List of 16 best universities in Sri Lanka

We ranked 16 best universities in Sri Lanka based on their reputation, research performance, and alumni impact. We processed 393K citations received by 26.7K publications made by 16 universities in Sri Lanka, measured the popularity of 34 recognized alumni, and utilized the largest available links database (to compare non-academic prominence).

#1 in Sri Lanka
#464 in Asia
#1650 in the World
Enrollment
12,500
Founded
1921
#2 in Sri Lanka
#477 in Asia
#1697 in the World
Acceptance Rate
15%
Enrollment
12,500
Founded
1942
#3 in Sri Lanka
#777 in Asia
#2568 in the World
Enrollment
8,500
Founded
1959
#4 in Sri Lanka
#859 in Asia
#2774 in the World
Founded
1978
#5 in Sri Lanka
#885 in Asia
#2841 in the World
Acceptance Rate
67%
Enrollment
2,500
Founded
1959
#6 in Sri Lanka
#1260 in Asia
#3788 in the World
Enrollment
12,500
Founded
1978
#7 in Sri Lanka
#1399 in Asia
#4104 in the World
Enrollment
5,500
Founded
1974
#8 in Sri Lanka
#2294 in Asia
#6159 in the World
Acceptance Rate
15%
Enrollment
3,500
Founded
1996
#9 in Sri Lanka
#2295 in Asia
#6160 in the World
Enrollment
4,423
Founded
1999
#10 in Sri Lanka
#2330 in Asia
#6243 in the World
Enrollment
2,500
Founded
1995
#11 in Sri Lanka
#2435 in Asia
#6468 in the World
Acceptance Rate
95%
Enrollment
5,500
Founded
1995
#12 in Sri Lanka
#2473 in Asia
#6544 in the World
Enrollment
3,500
Founded
2005
#13 in Sri Lanka
#2578 in Asia
#6789 in the World
Enrollment
9,500
Founded
2005
#14 in Sri Lanka
#2590 in Asia
#6813 in the World
Acceptance Rate
95%
Enrollment
1,500
Founded
1981
#15 in Sri Lanka
#4919 in Asia
#11966 in the World
Enrollment
750
Founded
1982
#16 in Sri Lanka
#5226 in Asia
#12669 in the World
Founded
1996

The best cities to study in Sri Lanka based on the number of universities and their ranks are Colombo, Peradeniya, Nugegoda, and Moratuwa.

Average cost of living for students in Sri Lanka is $170 + $21-147 for rent (depends on where to live: dormitory, renting with a roommate or solo).