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University College London

London, United Kingdom

About University College London

UCL sits at the heart of one of the world’s most dynamic cities, meaning students are perfectly placed to take advantage of everything London has to offer. The institution was the first in England to welcome women to university education, and the first in England to welcome students of any religion or social background. UCL is often described as London’s leading multi-disciplinary university with 8,000 staff and 25,000 students enjoying it’s modern, outward-looking commitment to engage with the major issues of our times.

A Brief History
A brief history

UCL was founded in 1826 to bring higher education to those who were typically excluded from it. In 1878, it became the first university in England to admit women on equal terms as men.

General info
General information

UCL has 11 faculties: Arts & Humanities, Built Environment, Brain Sciences, Engineering, Education, Laws, Life Sciences, Math / Physical Sciences, Medical Sciences, Health Sciences and Social Sciences


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A-Level requirements

35 and above

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Quick facts about UCL

  • Average undergrad degree: 3 years course specific
  • Setting: Cosmopolitan city of London
  • Residential Status: On and off campus with most first years living on campus
  • Number of Undergraduates: 18,600 (approx)
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UCL by the Numbers

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What percentage of UCL students are male and what percentage are female?

58% female and 42% male

How hard is it to get into UCL?

UCL is one of the most competitive universities in the UK — with the overall admission rate of 16% similar to that of Oxford and Cambridge. More competitive courses have admission rates below 10%.

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Notable alumni

Beyond claiming a number of former students as Nobel Prize winners in Physics, Molecular Biology and Chemistry, UCL alumni include: film director Christopher Nolan, preeminent leader of the Indian Independence Movement, Mahatma Gandhi, Baroness Patricia Scotland, who became the UK’s first female Attorney General, former Japanese Prime Minister, Junichiro Koizumi and Cold Play front man Chris Martin.

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