Founded in the fifteenth century, St Andrews is Scotland’s first university and the third oldest in the English speaking world. It stands for research and teaching of the highest quality and the pursuit of knowledge for the common good.
Teaching began in the community of St Andrews in 1410, with the University formally constituted by the issue of a papal bull in 1413.
Our fundamental goal is to attract and nurture the best staff and the most promising students from around the world, and provide an environment in which they can produce their best work for maximum societal benefit.
We continue to attract the best minds and provide an environment where students, staff and world leading scholarship can flourish.
With over six centuries of heritage, world-class teaching and facilities that are both historic and state-of-the-art, St Andrews offers an outstanding education. We are known across the globe as a world leader in education and consistently rank highly in both national and global league tables placing us within the top 100 world universities.
The synergies between sporting pursuit and educational achievement can be traced back to the fifteenth century when golf was first played in St Andrews and Scotland’s first university was founded in 1413.
Today, the University continues to make sport central to the student experience and we pride ourselves on our students’ ability to excel both in their academic and sporting endeavours.