National University of Colombia: Statistics



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#508 of 14,131 In the World
#14 of 1,756 In Latin America
#1 of 190 In Colombia
#1 of 72 In Bogota
#100 of 6,566 For Philosophy
Top50% For 163 other topics
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Highest Degree

Acceptance rate & Admissions

Acceptance Rate10%
Admissions RequirementsSecondary school certificate (bachillerato) and entrance examination
Academic CalendarFebruary to December (February - June; August-December)

We've calculated the 10% acceptance rate for National University of Colombia 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

National University of Colombia is a world-class research university with 65,792 scientific papers published and 378,531 citations received. The research profile covers a range of fields, including Liberal Arts & Social Sciences, Philosophy, Biology, Environmental Science, Chemistry, Engineering, Physics, Medicine, Geography and Cartography, and Political Science.


National University of Colombia majors

by publication & citation count

Liberal Arts & Social Sciences
39,084 / 148,747
29,992 / 69,713
26,899 / 259,828
Environmental Science
26,140 / 216,594
19,156 / 208,964
18,650 / 181,073
17,185 / 167,965
14,646 / 129,284
Geography and Cartography
14,562 / 103,561
Political Science
13,313 / 54,418
Computer Science
12,636 / 99,481
12,225 / 130,055
11,858 / 135,893
Quantum and Particle physics
11,787 / 115,439
10,066 / 132,063
Organic Chemistry
9,984 / 122,418
9,075 / 96,355
Materials Science
8,389 / 88,387
7,790 / 83,734
7,765 / 74,626
6,972 / 57,577
6,971 / 49,506
6,366 / 44,390
6,278 / 71,986
6,072 / 52,378
Artificial Intelligence (AI)
5,724 / 42,069
5,645 / 37,795
5,499 / 42,505
5,429 / 47,710
4,909 / 40,855
4,363 / 31,240
4,267 / 32,891
Optical Engineering
4,255 / 40,344
Agricultural Science
4,118 / 44,838
Electrical Engineering
3,875 / 31,384
3,624 / 23,391
Metallurgical Engineering
3,478 / 38,502
Mechanical Engineering
3,210 / 21,402
Machine Learning
3,195 / 29,566
Public Health
3,087 / 33,658

Annual publication & citation counts

Year Publications Citations
1991 279 161
1992 315 229
1993 374 241
1994 305 277
1995 454 268
1996 438 311
1997 495 342
1998 490 379
1999 602 411
2000 638 642
2001 765 758
2002 802 982
2003 733 1320
2004 926 1619
2005 1285 2237
2006 1602 2749
2007 1840 3449
2008 2031 4426
2009 2435 5614
2010 2775 7316
2011 3034 8953
2012 3239 10700
2013 3294 12983
2014 3098 15206
2015 3120 16899
2016 3132 17987
2017 3249 19751
2018 3072 23162
2019 3414 29809
2020 3510 38872
2021 3516 45874
2022 3074 45300
2023 3057 47221
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The tuition table for National University of Colombia 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 semester)
Undergraduate 1,000,000 COP
Master's 2,500,000 COP
Doctorate 3,500,000 COP

The National University of Colombia 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 National University of Colombia.

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
Profesional Universitario Accountancy, Agricultural Engineering, Animal Husbandry, Anthropology, Architecture, Biology, Business Administration, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Cinema and Television, Civil Engineering, Classical Languages, Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Dentistry, Dietetics, Economics, Electronic Engineering, Fine Arts, Geography (Human), Geology, Graphic Design, History, Industrial Design, Industrial Engineering, Law, Linguistics, Literature, Mathematics, Mechanical Engineering, Medicine, Modern Languages, Music, Musical Instruments, Nursing, Nutrition, Occupational Therapy, Pharmacy, Philology, Philosophy, Physical Therapy, Physics, Political Sciences, Psychology, Social Work, Sociology, Spanish, Speech Therapy and Audiology, Statistics, Veterinary Science
Especialización Administrative Law, Agricultural Business, Anaesthesiology, Architecture and Planning, Art Education, Civil Engineering, Commercial Law, Community Health, Constitutional Law, Cosmetology, Criminal Law, Dentistry, Dermatology, Dietetics, E-Business/Commerce, Endocrinology, Energy Engineering, Environmental Studies, Epidemiology, Food Science, Food Technology, Forensic Medicine and Dentistry, Gastroenterology, Gender Studies, Gerontology, Haematology, Human Rights, Industrial Design, International Law, Labour Law, Law, Medicine, Midwifery, Neurology, Nursing, Nutrition, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Occupational Health, Oncology, Ophthalmology, Orthopaedics, Paediatrics, Pathology, Peace and Disarmament, Periodontics, Pharmacy, Physical Therapy, Plastic Surgery, Pneumology, Political Sciences, Private Law, Psychiatry and Mental Health, Public Administration, Public Health, Radiology, Rehabilitation and Therapy, Rheumatology, Road Engineering, Soil Science, Sports Medicine, Statistics, Stomatology, Surgery, Tourism, Transport and Communications, Urology, Veterinary Science, Visual Arts, Women's Studies
Maestría Accountancy, Actuarial Science, Administration, Agricultural Engineering, Agriculture, Animal Husbandry, Anthropology, Applied Mathematics, Architecture, Art Education, Art History, Art Therapy, Astronomy and Space Science, Biochemistry, Biological and Life Sciences, Biology, Biomedical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Civil Engineering, Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Construction Engineering, Cultural Studies, Dentistry, Design, Dietetics, Economics, Education, Electrical Engineering, Electronic Engineering, Electronics and Automation, Environmental Engineering, Environmental Studies, Epidemiology, Finance, Fine Arts, Food Science, Gender Studies, Genetics, Geography, Geology, Heritage Preservation, History, Hydraulic Engineering, Immunology, Industrial Engineering, Latin American Studies, Law, Linguistics, Literature, Mass Communication, Mathematics, Mechanical Engineering, Media Studies, Meteorology, Microbiology, Museum Studies, Music, Music Education, Musicology, Neurosciences, Nursing, Nutrition, Occupational Health, Pharmacology, Pharmacy, Philosophy, Physical Therapy, Physics, Physiology, Political Sciences, Production Engineering, Psychoanalysis, Psychology, Public Health, Regional Planning, Rural Planning, Science Education, Social Sciences, Social Work, Sociology, Sports, Sports Medicine, Statistics, Surveying and Mapping, Telecommunications Engineering, Theatre, Town Planning, Toxicology, Traditional and Complementary Medicine and Therapy, Transport Engineering, Tropical Agriculture, Urban Studies, Visual Arts, Writing
Doctorado Administration, Agriculture, Animal Husbandry, Anthropology, Architecture, Arts and Humanities, Astronomy and Space Science, Biochemistry, Biology, Biomedicine, Biotechnology, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Civil Engineering, Computer Engineering, Earth Sciences, Ecology, Economics, Electrical Engineering, Electronic Engineering, Environmental Studies, Fine Arts, Food Science, Food Technology, Geography, Geology, History, Industrial Engineering, International Relations and Diplomacy, Law, Materials Engineering, Mathematics, Mechanical Engineering, Natural Sciences, Nursing, Occupational Health, Pharmacy, Philosophy, Physics, Political Sciences, Psychology, Public Health, Social Sciences, Statistics, Surveying and Mapping

National University of Colombia alumni

  1. Gabriel García Márquez

    Gabriel García Márquez
    Born in
    Colombia Flag Colombia
    1927-2014 (aged 87)
    novelistopinion journalistpoet lawyerjournalistprose writer

    Gabriel José de la Concordia García Márquez was a Colombian novelist, short-story writer, screenwriter, and journalist, known affectionately as Gabo ([ˈɡaβo]) or Gabito ([ɡaˈβito]) throughout Latin America. Considered one of the most significant authors of the 20th century, particularly in the Spanish language, he was awarded the 1972 Neustadt International Prize for Literature and the 1982 Nobel Prize in Literature. He pursued a self-directed education that resulted in leaving law school for a career in journalism. From early on he showed no inhibitions in his criticism of Colombian and foreign politics. In 1958, he married Mercedes Barcha Pardo; they had two sons, Rodrigo and Gonzalo.

  2. Fernando Botero

    Fernando Botero
    Born in
    Colombia Flag Colombia
    1932-2023 (aged 91)
    painterarchitectural draftspersondrawersculptorillustrator

    Fernando Botero Angulo was a Colombian figurative artist and sculptor. His signature style, also known as "Boterismo", depicts people and figures in large, exaggerated volume, which can represent political criticism or humor, depending on the piece. He was considered the most recognized and quoted artist from Latin America in his lifetime, and his art can be found in highly visible places around the world, such as Park Avenue in New York City and the Champs-Élysées in Paris, at different times.

  3. Jorge Eliécer Gaitán Ayala

    Jorge Eliécer Gaitán Ayala
    Born in
    Colombia Flag Colombia
    1903-1948 (aged 45)
    lawyerjuristpoliticianuniversity teacher

    Jorge Eliécer Gaitán Ayala was a left-wing Colombian politician and leader of the Liberal Party. He served as the mayor of Bogotá from 1936–37, the national Education Minister from 1940–41, and the Labor Minister from 1943–44. He was assassinated during his second presidential campaign in 1948, setting off the Bogotazo  and leading to a violent period of political unrest in Colombian history known as La Violencia (approx. 1948 to 1958). His ideas, known as Gaitanismo, are seen as a form of liberal socialism in Colombia.

  4. Carlos Pizarro Leongómez

    Carlos Pizarro Leongómez
    Born in
    Montenegro Flag Montenegro
    1952-1990 (aged 38)

    Carlos Pizarro Leongómez was the fourth commander of the Colombian guerrilla group 19th of April Movement (Movimiento 19 de Abril) (M-19). Pizarro later ran for president of Colombia after the demobilization of M-19 that transformed the group into the political party, M-19 Democratic Alliance (Alianza Democrática M-19) (AD/M-19). Pizarro was assassinated on 26 April 1990.

All 72 notable alumni

National University of Colombia faculties and divisions

Centre : Agriculture Agriculture
Faculty : Agricultural Sciences Agriculture, Agronomy, Rural Planning
Faculty : Arts Architecture, Cinema and Television, Graphic Design, Industrial Design, Music, Town Planning, Visual Arts
Faculty : Economics Accountancy, Administration, Economics
Faculty : Engineering Agricultural Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Computer Engineering, Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Electronic Engineering, Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Systems Analysis
Faculty : Humanities Anthropology, Arts and Humanities, English, French, Geography (Human), German, History, Linguistics, Literature, Modern Languages, Philology, Philosophy, Psychology, Social Work, Sociology, Spanish
Faculty : Law and Political and Social Sciences Law, Political Sciences, Social Sciences
Faculty : Medicine Biochemistry, Communication Studies, Medical Technology, Medicine, Molecular Biology, Nutrition, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Occupational Health, Physical Therapy, Physiology, Psychiatry and Mental Health, Public Health, Rehabilitation and Therapy, Surgery, Toxicology, Treatment Techniques
Faculty : Nursing Nursing, Public Health
Faculty : Odontology Dentistry, Health Sciences, Natural Sciences, Public Health
Faculty : Sciences Biology, Chemistry, Earth Sciences, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, Pharmacy, Physics, Statistics
Faculty : Veterinary Medicine and Animal Husbandry Animal Husbandry, Veterinary Science
Institute : Biotechnology Biotechnology, Mathematics, Natural Sciences
Institute : Communication and Cultural Studies Communication Studies, Cultural Studies
Institute : Environmental Studies Environmental Management
Institute : Food Science and Technology Food Technology, Health Sciences, Mathematics, Natural Sciences
Institute : Genetics Genetics, Mathematics, Natural Sciences
Institute : Political Studies International Relations and Diplomacy, Law, Political Sciences
Institute : Urban Studies Architecture, Town Planning, Urban Studies

General information

Alternative names UNAL
Universidad Nacional de Colombia
Founded 1867
Accreditation Congreso de la República; Ministerio de. Educación Nacional; Consejo Nacional de Acreditación
Motto Inter Aulas Academiæ Quære Verum
Colors green, blue, red, yellow, brown

Location and contacts

Address Carrera 45 No 26-85 - Edificio Uriel Gutiérrez
City population 7,744,000

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