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Reputation of Imperial College London in the US

  1. Mar 13, 2015 #1
    Is ICL well recognized in the United States for it's physics? Even though it's quite highly ranked internationally, I've heard some US residents tell me they've never heard of the school.
    I'm in the middle of my undergrad choices right now and I'm unsure how to proceed.
    (International btw)
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  3. Mar 13, 2015 #2
    Certainly international schools will have a bit less visibility in the states but anyone who knows anything will know the ICL is a renowned school. If you get accepted then celebrate and good luck!
  4. Mar 14, 2015 #3
    In terms of quality, what school would be comparable to ICL in the United States?
    I'm asking because I intend on doing my post graduate in the United States, hopefully at a top tier research university.
  5. Mar 14, 2015 #4
    MIT, Caltech, Princeton.
  6. Mar 14, 2015 #5
    For real?
  7. Mar 14, 2015 #6
    Yes, it's generally regarded as the 3rd best school in the UK (just behind Oxford and Cambridge).
  8. Mar 14, 2015 #7
    I'm aware of this, however I thought Imperial was a tier below the likes of MIT and Princeton.
  9. Mar 14, 2015 #8
    It's a top 15 school in the world. When you talk top 15, the lines get a bit blurred and the differences aren't usually that large. Then it's usually better to compare specific programs.
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  11. Mar 14, 2015 #10
    The specific program I was accepted to recently was Msc Physics with Theoretical Physics at Imperial. I have a few more decisions coming up towards the end of the month like Berkeley and Cornell. My chances are far from certain for those schools, but I was wondering if I should take Berkeley over Imperial if I get in?
    I would be much more comfortable living in the United States but I've heard that Imperial has a more detailed and focused physics program.
  12. Mar 14, 2015 #11
    I would visit Berkeley because yes the lifestyle differences are very large. London is great, but if I had to choose I'd go Berkeley because the weather is so much better. However international travel is much easier with London.
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    You can look into the course websites to compare. Keep in mind that there is no such a thing as general education at Imperial (Although that does not necessarily count as an advantage.)
    Also, did you mean MSci or MSc ? because there are differences between the two.
  14. Mar 14, 2015 #13
    Yes, my mistake.
    Thing is I'm a little daunted by how American universities work. There seems to be a huge emphasis on community culture and athletics, both of which make me a little uncomfortable.
  15. Mar 14, 2015 #14
    The culture of Berkeley is very unique and full of history. It's very liberal and full of activism. Not so much into athletics. The close proximity to San Fran is a huge plus. Fantastic area.
  16. Mar 14, 2015 #15
    Is it true that the school admits a large number of underqualified in-states? It's not a huge issue but I've heard that Berkeley attracts a certain type of in-state students.

    As far as distance it really isn't an issue, I'll be thousands of miles from home either ways. However I have spent a lot of time in California and loved it there.
  17. Mar 14, 2015 #16


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    I think you should go to the UK university, if only to be able to later tell people that you went to the Imperial College because you disagreed with how imperialistic the US has become.
    Never pass an opportunity to mess with people's minds.
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    I go to Berkeley, what difference would it make about what some in-states are doing? All you should focus on is yourself and your research. The UC schools were made for California residents, they let international students come to pay the out-of-state tuition. I don't understand how in the OP you state you are looking for undergrad choices, then you apply for MSc degree? Interesting.
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  19. Mar 14, 2015 #18
    Was a typo, suppose to be Msci. I'm sorry if that offended you, it was an untactful thing to say.
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