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London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)

London, United Kingdom

About the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)

The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) is one of the foremost social science universities in the world, specialising in a wide range of social science disciplines, including economics, politics, sociology, law and anthropology. The School is a place of genuine intellectual excitement and curving-edge research. In the most recent national Research Excellence Framework (REF) LSE had the highest percentage of world-leading research of any university in the United Kingdom.

A Brief History
A brief history

Founded in 1895 by Fabian Society members Beatrice and Sidney Webb, Graham Wallas and George Bernard Shaw — LSE's purpose was to better society, ‘by studying poverty and analysing inequalities'.

General info
General information

LSE offers over 40 undergraduate programmes, it's academic profile spans a wide range of social science disciplines, from accounting to law, management to social policy.

11,620

Total students

42%

Undergraduate percentage

A*A*A-AAA

A-Level requirements

37-40

Average International Baccalaureate (IB) score

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Quick facts about LSE

  • Average undergrad degree: 3 years course specific
  • Setting: City of London
  • Residential Status: Both on campus and in surrounding areas of London
  • Number of Undergraduates: 4,900 (approx)
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LSE by the numbers

What is LSE's QS World University Ranking?

#44

How many bachelor's degree programs does LSE offer?

40

What is LSE's Student-Faculty Ratio?

14:1

What percentage of LSE's students are international students?

68%

What is the median starting salary of LSE graduates?

£29,000

What is ratio of male to female students at LSE?

46% male and 54% female

How hard is it to get into LSE?

LSE is one of the most competitive universities in the UK. It’s admission rate is approximately 9%.

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Notable alumni

The LSE boasts associations with 16 Nobel Prize winners and counts 37 past or present world leaders among its alumni. Bertrand Russell received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1950, recognising his writing on ‘humanitarian ideals and freedom of thought’, while Mick Jagger attended as an undergraduate in 1961, dropping out after a year to form the Rolling Stones. Other notable alumni include hedge fund billionaire George Soros and barrister and former British First Lady Cherie Blair.

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