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How prestigious is imperial

Say you get a degree from imperial, how would other people view you and is imperial prestigious on a global scale. Would a person in America know imperial college London. Like is it on the same level as Cambridge and Oxford. And please don’t reply by saying you shouldn’t go to uni based on prestige, I know that.

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Imperial is on par with Oxford and Cambridge. All three are world-class Universities. Overall, Imperial is 9th in the world, 3rd in the UK and 1st in London. All three are Russell Group Universities TEF Gold, and all extremely good research institutes. Imperial has an extremely high graduate employment rate, and the average starting salary is better than many others. A degree from Imperial is a degree from an internationally recognised University, one of the best in the world. A degree from Imperial is extremely impressive, especially to employers.

Original post by Certified_raccon
Say you get a degree from imperial, how would other people view you and is imperial prestigious on a global scale. Would a person in America know imperial college London. Like is it on the same level as Cambridge and Oxford. And please don’t reply by saying you shouldn’t go to uni based on prestige, I know that.
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Not as good as oxbridge but still pretty good
Original post by Certified_raccon
Say you get a degree from imperial, how would other people view you and is imperial prestigious on a global scale. Would a person in America know imperial college London. Like is it on the same level as Cambridge and Oxford. And please don’t reply by saying you shouldn’t go to uni based on prestige, I know that.

Yes, it's globally-known, and very highly rated (top 10 worldwide), but doesn't have quite the same brand recognition as Oxbridge. You have nothing to worry about with a good degree from Imperial.

Many Americans will not know Imperial, although more will in tech.
Original post by AmazingPhysicist
Imperial is on par with Oxford and Cambridge. All three are world-class Universities. Overall, Imperial is 9th in the world, 3rd in the UK and 1st in London. All three are Russell Group Universities TEF Gold, and all extremely good research institutes. Imperial has an extremely high graduate employment rate, and the average starting salary is better than many others. A degree from Imperial is a degree from an internationally recognised University, one of the best in the world. A degree from Imperial is extremely impressive, especially to employers.



Do you think individuals from foreign countries would recognise imperial ?
Original post by Student-95
Not as good as oxbridge but still pretty good


What do you mean by pretty good?
Original post by Certified_raccon
Do you think individuals from foreign countries would recognise imperial ?

I believe they would
Original post by Certified_raccon
What do you mean by pretty good?

Imperial is right below Oxford, Cambridge and UCL. These are the 4 best unis in the country, so Imperial is much better than "pretty good"
Original post by AmazingPhysicist
Imperial is right below Oxford, Cambridge and UCL. These are the 4 best unis in the country, so Imperial is much better than "pretty good"


Good cuz I think prestige should be a big part of choosing what uni to go
Britain's answer to MIT
Original post by Patagonia
Britain's answer to MIT


Is it equivalent to mit in terms of global relevance and prestige.
Original post by Certified_raccon
Is it equivalent to mit in terms of global relevance and prestige.

For some courses, yes
Original post by Certified_raccon
Is it equivalent to mit in terms of global relevance and prestige.

I think MIT may be more prestigious worldwide than Imperial
Original post by Unnamed User
I think MIT may be more prestigious worldwide than Imperial


How about Cambridge ?
Original post by Certified_raccon
Say you get a degree from imperial, how would other people view you and is imperial prestigious on a global scale. Would a person in America know imperial college London. Like is it on the same level as Cambridge and Oxford. And please don’t reply by saying you shouldn’t go to uni based on prestige, I know that.


It goes from very prestigious & elite, to one of the best in world.
In general I would say overall its a small step down from Oxbridge, but in a handful of subjects is better. So in Engineering its the best in Europe, it also is probably on a par with Oxbridge in other hard-STEM subjects.

I think what really makes Imperial excellent on the global stage is its STEM research, its probably on a par to MIT, Caltech in these fields (at research).

Would an American know about Imperial? Average american, No. Moderate understanding of UK higher education, Yes.

STEM research its as good as anybody else, overall a small step back.
It's prestigious enough to the right people if you're going there for STEM (aka employers).

Average Joe around the world will have only heard of Oxford and Cambridge.
Original post by Unnamed User
I think MIT may be more prestigious worldwide than Imperial

Yes MIT is more well known, and MIT has a wider base of elite subjects, having an one of the worlds best economics and english departments as well as hard STEM. It certainly has more elite Alumni, with more Nobel laureates and fields medalists. I think its also nowhere near as famous.

But quality if research is just as good in hard STEM.

Imperial suffers in the same way Oxbridge does to US institutions, more super-elite researchers go to the big US schools as there is way more funding, higher salaries and much more flexibility in there research roles.
Original post by Anonymous
How about Cambridge ?

Cambridge is probably on the same level if not higher, but I guess it's pretty much meaningless when you look at the top few. They are all prestigious and going to any will be amazing.
Original post by Unnamed User
Cambridge is probably on the same level if not higher, but I guess it's pretty much meaningless when you look at the top few. They are all prestigious and going to any will be amazing.


Im asking because I’ve always loved imperial: the area, the way it looks, the courses, it’s 9th place global ranking. But I would also like to go to a prestigious uni where people would be impressed if they herd I go there. Thats why I don’t like lse, Durham or other too unis cuz they arent as know as Oxbridge and imperial
Original post by Anonymous
Im asking because I’ve always loved imperial: the area, the way it looks, the courses, it’s 9th place global ranking. But I would also like to go to a prestigious uni where people would be impressed if they herd I go there. Thats why I don’t like lse, Durham or other too unis cuz they arent as know as Oxbridge and imperial


Going to uni is a lot more than about impressing others by the name 🤨

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