The Good University Guide 2009, published in the Independent, ranks Imperial in third place, jointly with LSE. Despite having the best student-staff ratio, highest spend on academic services (more than double most universities) and best graduate prospects of any university, Imperial was unable to jump above Oxbridge.
Removing "Student Satisfaction" from the table results in Imperial coming second, failing to reach first because only 69.1% of students get "good" (1st and 2.1) honours, compared to 90.1 at Oxford. Imperial has the lowest student satisfaction score in the top 20, matched only by SOAS and Bristol, and also the lowest completion rate in the top five.
In the subject tables, Imperial ranks as follows:
- Aeronautics: 4th (behind Cambridge, Bath, Southampton)
- Biological Sciences: 3rd (behind Oxbridge)
- Business: 2nd (behind LSE)
- Chemical Engineering: 2nd (behind Cambridge - although Cambridge has a lower RAE rating)
- Chemistry: 4th (behind Cambridge, Oxford, Durham)
- Civil Engineering: 7th (behind Cambridge, Dundee, Cardiff, Bristol, Edinburgh, Southampton)
- Computing: 3rd (behind Cambridge, Oxford despite best graduate prospects)
- EEE: 6th (behind Cambridge, Edinburgh, UCL, Strathclyde, Southampton)
- Geology: 3rd (behind Oxford, Cambridge)
- Materials: 2nd (behind Cambridge)
- Maths: 4th (behind Cambridge, Oxford, Dundee)
- Mechanical Engineering: 6th (behind Cambridge, Oxford, Bath, Bristol, Liverpool)
- Medicine: 4th (behind Cambridge, Oxford, Aberdeen)
- Physics: 3rd (behind Cambridge, Oxford)
In the research assessment exercise rankings, all of the above have the top "5*" rating except Business and EEE with "5", however this is based on the 2001 data.