List of 38 best universities in Saudi Arabia

Top 38 universities in Saudi Arabia ranked by EduRank based on research outputs, non-academic prominence, and alumni influence. The rankings are determined by analyzing 5.32M citations received by 349K academic publications made by 38 universities from Saudi Arabia, the popularity of 107 recognized alumni, and the largest reference database available.

1. King Saud University

#54 in Asia
#395 in the World
Acceptance Rate
71%
Enrollment
61,412
Founded
1957

2. King AbdulAziz University

#105 in Asia
#622 in the World
Acceptance Rate
71%
Founded
1967

5. Umm Al-Qura University

#457 in Asia
#1632 in the World
Acceptance Rate
98%
Founded
1981

6. King Khalid University

#618 in Asia
#2105 in the World
Acceptance Rate
71%
Founded
1998

7. Al-Imam Muhammad Ibn Saud Islamic University

#739 in Asia
#2427 in the World
Acceptance Rate
71%
Enrollment
85,367
Founded
1974

8. Imam Abdulrahman Bin Faisal University

#757 in Asia
#2472 in the World
Acceptance Rate
54%
Enrollment
20,000
Founded
1975

9. King Faisal University

#779 in Asia
#2552 in the World
Acceptance Rate
81%
Founded
1975

10. Qassim University

#789 in Asia
#2568 in the World
Acceptance Rate
58%
Enrollment
50,054
Male:Female
35:65
Founded
2004

11. Alfaisal University

#887 in Asia
#2834 in the World
Acceptance Rate
63%
Enrollment
3,000
Founded
2007

14. Prince Sultan University

#1007 in Asia
#3119 in the World
Enrollment
6,269
Male:Female
46:54
Founded
1999

16. Taibah University

#1342 in Asia
#3974 in the World
Acceptance Rate
45%
Enrollment
74,877
Founded
2003

17. Taif University

#1389 in Asia
#4090 in the World
Enrollment
42,765
Founded
2003

18. Effat University

#1561 in Asia
#4482 in the World
Acceptance Rate
60%
Enrollment
1,311
Founded
1999

19. Majmaah University

#1587 in Asia
#4534 in the World
Enrollment
19,367
Founded
2009

20. University of Tabuk

#1629 in Asia
#4634 in the World
Acceptance Rate
62%
Founded
2006

21. Jazan University

#1694 in Asia
#4773 in the World
Acceptance Rate
63%
Enrollment
54,999
Founded
2005

23. Islamic University of Madinah

#1805 in Asia
#5035 in the World
Enrollment
16,150
Founded
1961

24. Najran University

#1921 in Asia
#5299 in the World
Acceptance Rate
9%
Enrollment
46,000
Founded
2006

26. Al Baha University

#2127 in Asia
#5815 in the World
Enrollment
22,914
Founded
2006

27. Northern Borders University

#2154 in Asia
#5887 in the World
Enrollment
15,300
Founded
2007

29. Al Yamamah University

#2864 in Asia
#7369 in the World
Acceptance Rate
71%
Enrollment
2,247
Founded
2001

33. University of Jeddah

#3670 in Asia
#9299 in the World
Acceptance Rate
25%
Enrollment
70,000
Founded
2013

34. Dar Al-Hekma University

#3889 in Asia
#9795 in the World
Acceptance Rate
60%
Founded
1999

35. University of Bisha

#3999 in Asia
#10012 in the World
Enrollment
16,966
Founded
2014

36. University of Business and Technology

#4153 in Asia
#10314 in the World
Acceptance Rate
100%
Enrollment
4,999
Founded
2001

The best cities to study in Saudi Arabia based on the number of universities and their ranks are Riyadh, Jeddah, Dhahran, and Thuwal.

Average cost of living for students in Saudi Arabia is $574 + $79-562 for rent (depends on where to live: dormitory, renting with a roommate or solo).