97 Best universities for Physics in France

Below is the list of best universities in France ranked based on their research performance in Physics. A graph of 7.21M citations received by 217K academic papers made by 97 universities in France was used to calculate publications' ratings, which then were adjusted for release dates and added to final scores.

We don't distinguish undergraduate and graduate programs nor do we adjust for current majors offered. You can find information about granted degrees on a university page but always double-check with an official site as it's constantly changing data.

  1. For Physics

    Normal Superior School logo
    Enrollment
    2,400
    Founded
    1794
  2. For Physics

    Paris-Sud University logo
    Acceptance Rate
    100%
    Enrollment
    31,400
    Founded
    2014
  3. For Physics

    Polytechnic School logo
    Acceptance Rate
    5%
    Enrollment
    2,316
    Founded
    1794
  4. For Physics

    Pierre and Marie Curie University logo
    Acceptance Rate
    100%
    Enrollment
    35,037
    Founded
    1150
  5. For Physics

    University of Bordeaux logo
    Enrollment
    50,174
    Founded
    1441
  6. For Physics

    University of Montpellier logo
    Enrollment
    49,000
    Founded
    1289
  7. For Physics

    Paris Diderot University logo
    Acceptance Rate
    100%
    Enrollment
    25,889
    Founded
    1970
  8. For Physics

    Paul Sabatier University - Toulouse III logo
    Enrollment
    31,388
    Founded
    1960
  9. For Physics

    University of Aix-Marseilles logo
    Enrollment
    63,948
    Founded
    2012
  10. For Physics

    Grenoble Alpes University logo
    Enrollment
    60,000
    Founded
    1339
  11. For Physics

    University of Strasbourg logo
    Acceptance Rate
    100%
    Enrollment
    50,822
    Founded
    1621
  12. For Physics

    National Graduate School of Engineering, Paris logo
    Acceptance Rate
    45%
    Enrollment
    1,500
    Founded
    1783
  13. For Physics

    Claude Bernard University Lyon 1 logo
    Enrollment
    38,002
    Founded
    1809
  14. For Physics

    National Institute for Applied Sciences, Lyon logo
    Acceptance Rate
    45%
    Enrollment
    5,383
    Founded
    1957
  15. For Physics

    University of Burgundy logo
    Enrollment
    34,169
    Founded
    1722
  16. For Physics

    University of Nantes logo
    Enrollment
    36,948
    Founded
    1460
  17. For Physics

    Normal Superior School of Lyon logo
    Enrollment
    2,300
    Founded
    1987
  18. For Physics

    University of Nice-Sophia Antipolis logo
    Enrollment
    28,333
    Founded
    1965
  19. For Physics

    University of Picardie Jules Verne logo
    Enrollment
    26,721
    Founded
    1970
  20. For Physics

    University of Poitiers logo
    Enrollment
    25,078
    Founded
    1431
  21. For Physics

    Central School of Lyon logo
    Enrollment
    1,468
    Founded
    1857
  22. For Physics

    University of Lille logo
    Enrollment
    72,200
    Founded
    2018
  23. For Physics

    University of Franche-Comte logo
    Enrollment
    28,283
    Founded
    1423
  24. For Physics

    University of Lorraine logo
    Acceptance Rate
    5%
    Enrollment
    58,320
    Founded
    2012
  25. For Physics

    University of Caen Normandy logo
    Enrollment
    27,465
    Founded
    1432
  26. For Physics

    National Advanced School of Engineering logo
    Enrollment
    5,512
    Founded
    1780
  27. For Physics

    University of Limoges logo
    Enrollment
    19,134
    Founded
    1968
  28. For Physics

    Grenoble Institute of Technology logo
    Enrollment
    6,000
    Founded
    1900
  29. For Physics

    University of Rouen Normandie logo
    Enrollment
    27,899
    Founded
    1966
  30. For Physics

    University of Orleans logo
    Acceptance Rate
    58%
    Enrollment
    16,629
    Founded
    1962
  31. For Physics

    University of Savoy Mont Blanc logo
    Enrollment
    14,831
    Founded
    1979
  32. For Physics

    National Graduate School of Chemistry, Paris logo
    Acceptance Rate
    5%
    Enrollment
    375
    Founded
    1896
  33. For Physics

    University of Angers logo
    Enrollment
    22,887
    Founded
    1971
  34. For Physics

    University of Technology of Compiegne logo
    Acceptance Rate
    5%
    Enrollment
    4,400
    Founded
    1972
  35. For Physics

    Francois Rabelais University logo
    Enrollment
    25,843
    Founded
    1969
  36. For Physics

    Upper Alsace University logo
    Enrollment
    10,366
    Founded
    1975
  37. For Physics

    Normal Superior School of Paris-Saclay logo
    Enrollment
    1,700
    Founded
    1912
  38. For Physics

    University of Rheims Champagne-Ardenne logo
    Enrollment
    22,971
    Founded
    1548
  39. For Physics

    University of Technology of Troyes logo
    Enrollment
    2,500
    Founded
    1994
  40. For Physics

    Cergy-Pontoise University logo
    Acceptance Rate
    25%
    Enrollment
    15,052
    Founded
    1991
  41. For Physics

    University of Technology of Belfort-Montbeliard logo
    Enrollment
    3,059
    Founded
    1999
  42. For Physics

    National Graduate School of Engineering - Saint Etienne logo
    Acceptance Rate
    25%
    Enrollment
    2,160
    Founded
    1816
  43. For Physics

    University of Pau and Pays de l'Adour logo
    Acceptance Rate
    25%
    Enrollment
    12,331
    Founded
    1970
  44. For Physics

    National Institute for Applied Sciences, Rouen logo
    Acceptance Rate
    5%
    Enrollment
    2,500
    Founded
    1985
  45. For Physics

    National School of Bridges and Roads logo
    Acceptance Rate
    15%
    Enrollment
    1,797
    Founded
    1747
  46. For Physics

    CentraleSupelec logo
    Enrollment
    4,300
    Founded
    1894
  47. For Physics

    University of Southern Brittany logo
    Enrollment
    8,245
    Founded
    1995
  48. For Physics

    Polytechnic University of Hauts-de-France logo
    Enrollment
    11,361
    Founded
    1964
  49. For Physics

    Central School of Nantes logo
    Acceptance Rate
    15%
    Enrollment
    1,500
    Founded
    1919
  50. For Physics

    National School of Engineering - Saint Etienne logo
    Acceptance Rate
    45%
    Enrollment
    1,027
    Founded
    1961
  51. For Physics

    University of La Rochelle logo
    Enrollment
    8,193
    Founded
    1993
  52. For Physics

    Paris Descartes University logo
    Acceptance Rate
    11%
    Enrollment
    32,302
    Founded
    2019
  53. For Physics

    Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines University logo
    Enrollment
    13,820
    Founded
    1991
  54. For Physics

    Jean Monnet University logo
    Enrollment
    18,982
    Founded
    1970
  55. For Physics

    University of Perpignan Via Domitia logo
    Acceptance Rate
    75%
    Enrollment
    9,500
    Founded
    1970
  56. For Physics

    University of Toulon logo
    Enrollment
    9,439
    Founded
    1979
  57. For Physics

    TELECOM ParisTech logo
    Enrollment
    1,500
    Founded
    1878
  58. For Physics

    University of Western Brittany logo
    Enrollment
    19,986
    Founded
    1461
  59. For Physics

    University of Clermont Auvergne logo
    Enrollment
    29,727
    Founded
    1854
  60. For Physics

    Central School of Lille logo
    Enrollment
    1,500
    Founded
    1872
  61. For Physics

    University of Le Havre logo
    Acceptance Rate
    15%
    Enrollment
    8,097
    Founded
    1984
  62. For Physics

    University of Evry-Val d'Essonne logo
    Enrollment
    12,000
    Founded
    1991
  63. For Physics

    National School Mines - Telecom Lille Douai logo
    Enrollment
    750
    Founded
    2017
  64. For Physics

    National Graduate School of Textile Engineering logo
    Enrollment
    350
    Founded
    1889
  65. For Physics

    Paris Dauphine University logo
    Acceptance Rate
    3%
    Enrollment
    8,681
    Founded
    1968
  66. For Physics

    University of the Littoral Opal Coast logo
    Enrollment
    8,848
    Founded
    1991
  67. For Physics

    University Paris-Est Marne-la-Vallee logo
    Enrollment
    12,335
    Founded
    1991
  68. For Physics

    University of Rennes 1 logo
    Enrollment
    30,630
    Founded
    1970
  69. For Physics

    Artois University logo
    Enrollment
    11,500
    Founded
    1992
  70. For Physics

    University of Avignon and the Vaucluse logo
    Enrollment
    6,768
    Founded
    1984
  71. For Physics

    Paris Institute of Technology for Life, Food and Environmental Sciences logo
    Acceptance Rate
    10%
    Enrollment
    2,300
    Founded
    2007
  72. For Physics

    National Institute for Applied Sciences, Toulouse logo
    Acceptance Rate
    5%
    Enrollment
    2,534
    Founded
    1963
  73. For Physics

    National Polytechnic Institute of Toulouse logo
    Enrollment
    7,500
    Founded
    1969
  74. For Physics

    ENSEA Graduate School logo
    Founded
    1952
  75. For Physics

    Montpellier SupAgro logo
    Founded
    2007
  76. For Physics

    Sorbonne University logo
    Acceptance Rate
    100%
    Enrollment
    55,600
    Founded
    2018
  77. For Physics

    National Graduate School for Advanced Technologies logo
    Enrollment
    897
    Founded
    1970
  78. For Physics

    National Institute for Applied Sciences, Rennes logo
    Enrollment
    1,756
    Founded
    1966
  79. For Physics

    University of the French West Indies logo
    Enrollment
    9,991
    Founded
    1850
  80. For Physics

    Paris West University Nanterre La Defense logo
    Enrollment
    31,001
    Founded
    1964
  81. For Physics

    National Graduate School of Engineering, Caen logo
    Enrollment
    750
    Founded
    1976
  82. For Physics

    National School of Engineering, Tarbes logo
    Acceptance Rate
    25%
    Enrollment
    1,083
    Founded
    1963
  83. For Physics

    Central School of Marseille logo
    Enrollment
    750
    Founded
    1890
  84. For Physics

    Brest National School of Engineering logo
    Acceptance Rate
    75%
    Enrollment
    750
    Founded
    1961
  85. For Physics

    Bordeaux National Polytechnic Institute logo
    Acceptance Rate
    30%
    Enrollment
    3,400
    Founded
    1920
  86. For Physics

    Higher Institute of Aeronautics and Space logo
    Enrollment
    1,700
    Founded
    2007
  87. For Physics

    Paris-Est Creteil Val-de-Marne University logo
    Enrollment
    26,276
    Founded
    1970
  88. For Physics

    Agrocampus Ouest logo
    Enrollment
    2,000
    Founded
    2008
  89. For Physics

    ESIEE Paris logo
    Enrollment
    2,100
    Founded
    1904
  90. For Physics

    National School of Civil Aviation logo
    Enrollment
    3,000
    Founded
    1949
  91. For Physics

    University of Nimes logo
    Enrollment
    4,627
    Founded
    2007

The best cities to study Physics in France based on the number of universities and their ranks are Paris, Orsay, Palaiseau, and Bordeaux.