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University of Edinburgh

Edinburgh, Scotland

About the University of Edinburgh

Founded in 1583, the University of Edinburgh (UoE) is the sixth oldest university in the English-speaking world and one of Britain and Ireland’s seven ancient universities. A world leading research-intensive university, UoE offers boasts entrepreneurial and cross-disciplinary culture that attracts students and staff from across the globe.

A Brief History
A brief history

Edinburgh University first begun as a college of law before expanding into a formally established college, under the Royal Charter of King James VI of Scotland on 14th April 1582.

General info
General information

UoE is made up of three colleges: Humanities and Social Science, Science and Engineering, and Medicine and Veterinary Medicine. Within these three colleges, there are 20 academic schools.


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Quick facts about the University of Edinburgh

  • Average undergrad degree: 3 years course specific
  • Setting: Edinburgh, the capital city of Scotland
  • Residential Status: Both on and off campus
  • Number of Undergraduates: 23,300 (approx)
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University of Edinburgh by the numbers

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How many colleges does UoE have?

3 colleges containing 21 schools

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

40% male and 60% female

How hard is it to get into UoE?

The University of Edinburgh is a very competitive institution with an acceptance rate of only 10%.

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Notable alumni

UoE boasts some of the most accomplished alumni in the world including 20 Nobel laureates including winners of Prizes in Physics, Chemistry, Physiology or Medicine, Peace, Literature and the Memorial Prize in Economic Science. Other notable alumni include Pippa Middleton, David Hume, Alexander Graham Bell and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and many more.

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