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University of St Andrews, St. Andrews

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4.7/5 based on 120+ reviews on the web
St Andrews is Scotland's first university and the third oldest in the English speaking world, founded in 1413. Over six centuries it has established a reputation as one of Europe's leading and most distinctive centres for teaching and research.

Founded in the fifteenth century, St Andrews is Scotland's first university and the third oldest in the English speaking world.

Teaching began in the community of St Andrews in 1410 and the University was formally constituted by the issue of Papal Bull in 1413.

The University is now one of Europe's most research intensive seats of learning - over a quarter of its turnover comes from research grants and contracts. It is one of the top rated universities in Europe for research, teaching quality and student satisfaction and is consistently ranked among the UK's top five in leading independent league tables produced by The Times, The Guardian and the Sunday Times.
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  • A beautiful quadrangle with the oldest buildings in St Andrews University and some students offered a bit of history to go with it. 
  • My daughter visited an open day last week by train - having missed a day of school, and travelled hundreds of miles to see this university she was disappointed to be told that open day students are no...  read more »
  • The University dating back to 1410 is the oldest of Scotland and elicits a feeling of great austerity,-the inner courtyard of this building has a beautiful garden
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  • The university's main drawback is that it admits plenty of not-very-bright Masters students. They end up writing astoundingly unself-aware reviews like the chump on here who loudly complains about the university daring to start raising its fee levels as it aspires to move towards American levels and then, without thinking there might be a connection between the need for more income and having to satisfy ever-increasing expectations from students, laments that they didn't provide him with the lavish resources, including office space apparently, to which he thinks he's automatically entitled. Let's hope someone with such limited capacity for joined-up thinking doesn't end up being offered a Ph.D. place, eh?
  • The university that makes family out of friends. The best place to spend college time at. I couldn't ask for anything else. With it's unique culture and history it is simply a place with nowhere like it.
  • I don't like... Greatly disappointed in this university.. Dropped out after one lecture... Why do they sound so weird?
  • Certainly an established institution, from a student experience perspective, St. Andrews leaves a lot to be desired. From enrolling too many students and running out of housing to never being able to find a seat in the library during the semester, it's clear they are shifting toward commercializing education as a commodity for profit, following the example of American schools. In the divinity school, however, some respect for ancient traditions remain, though that includes the dust and lack of basic technology as well (white boards are about as modern as equipment comes for most rooms). To be fair, I'm told the two "lecture halls" they have are out to use by the occasional Undergrad modules, and they seem to have a modicum of basic technology and teaching equipment. Professors are valued for their research, not teaching proficiency (& are tasked with overwhelming administrative duties), so for taught PGs the outlook is grim. My cohort did not even get carrels or dedicated office space so had to cease work based on the unpredictable and inconvenient library hours. I had I not had most of my tuition paid by my American GI Bill as a veteran, I might feel even more upset. A good education, but dismal experience when taken as a whole.
  • This university is definitely among the top five in the UK. Its known around the world and deserves the reputation it has. I spent a semester there as an Erasmus student and it's an experience I will never forget. Amazing atmosphere, very international and welcoming.
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