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Imperial College London

London, United Kingdom

About Imperial College London

Imperial is based in South Kensington in London, in an area known as ‘Albertopolis’, Prince Albert and Sir Henry Cole’s 19th century vision for an area where science and the arts would come together. The university is a one-of-a-kind institution in the UK, focusing solely on science, engineering, medicine and business.

A Brief History
A brief history

Imperial was granted its charter in 1907, merging the Royal College of Science, Royal School of Mines and City & Guilds College. It's mission was to find ways to grow industry in the British Empire.

General info
General information

Imperial's reputation for excellence attracts 18,000 students and 8,000 staff of the highest quality. Research at Imperial explores the interface between science, medicine, engineering and business.


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Quick facts about Imperial

  • Average undergrad degree: 3 years course specific
  • Setting: City of London
  • Residential Status: Primarily on campus
  • Number of Undergraduates: 9,500 (approx)
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Imperial by the Numbers

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What is ratio of male to female students at Imperial?

60% male and 40% female

How hard is it to get into Imperial?

Imperial is a very competitive university with it’s overall acceptance rate being only 15%.

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Notable alumni

Imperial College London boasts an endless list of successful alumni which include science fiction author H.G. Wells, former prime minister of India Rajiv Gandhi, former UK chief medical officer Sir Liam Donaldson, and former chief executive of Singapore Airlines Chew Choon Seng. Nobel Laureates include Sir Alexander Fleming who famously discovered penicillin in 1928.

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