The precursor of New Saint Andrews was a reading list. In the early 1980s, a few men of Christ Church in Moscow, Idaho, put together a list of classic books which they thought ought to be read by survivors of the government education system. The reading list germinated the idea for a college. The name New Saint Andrews was selected after its Scottish namesake, both the city and its great university, which had been instrumental in the Protestant Reformation in Scotland. For a number of years no degree program was offered. The College consisted of numerous evening classes offered on an irregular basis for adults who were not matriculating. The courses included Hebrew, Logic, Greek, and English grammar. In time the college came under the formal oversight of Christ Church.
The elders of Christ Church appointed a committee in 1993 to study the feasibility of starting an undergraduate, degree-granting classical Christian college. In the fall of 1994, New Saint Andrews opened her doors (actually the doors opened into a home belonging to one of the volunteer faculty members) to four full-time students meeting in a tiny dining room. In 1998, the College graduated its first class of two students.
Over the first eight years, the College met in various facilities, renting classroom and office space from local families and businesses, and renting Christ Church offices and classrooms. But with increased enrollment and the need for larger and more permanent facilities, the College purchased the historic Skattaboe Block on Moscow’s Friendship Square in October 2002 and moved into its “new” home in February 2003.
Today, the College has nearly 200 undergraduate and graduate students and employs over 20 faculty and staff. Its unique, limited enrollment model keeps faculty-student ratios low and provides for the highest levels of accountability among faculty and students alike. The College is accredited by the Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools, recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and a member of the Association of Reformed Colleges and Universities.