How difficult was LSE to get into for Straight Economics a few years ago Watch
umm...sorry the word "whopping" has been used to the extreme... refer to BA in Geography a "whopping" 21.88 applications per place (using 2005 figures) ...but seriously who would imagine
Bottom line is, go with wherever your passion lies within.
An economics teacher in my school got an offer of 2E's to do Economics at LSE. no joke. he rejected it to do PPE at oxford
Saying that, they were more lenient on the maths qualifications you needed (now they hugely prefer grade A at Maths A level whereas I got in with the equivalent of grade B at AS Level under the Scottish system. All my other grades were A though, equivalent to AAAB at A level, so still not easy) to get in than they are now so it has probably become more difficult over the last few years.
I think something that has made LSE more difficult to get into is the declining economics reputation of Cambridge. When I applied, Cambridge still probably took most of the top undergraduate 'pure' economists in the UK with LSE taking a much smaller amount of the top UK 'pure' economists but bulked up with some great internationals. However, people are beginning to realise that the economics academics and graduate students at Cambridge are nowhere near as good as LSE (and Oxford too, which shows how Oxford has improved in economics recently and Cambridge has declined) and this is changing undergrad admissions patterns in LSE's favour. Warwick is also improving too for similar reasons.
I think I may have read before you got into UCL L100 as well.
What were your offers for the 2 courses and what made you choose?
i don't think the difference in grades represented the quality of the courses, i think LSE only gave out places to people it wanted.... i got AAAAA anyways!
it wasn't a hard decision at all....i liked UCL and it is a good uni but in terms of general reputation it doesn't live up to LSE, and especially in terms of reputation for economics....i mean where better to study economics than the london school of ECONOMICS! LSE is far more world-renowned than UCL, ask any american! I knew I wanted to work in the city/finance, and city firms recruit far more from LSE than any other london uni as far as i'm concerned.
i mean possibly the atmosphere at UCL is a bit more 'studenty', but after 4 years I haven't had any complaints about the social scene at LSE!!!
you should also look at the course content- LSE's economics is probably quite a lot more quantitative than other unis- but i really am not sure about that.
LSE offered ABB to internationals? This is something new. From what i gathered usually internationals are offered AAA.
I asked a brit lecturer at the sorbonne and he was telling how masters had a good rep and undergrad used to suck and that they now have both very good rep. He then added "maybe sightly lower than harvard though" LOL.
and yet he's a teacher in a high school... the mystries of life...
One of the maths teachers in my 6th form got a 1st in maths at cambridge. He looks like that really intelligent guy from starship troopers. But yeha hes teaching maths at A level now....idiot.
city firms recruit far more from LSE than any other london uni as far as i'm concerned.
How much of your social scene actually revolves around LSE rather than the rest of London...? And would you say your perspective is representative of the whole of LSE?