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University of St Andrews

Fife, Scotland

About the University of St Andrews

The University of St Andrews offers a unique combination of ancient and modern, local and global. Founded in 1413, St Andrews the third oldest university in the English-speaking world. The city is quite small; the University accounting for approximately half it’s population, but St Andrews has a distinctly cosmopolitan air due to the presence of students and staff from over 140 countries.

A Brief History
A brief history

In 1413, when university status could only be conferred by the Pope, the then Bishop of St Andrews sought a blessing from Pope Benedict XIII to establish a national university in his home town.

General info
General information

From cutting-edge facilities to flexible assessment methods, St Andrews aims to ensure all students get as much as possible from their education. Just under half of all students are international.


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Quick facts about St Andrews

  • Average undergrad degree: 4 years course specific
  • Setting: Seaside town on the east coast of Fife
  • Residential Status: Primarily on campus or in the township
  • Number of Undergraduates: 7,300
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St Andrews by the numbers

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How many colleges does St Andrews have?

3 - United College, St Mary’s College and St Leonard’s College

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What is ratio of male to female students at St Andrews?

42% male and 58% female

How hard is it to get into St Andrews?

The university is one of the most competitive universities in the UK, with an acceptance rate of approx. 8.35%

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Notable alumni

Prominent St Andrew’s alumni include UK politician Alex Salmond, the inventor of logarithms John Napier, Prince William and his wife Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge. Other notable graduates include comedian John Cleese, and scientist and inventor Deodatta V. Shenai-Khatkhate.

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