USA

This page outlines the entry requirements for students who normally live in the USA and wish to study at the University of St Andrews. This includes the academic and English language requirements, as well as information on fees, scholarships and visas.

Undergraduate - academic requirements

If you are studying the US high school curriculum, you will need to meet the entry requirements below. Obtaining the following grades will not guarantee you a place as we consider all aspects of your application, including the personal statement and the context in which you achieved your qualifications.

  • Competitive applicants should be following a rigorous curriculum at high school, which should include a college preparatory curriculum including honours classes or equivalent, and Advanced Placement (AP) classes or equivalent where available.
  • Grades of A to B+ average on your high school record.
  • Preference may be given to candidates offering strong subject specific qualifications.

You should also have taken at least one standardised test with scores as follows:

  • AP scores of 4+.
  • SAT Subject Test scores of 650+
  • ACT score of 28+ (writing optional). Applicants are welcome to submit all of their ACT test scores. We will consider the highest scores submitted for each section across multiple testing dates.
  • SAT We will accept both the SAT Reasoning Test and the Redesigned SAT Test.
    • SAT Reasoning Test: for scores achieved prior to March 2016, scores of 1950+
    • Redesigned SAT Test (essay optional): score of 1320+

We will assess the SAT total score out of 1600 and will focus on individual sub-scores in a holistic manner and within the context of the overall application.

We will superscore both the current and the Redesigned SAT but will not superscore using results from both versions of the test.

If you have not completed the SAT or ACT, a minimum of three AP scores of 4+ or SAT Subject Test scores of 650+ or any combination will be required in relevant subject areas.

Many of our courses require you to have a particular background in the subject(s). This is known as ‘pre-requisite’ knowledge. Pre-requisite qualifications, if required, will be listed on our subject pages .
Examples of pre-requisite knowledge are:

  • AP scores of 5
  • SAT Subject Test scores of 700+

Official scores from all test dates can be sent directly from the ACT or the College Board.

  • College Board test code number: 7775
  • ACT test code number: 5316

International Baccalaureate candidates are expected to obtain scores ranging from 35 to 38 points, with the majority of offers for subjects in the Faculty of Arts and Medicine being at the upper end of this range or higher. Some subjects also require specific HL or SL sub-scores.

AP and SAT Subject Test scores will be used for admissions purposes only and no credits for advanced entry or exemptions will be awarded.

If your high school qualification is not listed above, you may be eligible to apply for one of our International Foundation programmes. These programmes are for overseas students whose qualification type is not recognised for undergraduate entry but who have achieved excellent grades in their high school system.

Other Entrance Requirements:

This information is for general guidance; we consider each application on its own merits, as outlined in the admissions policy.

For more information please contact the Admissions team by emailing admissions@st-andrews.ac.uk.

Postgraduate - academic requirements

Postgraduate candidates will normally be expected to hold a BA or BS with a grade point average range of 3.0 to 3.6+/4.0 or equivalent GPA.

Postgraduate entry requirements may be higher depending on the School and the programme you wish to study. For more information please contact the Admissions team by emailing admissions@st-andrews.ac.uk

We do not require the GMAT/GRE.

The degree of MD (Medicine) requires a medical qualification that is recognised by the UK General Council.

This information is for general guidance; we consider each application on its own merits, as outlined in the admissions policy.

English language requirements

All students entering the University must provide evidence that they can use English well enough to study effectively at St Andrews.

We accept a wide range of language tests and qualifications as proof of English language proficiency. If you were educated outside the UK and/or use English as an additional language, you should include information about your English language proficiency with your application.

Undergraduate English language requirements

For full information about the language tests and qualifications that the University accepts for undergraduate applicants, please see the English language requirements for undergraduates.

Postgraduate English language requirements

For information on the language tests and qualifications which the University accepts for postgraduate students, please see the the English language requirements for postgraduates.

Pre-sessional courses

In order to fully prepare yourself for academic study, you can attend one of our pre-sessional courses. These combine language development with academic skills and orientation and provide an excellent introduction to university life.

It may be a condition of your offer that you are required to take a 10-week or 4-week pre-sessional course.

You can find out more about pre-sessional courses in the pre-sessional courses section.

Visas and English language proficiency

Overseas students typically need a visa to study in the UK. See the visa section below to find out more about the English language proficiency tests required to obtain a visa.

Visas

In order to obtain a visa, UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) requires students to have passed a 'SELT' - a secure English language test. Language proficiency qualifications accepted by the University may not be accepted by UKVI, so you must take an approved SELT in order to obtain your visa. You can find a list of approved SELTs on the St Andrews language requirements page

For further information and guidance on visas, refer to the visas page.

Fees and funding

Undergraduate

Undergraduate applicants to the University of St Andrews are classed as either Home (Scotland and the EU), RUK (rest of the UK) or Overseas for fees purposes. Information regarding fee status can be found on the UKCISA website. UKCISA is the UK's national advisory body serving the interests of students and those who work with them.

The current tuition fees for undergraduate students, as well as more information about financial assistance, can be found on the undergraduate tuition fees pages. To find out more about the scholarships available to undergraduate students, take a look at the undergraduate scholarships page.

Postgraduate

Postgraduate applicants to the University of St Andrews are classed as either Home (EU) or Overseas for fees purposes. Information regarding fee status can be found on the UKCISA website. UKCISA is the UK's national advisory body serving the interests of students and those who work with them.

The current tuition fees for postgraduate students, as well as information about financial assistance can be found on the postgraduate fees and funding page. For information on postgraduate funding and scholarships, take a look at the postgraduate scholarships page.