List of 100 best universities in Russia

We ranked 100 best universities in Russia based on their reputation, research performance, and alumni impact. We processed 5.35M citations received by 532K publications made by 385 universities in Russia, measured the popularity of 3,614 recognized alumni, and utilized the largest available links database (to compare non-academic prominence).

  1. Moscow State University logo
    Acceptance Rate
    12%
    Enrollment
    27,500
    Founded
    1755
  2. St. Petersburg State University logo
    Acceptance Rate
    14%
    Enrollment
    22,500
    Founded
    1724
  3. National Research University Higher School of Economics logo
    Acceptance Rate
    19%
    Enrollment
    32,500
    Founded
    1992
  4. Novosibirsk State University logo
    Acceptance Rate
    15%
    Enrollment
    7,131
    Founded
    1959
  5. Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology logo
    Acceptance Rate
    45%
    Enrollment
    4,500
    Founded
    1946
  6. National Research Nuclear University MEPI logo
    Acceptance Rate
    25%
    Enrollment
    8,500
    Founded
    1942
  7. Tomsk State University logo
    Enrollment
    12,500
    Founded
    1878
  8. Kazan Federal University logo
    Acceptance Rate
    50%
    Enrollment
    30,004
    Founded
    1804
  9. Ural Federal University logo
    Acceptance Rate
    45%
    Enrollment
    42,500
    Founded
    1920
  10. Tomsk Polytechnic University logo
    Enrollment
    12,500
    Founded
    1896
  11. ITMO University logo
    Acceptance Rate
    15%
    Enrollment
    12,500
    Founded
    1900
  12. Bauman Moscow State Technical University logo
    Enrollment
    17,500
    Founded
    1830
  13. RUDN University logo
    Enrollment
    17,500
    Founded
    1960
  14. Southern Federal University logo
    Acceptance Rate
    14%
    Enrollment
    45,000
    Founded
    1915
  15. Saratov State University logo
    Enrollment
    22,500
    Founded
    1909
  16. Siberian Federal University logo
    Acceptance Rate
    35%
    Enrollment
    32,145
    Founded
    2006
  17. Moscow Medical Academy logo
    Acceptance Rate
    55%
    Enrollment
    9,500
    Founded
    1758
  18. Voronezh State University logo
    Acceptance Rate
    65%
    Enrollment
    17,564
    Founded
    1918
  19. Far Eastern Federal University logo
    Acceptance Rate
    13%
    Enrollment
    41,000
    Founded
    1899
  20. South Ural State University logo
    Acceptance Rate
    25%
    Enrollment
    27,500
    Founded
    1943
  21. Moscow Aviation Institute logo
    Acceptance Rate
    15%
    Enrollment
    22,500
    Founded
    1930
  22. Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration logo
    Acceptance Rate
    5%
    Enrollment
    45,000
    Founded
    1977
  23. Herzen State Pedagogical University of Russia logo
    Acceptance Rate
    8%
    Enrollment
    12,500
    Founded
    1797
  24. Moscow State University of Civil Engineering logo
    Enrollment
    12,500
    Founded
    1921
  25. Novosibirsk State Technical University logo
    Acceptance Rate
    75%
    Enrollment
    12,500
    Founded
    1950
  26. Plekhanov Russian University of Economics logo
    Acceptance Rate
    35%
    Enrollment
    16,401
    Founded
    1907
  27. Russian National Research Medical University logo
    Acceptance Rate
    75%
    Enrollment
    9,500
    Founded
    1906
  28. N.R.U. Moscow Power Engineering Institute logo
    Acceptance Rate
    10%
    Enrollment
    14,069
    Founded
    1930
  29. National University of Science and Technology "MISIS" logo
    Acceptance Rate
    35%
    Enrollment
    7,500
    Founded
    1930
  30. Lobachevsky State University of Nizhni Novgorod logo
    Acceptance Rate
    65%
    Enrollment
    27,500
    Founded
    1916
  31. Moscow State Pedagogical University logo
    Enrollment
    12,500
    Founded
    1872
  32. Saint Petersburg State Electrotechnical University logo
    Acceptance Rate
    15%
    Enrollment
    9,500
    Founded
    1886
  33. Perm State University logo
    Enrollment
    12,370
    Founded
    1916
  34. Irkutsk State University logo
    Enrollment
    13,681
    Founded
    1918
  35. Samara National Research University logo
    Acceptance Rate
    65%
    Enrollment
    12,500
    Founded
    1942
  36. Enrollment
    7,500
    Founded
    1930
  37. Moscow Technical University - MIREA logo
    Acceptance Rate
    35%
    Enrollment
    7,500
    Founded
    1947
  38. Kuban State University logo
    Acceptance Rate
    70%
    Enrollment
    22,500
    Founded
    1920
  39. North-Eastern Federal University logo
    Enrollment
    18,825
    Founded
    1956
  40. Moscow State Institute of International Relations logo
    Enrollment
    9,500
    Founded
    1944
  41. Altai State University logo
    Enrollment
    8,500
    Founded
    1973
  42. Moscow City Teachers' Training University logo
    Acceptance Rate
    70%
    Enrollment
    17,500
    Founded
    1995
  43. Volgograd State University logo
    Enrollment
    6,500
    Founded
    1980
  44. Belgorod State University logo
    Enrollment
    32,500
    Founded
    1876
  45. Mendeleev University of Chemical Technology of Russia logo
    Acceptance Rate
    45%
    Enrollment
    5,500
    Founded
    1898
  46. Petrozavodsk State University logo
    Acceptance Rate
    65%
    Enrollment
    17,500
    Founded
    1940
  47. Ufa State Aviation Technical University logo
    Enrollment
    12,500
    Founded
    1932
  48. Moscow State University of Psychology and Education logo
    Acceptance Rate
    27%
    Enrollment
    3,500
    Founded
    1996
  49. Russian State University for the Humanities logo
    Enrollment
    7,500
    Founded
    1991
  50. Acceptance Rate
    53%
    Enrollment
    526
    Founded
    1866
  51. Ural State University of Economics logo
    Enrollment
    4,500
    Founded
    1967
  52. Ogarev Mordovia State University logo
    Acceptance Rate
    75%
    Enrollment
    17,500
    Founded
    1931
  53. Acceptance Rate
    8%
    Enrollment
    6,500
    Founded
    1930
  54. National Research University of Electronic Technology logo
    Acceptance Rate
    45%
    Enrollment
    6,500
    Founded
    1965
  55. Samara State Technical University logo
    Enrollment
    12,500
    Founded
    1914
  56. Immanuel Kant Baltic Federal University logo
    Enrollment
    12,500
    Founded
    1967
  57. Volgograd State Technical University logo
    Enrollment
    2,500
    Founded
    1930
  58. Kabardino-Balkarian State University logo
    Enrollment
    8,500
    Founded
    1932
  59. Don State Technical University logo
    Enrollment
    12,500
    Founded
    1930
  60. Enrollment
    37,500
    Founded
    2014
  61. Perm State Technical University logo
    Acceptance Rate
    25%
    Enrollment
    12,500
    Founded
    1953
  62. Novosibirsk State Pedagogical University logo
    Acceptance Rate
    10%
    Enrollment
    7,500
    Founded
    1935
  63. Bashkir State University logo
    Enrollment
    9,500
    Founded
    1909
  64. Tomsk State Pedagogical University logo
    Acceptance Rate
    35%
    Enrollment
    7,500
    Founded
    1902
  65. Chelyabinsk State University logo
    Enrollment
    8,500
    Founded
    1976
  66. Irkutsk National Research Technical University logo
    Enrollment
    35,700
    Founded
    1930
  67. New Economic School logo
    Acceptance Rate
    30%
    Enrollment
    375
    Founded
    1992
  68. Kemerovo State University logo
    Enrollment
    22,500
    Founded
    1974
  69. Saratov State Technical University logo
    Enrollment
    8,500
    Founded
    1930
  70. Kozma Minin Nizhny Novgorod State Pedagogical University logo
    Acceptance Rate
    55%
    Enrollment
    1,500
  71. Enrollment
    8,630
    Male:Female
    32:68
    Founded
    1972
  72. Enrollment
    9,500
    Founded
    1958
  73. University of Tyumen logo
    Enrollment
    17,500
    Founded
    1930
  74. Tver State University logo
    Acceptance Rate
    65%
    Enrollment
    6,500
    Founded
    1870
  75. Northern Arctic Federal University logo
    Acceptance Rate
    5%
    Enrollment
    12,500
    Founded
    1929
  76. North-Western State Medical University logo
    Enrollment
    5,500
    Founded
    1907
  77. Siberian State Medical University logo
    Acceptance Rate
    9%
    Enrollment
    3,500
    Founded
    1888
  78. Acceptance Rate
    75%
    Enrollment
    5,500
    Founded
    1939
  79. Enrollment
    3,500
    Founded
    1992
  80. Yaroslavl State University logo
    Enrollment
    5,500
    Founded
    1918
  81. Udmurt State University logo
    Acceptance Rate
    65%
    Enrollment
    8,500
    Founded
    1931
  82. Nizhny Novgorod State Technical University logo
    Enrollment
    17,500
    Founded
    1917
  83. Togliatti State University logo
    Enrollment
    17,500
    Founded
    2001
  84. Russian State Social University logo
    Acceptance Rate
    75%
    Enrollment
    8,500
    Founded
    1991
  85. Omsk State Technical University logo
    Enrollment
    17,500
    Founded
    1942
  86. Tambov State Technical University logo
    Enrollment
    7,500
    Founded
    1958
  87. Moscow State University of Geodesy and Cartography logo
    Enrollment
    3,500
    Founded
    1779
  88. Tyumen Industrial University logo
    Enrollment
    21,601
    Founded
    1958
  89. Penza State University logo
    Enrollment
    9,500
    Founded
    1943
  90. Ulyanovsk State University logo
    Acceptance Rate
    7%
    Enrollment
    12,500
    Founded
    1988
  91. North Caucasus Federal University logo
    Acceptance Rate
    17%
    Enrollment
    7,500
    Founded
    1971
  92. Ufa State Petroleum Technological University logo
    Enrollment
    22,500
    Founded
    1948

The best cities to study in Russia based on the number of universities and their ranks are Moscow, Saint Petersburg, Novosibirsk, and Tomsk.

Average cost of living for students in Russia is $330 + $46-327 for rent (depends on where to live: dormitory, renting with a roommate or solo).