The new planned admissions process will use more than just exam results to judge applicants.
The Scottish Government has set a goal of 20% of student admissions coming from disadvantaged areas by 2030. Instead of judging potential students purely on their exam results they will also take into account skills, experience and potential.
So called 'contextualised admission' means a candidate will only need grades over a certain threshold, the decision on whether to admit them will rest on many other factors.
Professor Sally Mapstone, the principal and vice-chancellor of the University of St Andrews has been leading this work.
She said: "Scotland is taking a big step forward with contextualised admissions in a concerted bid to widen access at a faster rate.
"Universities will set minimum entry requirements for all courses: we will be very clear to whom this applies; and, we will use consistent, user-friendly language to describe the process.
"We want to ensure that all potential applicants from disadvantaged and non-traditional backgrounds understand that they are welcome, supported and belong at the heart of our universities.
"We are confident that making these changes will help more prospective students, and their advisers, to realise that opportunities are there, within touching distance."