Addis Ababa University: Statistics

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#1197 of 14,131 In the World
#19 of 1,104 In Africa
#1 of 35 In Ethiopia
#1 of 5 In Addis Ababa
#67 of 1,009 For Hydrology and Water resources management
Top50% For 121 other topics
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Highest Degree
Acceptance rate

* Addis Ababa University is among the institutions that don't provide data on acceptance rates. This might happen because the university has programs where applicants only need to meet admission requirements to enroll and don't necessarily compete with others.

We estimate the above acceptance rate based on admission statistics of closely ranked nearby universities with similar research profiles that do publish such data.

Acceptance rate & Admissions

Admissions RequirementsPreparatory Programme certificate, or foreign equivalent
Academic CalendarSeptember to July (September - February; February-July). Also Summer programme (July-August)

Research profile

Addis Ababa University is a world-class research university with 16,091 scientific papers published and 240,915 citations received. The research profile covers a range of fields, including Biology, Medicine, Environmental Science, Liberal Arts & Social Sciences, Pathology, Chemistry, Ecology, Engineering, Geography and Cartography, and Sociology.


Addis Ababa University majors

by publication & citation count

11,275 / 188,339
9,799 / 156,022
Environmental Science
9,263 / 147,229
Liberal Arts & Social Sciences
8,617 / 132,310
6,242 / 108,912
5,860 / 94,497
5,645 / 91,371
5,563 / 84,796
Geography and Cartography
5,377 / 85,693
5,153 / 89,790
4,822 / 80,722
Computer Science
4,783 / 67,014
4,605 / 78,949
4,408 / 62,275
Public Health
4,109 / 82,323
4,090 / 60,217
3,858 / 54,797
Political Science
3,849 / 51,651
3,693 / 51,103
3,554 / 47,915
3,531 / 63,081
3,501 / 59,666
3,380 / 68,742
3,096 / 44,203
3,030 / 47,107
2,814 / 44,510
2,674 / 48,091
Organic Chemistry
2,542 / 36,638
Development Studies
2,374 / 38,119
2,372 / 35,132
2,255 / 36,540
2,255 / 40,830
2,243 / 28,433
2,195 / 31,475
2,183 / 21,826
Machine Learning
2,178 / 27,864
Agricultural Science
2,127 / 29,545
Quantum and Particle physics
2,085 / 26,025
Materials Science
1,608 / 21,125
Family medicine
1,586 / 22,636

Annual publication & citation counts

Year Publications Citations
1990 74 130
1991 66 140
1992 56 143
1993 73 211
1994 73 249
1995 73 281
1996 76 313
1997 93 292
1998 83 374
1999 102 483
2000 89 545
2001 109 603
2002 137 743
2003 99 975
2004 122 1074
2005 155 1289
2006 176 1722
2007 228 2147
2008 203 2443
2009 228 3175
2010 283 3850
2011 357 4736
2012 381 5491
2013 469 6896
2014 614 8705
2015 663 10445
2016 678 11388
2017 883 13521
2018 957 15400
2019 1268 19465
2020 1662 26324
2021 2110 37636
2022 2285 39858
Academic rankings


The tuition table for Addis Ababa University gives an overview of costs but prices are approximate and subject to change and don't include accommodation, textbooks, or living expenses. The costs of programs might differ significantly for local and international students. The only source of truth for current numbers is the university's official website.

Program Tuition Cost (per year)
Undergraduate 15,000 ETB
Graduate (Masters) 20,000 ETB
Graduate (PhD) 25,000 ETB

Addis Ababa University has financial aid programs and on-campus housing.

Programs and Degrees

The table below displays academic fields with programs and courses that lead to Bachelor's, Master's, and Doctorate degrees offered by Addis Ababa University.

Note that the table provides a general overview and might not cover all the specific majors available at the university. Always visit the university's website for the most up-to-date information on the programs offered.

Programs Bachelor Master Doctoral
Art & Design Yes Yes Yes
Biology Yes Yes Yes
Business Yes Yes Yes
Chemistry Yes Yes Yes
Computer Science Yes Yes Yes
Economics Yes Yes Yes
Engineering Yes Yes Yes
Environmental Science Yes Yes Yes
Liberal Arts & Social Sciences Yes Yes Yes
Mathematics Yes Yes Yes
Medicine Yes Yes Yes
Physics Yes Yes Yes
Psychology Yes Yes Yes
Bachelor's Degree Animal Husbandry, Arts and Humanities, Engineering, Medicine, Natural Sciences, Physics, Veterinary Science
Master's Degree African Languages, Agriculture, Anaesthesiology, Anatomy, Anthropology, Biochemistry, Biology, Biomedical Engineering, Biomedicine, Biotechnology, Cardiology, Cell Biology, Chemistry, Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Construction Engineering, Earth Sciences, Ecology, Education, Electrical Engineering, Electronic Engineering, Electronics and Automation, Energy Engineering, Engineering, Engineering Management, Environmental Engineering, Environmental Studies, Food Science, Food Technology, Genetics, Geography, Geological Engineering, Geophysics, History, Hydraulic Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Information Sciences, International Relations and Diplomacy, Journalism, Landscape Architecture, Linguistics, Management, Mathematics, Mechanical Engineering, Microbiology, Molecular Biology, Natural Sciences, Nutrition, Paleontology, Philosophy, Physics, Power Engineering, Psychology, Public Health, Railway Engineering, Road Engineering, Sociology, Telecommunications Engineering, Thermal Engineering, Town Planning, Veterinary Science, Water Management, Zoology
Doctorate African Languages, Agriculture, Anatomy, Anthropology, Biochemistry, Biology, Biomedicine, Chemistry, Civil Engineering, Computer Engineering, Computer Networks, Computer Science, Construction Engineering, Education, Electrical Engineering, Engineering Management, Environmental Engineering, Environmental Management, Food Technology, Genetics, Geological Engineering, History, Hydraulic Engineering, Information Technology, Landscape Architecture, Linguistics, Management, Materials Engineering, Mathematics, Modern Languages, Physics, Political Sciences, Psychology, Public Health, Sociology, Software Engineering, Sports, Statistics, Thermal Engineering, Veterinary Science, Water Science, Zoology

Addis Ababa University alumni

  1. Isaias Afwerki

    Isaias Afwerki
    Born in
    Eritrea Flag Eritrea
    1946-.. (age 77)

    Isaias Afwerki is an Eritrean politician and partisan who has been the president of Eritrea since shortly after he led the Eritrean People's Liberation Front (EPLF) to victory in 24 May 1991, ending the 30-year-old war for independence from Ethiopia.

  2. Meles Zenawi

    Meles Zenawi
    Born in
    Ethiopia Flag Ethiopia
    1955-2012 (aged 57)
    military personnelpolitician

    Meles Zenawi Asres was an Ethiopian soldier and politician who served as President of Ethiopia from 1991 to 1995 and then Prime Minister of Ethiopia from 1995 until his death in 2012.

  3. Hailemariam Desalegn

    Hailemariam Desalegn
    Born in
    Ethiopia Flag Ethiopia
    1965-.. (age 58)
    politicianinternational forum participant

    Hailemariam Desalegn Boshe is an Ethiopian politician who served as prime minister of Ethiopia from 2012 to 2018. He also previously served as deputy prime minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs under Prime Minister Meles Zenawi from 2010 to 2012. After Meles' death in August 2012, Hailemariam succeeded him as prime minister, initially in an acting capacity. He was then elected as the chair of the EPRDF, the ruling party, on 15 September 2012. Hailemariam also served as the chairperson of the African Union from 2013 to 2014.

  4. Debretsion Gebremichael

    Debretsion Gebremichael
    Born in
    Ethiopia Flag Ethiopia
    1956-.. (age 67)

    Debretsion Gebremichael is an Ethiopian politician and the chairman of Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF) he was also the president of the Tigray Region. His position as titular head of the Tigray Region was disputed by the federal government of Ethiopia who in November 2020 appointed Mulu Nega as the chief executive of the Transitional Government of Tigray, succeeded by Abraham Belay. Since July 2021, Debretsion leads again the Tigray Region, while Abraham Belay left the transitional government to become Ethiopia's minister of Defence.

All 30 notable alumni

Addis Ababa University faculties and divisions

Academy : Ethiopian Languages and Cultures African Languages, Cultural Studies
College : Business and Economics Accountancy, Business Administration, Business and Commerce, Economics, Finance, Management, Marketing, Public Administration
College : Development Studies Demography and Population, Environmental Studies, Gender Studies, Regional Studies, Rural Planning, Water Science
College : Education and Behavioural Studies Curriculum, Education, Educational Administration, Educational and Student Counselling, Educational Psychology, Educational Research, Educational Sciences, Educational Testing and Evaluation, Higher Education, Social Psychology, Special Education
College : Health Sciences Anaesthesiology, Anatomy, Biochemistry, Community Health, Dental Hygiene, Dermatology, Medical Technology, Medicine, Microbiology, Midwifery, Neurology, Nursing, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Ophthalmology, Orthopaedics, Otorhinolaryngology, Paediatrics, Parasitology, Pathology, Pharmacology, Physiology, Plastic Surgery, Psychiatry and Mental Health, Radiology, Surgery, Venereology, Veterinary Science
College : Humanities, Language Studies, Journalism and Communication African Languages, Communication Studies, Journalism, Linguistics, Literature, Modern Languages
College : Law and Governance Studies Commercial Law, Constitutional Law, Government, Human Rights, International Law, Law, Public Law
College : Natural Sciences Astronomy and Space Science, Biological and Life Sciences, Cell Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Earth Sciences, Environmental Studies, Food Science, Geophysics, Marine Science and Oceanography, Mathematics, Microbiology, Paleontology, Physics, Plant and Crop Protection, Seismology, Sports, Statistics, Zoology
College : Performing and Visual Arts Fine Arts, Music, Theatre
College : Social Sciences Anthropology, Archaeology, European Languages, Geography, Heritage Preservation, History, International Relations and Diplomacy, Linguistics, Philosophy, Political Sciences, Sociology
College : Veterinary Medicine and Agriculture Agriculture, Animal Husbandry, Biomedicine, Epidemiology, Immunology, Microbiology, Pathology, Veterinary Science
Institute : Architecture, Building Construction and City Development Architecture, Building Technologies, Landscape Architecture, Regional Planning, Town Planning
School : Social Work Social Work

General information

Alternative names AAU
አዲስ አበባ ዩኒቨርሲቲ
Founded 1950
Accreditation Ministry of Education
Motto Seek Wisdom, Elevate Your Intellect and Serve Humanity
Colors red, blue, yellow, white

Location and contacts

Address PO Box 1176
Addis Ababa
City population 3,041,000

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