List of 100 best universities in France

We ranked 100 best universities in France based on their reputation, research performance, and alumni impact. We processed 29.3M citations received by 1.07M publications made by 224 universities in France, measured the popularity of 3,961 recognized alumni, and utilized the largest available links database (to compare non-academic prominence).

#1 in France
#48 in Europe
#159 in the World
Enrollment
2,400
Founded
1794
#2 in France
#126 in Europe
#332 in the World
Acceptance Rate
100%
Enrollment
35,037
Founded
1150
#4 in France
#151 in Europe
#382 in the World
Acceptance Rate
100%
Enrollment
31,400
Founded
2014
#5 in France
#153 in Europe
#384 in the World
Enrollment
50,174
Founded
1441
#6 in France
#176 in Europe
#441 in the World
Enrollment
49,000
Founded
1289
#7 in France
#177 in Europe
#445 in the World
Acceptance Rate
5%
Enrollment
2,316
Founded
1794
#9 in France
#188 in Europe
#466 in the World
Acceptance Rate
11%
Enrollment
32,302
Founded
2019
#11 in France
#195 in Europe
#492 in the World
Acceptance Rate
100%
Enrollment
25,889
Founded
1970
#12 in France
#201 in Europe
#522 in the World
Acceptance Rate
100%
Enrollment
50,822
Founded
1621
#14 in France
#236 in Europe
#601 in the World
Enrollment
72,200
Founded
2018
#15 in France
#242 in Europe
#614 in the World
Enrollment
36,948
Founded
1460
#16 in France
#249 in Europe
#626 in the World
Acceptance Rate
5%
Enrollment
58,320
Founded
2012
#17 in France
#252 in Europe
#631 in the World
Acceptance Rate
45%
Enrollment
1,500
Founded
1783
#18 in France
#260 in Europe
#652 in the World
Enrollment
2,300
Founded
1987
#19 in France
#275 in Europe
#690 in the World
Enrollment
34,169
Founded
1722
#20 in France
#285 in Europe
#720 in the World
Enrollment
25,078
Founded
1431
#21 in France
#298 in Europe
#755 in the World
Enrollment
27,465
Founded
1432
#22 in France
#311 in Europe
#789 in the World
Enrollment
1,468
Founded
1857
#23 in France
#316 in Europe
#804 in the World
Enrollment
31,388
Founded
1960
#24 in France
#321 in Europe
#817 in the World
Acceptance Rate
3%
Enrollment
8,681
Founded
1968
#25 in France
#323 in Europe
#831 in the World
Enrollment
25,843
Founded
1969
#26 in France
#341 in Europe
#894 in the World
Enrollment
27,899
Founded
1966
#27 in France
#349 in Europe
#925 in the World
Enrollment
28,283
Founded
1423
#28 in France
#368 in Europe
#999 in the World
Acceptance Rate
58%
Enrollment
16,629
Founded
1962
#29 in France
#374 in Europe
#1014 in the World
Enrollment
14,831
Founded
1979
#30 in France
#386 in Europe
#1054 in the World
Enrollment
22,887
Founded
1971
#31 in France
#388 in Europe
#1065 in the World
Enrollment
1,500
Founded
1878
#32 in France
#390 in Europe
#1070 in the World
Enrollment
29,996
Founded
1973
#33 in France
#398 in Europe
#1102 in the World
Acceptance Rate
45%
Enrollment
5,383
Founded
1957
#34 in France
#403 in Europe
#1110 in the World
Enrollment
26,562
Founded
1229
#35 in France
#412 in Europe
#1140 in the World
Enrollment
19,134
Founded
1968
#36 in France
#415 in Europe
#1151 in the World
Enrollment
26,721
Founded
1970
#37 in France
#418 in Europe
#1154 in the World
Acceptance Rate
10%
Enrollment
14,000
Founded
1872
#39 in France
#431 in Europe
#1194 in the World
Enrollment
22,971
Founded
1548
#40 in France
#435 in Europe
#1204 in the World
Enrollment
19,986
Founded
1461
#41 in France
#439 in Europe
#1233 in the World
Acceptance Rate
8%
Enrollment
4,500
Founded
1881
#42 in France
#441 in Europe
#1236 in the World
Enrollment
20,549
Founded
1970
#43 in France
#452 in Europe
#1286 in the World
Enrollment
4,300
Founded
1894
#44 in France
#460 in Europe
#1320 in the World
Enrollment
6,000
Founded
1900
#45 in France
#468 in Europe
#1336 in the World
Acceptance Rate
14%
Enrollment
6,500
Founded
1907
#48 in France
#504 in Europe
#1423 in the World
Acceptance Rate
15%
Enrollment
1,797
Founded
1747
#49 in France
#512 in Europe
#1456 in the World
Enrollment
5,512
Founded
1780
#50 in France
#517 in Europe
#1489 in the World
Acceptance Rate
25%
Enrollment
12,331
Founded
1970
#51 in France
#518 in Europe
#1496 in the World
Acceptance Rate
100%
Enrollment
55,600
Founded
2018
#52 in France
#522 in Europe
#1515 in the World
Acceptance Rate
75%
Enrollment
9,500
Founded
1970
#53 in France
#524 in Europe
#1518 in the World
Acceptance Rate
5%
Enrollment
4,400
Founded
1972
#54 in France
#531 in Europe
#1552 in the World
Enrollment
1,700
Founded
1912
#55 in France
#536 in Europe
#1571 in the World
Acceptance Rate
10%
Enrollment
2,300
Founded
2007
#56 in France
#539 in Europe
#1580 in the World
Enrollment
10,117
Founded
1977
#57 in France
#541 in Europe
#1598 in the World
Acceptance Rate
25%
Enrollment
15,052
Founded
1991
#58 in France
#544 in Europe
#1614 in the World
Enrollment
10,366
Founded
1975
#59 in France
#551 in Europe
#1666 in the World
Enrollment
18,982
Founded
1970
#60 in France
#562 in Europe
#1694 in the World
Enrollment
13,472
Founded
1960
#62 in France
#579 in Europe
#1751 in the World
Enrollment
31,001
Founded
1964
#63 in France
#580 in Europe
#1755 in the World
Enrollment
125
Founded
1991
#64 in France
#585 in Europe
#1766 in the World
Acceptance Rate
20%
Enrollment
5,500
Founded
1819
#65 in France
#591 in Europe
#1779 in the World
Enrollment
26,276
Founded
1970
#66 in France
#598 in Europe
#1802 in the World
Enrollment
8,600
Founded
1872
#68 in France
#615 in Europe
#1870 in the World
Enrollment
30,630
Founded
1970
#69 in France
#623 in Europe
#1918 in the World
Acceptance Rate
100%
Enrollment
16,265
Founded
1971
#70 in France
#626 in Europe
#1922 in the World
Acceptance Rate
15%
Enrollment
1,500
Founded
1919
#71 in France
#632 in Europe
#1959 in the World
Enrollment
9,439
Founded
1979
#72 in France
#635 in Europe
#1964 in the World
Enrollment
16,221
Founded
1970
#73 in France
#637 in Europe
#1969 in the World
Enrollment
7,500
Founded
1906
#74 in France
#638 in Europe
#1976 in the World
Enrollment
2,000
Founded
2008
#75 in France
#660 in Europe
#2043 in the World
Enrollment
40,551
Founded
1971
#76 in France
#662 in Europe
#2060 in the World
Enrollment
12,335
Founded
1991
#78 in France
#669 in Europe
#2084 in the World
Enrollment
2,500
Founded
1994
#79 in France
#673 in Europe
#2097 in the World
Enrollment
12,000
Founded
1991
#80 in France
#676 in Europe
#2116 in the World
Enrollment
8,193
Founded
1993
#81 in France
#677 in Europe
#2119 in the World
Acceptance Rate
15%
Enrollment
800
Founded
1765
#82 in France
#678 in Europe
#2122 in the World
Enrollment
8,245
Founded
1995
#83 in France
#691 in Europe
#2180 in the World
Enrollment
22,119
Founded
1970
#84 in France
#700 in Europe
#2207 in the World
Enrollment
8,848
Founded
1991
#85 in France
#704 in Europe
#2256 in the World
Enrollment
11,500
Founded
1992
#86 in France
#709 in Europe
#2267 in the World
Enrollment
9,500
Founded
1945
#88 in France
#719 in Europe
#2308 in the World
Enrollment
3,000
Founded
1949
#90 in France
#733 in Europe
#2357 in the World
Enrollment
12,000
Founded
2013
#91 in France
#740 in Europe
#2397 in the World
Enrollment
20,334
Founded
1968
#93 in France
#750 in Europe
#2446 in the World
Enrollment
15,485
Founded
1971
#94 in France
#755 in Europe
#2470 in the World
Acceptance Rate
55%
Enrollment
8,000
Founded
1984
#95 in France
#757 in Europe
#2478 in the World
Enrollment
28,467
Founded
1809
#96 in France
#769 in Europe
#2573 in the World
Acceptance Rate
15%
Enrollment
8,097
Founded
1984
#97 in France
#774 in Europe
#2605 in the World
Enrollment
3,945
Founded
1981
#98 in France
#775 in Europe
#2612 in the World
Acceptance Rate
5%
Enrollment
2,534
Founded
1963
#99 in France
#782 in Europe
#2671 in the World
Acceptance Rate
65%
Enrollment
22,023
Founded
1968
#100 in France
#793 in Europe
#2715 in the World
Enrollment
32,000
Founded
1875

The best cities to study in France based on the number of universities and their ranks are Paris, Marseille, Orsay, and Bordeaux.

Average cost of living for students in France is $739 + $109-781 for rent (depends on where to live: dormitory, renting with a roommate or solo).