St Andrews named one of top 100 universities

Sunday 4 September 2011

The University of St Andrews is one of the 100 best in the world, according to a new survey published today (Monday 5 September 2011).

Scotland’s oldest university is placed 97th in the QS World University Rankings 2011/2012, published today at

The new ranking gives St Andrews high marks for the reputation of its Arts & Humanities faculty, its track record in preparing high-quality graduates for the job market and ability to attract the best international staff and students.

The rankings examined the performance of over 700 universities worldwide. One of the largest and most extensive listings of its kind, the QS league table considers a range of factors including academic reputation, research strengths, citations, reputation amongst graduate employers and international influence.

The new table rates the University of St Andrews’ research output as ‘Very High’, while its Arts & Humanities faculty is ranked 68th in the world.

St Andrews is ranked particularly highly – 14th in the world – for its ability to attract students and staff from overseas. Approximately 41% of students and 37% of staff at the Fife university come from outwith the UK.

Employers rate St Andrews 51st in the world for supplying well-qualified graduates, according to QS whose research includes the opinions of over 16,000 employers worldwide.

“This is a heartening result for the University and for St Andrews. We are pleased that the University is able to promote Scotland and Fife as a world class centre for education and the training of top quality graduates,“ said Principal and Vice-Chancellor Professor Louise Richardson.

“It’s a gratifying reflection on the commitment and skills of all who work and study here.”

The top ranking comes a month after St Andrews was named one of the UK’s top universities in the National Student Survey.  The University was ranked top in Scotland and joint second in the UK in the 2011 guide.

Last year, an independent economic impact assessment  found that St Andrews’ international reputation and links helped generate over £300 million a year for the Fife and Scottish economies and that the University supported over 9,000 Scottish jobs.


Issued by the Press Office, University of St Andrews

Contact Gayle Cook, Senior Communications Manager on 01334 467227, email [email protected]

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