List of 65 best universities in North Rhine-Westphalia

We ranked 65 best universities in North Rhine-Westphalia based on their reputation, research performance, and alumni impact. We processed 18.2M citations received by 584K publications made by 65 universities in North Rhine-Westphalia, measured the popularity of 1,467 recognized alumni, and utilized the largest available links database (to compare non-academic prominence).

  1. University of Bonn logo
    Enrollment
    38,043
    Founded
    1818
  2. RWTH Aachen University logo
    Acceptance Rate
    10%
    Enrollment
    44,517
    Founded
    1870
  3. University of Cologne logo
    Enrollment
    49,382
    Founded
    1388
  4. University of Munster logo
    Acceptance Rate
    15%
    Enrollment
    44,692
    Founded
    1780
  5. Ruhr University Bochum logo
    Enrollment
    42,425
    Founded
    1962
  6. Heinrich Heine University of Dusseldorf logo
    Enrollment
    33,715
    Male:Female
    42:58
    Founded
    1965
  7. University of Duisburg - Essen logo
    Enrollment
    43,281
    Founded
    2003
  8. University of Bielefeld logo
    Enrollment
    24,875
    Founded
    1969
  9. TU Dortmund University logo
    Enrollment
    34,616
    Founded
    1968
  10. University of Paderborn logo
    Acceptance Rate
    50%
    Enrollment
    20,316
    Founded
    1972
  11. University of Wuppertal logo
    Enrollment
    21,949
    Founded
    1972
  12. University of Siegen logo
    Enrollment
    19,785
    Founded
    1972
  13. University of Hagen logo
    Enrollment
    68,429
    Founded
    1974
  14. Witten/Herdecke University logo
    Acceptance Rate
    75%
    Enrollment
    2,326
    Founded
    1982
  15. German Sport University Cologne logo
    Acceptance Rate
    50%
    Enrollment
    6,000
    Founded
    1947
  16. Folkwang University of the Arts logo
    Enrollment
    1,506
    Founded
    1927
  17. Cologne University of Applied Sciences logo
    Enrollment
    26
    Founded
    1971
  18. College of Public Administration of North Rhine-Westphalia logo
    Enrollment
    6,881
    Founded
    1976
  19. Munster University of Applied Sciences logo
    Enrollment
    11,686
    Founded
    1971
  20. Niederrhein University of Applied Sciences logo
    Acceptance Rate
    65%
    Enrollment
    14,511
    Founded
    1971
  21. Aachen University of Applied Sciences logo
    Acceptance Rate
    45%
    Enrollment
    13,671
    Founded
    1971
  22. Southern Westphalia University of Applied Sciences logo
    Enrollment
    11,448
    Founded
    2002
  23. Bonn-Rhein-Sieg University of Applied Sciences logo
    Enrollment
    8,000
    Founded
    1995
  24. Bielefeld University of Applied Sciences logo
    Enrollment
    8,633
    Founded
    1971
  25. University of Applied Sciences Dusseldorf logo
    Enrollment
    8,532
    Founded
    1971
  26. Ostwestfalen-Lippe University of Applied Sciences logo
    Enrollment
    6,544
    Founded
    1971
  27. University of Applied Sciences and Arts logo
    Acceptance Rate
    70%
    Enrollment
    13,559
    Founded
    1971
  28. Koln University of Applied Sciences logo
    Enrollment
    4,742
    Founded
    1971
  29. Gelsenkirchen University of Applied Sciences logo
    Enrollment
    8,357
    Founded
    1992
  30. Rhine-Waal University of Applied Sciences logo
    Acceptance Rate
    55%
    Enrollment
    5,000
    Founded
    2009
  31. University of Applied Sciences for Economics and Management logo
    Enrollment
    21,263
    Founded
    1993
  32. Bochum University of Applied Sciences logo
    Enrollment
    6,047
    Founded
    1972
  33. Detmold Academy of Music logo
    Enrollment
    646
    Founded
    1946
  34. Academy of Media Arts Cologne logo
    Acceptance Rate
    12%
    Enrollment
    328
    Founded
    1990
  35. IUBH School of Business and Management logo
    Acceptance Rate
    85%
    Enrollment
    30,576
    Founded
    1998
  36. Catholic University of Applied Sciences NRW logo
    Enrollment
    4,030
    Male:Female
    26:74
    Founded
    1971
  37. University of Applied Health Sciences logo
    Enrollment
    938
    Founded
    2009
  38. Alanus University of Arts and Social Sciences logo
    Enrollment
    914
    Founded
    1973
  39. International School of Management logo
    Enrollment
    2,190
    Founded
    1990
  40. University of the Federal Public Administration logo
    Acceptance Rate
    79%
    Enrollment
    5,671
    Founded
    1978
  41. University of Applied Sciences logo
    Acceptance Rate
    55%
    Enrollment
    2,102
    Founded
    1993
  42. University of Applied Sciences for Medium-Sized Companies logo
    Enrollment
    1,584
    Founded
    2000
  43. Hamm-Lippstadt University of Applied Sciences logo
    Enrollment
    4,500
    Founded
    2009
  44. Academy of Music and Dance in Cologne logo
    Enrollment
    1,568
    Founded
    1925
  45. European University of Applied Sciences logo
    Enrollment
    1,599
    Founded
    2001
  46. Robert Schumann University of Music Dusseldorf logo
    Enrollment
    890
    Founded
    1935
  47. Cologne Business School logo
    Acceptance Rate
    70%
    Enrollment
    1,123
    Founded
    1993
  48. Georg Agricola University of Applied Sciences logo
    Enrollment
    2,178
    Founded
    1816
  49. Dusseldorf Art Academy logo
    Enrollment
    608
    Founded
    1773
  50. Diakonie University of Applied Sciences logo
    Enrollment
    559
    Founded
    2006
  51. IST University of Applied Sciences logo
    Enrollment
    1,134
    Founded
    2013
  52. University of Applied Sciences Europe logo
    Enrollment
    2,906
    Founded
    2000
  53. Protestant University of Applied Sciences Rhineland-Westphalia-Lippe logo
    Enrollment
    2,000
    Founded
    1971
  54. Ruhr West University of Applied Sciences logo
    Enrollment
    4,400
    Founded
    2009
  55. School of Finance NRW logo
    Enrollment
    1,464
    Founded
    1958
  56. College of Theology, Wuppertal/Bethel logo
    Enrollment
    129
    Founded
    1935
  57. Fliedner University of Applied Sciences of Dusseldorf logo
    Enrollment
    268
    Founded
    2011
  58. Academy of Fine Arts Munster logo
    Acceptance Rate
    15%
    Enrollment
    332
    Founded
    1972
  59. EBZ Business School logo
    Enrollment
    569
    Founded
    2008
  60. College of the Sparkassen-financial Group logo
    Enrollment
    919
    Founded
    2003
  61. College of Philosophy and Theology, St. Augustine logo
    Acceptance Rate
    75%
    Enrollment
    104
    Founded
    1925
  62. University of Applied Sciences, Hamm logo
    Enrollment
    495
    Founded
    2005
  63. College of Justice of North Rhine-Westphalia logo
    Enrollment
    685
    Founded
    1976
  64. University of Philosophy and Theology in Munster logo
    Acceptance Rate
    15%
    Enrollment
    62
    Founded
    1971
  65. College of Church Music Herford-Witten logo
    Acceptance Rate
    65%
    Enrollment
    38
    Founded
    1947

Closest to North Rhine-Westphalia states

State
Universities
Unis
Best university country rank
Best uni Germany Flag rank
Hesse2226
Rhineland-Palatinate1818
Lower Saxony264
Bremen634
Saarland431
Thuringia1224
Saxony-Anhalt932
Hamburg186
Baden-Wurttemberg622
Schleswig-Holstein1221
Brandenburg468
Saxony1915
Bavaria451
Mecklenburg-Vorpommern638