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A Guide to the Best Universities in the United Kingdom (for U.S. students)

While many Americans have only heard of a couple of universities in the U.K. (Oxford and Cambridge), there are so many other wonderful institutions, many of which welcome a good number of students from the United States each academic year. The following list will provide key information about almost 30 of the top colleges in the United Kingdom including: Full-time undergraduate enrollment, the percentage of international students, the number of U.S. undergraduate students, tuition, entry requirements, domestic and world rankings, as well as each school’s top academic programs. For more on why American students would be wise to at least consider U.K. universities, we encourage you to check out our previous blog on the subject.

 

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Updated August 2021

InstitutionFT Undergradate Enrollment% International# U.S. Students (Undergraduate)Tuition Entry RequirementsEntry Requirements (Additional Info)Domestic RankingsWorld RankingsStrong Programs
Durham University14.68532%110£20,500-£26,500A combination of 3 or 4 AP or SAT Subject Tests in different subjects at scores of (5) and/or 700+ or better (SAT). If students apply with 4 AP tests, they can score at 5, 5, 4, 4; otherwise 5, 5, 5 is expected. Apply through UCAS or the Common Application.Click here#7 - The Complete University Guide #4 - The Guardian #5 - The Times/Sunday TimesAWRU - #201-300 QS - #86 Times Higher Education - #149 U.S. News - #238Biological Sciences Chemistry Engineering English Law Music
Imperial College London10,47552%45£31,750 & upMinimum of 3-4 AP tests with Grades of 5 (see department/course pages for required subjects). Expected to be taken alongside a relevant high school diploma. Apply through UCAS.Click here#5 - The Complete University Guide #9 - The Guardian #4 - The Times/Sunday TimesAWRU - #25 QS - #8 Times Higher Education - #11 U.S. News - #20Biological Sciences Computer Science Engineering Geology Medicine Physics
King's College London18,50038%250£26,760 & upFor most competitive programs, Obtain 55554 in five AP subjects For September 2021 entry we will also accept: Obtain 5555 in four AP subjects and 650 in one SAT Subject Test Obtain 5554 in four AP subjects and 700 in one SAT Subject Test Obtain 555 in three AP subjects and 700, 650 in two SAT Subject Tests Obtain 554 in three AP subjects and 700, 700 in two SAT Subject TestsClick here#20 - The Complete University Guide #42 - The Guardian #12 - The Times/Sunday TimesAWRU - #47 QS - #31 Times Higher Education - #35 U.S. News - #34Business Chemistry Dentistry Law Psychology
Lancaster University11,38533%15£19,930-£24,070(1) AP x 3 at 5, 4, 4 to 5, 5, 5; OR (2) SAT - R at combined score of 1320 to 1350 plus SAT Subject x 3 at 650/650/700 to 700/700/750; OR (3) SAT Subject/AP Combination: 650/650 plus AP x 2 at 5, 4 to 700/750 plus AP x 2 at 5, 5; OR (4) ACT plus SAT Subject x 3: 28 plus 650/650/700 to 29 plus 700/700/750Click here#8 - The Complete University Guide #10 - The Guardian #6 - The Times/Sunday TimesAWRU - #301-400 QS - #135 Times Higher Education - #136 U.S. News - #177Art & Design Creative Writing Marketing Performing Arts Physics
London School of Economics5,13067%45£21336 & upFive APs at grade 5, taken over a maximum of three years and a minimum High School Diploma GPA 3.7Click here#4 - The Complete University Guide #5 - The Guardian #10 - The Times/Sunday TimesAWRU - #151-200 QS - #49 Times Higher Education - #27 U.S. News - #244Accounting & Finance Economics Law Philosophy Politics Social Policy
Loughborough University13,68024%25£18,650-£22,350For students studying in the American education system, typical offers for entry onto undergraduate level courses are based on obtaining 3.2 in the High School Diploma along with achievement in Advanced Placement Exams or SAT II Subject Specific Tests. We would typically require between ‘4, 4, 4’ and ‘5, 5, 5’ in 3 AP exams or between ‘650, 650, 650’ and ‘750, 700, 700’ in 3 SAT subject tests.Click here#6 - The Complete University Guide #7 - The Guardian #7 - The Times/Sunday TimesAWRU - #501-600 QS - #226 Times Higher Education - #351-400 U.S. News - #580Accounting & Finance Art & Design Business Communication Social Policy
University College London19,14047%515£19,720-£28,610Five AP subjects, taken in the final three years of high school High achievement in three AP subjects, when combined with a High School Graduation Diploma with 3.3/4.0 plus a SAT I with a minimum score of 1950/2400 (old test) or 1380/1600 (new test), or an ACT of 29 in the Composite Score and 10 in the writing score (or combined English/writing Score if taken before 2015) High achievement in combination of five distinct AP and SAT subject tests, to include at least three AP's. Please contact the undergraduate admissions office for further information.Click here#10 - The Complete University Guide #14 - The Guardian #7 - The Times/Sunday TimesAWRU - #16 QS - #10 Times Higher Education - #16 U.S. News - #19Architecture Art & Design Economics Law Mathematics Politics
University of Aberdeen9,51036%140£17,200-£19,700Test Optional: In place of standardised tests, the University of Aberdeen Admissions Selectors will review your High School Transcript and look for strong Academic performance overall and in related subjects. You should clearly state in your Personal Statement on your application why you were unable to take either the SAT or ACT. The University will, however, continue to make applications based on standardised test scores for those able to sit them. The normal requirement for admission in Fall 2021 is : ACT: score of 26+ (writing optional) SAT: score of 1250+ (essay optional)Click here#26 - The Complete University Guide #20 - The Guardian #40 - The Times/Sunday TimesAWRU - #201-300 QS - #207 Times Higher Education - #178 U.S. News - #228Accounting & Finance Engineering Law Linguistics Sports Science
University of Bath13,53031%15£18,900-£23,400High ; diploma; 5, 5, 5 in three APs; 1480/30 on SAT/ACT; Must apply through UCAS and entry requirements are based on the course interested in studyingClick here#9 - The Complete University Guide #6 - The Guardian #12 - The Times/Sunday TimesAWRU - #301-400 QS - #173 Times Higher Education - #201-250 U.S. News - #427Accounting & Finance Business Marketing Psychology Social Policy
University of Birmingham22,50525%30£18,120-£39,960Three APs: 555; SAT Subject tests: 700, 700, 700; SAT-R: 1350 or ACT composite: 28. Click here for more info. Click here#13 - The Complete University Guide #21 - The Guardian #15 - The Times/Sunday TimesAWRU - #101-150 QS - #87 Times Higher Education - #107 U.S. News - #92Creative Writing Hospitality Management Music Performing Arts Physics
University of Bristol19.57024%50£20,100-£24,700A high school diploma (or equivalent) with a GPA of 3.2 minimum (3.4 for competitive courses) and a total of three from the following list: (1) New SAT (evidence-based reading and writing section only) with a minimum of 650; (2) ACT with a minimum score of 24; (3) Any AP subject(s) with a score of at least 4 (more commonly 5); (4) A full-year honors-level course at B+ or a full-year college-level course at B+ or higher.Click here#14 - The Complete University Guide #11 - The Guardian #16 - The Times/Sunday TimesAWRU - #64 QS - #58 Times Higher Education - #91 U.S. News - #86Engineering English Psychology Social Policy Veterinary Medicine
University of Cambridge12,48036%95£22,227-£58,038Typically, suitable evidence of preparation for entry would comprise five or more Advanced Placement (AP) Scores at grade 5. In addition, an SAT score of 1500 or ACT score of 33 is usually needed. Click here#1 - The Complete University Guide #3 - The Guardian #1 - The Times/Sunday TimesAWRU - #3 QS - #7 Times Higher Education - #6 U.S. News - #9Biological Sciences Computer Science Economics Engineering Law Medicine Politics
University of Dundee10,25517%35£18,150-£21,950High School Graduation Diploma (HSGD) with 3.0 and SAT cumulative score of 1200 OR ACT score of 27. Entry to some degree programmes will also require SAT subject tests (with minimum of 600) or AP’s (with minimum Grade 3 or above) in specific subjects. Please see our undergraduate course pages for more information.Click here#31 - The Complete University Guide #19 - The Guardian #23 - The Times/Sunday TimesAWRU - #301-400 QS - #319 Times Higher Education - #201-250 U.S. News - #312Anatomy & Physiology Biological Sciences Dentistry Law Medicine
University of Edinburgh22,39538%915£20,950-£32,100Achieving the following grades will not guarantee you a place at Edinburgh, but will make you a competitive applicant: ACT score of 27 plus two AP scores at 4+ or two SAT subject tests at 650+; OR SAT score of 1290+ (650+ in Evidence based reading and Writing and 620+ in Math) plus two AP scores at 4+ or two SAT subject tests at 650+; OR 3 AP scores at 4+; OR 3 SAT Subject Test scores of 650+; OR A combination of the AP and SAT, such as 1 AP score at 4+ and 2 SAT Subject Tests at 650+Click here#15 - The Complete University Guide #13 - The Guardian #24 - The Times/Sunday TimesAWRU - #42 QS - #20 Times Higher Education - #30 U.S. News - #30Law Mathematics Medicine Social Policy Veterinary Medicine
University of Exeter19,87525%90£18,500-£35,7503 Advanced Placement (AP) and/or SAT subject tests can be considered alone or in combination to meet our three A Level equivalence requirement using the following A Level grade equivalences: AP subjects: a score of 5 = ‘A’ grade; a score of 4 = ‘B’ grade; SAT subject test: 700 = ‘A’ grade; 650 = ‘B’ grade.Click here#12 - The Complete University Guide #16 - The Guardian #14 - The Times/Sunday TimesAWRU - #151-200 QS - #164 Times Higher Education - #174 U.S. News - #164Business Engineering English Performing Arts Sociology
University of Glasgow18,55531%375£16970 & up(1) SAT: 1280 or ACT: 27 AND 2 AP examinations (in relevant subjects): 4+ or 2 SAT subject tests (in relevant subjects): 600+; OR (2) OR 3 AP examinations (in relevant subjects): 4+ or 3 SAT subject tests (in relevant subjects): 600+Click here#19 - The Complete University Guide #12 - The Guardian #20 - The Times/Sunday TimesAWRU - #151-200 QS - #77 Times Higher Education - #92 U.S. News - #86Accounting & Finance Computer Science Law Medicine Music
University of Leeds25,57025%25£20,341 Applicants will be required to achieve a minimum of 3 subjects in Advanced Placement (AP) or SATS with grades ranging between 4 and 5 or 650 and 750. Subject specific requirements will still apply.Click here#16 - The Complete University Guide #18 - The Guardian #10 - The Times/Sunday TimesAWRU - #101-150 QS - #91 Times Higher Education - #160 U.S. News - #152Accounting & Finance Business Communication Computer Science Marketing
University of Manchester26,49035%80£19,000-£40,000Exact entry requirements vary by program; we generally require a minimum of all of the following to be achieved by the end of Senior Year: (1) 1290 SAT OR 27 ACT AND (2) 4,4,4 in three AP test scores. SAT Subject Test scores of 650 or above are considered as an alternative to AP test scores for entry to many of our programsClick here#17 - The Complete University Guide #25 - The Guardian #25 - The Times/Sunday TimesAWRU - #36 QS - #27 Times Higher Education - #51 U.S. News - #64Anthropology Dentistry Linguistics Music Nursing
University of Oxford1173033%240£26,770-£37,510Oxford expects students to have (1) either SATs or the ACT and (2) either APs (Advanced Placement tests) or SAT subject tests (or a combination of APs and SAT subject tests, or other equivalent qualifications, if they are in different subjects). Scores needed: SAT score of 1470 or higher; ACT score of at least 32; a score of 5 in three or more AP exams; a score of 700 or higher in three or more subject tests. Additional assessments may also be required and depend on applicant's chosen course of study.Click here#2 - The Complete University Guide #1 - The Guardian #2 - The Times/Sunday TimesAWRU - #9 QS - #5 Times Higher Education - #1 U.S. News - #5Computer Science Economics Engineering Law Medicine Philosophy Politics
University of Southampton14,66530%45£17,560 & UpThree AP tests at scores of 555 OR Three SAT subject tests at scores of 700, 700, 700 or a combination of the two. We can also consider excellent grades in Honors or College-level classes or ACT or SAT scores in lieu of AP or SAT subject tests on a case-by-case basis.Click here#17 - The Complete University Guide #23 - The Guardian #30 - The Times/Sunday TimesAWRU - #101-150 QS - #90 Times Higher Education - #127 U.S. News - #97Anatomy & Physiology Communication Engineering Marketing Music
University of St. Andrews7,79045%1,565£22,350 & UpIn addition to a school transcript with A to B+ grades in academic subjects. Applicants may apply with more than one standardised test, with scores as follows: (1) AP: Three subjects with scores of 4+ and 5 in required subjects; (2) SAT Subject Test: Three subject tests with minimum scores of 650 with 700 and above in required subjects; (3) ACT score of 28+ (writing optional); (4) SAT Score of 1320+Click here#3 - The Complete University Guide #2 - The Guardian #3 - The Times/Sunday TimesAWRU - #301-400 QS - #96 Times Higher Education - #201-250 U.S. News - #292Computer Science Economics English Mathematics Politics Psychology
University of Stirling8,10023%165£13,100-£15,600As a minimum, applicants must hold an accredited high school diploma with a minimum GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale, minimum B average), one letter of reference, plus one of the following: ACT composite score of 26 or above (with no individual section below 24); OR SAT - Post March 2016: Score 1200; OR Two AP tests at grade 3 or above (taken in junior or senior year of high school); OR Two SAT II subject tests with 550-600 in each.Click here#45 - The Complete University Guide #28 - The Guardian #47 - The Times/Sunday TimesAWRU - #901-1000 QS - #485 Times Higher Education - #301-350 U.S. News - #741Acccounting & Finance Communication Education Marketing Social Work
University of Strathclyde13,96018%20£15,300-£20,900(1) SAT: 1200 (600+ in Evidence Based Reading & Writing & Maths) or ACT: 27 AND Two AP examinations (in relevant subjects) at 4+ or two SAT subject tests (in relevant subjects) 600+; OR (2) Three AP examinations (in relevant subjects) 4+ or three SAT subject tests (in relevant subjects) 600+Click here#35 - The Complete University Guide #15 - The Guardian #41 - The Times/Sunday TimesAWRU - #401-500 QS - #300 Times Higher Education - #401-500 U.S. News - #406Accounting & Finance Architecture Biological Sciences Engineering Marketing
University of the Arts, London15,70551%315£22,920High School Diploma AND portfolio of workClick here#51 - The Complete University Guide #45 - The Guardian #114 - The Times/Sunday TimesAWRU - N/A QS - N/A Times Higher Education - N/A U.S. News - N/AArchitecture Art & Design
University of Warwick16,31536%30£21,220-£27,060(1) a combination of 3 AP Tests (4/5) or SAT Subject Tests (~700) in separate subjects; AND (2) ACT or SAT-RClick here#11 - The Complete University Guide #8 - The Guardian #9 - The Times/Sunday TimesAWRU - #101-150 QS - #62 Times Higher Education - #77 U.S. News - #135Accounting & Finance Biological Sciences Computer Science Creative Writing Economics
University of Westminster13,42534%520£14400High School Diploma with a minimum GPA of 3.0 (or GED) plus at least one of the following: New SAT: overall score of 1180 (post-2016) with a minimum of 570 in Maths and 610 in evidence-based reading and writing (essay is not required) OR ACT score of 25+Click here#111 - The Complete University Guide #117 - The Guardian #119 - The Times/Sunday TimesAWRU - N/A QS - #651-700 Times Higher Education - #801-1000 U.S. News - #1266Architecture Communication Hospitality Performing Arts Real Estate
University of York13,74021%50£17,890-£22,080(1) A High School Graduation Diploma with a minimum GPA of 3.0; AND (2) an ACT score of at least 26 or an SAT score of at least 1200; AND (3) Three AP subjects with grades ranging between 4 and 5 or Three SAT Subject Tests with scores ranging between 650 and 700+. A combination of AP and SAT Subject Tests is acceptable.Click here#22 - The Complete University Guide #16 - The Guardian #16 - The Times/Sunday TimesAWRU - #201-300 QS - #150 Times Higher Education - #133 U.S. News - #264Art History Chemistry English History Social Work
University of Notthingham25,65525%25£18,420-£35,220Entry requirements to our bachelors degree programmes vary depending on your chosen course, however as a minimum requirement, you will typically need one of the following: (1) Three SAT Subject Tests ranging from 650, 650, 650 to 700, 700, 700; OR (2) Three approved APs ranging from 4, 4, 4 to 5, 5, 5. A combination of three distinct APs and Subject Tests (with test scores as above)Click here#20 - The Complete University Guide #38 - The Guardian #18 - The Times/Sunday TimesAWRU - #101-150 QS - #99 Times Higher Education - #158 U.S. News - #142Chemistry Communication Economics Engineering Pharmacy
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