% of UK and non-UK domiciled students are BAME, 2.7% are unknown, and 77% are White. The University hosts many career fairs for students to interact with employers.

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