Paris West University Nanterre La Defense: Statistics



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#1038 of 14,131 In the World
#397 of 2,785 In Europe
#38 of 224 In France
#14 of 65 In Ile-de-France
#234 of 1,021 For International Law
Top50% For 93 other topics
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Acceptance rate

* Paris West University Nanterre La Defense 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 RequirementsSecondary school certificate (baccalauréat) or equivalent, or special entrance examination
Academic CalendarOctober to June (October - January; February-June)
Full time employee1,342
Student:staff ratio24:1

Research profile

Paris West University Nanterre La Defense is a world-class research university with 17,405 scientific papers published and 116,747 citations received. The research profile covers a range of fields, including Liberal Arts & Social Sciences, Philosophy, Political Science, Environmental Science, Computer Science, Law, Biology, Sociology, Physics, and Engineering.


Paris West University Nanterre La Defense majors

by publication & citation count

Liberal Arts & Social Sciences
13,247 / 80,493
9,639 / 49,758
Political Science
6,716 / 41,087
Environmental Science
3,980 / 48,945
Computer Science
3,636 / 49,299
3,308 / 34,450
3,193 / 53,350
3,183 / 32,012
3,175 / 43,515
3,008 / 42,098
Geography and Cartography
2,902 / 33,533
2,788 / 28,153
2,452 / 43,380
2,418 / 36,709
2,395 / 29,946
2,341 / 33,696
2,277 / 30,265
Quantum and Particle physics
2,144 / 31,385
1,962 / 26,701
1,833 / 31,368
1,748 / 20,476
1,719 / 26,565
1,698 / 25,446
Art & Design
1,653 / 13,345
Artificial Intelligence (AI)
1,420 / 19,319
1,269 / 24,489
1,253 / 20,648
1,186 / 14,177
Social Psychology
1,105 / 18,071
943 / 16,726
Materials Science
940 / 15,464
841 / 13,483
Machine Learning
840 / 13,628
Econometrics and Mathematical Economics
804 / 13,255
785 / 9,996
785 / 15,834
761 / 14,333
714 / 5,726
Optical Engineering
675 / 10,348
Theology / Divinity / Religious studies
632 / 3,660

Annual publication & citation counts

Year Publications Citations
1991 41 135
1992 61 143
1993 73 152
1994 65 160
1995 93 183
1996 89 204
1997 107 223
1998 146 326
1999 118 372
2000 160 447
2001 213 623
2002 259 829
2003 248 877
2004 349 1265
2005 399 1391
2006 412 1725
2007 498 2191
2008 541 2385
2009 603 2817
2010 602 3062
2011 640 3673
2012 651 4332
2013 671 4864
2014 717 5202
2015 728 5298
2016 857 5488
2017 993 5848
2018 1096 6887
2019 1182 7910
2020 1126 9334
2021 1193 11076
2022 1062 11353
2023 891 11384
Academic rankings


The tuition table for Paris West University Nanterre La Defense 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)
Bachelor's Degree €170
Master's Degree €240
Doctoral Degree €380

The currency is Euro (€).

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 Paris West University Nanterre La Defense.

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 No No No
Physics Yes Yes Yes
Psychology Yes Yes Yes
Licence Archaeology, Art History, Arts and Humanities, Comparative Literature, Economics, Engineering, Geography, History, Information Technology, Law, Linguistics, Literature, Management, Mathematics and Computer Science, Modern Languages, Performing Arts, Political Sciences, Publishing and Book Trade, Sociology
Licence professionnelle Aeronautical and Aerospace Engineering, Banking, Business and Commerce, Documentation Techniques, Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Finance, Health Administration, Hotel and Restaurant, Human Resources, Industrial and Production Economics, Library Science, Management, Mass Communication, Service Trades, Sports, Technology, Town Planning
Diplôme d'ingénieur Mechanical Engineering
Master Accountancy, Anthropology, Archaeology, Art History, Arts and Humanities, Cinema and Television, Classical Languages, Comparative Law, Comparative Literature, Criminal Law, Cultural Studies, Economics, Educational Sciences, European Union Law, Finance, Geography, History, Human Resources, Industrial and Production Economics, Industrial Engineering, Information Sciences, Information Technology, International Law, International Studies, Law, Literature, Management, Marketing, Notary Studies, Performing Arts, Philosophy, Physical Education, Political Sciences, Private Law, Psychology, Public Administration, Public Law, Publishing and Book Trade, Social Sciences, Sociology, Sports, Theatre, Translation and Interpretation, Urban Studies
Doctorat Aesthetics, Anthropology, Applied Mathematics, Archaeology, Architecture and Planning, Comparative Literature, Computer Science, Demography and Population, Educational Sciences, Electronic Engineering, Energy Engineering, English Studies, Ethnology, Fine Arts, Geography, Geography (Human), Germanic Languages, History, Information Sciences, Italian, Linguistics, Literature, Mathematics, Mechanics, Musicology, Neurosciences, Nordic Studies, Performing Arts, Philosophy, Portuguese, Prehistory, Psychology, Sociology, Spanish, Sports, Translation and Interpretation

Paris West University Nanterre La Defense alumni

  1. Emmanuel Macron

    Emmanuel Macron
    Born in
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    1977-.. (age 47)
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    Emmanuel Jean-Michel Frédéric Macron is a French politician who has been President of France since 2017. Macron is ex officio one of the two Co-Princes of Andorra. He previously was Minister of Economics, Industry and Digital Affairs under President François Hollande from 2014 to 2016, and as Deputy Secretary-General to the President from 2012 to 2014. He is a founding member of Renaissance, a centrist political party.

  2. David Guetta

    David Guetta
    Born in
    France Flag France
    1967-.. (age 57)
    songwritermusicianrecord producermusic executivedisc jockey

    Pierre David Guetta is a French DJ and record producer. He has sold over 10 million albums and 65 million singles globally, with more than 14 billion streams. In 2011, 2020, 2021 and 2023, Guetta was voted the number one DJ in the DJ Mag Top 100 DJs poll. In 2013, Billboard ranked his song "When Love Takes Over" (featuring Kelly Rowland) as the number one dance-pop collaboration of all time.

  3. Nicolas Sarkozy

    Nicolas Sarkozy
    Born in
    France Flag France
    1955-.. (age 69)

    Nicolas Paul Stéphane Sarközy de Nagy-Bocsa is a French politician who served as the President of France and Co-Prince of Andorra from 2007 to 2012.

  4. Christine Lagarde

    Christine Lagarde
    Born in
    France Flag France
    1956-.. (age 68)
    Enrolled in Paris West University Nanterre La Defense
    Graduated with master's degree in English and law
    economistbankerinternational forum participantsynchronized swimmerpolitician

    Christine Madeleine Odette Lagarde is a French politician and lawyer who has served as President of the European Central Bank since 2019. She previously served as the 11th Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) from 2011 to 2019. Lagarde had also served in the Government of France, most prominently as Minister of the Economy, Finance and Industry from 2007 until 2011. She is the first woman to hold each of those posts.

All 100 notable alumni

Paris West University Nanterre La Defense faculties and divisions

Centre : French as Foreign Language (FLE) French
Centre : Lifelong Education Computer Science, Labour Law, Social Psychology
Faculty : Economics, Management, Mathematics and Computer sciences Economics, Management, Mathematics and Computer Science
Faculty : Educational Sciences and Psychology Educational Sciences, Psychology
Faculty : Industrial system and Communication techniques Aeronautical and Aerospace Engineering, Energy Engineering, Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Library Science, Materials Engineering, Publishing and Book Trade, Telecommunications Engineering
Faculty : Law and Political sciences Law, Political Sciences
Faculty : Modern Languages English Studies, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish
Faculty : Philosphy, Information-communication, Language, Literature and Performing Arts Classical Languages, Information Sciences, Linguistics, Literature, Mass Communication, Performing Arts, Philosophy
Faculty : Physical Education and Sport sciences Physical Education, Sports
Faculty : Social Sciences and Administration Administration, Art History, Ethnology, Geography, History, Social Sciences, Sociology
Institute : Preparatory Administrative Studies (IPAG) Administration
Institute : Technology (IUT Ville-d'Avray/Saint-Cloud) Computer Engineering, Documentation Techniques, Electrical Engineering, Electronic Engineering, Information Technology, Library Science, Mechanical Engineering, Multimedia, Production Engineering, Publishing and Book Trade, Technology, Thermal Engineering
Unit : Training, Research Industrial Systems and Technical Communication - SITEC Engineering

General information

Alternative names UPX
Paris West University Nanterre La Défense
Université Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense
Founded 1964
Accreditation Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation
Motto l'université des possibles

Location and contacts

Address 200, avenue de la République
Nanterre, 92001
City population 96,000

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