American University of Beirut: Statistics



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#694 of 14,131 In the World
#128 of 5,830 In Asia
#1 of 35 In Lebanon
#1 of 20 In Beirut
#211 of 1,021 For Hydrology and Water resources management
Top50% For 165 other topics
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Acceptance rate
Highest Degree

Acceptance rate & Admissions

Acceptance Rate71%
Admissions RequirementsGraduation from high school, or secondary school certificate, recognized by the University, and entrance examination including SAT and English language proficiency test such as TOEFL
Academic CalendarAugust to July
Full time employee1,297
Student:staff ratio6:1

We've calculated the 71% acceptance rate for American University of Beirut based on the ratio of admissions to applications and other circumstantial enrollment data. Treat this information as a rough guide and not as a definitive measure of your chances of admission. Different programs may have significantly varying admissions rates.

Research profile

American University of Beirut is a world-class research university with 21,287 scientific papers published and 460,182 citations received. The research profile covers a range of fields, including Biology, Medicine, Liberal Arts & Social Sciences, Engineering, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Computer Science, Physics, Pathology, and Psychology.


American University of Beirut majors

by publication & citation count

12,180 / 322,839
11,640 / 305,990
Liberal Arts & Social Sciences
10,085 / 249,918
8,950 / 166,772
8,758 / 249,669
Environmental Science
8,402 / 208,199
Computer Science
8,389 / 195,364
7,447 / 154,131
6,166 / 197,829
5,988 / 176,516
5,964 / 127,057
Political Science
5,717 / 176,529
5,495 / 191,234
5,477 / 174,965
4,964 / 95,422
Geography and Cartography
4,956 / 95,842
Quantum and Particle physics
4,448 / 92,315
4,433 / 99,909
4,123 / 129,144
3,886 / 120,741
3,826 / 72,206
3,756 / 68,673
3,754 / 88,518
Organic Chemistry
3,746 / 88,700
3,544 / 89,360
3,536 / 83,321
3,526 / 100,186
3,478 / 93,031
3,367 / 65,713
Materials Science
3,235 / 64,805
2,705 / 98,036
Public Health
2,673 / 69,023
Artificial Intelligence (AI)
2,569 / 41,213
2,426 / 53,784
2,122 / 53,586
Development Studies
2,103 / 65,751
2,100 / 87,795
Electrical Engineering
1,977 / 30,264
Radiology and Nuclear medicine
1,920 / 60,450
1,885 / 40,180

Annual publication & citation counts

Year Publications Citations
1991 44 457
1992 61 537
1993 76 456
1994 69 528
1995 90 615
1996 102 651
1997 141 721
1998 139 742
1999 151 934
2000 222 1293
2001 241 1502
2002 278 1815
2003 275 2201
2004 339 2741
2005 333 3319
2006 425 4139
2007 402 4962
2008 455 5796
2009 520 6715
2010 543 8157
2011 643 9895
2012 744 11567
2013 850 13485
2014 881 15570
2015 950 16797
2016 1039 18152
2017 1132 20726
2018 1225 24960
2019 1335 30059
2020 1629 40645
2021 1350 51381
2022 1237 64248
2023 1133 71883
Academic rankings


Local studetns 24,587-41,962 per annum depending on programme (USD)

The American University of Beirut 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 American University of Beirut.

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 Agricultural Business, Agriculture, Anthropology, Applied Mathematics, Arabic, Archaeology, Architecture, Art History, Biology, Business Administration, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Civil Engineering, Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Construction Engineering, Dietetics, Economics, Electrical Engineering, English, Food Science, Geology, Graphic Design, History, Industrial Engineering, Laboratory Techniques, Landscape Architecture, Mathematics, Mechanical Engineering, Media Studies, Medical Technology, Nursing, Philosophy, Physics, Political Sciences, Primary Education, Psychology, Public Administration, Speech Therapy and Audiology, Statistics, Telecommunications Engineering
Professional Doctorate Medicine
Teaching Diploma Computer Education, Foreign Languages Education, Health Education, Humanities and Social Science Education, Mathematics Education, Native Language Education, Primary Education, Science Education
Master's Degree Agricultural Economics, American Studies, Anthropology, Art History, Biochemistry, Biomedical Engineering, Business Administration, Clinical Psychology, Computer Science, Demography and Population, Economics, Education, Energy Engineering, Engineering Management, Environmental Engineering, Environmental Management, Epidemiology, Finance, Food Science, Food Technology, Human Resources, International Studies, Irrigation, Islamic Studies, Meat and Poultry, Media Studies, Microbiology, Middle Eastern Studies, Neurosciences, Nutrition, Orthodontics, Pharmacology, Physiology, Plant and Crop Protection, Plant Pathology, Public Health, Rural Studies, Sociology, Urban Studies, Water Management
Doctorate Biomedicine, Cell Biology, History, Middle Eastern Studies, Molecular Biology, Physics

American University of Beirut alumni

  1. Zaha Hadid

    Zaha Hadid
    Born in
    Iraq Flag Iraq
    1950-2016 (aged 66)
    Enrolled in the American University of Beirut
    Graduated with bachelor's degree in mathematics
    university teacherjewelry designersculptordesignerartist

    Dame Zaha Mohammad Hadid was an Iraqi architect, artist and designer, recognized as a major figure in architecture of the late-20th and early-21st centuries. Born in Baghdad, Iraq, Hadid studied mathematics as an undergraduate and then enrolled at the Architectural Association School of Architecture in 1972. In search of an alternative system to traditional architectural drawing, and influenced by Suprematism and the Russian avant-garde, Hadid adopted painting as a design tool and abstraction as an investigative principle to "reinvestigate the aborted and untested experiments of Modernism [...] to unveil new fields of building".

  2. Ashraf Ghani

    Ashraf Ghani
    Born in
    Afghanistan Flag Afghanistan
    1949-.. (age 75)
    university teacheranthropologistwriterinternational forum participanteconomist

    Mohammad Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai is an Afghan former politician, academic, and economist who served as the president of Afghanistan from September 2014 until August 2021, when his government was overthrown by the Taliban.

  3. Imad Mughniyah

    Imad Mughniyah
    Born in
    Lebanon Flag Lebanon
    1962-2008 (aged 46)
    military commander

    Imad Fayez Mughniyeh, alias al-Hajj Radwan (الحاج رضوان), was a Lebanese militant leader who was the founding member of Lebanon's Islamic Jihad Organization and number two in Hezbollah's leadership. Information about Mughniyeh is limited, but he is believed to have been Hezbollah's chief of staff and understood to have overseen Hezbollah's military, intelligence, and security apparatuses. He was one of the main founders of Hezbollah in the 1980s. He has been described as "a brilliant military tactician and very elusive". He was often referred to as an ‘untraceable ghost’.

  4. Mahmoud Hessabi

    Mahmoud Hessabi
    Born in
    Iran Flag Iran
    1903-1992 (aged 89)

    Mahmoud Hessabi was an Iranian nuclear physicist and senator. He was the minister of education of Pahlavi Iran in the cabinet of Prime Minister Mohammad Mosaddegh from 1951 to 1952.

All 100 notable alumni

American University of Beirut faculties and divisions

Centre : Advanced Mathematical Sciences Mathematics
Centre : Agricultural Research and Education Agriculture, Landscape Architecture
Centre : Arab and Middle Eastern Studies Arabic, Middle Eastern Studies
Centre : Behavioural Research Arts and Humanities, Behavioural Sciences, Social Sciences
Centre : Research on Population and Health Demography and Population, Health Sciences
Centre : Science and Mathematics Education Mathematics Education, Natural Sciences
Faculty : Agricultural and Food Sciences Agricultural Economics, Agriculture, Dietetics, Food Science, Irrigation, Landscape Architecture, Nutrition, Soil Science, Zoology
Faculty : Arts and Science Anthropology, Arabic, Archaeology, Art History, Arts and Humanities, Behavioural Sciences, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Economics, Education, English, Fine Arts, Geology, History, Mathematics, Middle Eastern Studies, Philosophy, Physics, Political Sciences, Psychology, Public Administration, Social Sciences, Sociology
Faculty : Engineering and Architecture Architecture, Civil Engineering, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Graphic Design, Mechanical Engineering
Faculty : Health Sciences Demography and Population, Environmental Studies, Epidemiology, Health Administration, Health Education, Health Sciences, Laboratory Techniques, Public Health
Faculty : Medicine Anatomy, Biochemistry, Immunology, Medicine, Microbiology, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Ophthalmology, Orthodontics, Paediatrics, Pathology, Pharmacology, Physiology, Psychiatry and Mental Health, Surgery
Institute : Financial Economics Economics, Finance
School : Business Business Administration
School : Nursing Nursing
Unit : Environment and Sustainable Development Environmental Studies

General information

Alternative names AUB
الجامعة الاميركية في بيروت
Founded 1866
Accreditation Ministry of Higher Education; Directorate General of Higher Education; Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE); New York State Education Department (NYSED)
Motto That they may have life and have it more abundantly

Location and contacts

Address P.O. Box 11-0236 Riad El Solh
Beirut, 1107 2020
City population 2,421,000

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