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USA entry requirements

Entry requirements for students who normally live in the USA and wish to study at the University of St Andrews.

Undergraduate

  • You are expected to have taken a college preparatory curriculum, including honours and AP classes where available, and should demonstrate an A-/B+ average in academic subjects.
  • Applications which include strong grades in relevant subject exams will be more competitive.
  • AP candidates are expected to obtain scores of 4 or 5, with 5 in any prerequisite subjects.
  • SAT Subject Test candidates are expected to score 650 or higher, with 700+ in any prerequisite subjects.
  • International Baccalaureate candidates are expected to obtain scores ranging from 35 to 38 points.
We expect that you have taken at least one standardised test.
  • SAT I  candidates are expected to obtain 1950 or higher across the three elements. We will superscore the SAT – take the best component from each test to give the overall highest score.
  • ACT candidates are expected to obtain a combined score of 28 or higher. We will superscore the ACT – take the best component from each test to give the overall highest score.
If you have not completed the SAT or ACT, a minimum of three AP/SAT II exams are required. AP scores will be used for admissions purposes only, and no credits or exemptions will be awarded. Official scores from all test dates can be sent to us directly from the ACT or the College Board (the reporting agency for the SAT/AP).
  • SAT/AP/College Board Scores Code number: 7775
  • ACT Code number: 5316
You will also be expected to meet the entrance requirements set by the relevant Faculty for your programme of study. Applicants to Medicine should refer directly to the School of Medicine or the International Foundation Programme for Medicine. This information is for general guidance; we consider each application on its own merits, as outlined in the undergraduate admissions policy.

Postgraduate

Postgraduate candidates will be expected to hold a BA or BS with a GPA of 3.6 or above. Postgraduate entrance requirements may be higher depending on the School and the programme you wish to study. For more information please contact the international team in Admissions by emailing pgrecruitment@st-andrews.ac.uk. 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 postgraduate 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. Find out more about the English language requirements for if you were educated outside the UK or use English as an additional language.