Record number of visitors to university

Tuesday 3 October 2006

Over five hundred potential students and their parents will gather at the University of St Andrews today, in the institution’s biggest ever open day.

Would-be applicants from all over the world will be welcomed by the University and given the opportunity to gain an insight into student life at St Andrews. There are now eleven applications for every place to study at the University. Today’s event is the first of twelve Visiting Days hosted by the University’s Admissions Office each year.

A team of up to 100 student ambassadors will take the group on walking tours around the University and town, with interested students being given the opportunity to view halls of residence, the Sports Centre and the Students’ Association. Each visitor is also offered the chance to visit two of the twenty-two academic departments, depending on their area of interest.

The visiting group consists of a strong contingent from within Scotland as well as families from England and further afield in America and Europe. Today’s group also includes 100 potential medical students. Throughout the day, representatives from Admissions, Student Support Services and the academic schools will give a series of talks to the visitors, covering the application process, bursaries, scholarships and careers, as well as general student life.

Fraser Keir, Director of Scottish Recruitment and Access, said: “Over the past year, staff from Admissions have been giving talks and attending HE Fairs in schools and colleges across the UK, Europe and North America to let potential applicants know about the benefits of studying at Scotland’s First University.

“Having our biggest ever Visiting Day demonstrates the continuing popularity of the University of St Andrews amongst applicants. We are a Scottish institution but we actively recruit applicants from all corners of the world due to our reputation, impeccable academic credentials and the fantastic student experience on offer. There are eleven more Visiting Days this academic year and I would encourage anyone with an interest in studying at St Andrews to book a place to see for themselves the benefits we can offer.”



Issued by Beattie Media – On behalf of the University of St Andrews

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