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The London School of Economics and Political Science, commonly referred to as the London School of Economics or LSE, is a specialist constituent college of the University of London in London, England. Founded in 1894 by Fabian Society members Sidney Webb, Beatrice Webb and George Bernard Shaw, the School joined the federal University of London in 1900 as the Faculty of Economics. Degrees were issued to the school's students from 1902 onwards. Today, it remains a specialist single-faculty constituent college of the University with around 9,000 students from 140 countries. It describes itself as the world's leading social science institution for teaching and research, which spans the full breadth of the social sciences.
LSE is among the world's most selective universities, with the lowest admissions rate of any university in Britain, and is consistently placed among the top higher education instititutions in the world in university rankings. It also has the most international student body in the world, and at one time, LSE had more countries represented by students than the UN. As a member of the Russell Group, LSE was found to have the highest percentage of world-leading research of any university in the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise.
The school has produced many notable alumni in the fields of economics, business, literature and politics, including several Nobel laureates, Pulitzer Prize winners, and heads of state.
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