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St Andrews is a unique combination of ancient and modern, local and global. Founded in 1413 we are the third oldest university in the English-speaking world and one of the most popular in the UK.
Once the centre of Scottish political and religious life, St Andrews retains many marvellous mediaeval buildings, juxtaposed with modern cutting-edge Science and Arts facilities.
The city is quite small – the University accounts for approximately half the population – but it has a distinctly cosmopolitan air due to the presence of students, teachers and support staff from over a hundred countries, as well as the constant infusion of visitors coming to experience the spectacular scenery and famous golf courses. Most people who live here believe we have the best of both worlds.
The university ranks in the top ten for research, teaching and the student experience. Perhaps its most distinguished feature, however, is the strong sense of community reinforced by the size and location of the town and the many cultural and social activities in the University.
Key facts & figures
St Andrews is Scotland's first university and the third oldest in the English-speaking world, after Oxford and Cambridge
The University is currently celebrating a three year 600th anniversary campaign (and a £100m fundraising drive), which was launched by graduate the Duke of Cambridge in 2010 and will culminate in 2013
With students and staff from over 100 countries, St Andrews is the most cosmopolitan university in Scotland
World-class reputation in teaching and research consistently place St Andrews top in Scotland in the annual domestic league tables, and its students consistently rate it amongst the best in the country in the National Student Survey
St Andrews’ graduates include statesmen, inventors, authors, political leaders and journalists. Among them are: inventor of the logarithm John Napier, James Wilson, one of the fathers of the American Constitution, Nobel Prize Winner Sir James Black, First Minister of Scotland Alex Salmond, writer Fay Weldon, actress Siobhan Redmond, Michael Forsythe, actor Crispin Bonham-Carter, broadcaster Hazel Irvine and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge