London School of Economics and Political Science

London School of Economics and Political Science

The LSE took more undergraduates in 2014 than at any time in its recent history, but there were still more than 10 applicants for every place. The school is planning to “grow steadily over time” and to refine its admissions system so that those with the greatest potential (and not just the highest grades) gain entry. But it is likely to remain the most selective institution in our table in terms of applications per place.

It is one of the top universities in the world for the social sciences, a reputation that attracts the highest proportion of international students at any publicly-funded university.

The Times Ranking

Rank 9
Student satisfaction 78.4%
Graduate prospects 78.5%


Student Stats

Applications per place 10.3:1
Undergraduate (full-time) 3,965
Undergraduate (part-time) 70
Postgraduates (full-time) 5,510
Mature students 2.7%
Overseas students 41.8%


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