King’s College London is a public research university located in London ,United Kingdom. It is a founding college and member institution of the federal University of London . King’s was established in 1829 by King George IV and Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington. It received its first royal charter as a university college , and is one of the oldest universities in England. In 1836, King’s became one of the two founding colleges of the University of London. King’s College London grew through a series of mergers, including with Queen Elizabeth College and Chelsea College of Science and Technology in 1985, the Institute of Psychiatry in 1997. The United Medical and Dental Schools of Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospitals and the Florence Nightingale School of Nursing and Midwifery (in 1998).
King’s has five campuses. They are: The historic Strand Campus in central London, three other Thames -side campuses (Guy’s, St Thomas’ and Waterloo) nearby and one in Denmark Hill in south London . Between 2018 and 2019, King’s had a total income of £902.0 million, of which £194.7 million was from research grants and contracts. It has the fourth largest endowment of any university in the United Kingdom, and the largest of any in London. It is the 12th largest university in the United Kingdom by total enrolment . Its academic activities are organised into nine faculties, which are subdivided into numerous departments, centres, and research divisions. King’s library facilities are spread across its campuses. The collections encompass over one million printed books, as well as thousands of journals and electronic resources.
There are 10 libraries in total. Maughan Library is King’s largest library and is housed in the Grade II gothic former Public Record Office building situated on Chancery Lane at the Strand Campus. The building was designed by Sir James Pennethorne and is home to the books and journals of the Schools of Arts & Humanities, Law, Natural & Mathematical Sciences, and Social Science & Public Policy. Other libraries are: Foyle Special Collections Library, Tony Arnold Library, Archives Reading Room, Franklin-Wilkins Library, Wills Library and Keats Room, New Hunt’s House Library, St Thomas’ House Library, Institute of Psychiatry Library, Weston Education Centre Library.
King’s was ranked 19th University in the world in the QS World University Rankings . It has also been awarded the status of “five star University”, which describes an institution which “enjoys a high reputation and has cutting edge facilities and internationally renowned research and teaching faculty”. King’s is particularly distinguished in a wide range of health areas including psychiatry, medicine, nursing and dentistry and works with teaching hospitals and comprehensive mental health services to give students a thorough education experience. There are thousands of lecturers in all faculties who are known to be renowned researchers in their fields. There are students are selected from only the best, making the school and its students outstanding. They produce students every year who represents the university well in the professional world.
Kings College London is one of the most difficult UK university to get into. Admission into the university is based on points. Students with only high points are considered for admission.