RWTH Aachen University: Statistics



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#170 of 14,131 In the World
#55 of 2,785 In Europe
#11 of 369 In Germany
#2 of 64 In North Rhine-Westphalia
#1 of 2 In Aachen
#9 of 1,025 For Industrial Engineering
Top100 For 44 other topics
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Highest Degree
Acceptance rate

* RWTH Aachen 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 RequirementsSecondary school certificate (Reifezeugnis) or equivalent
Academic CalendarOctober to September (October - March; April-September)
Full time employee5,695
Student:staff ratio8:1

Research profile

RWTH Aachen University is a world-class research university with 116,426 scientific papers published and 2,512,432 citations received. The research profile covers a range of fields, including Engineering, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Computer Science, Quantum and Particle physics, Environmental Science, Medicine, Materials Science, and Liberal Arts & Social Sciences.


RWTH Aachen University majors

by publication & citation count

70,360 / 1,536,102
63,991 / 1,454,277
63,430 / 1,716,027
57,646 / 1,652,615
Computer Science
45,180 / 983,722
Quantum and Particle physics
44,533 / 1,048,074
Environmental Science
40,189 / 871,601
39,484 / 989,774
Materials Science
39,166 / 925,484
Liberal Arts & Social Sciences
35,567 / 645,552
Organic Chemistry
34,655 / 979,596
27,976 / 945,729
24,286 / 799,624
22,304 / 494,513
20,581 / 423,258
19,656 / 326,548
19,397 / 483,651
Geography and Cartography
19,265 / 372,101
Artificial Intelligence (AI)
19,187 / 406,605
Metallurgical Engineering
17,914 / 448,473
Electrical Engineering
17,560 / 345,342
Optical Engineering
17,157 / 403,056
Mechanical Engineering
15,900 / 253,864
15,697 / 350,863
15,607 / 302,059
14,958 / 425,532
13,349 / 338,223
12,945 / 296,042
Political Science
12,733 / 204,736
11,079 / 246,343
10,578 / 174,773
10,523 / 299,702
10,291 / 299,783
Physical chemistry
10,222 / 299,722
10,115 / 197,203
Chemical Engineering
10,011 / 303,361
9,872 / 198,815
Radiology and Nuclear medicine
9,675 / 251,828
9,646 / 190,994
9,278 / 184,812

Annual publication & citation counts

Year Publications Citations
1991 813 3869
1992 837 4469
1993 882 4812
1994 861 5388
1995 1021 6351
1996 1037 6927
1997 1095 7699
1998 1292 8706
1999 1296 9567
2000 1253 11378
2001 1394 12858
2002 1940 16999
2003 1697 19357
2004 1818 21737
2005 2014 26514
2006 2418 31435
2007 2582 37205
2008 2867 43215
2009 3274 50512
2010 3903 60036
2011 4059 69701
2012 4587 81770
2013 4470 93420
2014 4994 105369
2015 5218 115860
2016 5725 126721
2017 5630 138387
2018 6044 155615
2019 6412 178993
2020 6801 212465
2021 7335 251928
2022 6955 261396
2023 7228 271035
Academic rankings


Local studetns None due to state sponsored tuition (EUR)

RWTH Aachen University has financial aid programs.

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 RWTH Aachen 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 No Yes TBD
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 Architecture, Automotive Engineering, Biology, Biotechnology, Building Technologies, Business Administration, Chemistry, Civil Engineering, Communication Studies, Computer Education, Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Earth Sciences, Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Energy Engineering, English, Environmental Engineering, Foreign Languages Education, Geography, German, History, Humanities and Social Science Education, Industrial Engineering, Information Sciences, Linguistics, Literature, Materials Engineering, Mathematics, Mathematics Education, Mechanical Engineering, Modern Languages, Molecular Biology, Native Language Education, Natural Resources, Physics, Political Sciences, Production Engineering, Psychology, Religious Education, Science Education, Secondary Education, Social Studies, Sociology, Special Education, Technology, Technology Education, Textile Technology, Transport Engineering, Vocational Education, Wood Technology
Master Aeronautical and Aerospace Engineering, Architecture, Automotive Engineering, Biology, Biomedical Engineering, Biotechnology, Business Administration, Chemistry, Civil Engineering, Communication Studies, Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Dental Technology, Earth Sciences, Ecology, Economics, Educational Administration, Educational Research, Electrical Engineering, Electronic Engineering, Electronics and Automation, Energy Engineering, Engineering, English, English Studies, Environmental Engineering, European Studies, Foreign Languages Education, Geography, Geography (Human), Geophysics, German, History, Humanities and Social Science Education, Industrial Engineering, Information Technology, Laboratory Techniques, Linguistics, Literature, Materials Engineering, Mathematics, Mechanical Engineering, Media Studies, Metallurgical Engineering, Molecular Biology, Natural Resources, Philosophy, Physics, Political Sciences, Power Engineering, Production Engineering, Psychology, Science Education, Secondary Education, Sociology, Software Engineering, Speech Studies, Technology Education, Telecommunications Engineering, Textile Technology, Town Planning, Transport and Communications, Transport Management
PhD Architecture, Civil Engineering, Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Economics, Electrical Engineering, Materials Engineering, Mathematics, Mechanical Engineering, Medicine, Natural Resources, Natural Sciences, Philosophy
Habilitation Architecture, Civil Engineering, Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Electronic Engineering, Materials Engineering, Mathematics, Mechanical Engineering, Medicine, Natural Resources, Natural Sciences, Philosophy

RWTH Aachen University alumni

  1. Bacharuddin Jusuf Habibie

    Bacharuddin Jusuf Habibie
    Born in
    Indonesia Flag Indonesia
    1936-2019 (aged 83)
    Enrolled in RWTH Aachen University
    In 1962 graduated with Doctor of Engineering

    Bacharuddin Jusuf Habibie was an Indonesian politician and engineer who served as the third president of Indonesia from 1998 to 1999. Less than three months after his inauguration as the seventh vice president in March 1998, he succeeded Suharto, who resigned after 32 years in office. Originating from Sulawesi with Gorontalese-Javanese ancestry, his presidency was seen as a landmark and transition to the Reformation era.

  2. Karl Lauterbach

    Karl Lauterbach
    Born in
    Germany Flag Germany
    1963-.. (age 61)
    university teacherhealth economistinternational forum participantnon-fiction writerepidemiologist

    Karl Wilhelm Lauterbach is a German scientist, physician, and politician of the Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD), who has served as Federal Minister of Health since 8 December 2021. He is professor of health economics and epidemiology at the University of Cologne (on leave since 2005). Since the 2005 German federal election, he has been a member of the Bundestag (the German parliament).

  3. Necmettin Erbakan

    Necmettin Erbakan
    Born in
    Turkey Flag Turkey
    1926-2011 (aged 85)
    university teacherpoliticianengineer

    Necmettin Erbakan was a Turkish politician, engineer, and academic who was the Prime Minister of Turkey from 1996 to 1997. He was pressured by the military to step down as prime minister and was later banned from politics by the Constitutional Court of Turkey for allegedly violating the separation of religion and state as mandated by the constitution.

  4. Mai Thi Nguyen-Kim

    Mai Thi Nguyen-Kim
    Born in
    Germany Flag Germany
    1987-.. (age 37)
    Enrolled in RWTH Aachen University
    Studied in 2012
    YouTuberscience journalistchemisttelevision presenterscience communicator

    Mai Thi Nguyen-Kim is a German chemist, science communicator, television presenter and YouTuber. In June 2020 she was elected to the senate of the Max Planck Society.

All 68 notable alumni

RWTH Aachen University faculties and divisions

Faculty : Architecture Architectural and Environmental Design, Architecture, Art History, Design, Fine Arts, Landscape Architecture, Painting and Drawing, Regional Planning, Structural Architecture, Town Planning
Faculty : Arts and Humanities Educational Sciences, English, German, History, Linguistics, Literature, Philosophy, Political Sciences, Psychology, Romance Languages, Sociology, Theology
Faculty : Business and Economics Accountancy, Banking, Business Administration, Commercial Law, E-Business/Commerce, Economics, Finance, Industrial Management, Information Sciences, International Business, Management, Operations Research, Taxation, Technology, Transport Management
Faculty : Civil Engineering Business Administration, Civil Engineering, Construction Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Geological Engineering, Hydraulic Engineering, Management, Mechanical Engineering, Town Planning, Transport Engineering, Waste Management, Water Management
Faculty : Electrical Engineering and Information Technology Biomedical Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Electronic Engineering, Engineering, Information Technology, Measurement and Precision Engineering, Petroleum and Gas Engineering, Power Engineering, Sound Engineering (Acoustics), Telecommunications Engineering
Faculty : Georesources and Materials Engineering Geology, Materials Engineering, Metallurgical Engineering, Mining Engineering, Waste Management
Faculty : Mathematics, Computer Science and Natural Sciences Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, Physics
Faculty : Mechanical Engineering Aeronautical and Aerospace Engineering, Automotive Engineering, Biochemistry, Ceramics and Glass Technology, Chemical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Electronics and Automation, Heating and Refrigeration, Industrial Engineering, Laser Engineering, Materials Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Mechanics, Medical Technology, Metal Techniques, Nuclear Engineering, Operations Research, Optical Technology, Physical Engineering, Polymer and Plastics Technology, Power Engineering, Production Engineering, Railway Engineering, Textile Technology, Thermal Engineering
Faculty : Medicine Anaesthesiology, Cardiology, Dentistry, Medicine, Neurology, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Ophthalmology, Orthodontics, Orthopaedics, Plastic Surgery, Psychiatry and Mental Health, Radiology, Surgery, Urology

General information

Alternative names RWTH Aachen
Rheinisch-Westfälische Technische Hochschule Aachen
Founded 1870
Accreditation ASIIN; Systemakkreditierung
Motto Zukunft beginnt mit uns
Future starts with us
Colors blue, white

Location and contacts

Address Templergraben 55
Aachen, 52056
City population 249,000

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