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Which British unis are comparable to the Ivy League?

ruvermillionruvermillion Registered User Posts: 48 Junior Member
I want to go to the UK for university and was wondering which British universities can compete with the US Ivy Leagues in terms of:

-Teaching quality
-Job prospects
-International prestige/reputation etc.
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Replies to: Which British unis are comparable to the Ivy League?

  • EliKressesEliKresses Registered User Posts: 1,787 Senior Member
    Oxford and Cambridge.
  • setaseta Registered User Posts: 93 Junior Member
    Oxbridge only.
  • phantasmagoricphantasmagoric Registered User Posts: 2,200 Senior Member
    I'd include London School of Economics, although you might not consider LSE to be a "university."
  • beyphybeyphy Registered User Posts: 2,237 Senior Member
    Oxbridge is obvious. But LSE and maybe ICL might be comparable to the lower ivies (e.g. Cornell, Brown, Dartmouth)
  • phantasmagoricphantasmagoric Registered User Posts: 2,200 Senior Member
    ^ are you from the UK, RML? Or have an affiliation with it?
  • askjeevesaskjeeves Registered User Posts: 762 Member
    Oxford, Cambridge
    LSE, Imperial
    Warwick, UCL
    St Andrews, Durham, Bristol, Edinburgh

    Personally, I don't think any of the schools in the bottom two groups (with exception to maybe UCL) seriously matches up to any of the ivies reputation wise, maybe more like a USNWR #20-35 ranked school. Teaching quality is subjective at best.
  • alyanjalyanj Registered User Posts: 95 Junior Member
    As a dual citizen who attended universities in both the UK and USA, and has since taught in both systems and had a daughter and her friends applying in both systems, I can categorically say that the universities listed in RML's lower 2 groups do not compare. There is some great teaching at all these places but the quality of students is notas high across the board which, just as in this country, has a knock on effect in terms of the educational experience. We can all site great teachers at numerous colleges across this country but ultimately what adds up to the educational experience and subsequent prestige in the job marked and internationally of the ivied and the top LACs here is the overall package of teaching, quality of students challenging and debating with each other, and rigor of course demanded by the quality of student. Oxbridge absolutely provides this, albeit in a very different format with a very differ feel. Imperial is very focused on science and equates more with the MIT or Cal Tech feel. Durham, Exeter, Bristol are all wonderful universities, but tend to be full of many rejects from Oxbridge and have a longer tail. Yes, you will get some outstanding students there but, give the choice, they would probably have picked Oxbridge. Remember that the financial aid package is not the great decider in the UK. Fees are increasing but they are across the board and there will not be the same tough choices between full scholarship in state as opposed to $50k at an ivy.
  • alyanjalyanj Registered User Posts: 95 Junior Member
    I absolutely agree that one can have a great education at any of the universities listed. The statistics for admission, faculty publication, job placement, and pretty much anything else you choose to use, will support the superiority across the board of Oxbridge. Ultimately we all know, if we have any inside experience of higher education, that there are weak teachers at any institution, that a good, curious student can do well at many institutions, and that ultimately the educational experience will be up tho the student. That said, it is much easier to get into St Andrews or Edinburgh than it is to get into Oxbridge. The debate about what the ivies of Oxbridge offer over other colleges will continue to rage - different institutions suit different students for multiple reasons. Because of that a student may do far better being the top student at st Andrews than one of the top 20% at Cambridge. The reputations of colleges develop for many complex reasons but the draw of the ivies and Oxbridge does continue to perpetuate a top tier experience. As has been said many times on this board, the student needs to find the right fit.
  • IvytIvyt Registered User Posts: 3,531 Senior Member
    ^ Not true, even without HYP in the ivy league Dartmouth, Columbia and Penn would still be considered just as good of schools. Brown and Cornell maybe not so much.
  • JedbrienJedbrien Registered User Posts: 31 Junior Member
    Only LSE, Imperial and just maybe UCL
  • shreepriyashreepriya Registered User Posts: 66 Junior Member
    Guys pls can u help me out and just give a brief idea about what are the requirements for te uk unis. Like for u.s. schools they look into SAT/ACT...gpa..etc. what about these uk institutions?

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