The University of St Andrews was Scotland’s first university and only the third to be founded in the English-speaking world. It has a prestigious international reputation, and attracts students from all over the world — just under half of all students come from outside Scotland. The university generally features within the Top 5 of UK university rankings, and in 2022 was named the best university in the whole of the UK by the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide. Some of most famous alumni include Prince William Duke of Cambridge and Catherine Duchess of Cambridge.

Key Facts


  • #1 in the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022
  • #3 in the Guardian Good University Guide 2022
  • #4 in the Complete University Guide 2022

Latest undergraduate enrolment

  • 8,500

Latest postgraduate enrolment

  • Over 2,000

Year founded

  • 1410

  • St Andrews was named University of the Year 2020 by the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide
  • According to the Complete University Guide 2021, students at the University of St Andrews are the most satisfied in the UK.
  • According to the most recent Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education survey, 95.2% of undergraduate first-degree level graduates were in either full-time employment or further study. 
  • Over 900 degree courses are now offered at the university, organised across four faculties: Arts, Divinity, Medicine, and Science. 
  • The town of St Andrews is small – just 17,000 permanent residents live among protected conservation areas, meaning university staff along with 7,500 students makes up about half its population. 
  • The University secured a Gold Award in the 2017 Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) based on the quality of teaching and the undergraduate experience. 
Areas of recognition

Within the 2022 Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide, St Andrews features in the Top 10 for the following subjects: Business, Management and Marketing (#1), Computer Science (#1), English (#1), Middle Eastern and African Studies (#1), Philosophy (#1), Physics and Astronomy (#1), Politics (#1), Classics (#2), History (#2), French (#3), Chemistry (#3), History of Art (#3), Mathematics (#3), Geography and Environmental Science (#4), Geology (#4). Psychology (#4), Anthropology (#5), German (#5), Theology (#5), Biological Sciences (#6) and Economics (#7).

The Times Higher Education World subject rankings place St Andrews in the Top 100 globally for Arts and Humanities.

Kings alumni at University of St Andrews

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