List of 38 best universities in Saudi Arabia

We ranked 38 best universities in Saudi Arabia based on their reputation, research performance, and alumni impact. We processed 3.56M citations received by 188K publications made by 38 universities in Saudi Arabia, measured the popularity of 104 recognized alumni, and utilized the largest available links database (to compare non-academic prominence).

#1 in Saudi Arabia
#59 in Asia
#431 in the World
Acceptance Rate
75%
Enrollment
61,412
Founded
1957
#2 in Saudi Arabia
#118 in Asia
#685 in the World
Acceptance Rate
75%
Enrollment
45,000
Founded
1967
#3 in Saudi Arabia
#188 in Asia
#898 in the World
Acceptance Rate
30%
Enrollment
940
Founded
2009
#4 in Saudi Arabia
#216 in Asia
#952 in the World
Acceptance Rate
10%
Enrollment
8,500
Founded
1963
#5 in Saudi Arabia
#523 in Asia
#1832 in the World
Acceptance Rate
98%
Enrollment
45,000
Founded
1981
#6 in Saudi Arabia
#681 in Asia
#2300 in the World
Acceptance Rate
75%
Enrollment
45,000
Founded
1998
#7 in Saudi Arabia
#728 in Asia
#2431 in the World
Acceptance Rate
85%
Enrollment
27,500
Founded
1975
#8 in Saudi Arabia
#829 in Asia
#2714 in the World
Acceptance Rate
75%
Enrollment
85,367
Founded
1974
#9 in Saudi Arabia
#875 in Asia
#2812 in the World
Acceptance Rate
45%
Enrollment
50,054
Male:Female
35:65
Founded
2004
#10 in Saudi Arabia
#899 in Asia
#2873 in the World
Acceptance Rate
55%
Enrollment
22,500
Founded
1975
#11 in Saudi Arabia
#977 in Asia
#3067 in the World
Acceptance Rate
65%
Enrollment
3,000
Founded
2007
#12 in Saudi Arabia
#1019 in Asia
#3186 in the World
Acceptance Rate
74%
Enrollment
45,000
Founded
2008
#13 in Saudi Arabia
#1099 in Asia
#3391 in the World
Enrollment
6,269
Male:Female
46:54
Founded
1999
#14 in Saudi Arabia
#1271 in Asia
#3823 in the World
Acceptance Rate
25%
Enrollment
9,500
Founded
2009
#15 in Saudi Arabia
#1369 in Asia
#4041 in the World
Acceptance Rate
75%
Enrollment
750
Founded
2005
#16 in Saudi Arabia
#1394 in Asia
#4094 in the World
Acceptance Rate
35%
Enrollment
74,877
Founded
2003
#17 in Saudi Arabia
#1524 in Asia
#4401 in the World
Enrollment
42,765
Founded
2003
#18 in Saudi Arabia
#1600 in Asia
#4578 in the World
Enrollment
1,316
Founded
1999
#19 in Saudi Arabia
#1626 in Asia
#4639 in the World
Enrollment
19,956
Founded
2009
#20 in Saudi Arabia
#1633 in Asia
#4649 in the World
Acceptance Rate
65%
Enrollment
54,999
Founded
2005
#21 in Saudi Arabia
#1644 in Asia
#4677 in the World
Acceptance Rate
65%
Enrollment
12,500
Founded
2006
#22 in Saudi Arabia
#1701 in Asia
#4817 in the World
Enrollment
16,150
Founded
1961
#23 in Saudi Arabia
#1913 in Asia
#5262 in the World
Acceptance Rate
5%
Enrollment
46,000
Founded
2006
#24 in Saudi Arabia
#2105 in Asia
#5728 in the World
Acceptance Rate
55%
Enrollment
3,500
Founded
2006
#25 in Saudi Arabia
#2168 in Asia
#5856 in the World
Enrollment
17,500
Founded
2005
#26 in Saudi Arabia
#2197 in Asia
#5941 in the World
Enrollment
22,914
Founded
2006
#27 in Saudi Arabia
#2212 in Asia
#5970 in the World
Enrollment
15,300
Founded
2007
#28 in Saudi Arabia
#2265 in Asia
#6097 in the World
Founded
2008
#29 in Saudi Arabia
#2931 in Asia
#7532 in the World
Acceptance Rate
75%
Enrollment
2,247
Founded
2001
#31 in Saudi Arabia
#3371 in Asia
#8628 in the World
Enrollment
2,500
Founded
2008
#32 in Saudi Arabia
#3616 in Asia
#9187 in the World
Acceptance Rate
25%
Founded
2013
#33 in Saudi Arabia
#3710 in Asia
#9373 in the World
Enrollment
12,500
Founded
2005
#34 in Saudi Arabia
#3947 in Asia
#9933 in the World
Founded
1999
#35 in Saudi Arabia
#4243 in Asia
#10533 in the World
Enrollment
16,966
Founded
2014
#36 in Saudi Arabia
#4244 in Asia
#10534 in the World
Acceptance Rate
100%
Enrollment
4,999
Founded
2001
#37 in Saudi Arabia
#4332 in Asia
#10722 in the World
Enrollment
17,500
Founded
2014
#38 in Saudi Arabia
#4598 in Asia
#11280 in the World
Enrollment
2,500
Founded
2003

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

Average cost of living for students in Saudi Arabia is $562 + $63-452 for rent (depends on where to live: dormitory, renting with a roommate or solo).