Contextual admissions

Going to university is a highly rewarding experience and one that everyone should have the opportunity to do. St Andrews has a diverse and vibrant student community, our students come from a range of backgrounds with a variety of qualifications. Whether you are a school leaver or a potential mature student, the Access team can ensure you have the right information to make an informed choice about studying here.

The University of St Andrews’ use of contextual admissions is in place to ensure we offer a fair and transparent admissions process to all applicants, regardless of background.

The University is committed to reducing and eliminating barriers to entry for students with the potential to succeed at St Andrews. We seek to ensure that no student with the potential to do well is disadvantaged by social and economic disadvantage, whether this is related to their place of education, family background or residence, and we do this using relevant pre-entry information, clear entry requirements and robust assessment methods, appropriate to each application cohort.