Top 224 universities in France: Rankings & Acceptance rate

Rank
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University name
Acceptance rate
Acc. rate
City & State
1Normal Superior SchoolParis
Ile-de-France
2Claude Bernard University Lyon 1Villeurbanne
Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes
3Central School of LyonEcully
Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes
4Normal Superior School of LyonLyon
Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes
5Paris-Sud UniversityOrsay
Ile-de-France
6University of StrasbourgStrasbourg
Grand Est
7University of BordeauxBordeaux
Nouvelle-Aquitaine
8University of Nice-Sophia AntipolisNice
Provence-Alpes-Cote d Azur
9University of NantesNantes
Pays de la Loire
10University of Rennes 1Rennes
Bretagne
11Paris Institute of Political Studies5%Paris
Ile-de-France
12Pierre and Marie Curie UniversityParis
Ile-de-France
13University of Lorraine5%Nancy
Grand Est
14University of BurgundyDijon
Bourgogne-Franche-Comte
15University of PoitiersPoitiers
Nouvelle-Aquitaine
16University of Aix-MarseillesMarseille
Provence-Alpes-Cote d Azur
17University of Franche-ComteBesancon
Bourgogne-Franche-Comte
18Paris Dauphine UniversityParis
Ile-de-France
19National Institute for Applied Sciences, LyonLyon
Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes
20University of Caen NormandyCaen
Normandy
21Francois Rabelais UniversityTours
Centre-Val de Loire
22Lumiere University Lyon 2Lyon
Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes
23Paris Diderot UniversityParis
Ile-de-France
24School for Advanced Studies in the Social SciencesParis
Ile-de-France
25Paris 13 UniversityVilletaneuse
Ile-de-France
26Paris Descartes UniversityParis
Ile-de-France
27University of Western BrittanyBrest
Bretagne
28Grenoble Alpes UniversitySaint Martin d'Heres
Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes
29University of LimogesLimoges
Nouvelle-Aquitaine
30TELECOM ParisTechParis
Ile-de-France
31University of OrleansOrleans
Centre-Val de Loire
32University of Technology of Compiegne5%Compiegne
Hauts-de-France
33Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines UniversityVersailles
Ile-de-France
34University of Rouen NormandieMont-Saint-Aignan
Normandy
35University of AngersAngers
Pays de la Loire
36University of Rheims Champagne-ArdenneReims
Grand Est
37Jean Jaures University of ToulouseToulouse
Occitanie
38Grenoble Institute of TechnologyGrenoble
Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes
39University of Maine - FranceLe Mans
Pays de la Loire
40University of Pau and Pays de l'Adour25%Pau
Nouvelle-Aquitaine
41University of Paris 865%St-Denis
Ile-de-France
42Polytechnic School5%Palaiseau
Ile-de-France
43National School of Bridges and Roads15%Champs sur Marne
Ile-de-France
44University of LilleLille
Hauts-de-France
45Jean Monnet UniversitySaint-Etienne
Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes
46CentraleSupelecGif-sur-Yvette
Ile-de-France
47University of MontpellierMontpellier
Occitanie
48New Sorbonne University - Paris IIIParis
Ile-de-France
49National Graduate School of Engineering, Paris5%Paris
Ile-de-France
50University of Picardie Jules VerneAmiens
Hauts-de-France
51EurecomBiot Sophia-Antipolis
Provence-Alpes-Cote d Azur
52Cergy-Pontoise UniversityCergy-Pontoise
Ile-de-France
53Sorbonne UniversityParis
Ile-de-France
54University of Perpignan Via Domitia75%Perpignan
Occitanie
55Central School of Nantes15%Nantes
Pays de la Loire
56Jean Moulin University Lyon 3Lyon
Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes
57Upper Alsace UniversityMulhouse
Grand Est
58University of Rennes 2Rennes
Bretagne
59Paris-Est Creteil Val-de-Marne UniversityCreteil
Ile-de-France
60Paul Valery University, Montpellier 3Montpellier
Occitanie
61University of ToulonLa Garde
Provence-Alpes-Cote d Azur
62HEC School of Management5%Jouy-en-Josas
Ile-de-France
63Paris West University Nanterre La DefenseNanterre
Ile-de-France
64School of Industrial Physics and Chemistry of the City of ParisParis
Ile-de-France
65University of Avignon and the VaucluseAvignon
Provence-Alpes-Cote d Azur
66University of Evry-Val d'EssonneEvry
Ile-de-France
67ESCP Europe15%Paris
Ile-de-France
68ESSEC Business School ParisCergy-Pontoise
Ile-de-France
69National School of Library and Information ScienceVilleurbanne
Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes
70University of Southern BrittanyLorient
Bretagne
71IMT Atlantique5%Nantes
Pays de la Loire
72University of ReunionSaint Denis
Reunion
73University of Technology of TroyesTroyes
Grand Est
74National School of AdministrationStrasbourg
Grand Est
75University of the Littoral Opal CoastDunkerque
Hauts-de-France
76University of Paris 1 Pantheon-SorbonneParis
Ile-de-France
77Pantheon-Assas Paris II UniversityParis
Ile-de-France
78Paris Institute of Technology for Life, Food and Environmental Sciences5%Paris
Ile-de-France
79National Institute for Applied Sciences, Toulouse5%Toulouse
Occitanie
80Artois UniversityArras
Hauts-de-France
81University of Clermont AuvergneClermont-Ferrand
Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes
82EHESP School of Public HealthRennes
Bretagne
83EMLYON Business SchoolLyon
Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes
84Paul Sabatier University - Toulouse IIIToulouse
Occitanie
85University of Savoy Mont BlancChambery
Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes
86National Polytechnic Institute of ToulouseToulouse
Occitanie
87National Institute for Applied Sciences, RennesRennes
Bretagne
88Toulouse 1 University CapitoleToulouse
Occitanie
89Graduate School of Computer Science and Advanced Technologies5%Le Kremlin-Bicetre
Ile-de-France
90University Paris-Est Marne-la-ValleeMarne-la-Vallee
Ile-de-France
91National School of Civil AviationToulouse
Occitanie
92National Graduate School of Engineering, CaenCaen
Normandy
93University of Le Havre15%Le Havre
Normandy
94National School of Statistics and Economic Administration5%Malakoff
Ile-de-France
95ESIEE ParisNoisy-le-Grand
Ile-de-France
96Grenoble Graduate School of Business55%Grenoble
Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes
97University of Technology of Belfort-MontbeliardBelfort
Bourgogne-Franche-Comte
98EDHEC Business SchoolRoubaix
Hauts-de-France
99National Graduate School for Advanced TechnologiesParis
Ile-de-France
100Agrocampus OuestRennes
Bretagne
101National Institute for Applied Sciences, Rouen5%Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray
Normandy
102National Veterinary School of Alfort15%Maisons-Alfort
Ile-de-France
103Bordeaux Montaigne UniversityPessac
Nouvelle-Aquitaine
104TELECOM and Management SudParis5%Evry
Ile-de-France
105National Engineering School of Mechanical and Aeronautical EngineeringFuturoscope
Nouvelle-Aquitaine
106Central School of LilleLille
Hauts-de-France
107University of the French West IndiesPointe-a-Pitre
Guadeloupe
108Catholic University of the WestAngers
Pays de la Loire
109Audencia Nantes School of Management5%Nantes
Pays de la Loire
110National Advanced School of EngineeringParis
Ile-de-France
111The American University of Paris65%Paris
Ile-de-France
112Angers Graduate School of BusinessAngers
Pays de la Loire
113Normal Superior School of Paris-SaclayCachan
Ile-de-France
114ENSEA Graduate SchoolCergy-Pontoise
Ile-de-France
115University of La RochelleLa Rochelle
Nouvelle-Aquitaine
116Polytechnic University of Hauts-de-FranceValenciennes
Hauts-de-France
117Bordeaux National Polytechnic InstituteTalence
Nouvelle-Aquitaine
118Kedge Business SchoolBordeaux
Nouvelle-Aquitaine
119University of Corsica Pascal PaoliCorte
Corsica
120Catholic University of LyonLyon
Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes
121Graduate School of Chemistry, Physics and Electronics, LyonVilleurbanne
Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes
122Toulouse Business SchoolToulouse
Occitanie
123VetAgro SupLyon
Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes
124Higher Institute of Electronics and Digital StudiesLille
Hauts-de-France
125NEOMA Business SchoolRouen
Normandy
126Graduate School of Advanced Industrial TechnologiesBidart
Nouvelle-Aquitaine
127Albi-Carmaux School of EngineeringAlbi
Occitanie
128National Veterinary School of ToulouseToulouse
Occitanie
129National School of Public Civil EngineeringVaulx-en-Velin
Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes
130Catholic University of ParisParis
Ile-de-France
131Ales School of EngineeringAles
Occitanie
132The Institute of Optics Graduate School25%Palaiseau
Ile-de-France
133Montpellier Business SchoolMontpellier
Occitanie
134ECE Paris Graduate School of Engineering45%Paris
Ile-de-France
135National Institute for Applied Sciences, StrasbourgStrasbourg
Grand Est
136National Graduate School of Engineering - Saint Etienne25%Saint-Etienne
Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes
137Graduate School of Management, ChamberyLe Bourget-du-Lac
Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes
138National Engineering Graduate School of Mechanics and MicrotechnologiesBesancon
Bourgogne-Franche-Comte
139National Graduate School of Agronomy, ToulouseAuzeville-Tolosane
Occitanie
140Higher Institute of Aeronautics and SpaceToulouse
Occitanie
141Special School for Public Works, Building and IndustryParis
Ile-de-France
142International School of Information Processing ScienceCergy-Pontoise
Ile-de-France
143UniLaSalleBeauvais
Hauts-de-France
144National School of Engineering in Agricultural and Food IndustriesNantes
Pays de la Loire
145National Graduate School of Chemistry, MontpellierMontpellier
Occitanie
146National School of Engineering, Tarbes25%Tarbes
Occitanie
147Lille Catholic UniversityLille
Hauts-de-France
148Graduate School of Information Technology, Electronics, AutomationParis
Ile-de-France
149Nantes Atlantique School of Design45%Nantes
Pays de la Loire
150University of French PolynesiaPunaauia
French Polynesia
151SKEMA Business SchoolLille
Hauts-de-France
152Montpellier SupAgroMontpellier
Occitanie
153National School of Meteorological StudiesToulouse
Occitanie
154National Institute of Advanced TechnologyBrest
Bretagne
155Central School of MarseilleMarseille
Provence-Alpes-Cote d Azur
156Brest National School of EngineeringPlouzane
Bretagne
157National School of Statistics and Information AnalysisBruz
Bretagne
158National School of Engineering - Saint Etienne45%Saint-Etienne
Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes
159Graduate School of Engineers in ParisParis
Ile-de-France
160University of NimesNimes
Occitanie
161Higher National Institute of Agricultural Science, Food and EnvironmentDijon
Bourgogne-Franche-Comte
162Graduate School of Electrical Engineering35%Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray
Normandy
163National Graduate School of Textile EngineeringRoubaix
Hauts-de-France
164University of New CaledoniaNoumea
New Caledonia
165National Graduate School of Chemistry of LilleVilleneuve-d'Ascq
Hauts-de-France
166National School Mines - Telecom Lille DouaiDouai
Hauts-de-France
167National School of Computer Science for Industry and BusinessEvry
Ile-de-France
168School of Advanced Engineering StudiesLille
Hauts-de-France
169Graduate School of Electronics of the WestAngers
Pays de la Loire
170Champollion National University InstituteAlbi
Occitanie
171Graduate School of Agricultural Studies of AngersAngers
Pays de la Loire
172ICAM Catholic Institute of Engineering45%Lille
Hauts-de-France
173Metz National School of Engineering45%Metz
Grand Est
174Efrei Paris Engineering School of Digital Technologies25%Villejuif
Ile-de-France
175Supmeca - Higher Institute of Mechanical EngineeringSaint-Ouen
Ile-de-France
176National School of Geographic SciencesMarne-la-Vallee
Ile-de-France
177Graduate School of Aeronautical and Automotive EngineeringLevallois-Perret
Ile-de-France
178Burgundy School of BusinessDijon
Bourgogne-Franche-Comte
179TELECOM SudParis5%Evry
Ile-de-France
180Institute for Agriculture and Food Industry - Rhone-Alpes45%Lyon
Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes
181Normal Superior School of RennesBruz
Bretagne
182National School of Agricultural Sciences of Bordeaux-AquitaineGradignan
Nouvelle-Aquitaine
183Normandy Business School45%Le Havre
Normandy
184National Graduate School of Chemistry, RennesRennes
Bretagne
185ISA GroupLille
Hauts-de-France
186SIGMA Clermont15%Clermont-Ferrand
Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes
187School of Engineering of Innovation, Energy and Advanced Technologies45%Ivry sur Seine
Ile-de-France
188School of Industrial Biology35%Cergy
Ile-de-France
189Polytechnic Institute of Advanced ScienceIvry sur Seine
Ile-de-France
190ITECH Textile and Chemical Institute of Lyon55%Lyon
Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes
191Purpan Engineering SchoolToulouse
Occitanie
192ECAM-EPMI Graduate School of EngineeringCergy-Pontoise
Ile-de-France
193EPF College of Engineering15%Sceaux
Ile-de-France
194Business School ESC PAUPau
Nouvelle-Aquitaine
195ICN Business SchoolNancy
Grand Est
196Catholic Institute of ToulouseToulouse
Occitanie
197La Rochelle Engineering SchoolLa Rochelle
Nouvelle-Aquitaine
198ECAM Lyon15%Lyon
Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes
199IFP SchoolRueil-Malmaison
Ile-de-France
200Esaip Graduate School of EngineeringAngers
Pays de la Loire
201National Institute of Applied Sciences Centre Val de LoireBlois
Centre-Val de Loire
202Graduate School of Engineers Leonardo da VinciParis
Ile-de-France
203Brest Business SchoolBrest
Bretagne
204Paris School of EngineeringParis
Ile-de-France
205University of French GuianaCayenne
French Guiana
206Graduate School of Organic and Mineral Chemistry5%Compiegne
Hauts-de-France
207Graduate School of BoisNantes
Pays de la Loire
2083iL School of EngineeringLimoges
Nouvelle-Aquitaine
209Graduate School of Building Engineering of CaenEpron
Normandy
210Higher Institute of Materials and Advanced Mechanics of Le MansLe Mans
Pays de la Loire
211Environmental Management and Engineering School55%Bruz
Bretagne
212Louis de Broglie SchoolBruz
Bretagne
213Graduate School of International Agro - DevelopmentCergy-Pontoise
Ile-de-France
214Graduate School of Management, Saint-EtienneSaint-Etienne
Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes
215Pas de Calais Engineering SchoolLonguenesse
Hauts-de-France
216Esitpa, School of Agricultural EngineeringMont-Saint-Aignan
Normandy
217Higher Institute of Buildings and Public Works45%Marseille
Provence-Alpes-Cote d Azur
218National Graduate School of Chemistry, Paris5%Paris
Ile-de-France
219Adventist University of FranceCollonges-sous-Saleve
Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes
220Graduate School of Building Engineering of CachanCachan
Ile-de-France
221Graduate School of Foundry and Forge15%Sevres
Ile-de-France
222Graduate School of Building Engineering of MetzMetz
Grand Est
223National School of Nature and LandscapeBlois
Centre-Val de Loire
224National School of Architecture of Nancy15%Nancy
Grand Est

The best cities to study in France based on the number of universities and their ranks are Paris, Villeurbanne, Ecully, and Lyon.

Average cost of living for students in France is $703 + $99-704 for rent (depends on where to live: dormitory, renting with a roommate or solo).