The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) is a research university specialised in social sciences located in London, United Kingdom, and a constituent college of the federal University of London. Founded in 1895 by Fabian Society LSE joined the University of London in 1900 and first issued degrees to its students in 1902. LSE conducts teaching and research across a range of social sciences, as well as in mathematics and statistics.
Admission to LSE is highly competitive. In 2012, the school received 17,500 applications for 1,200 undergraduate places. LSE is ranked third overall in the Sunday Times University Guide cumulative ranking of British universities over a ten-year period (1997–2007), and third in the Complete University Guide 2014. LSE is often referred to as the leading centre for the study of social sciences in the world.
To date, there have been 16 Nobel Prize winners amongst its alumni and current and former staff, at least 37 world leaders, 6 Pulitzer Prize winners and countless fellows of the British Academy.
International in flavour, London is an unparalleled environment in which to live and study. It is a centre for government and law, Europe's leading financial market and a style setting centre of cultural life. Educational benefits include libraries, professional institutes and all the resources of the University of London. The LSE campus is situated just off Aldwych in central London. It is easy to get to anywhere from such a central location using London's public transport networks.