Applying from college
Welcome to our resource page to help you with your journey through the university application process. Below you will find a wealth of information and resources to ease you through the application timeline, including what to expect throughout the UCAS application process, making an application to St Andrews, our interview process and what life is like as a student at St Andrews from some current students.
Writing your personal statement
The personal statement is your chance to show universities what you will offer as a student. The personal statement is the main bulk of your application, and you should spend a good amount of time working on this. The character and line limit may seem like a large amount at first, but you will soon realise the difficulty in keeping to the set limits. The limit of 4,000 characters or approximately 47 lines does not surpass an A4 page on Microsoft Word.
Watch our short video for some hints and tips.
You can also find out more about writing a personal statement on the UCAS website.
- Scholarships are a financial aid award for students within education.
- This is different from a student loan, as you do not pay a scholarship back.
- Scholarships can be paid in a lump sum or by monthly installments through the semester.
- As soon as you have decided on your universities, visit their websites to find out about scholarships and what the deadlines are. These may be earlier than you think and you should not wait until you receive an offer to apply for scholarships.
Supported Pathways at St Andrews
The University of St Andrews has a designated route for Scottish students studying at further education colleges: the FE-HE Pathway. This route takes you directly into year one of university and provides you with help and support throughout your academic journey.
What happens in the interview?
Some university courses may invite you to attend an interview, including ours. This is a good opportunity to shine and show your enthusiasm for study, so it is important to get it right. Watch our short video for some hints and tips.
Life at St Andrews
The University of St Andrews is top in the UK for student academic experience.
Life here is centred around an internationally renowned teaching system, but it is the huge range of additional opportunities only St Andrews can provide which creates a unique experience. Because St Andrews is a small university, students have the opportunity to interact with staff, integrate with each other, and to feel a sense of belonging.
From your first day in St Andrews, you will be supported by a host of professional staff within academic Schools, in halls of residence and through the University's Student Services team.
The Students Association and societies
The University of St Andrews Students’ Association – or the Union, as it is better known to students – is the large glass-fronted building located at the end of Market Street. It is dedicated to supporting students throughout their lives at University, focusing on the four core areas of events, student representation, wellbeing and extra-curricular activities. Student sabbatical officers – the 'sabbs' – are well-recognised faces across the University. You'll often find them chairing committees, having a drink in one of the four bars, or attending an event run by one of the student societies.
The Students’ Association is home to 140 different societies and clubs ranging from broad established groups such as the Mermaids theatrical group to the vegetarian and vegan society.
Whether you're interested in joining a new team at St Andrews or taking your performance to the next level, sport is something that we take seriously.
With over 50 student sports clubs competing at a range of levels, and 12 performance clubs which receive extra support and investment, you're sure to find the right match. The Sports Centre also runs fitness classes if you're looking to meet individual goals.
As you might expect from a University dating back over 600 years, St Andrews has its fair share of student traditions which help create a community feel and result in a truly unique student experience. From the May Dip to Raisin Weekend, read about what traditions you could take part in as a student at the University.