List of 100 best universities in South Korea

We ranked 100 best universities in South Korea based on their reputation, research performance, and alumni impact. We processed 20.6M citations received by 1.01M publications made by 193 universities in South Korea, measured the popularity of 1,886 recognized alumni, and utilized the largest available links database (to compare non-academic prominence).

#1 in South Korea
#15 in Asia
#159 in the World
Acceptance Rate
15%
Enrollment
28,378
Founded
1946
#2 in South Korea
#34 in Asia
#293 in the World
Enrollment
29,502
Founded
1957
#3 in South Korea
#48 in Asia
#368 in the World
Enrollment
24,351
Founded
1905
#4 in South Korea
#51 in Asia
#375 in the World
Enrollment
10,249
Founded
1971
#5 in South Korea
#58 in Asia
#429 in the World
Enrollment
27,500
Founded
1398
#6 in South Korea
#72 in Asia
#484 in the World
Acceptance Rate
4%
Enrollment
35,000
Founded
1939
#7 in South Korea
#101 in Asia
#607 in the World
Acceptance Rate
45%
Enrollment
35,826
Founded
1949
#8 in South Korea
#129 in Asia
#717 in the World
Acceptance Rate
10%
Enrollment
22,268
Founded
1886
#9 in South Korea
#130 in Asia
#719 in the World
Enrollment
3,425
Founded
1986
#10 in South Korea
#131 in Asia
#720 in the World
Enrollment
27,780
Founded
1946
#11 in South Korea
#148 in Asia
#760 in the World
Acceptance Rate
15%
Enrollment
38,616
Founded
1946
#12 in South Korea
#150 in Asia
#767 in the World
Acceptance Rate
6%
Enrollment
28,221
Founded
1918
#13 in South Korea
#183 in Asia
#871 in the World
Enrollment
21,620
Founded
1946
#14 in South Korea
#198 in Asia
#917 in the World
Enrollment
20,613
Founded
1954
#15 in South Korea
#225 in Asia
#974 in the World
Acceptance Rate
15%
Enrollment
30,000
Founded
1952
#16 in South Korea
#290 in Asia
#1162 in the World
Enrollment
9,227
Male:Female
55:45
Founded
1960
#17 in South Korea
#296 in Asia
#1184 in the World
Acceptance Rate
40%
Enrollment
13,350
Founded
1940
#18 in South Korea
#309 in Asia
#1214 in the World
Acceptance Rate
40%
Enrollment
14,328
Founded
1973
#19 in South Korea
#312 in Asia
#1221 in the World
Acceptance Rate
8%
Enrollment
28,204
Founded
1906
#20 in South Korea
#354 in Asia
#1317 in the World
Acceptance Rate
40%
Enrollment
28,654
Founded
1947
#21 in South Korea
#361 in Asia
#1332 in the World
Acceptance Rate
23%
Enrollment
33,195
Founded
1909
#22 in South Korea
#366 in Asia
#1347 in the World
Enrollment
21,000
Founded
1947
#23 in South Korea
#386 in Asia
#1402 in the World
Enrollment
38,064
Founded
1947
#24 in South Korea
#412 in Asia
#1485 in the World
Acceptance Rate
24%
Enrollment
14,297
Founded
1855
#25 in South Korea
#414 in Asia
#1489 in the World
Acceptance Rate
20%
Enrollment
24,300
Founded
1951
#26 in South Korea
#442 in Asia
#1575 in the World
Enrollment
16,000
Founded
1897
#27 in South Korea
#444 in Asia
#1579 in the World
Enrollment
21,240
Founded
1954
#28 in South Korea
#453 in Asia
#1612 in the World
Acceptance Rate
75%
Enrollment
24,000
Founded
1946
#29 in South Korea
#456 in Asia
#1629 in the World
Enrollment
28,100
Founded
1924
#30 in South Korea
#468 in Asia
#1666 in the World
Acceptance Rate
25%
Enrollment
15,000
Founded
1970
#31 in South Korea
#490 in Asia
#1740 in the World
Acceptance Rate
17%
Founded
1948
#32 in South Korea
#501 in Asia
#1773 in the World
Acceptance Rate
25%
Enrollment
23,000
Founded
1946
#33 in South Korea
#511 in Asia
#1798 in the World
Enrollment
12,869
Founded
1948
#34 in South Korea
#514 in Asia
#1804 in the World
Acceptance Rate
20%
Enrollment
32,300
Founded
1947
#35 in South Korea
#525 in Asia
#1834 in the World
Acceptance Rate
25%
Enrollment
22,700
Founded
1954
#36 in South Korea
#530 in Asia
#1846 in the World
Acceptance Rate
60%
Enrollment
22,000
Founded
1946
#37 in South Korea
#531 in Asia
#1847 in the World
Acceptance Rate
18%
Enrollment
21,519
Male:Female
51:49
Founded
1946
#38 in South Korea
#536 in Asia
#1858 in the World
Acceptance Rate
45%
Enrollment
10,619
Founded
1978
#39 in South Korea
#537 in Asia
#1860 in the World
Enrollment
25,360
Founded
1946
#40 in South Korea
#574 in Asia
#1955 in the World
Acceptance Rate
40%
Enrollment
8,747
Founded
1982
#41 in South Korea
#625 in Asia
#2126 in the World
Acceptance Rate
65%
Enrollment
15,641
Founded
1979
#42 in South Korea
#650 in Asia
#2191 in the World
Enrollment
15,000
Founded
1948
#43 in South Korea
#655 in Asia
#2203 in the World
Acceptance Rate
7%
Enrollment
18,995
Founded
1982
#44 in South Korea
#699 in Asia
#2343 in the World
Acceptance Rate
45%
Enrollment
9,807
Founded
1934
#45 in South Korea
#705 in Asia
#2368 in the World
Enrollment
12,200
Founded
1952
#46 in South Korea
#710 in Asia
#2382 in the World
Enrollment
4,255
Founded
2009
#47 in South Korea
#800 in Asia
#2632 in the World
Enrollment
22,000
Founded
1948
#48 in South Korea
#839 in Asia
#2735 in the World
Acceptance Rate
45%
Enrollment
6,604
Founded
1937
#49 in South Korea
#843 in Asia
#2741 in the World
Enrollment
12,500
Founded
1910
#50 in South Korea
#873 in Asia
#2809 in the World
Enrollment
16,400
Founded
1947
#51 in South Korea
#935 in Asia
#2971 in the World
Enrollment
7,715
Founded
1979
#52 in South Korea
#971 in Asia
#3056 in the World
Enrollment
13,000
Founded
1936
#53 in South Korea
#983 in Asia
#3082 in the World
Acceptance Rate
15%
Enrollment
17,000
Founded
1914
#54 in South Korea
#992 in Asia
#3113 in the World
Acceptance Rate
15%
Enrollment
19,593
Founded
1956
#55 in South Korea
#995 in Asia
#3128 in the World
Enrollment
17,000
Founded
1956
#56 in South Korea
#1020 in Asia
#3188 in the World
Enrollment
14,500
Founded
1978
#57 in South Korea
#1029 in Asia
#3210 in the World
Acceptance Rate
85%
Enrollment
9,993
Founded
1954
#58 in South Korea
#1051 in Asia
#3274 in the World
Acceptance Rate
25%
Enrollment
1,292
Founded
2003
#59 in South Korea
#1052 in Asia
#3275 in the World
Acceptance Rate
95%
Enrollment
14,000
Founded
1946
#60 in South Korea
#1059 in Asia
#3290 in the World
Enrollment
9,320
Founded
1969
#61 in South Korea
#1094 in Asia
#3380 in the World
Enrollment
13,000
Founded
1955
#62 in South Korea
#1118 in Asia
#3449 in the World
Enrollment
8,000
Founded
1961
#63 in South Korea
#1121 in Asia
#3452 in the World
Acceptance Rate
12%
Enrollment
11,000
Founded
1992
#64 in South Korea
#1136 in Asia
#3491 in the World
Acceptance Rate
85%
Enrollment
10,058
Founded
1989
#65 in South Korea
#1146 in Asia
#3514 in the World
Enrollment
24,200
Founded
1976
#66 in South Korea
#1147 in Asia
#3516 in the World
Enrollment
8,210
Founded
1991
#67 in South Korea
#1165 in Asia
#3555 in the World
Acceptance Rate
60%
Enrollment
12,942
Founded
1946
#68 in South Korea
#1195 in Asia
#3633 in the World
Acceptance Rate
10%
Enrollment
5,900
Founded
1906
#69 in South Korea
#1212 in Asia
#3671 in the World
Acceptance Rate
8%
Enrollment
7,093
Founded
1950
#70 in South Korea
#1217 in Asia
#3679 in the World
Enrollment
14,290
Founded
1927
#71 in South Korea
#1220 in Asia
#3682 in the World
Acceptance Rate
11%
Enrollment
600
Founded
1950
#72 in South Korea
#1244 in Asia
#3742 in the World
Acceptance Rate
24%
Enrollment
8,700
Founded
1946
#73 in South Korea
#1245 in Asia
#3744 in the World
Enrollment
11,600
Founded
1947
#74 in South Korea
#1267 in Asia
#3812 in the World
Enrollment
12,500
Founded
1964
#75 in South Korea
#1284 in Asia
#3846 in the World
Enrollment
13,822
Founded
1988
#76 in South Korea
#1287 in Asia
#3856 in the World
Enrollment
13,400
Founded
1962
#77 in South Korea
#1323 in Asia
#3934 in the World
Acceptance Rate
17%
Founded
1946
#78 in South Korea
#1330 in Asia
#3952 in the World
Acceptance Rate
25%
Enrollment
4,120
Founded
1994
#79 in South Korea
#1332 in Asia
#3956 in the World
Enrollment
10,463
Founded
1980
#80 in South Korea
#1333 in Asia
#3957 in the World
Enrollment
12,415
Founded
1977
#81 in South Korea
#1352 in Asia
#3996 in the World
Enrollment
8,831
Male:Female
78:22
Founded
1945
#83 in South Korea
#1370 in Asia
#4042 in the World
Enrollment
8,500
Founded
1992
#84 in South Korea
#1375 in Asia
#4058 in the World
Enrollment
11,500
Founded
1979
#85 in South Korea
#1391 in Asia
#4087 in the World
Enrollment
15,967
Founded
1918
#86 in South Korea
#1397 in Asia
#4101 in the World
Acceptance Rate
76%
Founded
1946
#87 in South Korea
#1427 in Asia
#4162 in the World
Enrollment
15,000
Founded
1994
#88 in South Korea
#1434 in Asia
#4183 in the World
Enrollment
6,465
Founded
1952
#89 in South Korea
#1448 in Asia
#4212 in the World
Acceptance Rate
17%
Enrollment
12,000
Founded
1980
#90 in South Korea
#1464 in Asia
#4271 in the World
Acceptance Rate
13%
Enrollment
5,700
Founded
1967
#91 in South Korea
#1538 in Asia
#4428 in the World
Acceptance Rate
25%
Enrollment
7,832
Founded
1992
#92 in South Korea
#1561 in Asia
#4488 in the World
Acceptance Rate
4%
Enrollment
6,686
Founded
1945
#93 in South Korea
#1565 in Asia
#4499 in the World
Acceptance Rate
15%
Enrollment
6,830
Founded
1939
#94 in South Korea
#1572 in Asia
#4515 in the World
Enrollment
13,000
Founded
1885
#95 in South Korea
#1575 in Asia
#4519 in the World
Enrollment
8,530
Founded
1978
#96 in South Korea
#1585 in Asia
#4540 in the World
Enrollment
9,600
Founded
1968
#97 in South Korea
#1594 in Asia
#4558 in the World
Acceptance Rate
25%
Enrollment
7,000
Founded
1981
#98 in South Korea
#1636 in Asia
#4656 in the World
Enrollment
12,500
Founded
1935
#99 in South Korea
#1648 in Asia
#4683 in the World
Founded
1947
#100 in South Korea
#1657 in Asia
#4705 in the World
Enrollment
8,600
Founded
1962

The best cities to study in South Korea based on the number of universities and their ranks are Seoul, Daejeon, Pohang, and Busan.

Average cost of living for students in South Korea is $621 + $66-470 for rent (depends on where to live: dormitory, renting with a roommate or solo).