Humboldt University of Berlin: Statistics

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#147 of 14,131 In the World
#44 of 2,785 In Europe
#8 of 369 In Germany
#2 of 46 In Brandenburg
#2 of 36 In Berlin
#28 of 1,084 For Forensic Science
Top50% For 217 other topics
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Highest Degree

Acceptance rate & Admissions

Acceptance Rate18%
Admissions RequirementsSecondary school certificate (Abitur)
Academic CalendarOctober to September (October - March; April-September)
Full time employee1,933
Student:staff ratio19:1

We've calculated the 18% acceptance rate for Humboldt University of Berlin 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

Humboldt University of Berlin is a world-class research university with 75,553 scientific papers published and 1,838,164 citations received. The research profile covers a range of fields, including Biology, Chemistry, Medicine, Physics, Engineering, Liberal Arts & Social Sciences, Computer Science, Genetics, Environmental Science, and Biochemistry.


Humboldt University of Berlin majors

by publication & citation count

43,381 / 1,353,172
34,851 / 1,087,710
32,714 / 943,178
30,284 / 798,917
28,873 / 752,412
Liberal Arts & Social Sciences
28,264 / 531,357
Computer Science
25,367 / 703,953
22,412 / 791,761
Environmental Science
22,307 / 583,246
21,973 / 794,032
Quantum and Particle physics
21,228 / 552,223
16,949 / 479,280
16,704 / 261,971
Organic Chemistry
16,551 / 509,165
Materials Science
14,265 / 372,749
12,931 / 428,071
12,293 / 289,407
Political Science
12,044 / 177,783
11,574 / 347,686
Geography and Cartography
11,227 / 252,450
9,613 / 281,789
9,511 / 242,313
9,380 / 291,487
Optical Engineering
9,308 / 246,463
9,294 / 166,656
8,856 / 193,558
8,833 / 281,523
8,632 / 237,797
Artificial Intelligence (AI)
8,610 / 194,110
8,172 / 166,829
8,169 / 308,972
8,055 / 242,408
8,042 / 148,754
7,186 / 133,303
7,104 / 137,760
7,045 / 142,417
Radiology and Nuclear medicine
6,435 / 201,920
Metallurgical Engineering
5,740 / 157,748
Electrical Engineering
5,126 / 131,482
5,025 / 156,011

Annual publication & citation counts

Year Publications Citations
1990 672 1480
1991 538 1529
1992 502 1664
1993 494 1987
1994 667 2259
1995 902 3154
1996 1474 4527
1997 1643 6546
1998 1821 9620
1999 1778 13082
2000 1940 16474
2001 1808 20723
2002 1923 25569
2003 2045 30364
2004 1776 35155
2005 1491 41596
2006 1470 46303
2007 1540 48142
2008 1616 51560
2009 1680 55118
2010 2444 59563
2011 1786 64024
2012 1930 69688
2013 2071 73934
2014 2160 77980
2015 2331 83941
2016 2326 85354
2017 2771 90817
2018 3403 93481
2019 3880 110107
2020 4424 140658
2021 5820 185486
2022 5287 179786
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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 Humboldt University of Berlin.

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 No No No
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 Administration, African Studies, Agriculture, American Studies, Archaeology, Art History, Biology, Biophysics, Business Administration, Business Education, Catholic Theology, Chemistry, Communication Studies, Computer Science, Cultural Studies, Eastern European Studies, Economics, Educational Sciences, English, Ethnology, European Studies, French, Gender Studies, Geography, German, Greek (Classical), Health Education, History, Horticulture, Hungarian, Information Management, Information Sciences, Information Technology, Islamic Theology, Italian, Latin, Library Science, Linguistics, Literature, Mathematics, Media Studies, Modern Languages, Music, North African Studies, Philosophy, Physics, Political Sciences, Protestant Theology, Psychology, Regional Studies, Rehabilitation and Therapy, Russian, Scandinavian Languages, Slavic Languages, Social Sciences, Spanish, Special Education, Sports, Teacher Training
Kirchliche Abschlussprüfung Protestant Theology
Master Adult Education, African Studies, Agricultural Economics, Agricultural Education, Agriculture, American Studies, Ancient Civilizations, Aquaculture, Archaeology, Art History, Asian Studies, Biological and Life Sciences, Biology, Biophysics, Business Administration, Business Computing, Business Education, Central European Studies, Chemistry, Classical Languages, Comparative Law, Computer Education, Computer Science, Continuing Education, Cultural Studies, Eastern European Studies, Economics, Educational Sciences, English, English Studies, Ethnology, European Studies, Fishery, Foreign Languages Education, French, French Studies, Gender Studies, Geography, Geography (Human), German, Greek (Classical), Health Education, History, Horticulture, Humanities and Social Science Education, Industrial Management, Information Sciences, International Relations and Diplomacy, International Studies, Latin, Law, Linguistics, Literature, Management, Mathematics, Mathematics Education, Media Studies, Modern Languages, Molecular Biology, Music, Native Language Education, Natural Resources, Neurosciences, North African Studies, Optics, Philology, Philosophy, Physical Education, Physics, Polymer and Plastics Technology, Production Engineering, Psychology, Rehabilitation and Therapy, Religion, Religious Education, Rural Studies, Safety Engineering, Scandinavian Languages, Science Education, Slavic Languages, Social Sciences, South Asian Studies, Southeast Asian Studies, Special Education, Sports, Statistics, Theology, Translation and Interpretation, Urban Studies
PhD African Studies, Agriculture, Archaeology, Asian Studies, Biological and Life Sciences, Chemistry, Computer Science, Cultural Studies, Dentistry, East Asian Studies, Economics, Educational Sciences, English, Ethnology, Gender Studies, Geography, German, History, Horticulture, Information Sciences, Law, Linguistics, Literature, Mathematics, Mathematics Education, Media Studies, Medicine, Natural Sciences, Philosophy, Physics, Political Sciences, Psychology, Public Health, Rehabilitation and Therapy, Romance Languages, Science Education, Slavic Languages, Sociology, Southeast Asian Studies, Sports, Theology

Humboldt University of Berlin alumni

  1. Karl Marx

    Karl Marx
    Born in
    Germany Flag Germany
    1818-1883 (aged 65)
    Enrolled in the Humboldt University of Berlin
    In 1836 studied philosophy and jurisprudence

    Karl Heinrich Marx was a German philosopher, economist, historian, sociologist, political theorist, journalist, critic of political economy, and socialist revolutionary. His best-known titles are the 1848 pamphlet The Communist Manifesto and the four-volume Das Kapital (1867–1883). Marx's political and philosophical thought had enormous influence on subsequent intellectual, economic, and political history. His name has been used as an adjective, a noun, and a school of social theory.

  2. Arthur Schopenhauer

    Arthur Schopenhauer
    Born in
    Poland Flag Poland
    1788-1860 (aged 72)
    Enrolled in the Humboldt University of Berlin
    Studied in 1811
    writerphilosophermusicologisttranslatoruniversity teacher

    Arthur Schopenhauer was a German philosopher. He is best known for his 1818 work The World as Will and Representation (expanded in 1844), which characterizes the phenomenal world as the product of a blind noumenal will. Building on the transcendental idealism of Immanuel Kant (1724–1804), Schopenhauer developed an atheistic metaphysical and ethical system that rejected the contemporaneous ideas of German idealism. He was among the first thinkers in Western philosophy to share and affirm significant tenets of Indian philosophy, such as asceticism, denial of the self, and the notion of the world-as-appearance. His work has been described as an exemplary manifestation of philosophical pessimism.

  3. Max Weber

    Max Weber
    Born in
    Germany Flag Germany
    1864-1920 (aged 56)
    sociologisteconomistanthropologistpoliticianuniversity teacher

    Maximilian Karl Emil Weber was a German sociologist, historian, jurist and political economist, who is regarded as among the most important theorists of the development of modern Western society. His ideas profoundly influence social theory and research. While Weber did not see himself as a sociologist, he is recognized as one of the fathers of sociology, along with Karl Marx and Émile Durkheim.

  4. Angela Davis

    Angela Davis
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    1944-.. (age 79)
    women's rights activistteacherpolitical prisonerhuman rights activistuniversity teacher

    Angela Yvonne Davis is an American Marxist and feminist political activist, philosopher, academic, and author; she is a professor at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Davis was a longtime member of the Communist Party USA (CPUSA) and a founding member of the Committees of Correspondence for Democracy and Socialism (CCDS). She writes extensively on class, gender, race, and the U.S. prison system.

All 100 notable alumni

Humboldt University of Berlin faculties and divisions

Faculty : Agriculture and Horticulture Agriculture, Horticulture
Faculty : Arts and Humanities I Ethnology, European Studies, History, Library Science, Philosophy
Faculty : Arts and Humanities II American Studies, English Studies, Linguistics, Philology, Romance Languages, Slavic Languages
Faculty : Arts and Humanities III African Studies, Archaeology, Art History, Asian Studies, Cultural Studies, Gender Studies, Media Studies, Musicology, Social Sciences
Faculty : Arts and Humanities IV Educational Sciences, Rehabilitation and Therapy, Sports
Faculty : Economics and Business Administration Business Administration, Economics
Faculty : Law Law
Faculty : Mathematics and Natural Sciences I Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, Physics
Faculty : Mathematics and Natural Sciences II Computer Science, Geography, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, Psychology
Faculty : Theology Theology
Graduate School : Humboldt Safety Engineering, Service Trades
Graduate School : International Humboldt Electronic Engineering, Materials Engineering, Mathematics, Natural Sciences
Graduate School : Mind and Brain Behavioural Sciences, Neurosciences

General information

Alternative names HU
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Founded 1809
Motto Universitas litterarum
Colors blue, white

Location and contacts

Address Unter den Linden 6
Berlin, 10099
City population 3,677,000

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