Addis Ababa University: Statistics



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#1211 of 14,131 In the World
#19 of 1,104 In Africa
#1 of 35 In Ethiopia
#1 of 5 In Addis Ababa
#77 of 1,021 For Hydrology and Water resources management
Top50% For 128 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 19,260 scientific papers published and 282,186 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

13,557 / 225,557
11,901 / 183,753
Environmental Science
11,201 / 177,555
Liberal Arts & Social Sciences
10,588 / 155,958
7,607 / 120,798
7,141 / 121,076
6,925 / 118,408
6,773 / 100,666
Geography and Cartography
6,509 / 102,020
6,322 / 99,073
Computer Science
5,995 / 79,653
5,936 / 98,845
5,582 / 70,898
5,475 / 94,323
5,202 / 68,595
Public Health
4,961 / 88,433
Political Science
4,786 / 65,593
4,741 / 66,353
4,611 / 64,868
4,373 / 59,823
4,342 / 74,042
4,278 / 76,452
4,138 / 73,487
3,905 / 58,908
3,835 / 54,640
3,627 / 55,362
Organic Chemistry
3,172 / 48,566
3,095 / 56,949
Development Studies
2,955 / 46,724
2,873 / 43,898
Machine Learning
2,817 / 37,859
2,787 / 46,758
2,766 / 27,541
2,761 / 48,871
2,754 / 32,393
Agricultural Science
2,749 / 42,910
2,716 / 33,685
Quantum and Particle physics
2,569 / 33,519
Materials Science
1,986 / 28,395
Family medicine
1,891 / 26,179

Annual publication & citation counts

Year Publications Citations
1991 77 186
1992 66 184
1993 86 274
1994 80 296
1995 73 344
1996 80 360
1997 100 346
1998 93 426
1999 111 544
2000 97 628
2001 116 702
2002 145 833
2003 103 1081
2004 140 1255
2005 159 1454
2006 195 1984
2007 244 2424
2008 222 2710
2009 256 3563
2010 301 4393
2011 372 5294
2012 416 6183
2013 502 7620
2014 644 9545
2015 724 11472
2016 707 11985
2017 908 13498
2018 1064 16517
2019 1361 19602
2020 1875 26912
2021 2187 35480
2022 2525 40715
2023 2489 45161
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. Abiy Ahmed Ali

    Abiy Ahmed Ali
    Born in
    Ethiopia Flag Ethiopia
    1976-.. (age 48)
    politicianmilitary personnel

    Abiy Ahmed Ali is an Ethiopian politician serving as the third Prime Minister of Ethiopia since 2018, and as the leader of the Prosperity Party since 2019. He was awarded the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize "for his efforts to achieve peace and international cooperation, and in particular for his decisive initiative to resolve the border conflict with neighbouring Eritrea". Abiy served as the third chairman of the Ethiopian People's Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) that governed Ethiopia for 28 years and the first person of Oromo descent to hold that position. Abiy is a member of the Ethiopian parliament, and was a member of the Oromo Democratic Party (ODP), one of the then four coalition parties of the EPRDF, until its rule ceased in 2019 and he formed his own party, the Prosperity Party.

  2. Isaias Afwerki

    Isaias Afwerki
    Born in
    Eritrea Flag Eritrea
    1946-.. (age 78)

    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. In addition to being president, Isaias has been the chairman of Eritrea's sole legal political party, the People's Front for Democracy and Justice (PFDJ). As Eritrea has never had a functioning constitution, no elections, no legislature and no published budget, Isaias has been the sole power in the country, controlling its judiciary and military. Hence, scholars and historians have long considered him to be a dictator, described his regime as totalitarian, by way of forced conscription; the United Nations and Amnesty International cited him for human rights violations. In 2022, Reporters Without Borders ranked Eritrea, under the government of Isaias, last out of 180 countries in its Press Freedom Index. In 2023 Eritrea ranked 174th out of 180 countries on the Press Freedom Index.

  3. Meles Zenawi

    Meles Zenawi
    Born in
    Ethiopia Flag Ethiopia
    1955-2012 (aged 57)
    politicianmilitary personnel

    Meles Zenawi Asres (Tigringa and Amharic: መለስ ዜናዊ ኣስረስ; pronounced [mɛllɛs zenawi asrɛs] listen, born Legesse Zenawi Asres (9 May 1955 – 20 August 2012) 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.

  4. Hailemariam Desalegn

    Hailemariam Desalegn
    Born in
    Ethiopia Flag Ethiopia
    1965-.. (age 59)
    international forum participantpolitician

    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.

All 37 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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