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Scotland's first

St Andrews is Scotland's first university and the third oldest in the English-speaking world, founded in 1413.

Over six centuries it has established a reputation as one of Europe's leading and most distinctive centres for teaching and research.

Students walking along St Andrews pier (Photo: Ben Goulter)

Small town, big history

Six centuries of teaching make us the third oldest university in the English-speaking world.

Times Higher Education World University Rankings and QS World University Rankings

World class

One of the world's top universities THE 2012-2013 Rankings and QS World University Rankings


Internationally Scottish

A student community of 100 nationalities and Scottish University of the Year (The Times and Sunday Times University Guide 2014).

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Research excellence

One of the world's leading research institutions.

Students using microscopes

Teaching quality

Committed to excellence in teaching.

Students celebrating the end of examinations

Satisfaction guaranteed

Consistently ranked one of the best mainstream universities for Student Satisfaction (National Student Survey).

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The St Andrews Experience

An education for life.


The University of St Andrews has filled all of its available undergraduate places for September 2014 entry, and will not be taking part in Clearing this year. We will be delighted to accept applications for 2015 entry when the new cycle opens in September 2014.

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University research

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University of St Andrews welcomes the incoming students starting in September 2014.

Orientation 2014

The University extends a warm welcome to all students coming to St Andrews in September 2014. Plan your arrival using the Orientation week web pages, or take a look at the Orientation week events calendar

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Photo of the week

Young St Andrews stars to perform on world stage

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