Top 16 universities in Sri Lanka: Rankings & Acceptance rate

  1. University of Colombo logo
    Enrollment
    12,500
    Founded
    1921
  2. University of Peradeniya logo
    Acceptance Rate
    15%
    Enrollment
    12,500
    Founded
    1942
  3. University of Moratuwa logo
    Founded
    1978
  4. University of Sri Jayewardenepura logo
    Enrollment
    8,500
    Founded
    1959
  5. University of Kelaniya logo
    Enrollment
    2,500
    Founded
    1959
  6. University of Jaffna logo
    Enrollment
    5,500
    Founded
    1974
  7. University of Ruhuna logo
    Enrollment
    12,500
    Founded
    1978
  8. South Eastern University of Sri Lanka logo
    Acceptance Rate
    95%
    Enrollment
    5,500
    Founded
    1995
  9. Eastern University of Sri Lanka logo
    Acceptance Rate
    95%
    Enrollment
    1,500
    Founded
    1981
  10. Uva Wellassa University logo
    Enrollment
    3,500
    Founded
    2005
  11. Sabaragamuwa University of Sri Lanka logo
    Enrollment
    2,500
    Founded
    1995
  12. Rajarata University of Sri Lanka logo
    Acceptance Rate
    15%
    Enrollment
    3,500
    Founded
    1996
  13. University of the Visual and Performing Arts logo
    Enrollment
    9,500
    Founded
    2005
  14. Wayamba University of Sri Lanka logo
    Enrollment
    4,423
    Founded
    1999
  15. Buddhist and Pali University logo
    Enrollment
    750
    Founded
    1982
  16. Founded
    1996

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

Average cost of living for students in Sri Lanka is $254 + $27-190 for rent (depends on where to live: dormitory, renting with a roommate or solo).