Hey there! Sign in to join this conversationNew here? Join for free
    • Thread Starter
    Offline

    1
    ReputationRep:
    Hi, on tsr and I feel in real life too, most people I have seen regard LSE as a far more desirably university than UCL. From my experience those who have offers from LSE and UCL, 9 times out of 10 firm LSE.

    Any more details as to why this is, given their reputations are pretty similar.
    Thanks
    • TSR Support Team
    • Clearing and Applications Advisor
    Offline

    21
    ReputationRep:
    TSR Support Team
    Clearing and Applications Advisor
    I don't think most people (the general public, employers) do think LSE is more desirable than UCL.
    Offline

    0
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by guest115)
    Hi, on tsr and I feel in real life too, most people I have seen regard LSE as a far more desirably university than UCL. From my experience those who have offers from LSE and UCL, 9 times out of 10 firm LSE.

    Any more details as to why this is, given their reputations are pretty similar.
    Thanks
    Hey! There's the general saying that LSE is better than UCL for everything it does, and that UCL is better for everything else. This combined with the fact that LSE degrees (apparently) have greater international reputation & employability makes it a more attractive institution overall.
    • TSR Support Team
    • Clearing and Applications Advisor
    Offline

    21
    ReputationRep:
    TSR Support Team
    Clearing and Applications Advisor
    (Original post by Aadawg)
    Hey! There's the general saying that LSE is better than UCL for everything it does, and that UCL is better for everything else. This combined with the fact that LSE degrees (apparently) have greater international reputation & employability makes it a more attractive institution overall.
    UCL is better at Anthropology, Statistics, Geography, History, Mathematics, Philosophy, and Psychology. UCL and LSE are equal for Economics and Law.
    Online

    19
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by guest115)
    Hi, on tsr and I feel in real life too, most people I have seen regard LSE as a far more desirably university than UCL. From my experience those who have offers from LSE and UCL, 9 times out of 10 firm LSE.

    Any more details as to why this is, given their reputations are pretty similar.
    Thanks
    LSE .... ppffff
    Offline

    5
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by Snufkin)
    UCL is better at Anthropology, Statistics, Geography, History, Mathematics, Philosophy, and Psychology. UCL and LSE are equal for Economics and Law.
    I agree with the first part but LSE is better in Economics and business related courses( I don't know about Law). It is after all a specialist uni in economics and has much better reputation internationally for economics. It's career prospects are better as well for these courses
    • Thread Starter
    Offline

    1
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by Cudder1313)
    I agree with the first part but LSE is better in Economics and business related courses( I don't know about Law). It is after all a specialist uni in economics and has much better reputation internationally for economics. It's career prospects are better as well for these courses
    Thanks, and what about if we put durham in the mix? (personally I'm interested in the law comparisons)
    • Thread Starter
    Offline

    1
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by Snufkin)
    UCL is better at Anthropology, Statistics, Geography, History, Mathematics, Philosophy, and Psychology. UCL and LSE are equal for Economics and Law.
    UCL student?
    Offline

    3
    LSE has a lot of prestige like Oxbridge I guess and is recognised around the world. But other than that, it's difficult to say.
    Offline

    14
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by guest115)
    Hi, on tsr and I feel in real life too, most people I have seen regard LSE as a far more desirably university than UCL. From my experience those who have offers from LSE and UCL, 9 times out of 10 firm LSE.

    Any more details as to why this is, given their reputations are pretty similar.
    Thanks
    A high proportion of LSE applicants will be economics applicants, so it makes sense that they are often favour the specialist college. For other subjects, they are the same for undergraduates, and I would say UCL is a better for postgraduate degrees.
    Offline

    0
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by sweeneyrod)
    A high proportion of LSE applicants will be economics applicants, so it makes sense that they are often favour the specialist college. For other subjects, they are the same for undergraduates, and I would say UCL is a better for postgraduate degrees.
    UCL is definitely not better for postgraduate than LSE. When it comes to employability your uni brand name is everything. LSE is a well known university across the world. Especially people who go into Investment Banking or Consulting experience that the brand of their university is really important.There are a lot of graduates from LSE who managed to get into Wall Street (which normally only Oxbridge, LSE and to some point HEC manage to do so on a regular basis). I don't know about UK but in Europe there are only 3-4 universities which count as really good and better than a superb university from other countries (St. Gallen, Bocconi, Mannheim) and those universities are: Oxford, Cambridge, LSE and LBS. No one knows what UCL is, besides that given it's name it's probably located in London.
    Offline

    14
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by Taddeus)
    UCL is definitely not better for postgraduate than LSE. When it comes to employability your uni brand name is everything. LSE is a well known university across the world. Especially people who go into Investment Banking or Consulting experience that the brand of their university is really important.There are a lot of graduates from LSE who managed to get into Wall Street (which normally only Oxbridge, LSE and to some point HEC manage to do so on a regular basis). I don't know about UK but in Europe there are only 3-4 universities which count as really good and better than a superb university from other countries (St. Gallen, Bocconi, Mannheim) and those universities are: Oxford, Cambridge, LSE and LBS. No one knows what UCL is, besides that given it's name it's probably located in London.
    They certainly both good, but I think the claim that "no-one knows what UCL is" is ludicrous. It is more notable than LSE simply by virtue of being bigger, and therefore doing more good research. The Times World Rankings put UCL at 9th in the world (above MIT), I don't think you can exactly call that unknown (LSE is at 27th). I don't know whether there is necessarily a sharp divide between LSE and other similar universities in getting people into Wall Street, but in any case it isn't surprising that it does better than UCL on that metric, because it's specialised in economics. I don't think LSE has many Nobel-prize winning biologists, but I don't hold that against it.
    Offline

    2
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by Taddeus)
    UCL is definitely not better for postgraduate than LSE. When it comes to employability your uni brand name is everything. LSE is a well known university across the world. Especially people who go into Investment Banking or Consulting experience that the brand of their university is really important.There are a lot of graduates from LSE who managed to get into Wall Street (which normally only Oxbridge, LSE and to some point HEC manage to do so on a regular basis). I don't know about UK but in Europe there are only 3-4 universities which count as really good and better than a superb university from other countries (St. Gallen, Bocconi, Mannheim) and those universities are: Oxford, Cambridge, LSE and LBS. No one knows what UCL is, besides that given it's name it's probably located in London.
    Princepieman lol
    • TSR Support Team
    Offline

    20
    ReputationRep:
    TSR Support Team
    (Original post by Taddeus)
    UCL is definitely not better for postgraduate than LSE. When it comes to employability your uni brand name is everything. LSE is a well known university across the world. Especially people who go into Investment Banking or Consulting experience that the brand of their university is really important.There are a lot of graduates from LSE who managed to get into Wall Street (which normally only Oxbridge, LSE and to some point HEC manage to do so on a regular basis). I don't know about UK but in Europe there are only 3-4 universities which count as really good and better than a superb university from other countries (St. Gallen, Bocconi, Mannheim) and those universities are: Oxford, Cambridge, LSE and LBS. No one knows what UCL is, besides that given it's name it's probably located in London.
    Nice, you managed to pull something completely out of thin air and make it sound like you actually think you know what you're talking about.

    The target schools in the UK for grad recruitment are as follows: Oxford, Cambridge, LSE, UCL, Warwick and Imperial - it doesn't deviate away from this list, ever. The statistics for any top IB's FO intake will reflect ~80% of UK hires coming from those schools, LBS hardly shows up because it's more known as a sourcing ground for post-MBA associates not entry level graduate analysts.

    'No one knows what UCL is' is also highly misleading, if no one knew it why would it be targeted by top firms? Why would they bother coming on campus and extending offers to students who apply from there?

    OP, the only reason people choose LSE is because they feel it'll afford them some level of 'preftige' over say, UCL. Only to be in shock when they find swarms of ex-UCL students attending the same internships, spring weeks and grad schemes as them. Don't get me wrong, LSE's great, but the whole prestige thing is overblown ad absurdum.
    Offline

    0
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by guest115)
    Hi, on tsr and I feel in real life too, most people I have seen regard LSE as a far more desirably university than UCL. From my experience those who have offers from LSE and UCL, 9 times out of 10 firm LSE.

    Any more details as to why this is, given their reputations are pretty similar.
    Thanks
    What subject? Economics/maths is better at LSE as it is a specialist uni but I think UCL is much more rounded/bigger and it's ranked higher in the world league tables.
    Offline

    0
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by Taddeus)
    UCL is definitely not better for postgraduate than LSE. When it comes to employability your uni brand name is everything. LSE is a well known university across the world. Especially people who go into Investment Banking or Consulting experience that the brand of their university is really important.There are a lot of graduates from LSE who managed to get into Wall Street (which normally only Oxbridge, LSE and to some point HEC manage to do so on a regular basis). I don't know about UK but in Europe there are only 3-4 universities which count as really good and better than a superb university from other countries (St. Gallen, Bocconi, Mannheim) and those universities are: Oxford, Cambridge, LSE and LBS. No one knows what UCL is, besides that given it's name it's probably located in London.
    UCL are currently ranked 7th in the WORLD and were 4th last year. LSE aren't even in top 10. Everyone knows UCL.
    LSE is better for some subjects though eg economics
    Offline

    1
    (Original post by phoebebe96)
    UCL are currently ranked 7th in the WORLD and were 4th last year. LSE aren't even in top 10. Everyone knows UCL.
    LSE is better for some subjects though eg economics
    I agree outside the UK most people have never heard of UCL thats the reality.

    If you intend to work in the UK a UCL degree is highly regarded and respected.

    Outside the UK the big 3 Oxford , Cambridge and LSE reputation is huge.

    You could easily work on Wall Street with a degree from the Big 3 based purely on reputation.
    • TSR Support Team
    • Clearing and Applications Advisor
    Offline

    21
    ReputationRep:
    TSR Support Team
    Clearing and Applications Advisor
    (Original post by guest115)
    UCL student?
    Nope, sorry to disappoint.
    • Thread Starter
    Offline

    1
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by Snufkin)
    Nope, sorry to disappoint.
    I'm glad, not disappointed. You just seemed more pro ucl than the other posters so far, was wondering for any possible bias
    • Thread Starter
    Offline

    1
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by Princepieman)
    Nice, you managed to pull something completely out of thin air and make it sound like you actually think you know what you're talking about.

    The target schools in the UK for grad recruitment are as follows: Oxford, Cambridge, LSE, UCL, Warwick and Imperial - it doesn't deviate away from this list, ever. The statistics for any top IB's FO intake will reflect ~80% of UK hires coming from those schools, LBS hardly shows up because it's more known as a sourcing ground for post-MBA associates not entry level graduate analysts.

    'No one knows what UCL is' is also highly misleading, if no one knew it why would it be targeted by top firms? Why would they bother coming on campus and extending offers to students who apply from there?

    OP, the only reason people choose LSE is because they feel it'll afford them some level of 'preftige' over say, UCL. Only to be in shock when they find swarms of ex-UCL students attending the same internships, spring weeks and grad schemes as them. Don't get me wrong, LSE's great, but the whole prestige thing is overblown ad absurdum.
    Thank you, and also thanks for calling out the previous misleading information

    Also, does Durham not compare with lse, ucl and imperial?
 
 
 
  • See more of what you like on The Student Room

    You can personalise what you see on TSR. Tell us a little about yourself to get started.

  • Poll
    Have you ever participated in a Secret Santa?
  • See more of what you like on The Student Room

    You can personalise what you see on TSR. Tell us a little about yourself to get started.

  • The Student Room, Get Revising and Marked by Teachers are trading names of The Student Room Group Ltd.

    Register Number: 04666380 (England and Wales), VAT No. 806 8067 22 Registered Office: International House, Queens Road, Brighton, BN1 3XE

    Quick reply
    Reputation gems: You get these gems as you gain rep from other members for making good contributions and giving helpful advice.