Who Are We?
We are a university college born of the Scottish Enlightenment. Everything we do is inspired by contemporary iterations of Scottish Enlightenment principles, including a commitment to social progress, a disposition for challenging authority that refuses to answer for itself, and an unwavering commitment to reason. We also remain committed to the principle that students can – and should – be trusted to self-govern, and recognise the centrality of fun in university life.
Another important source of ‘who we are’ is our core College values (see below).
When we look to the future through the lens of our values and history, we see a world in which members of the St Andrew’s College community play a vital role in leading the change that will guarantee a better tomorrow.
Realising our vision means providing students with access to the ultimate university experience: one that is fun, immersive and stimulating. We allow students to turn their backs on passive learning models by giving them an alternative: the opportunity to interact with great minds and solve problems collaboratively. Underpinning everything we do is trust; we continue to recognise that emerging adults cannot flourish unless the fences surrounding them are set wide. We develop adult relationships with our students and invite them to challenge us, ensuring that they leave College having had the opportunity to exercise their moral muscles and think deeply about civic responsibility.
Since 1867, we have been shaping leaders who shape the world. From the designer of the Sydney Harbour Bridge to Australia’s only (and the world’s first) President of the United Nations General Assembly, from Australia’s poet laureate to the discoverer of our origins as humans, from Australia’s first Rhodes scholar to our first Rugby World Cup-winning Wallaby captain, we have provided society with some of its most influential thinkers, creators, athletes and artists.