RWTH Aachen University: Statistics

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#168 of 14,131 In the World
#51 of 2,785 In Europe
#10 of 369 In Germany
#2 of 64 In North Rhine-Westphalia
#1 of 2 In Aachen
#13 of 1,019 For Industrial Engineering
Top100 For 45 other topics
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Highest Degree

Acceptance rate & Admissions

Acceptance Rate10%
Admissions RequirementsSecondary school certificate (Reifezeugnis) or equivalent
Academic CalendarOctober to September (October - March; April-September)
Full time employee5,695
Student:staff ratio8:1

We've calculated the 10% acceptance rate for RWTH Aachen University 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

RWTH Aachen University is a world-class research university with 101,143 scientific papers published and 2,178,831 citations received. The research profile covers a range of fields, including Engineering, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Computer Science, Quantum and Particle physics, Materials Science, Environmental Science, Medicine, and Organic Chemistry.


RWTH Aachen University majors

by publication & citation count

61,490 / 1,303,454
55,995 / 1,234,130
55,542 / 1,421,197
49,350 / 1,351,096
Computer Science
38,443 / 812,692
Quantum and Particle physics
38,086 / 875,287
Materials Science
34,305 / 776,945
Environmental Science
33,936 / 694,633
33,651 / 848,262
Organic Chemistry
29,989 / 809,149
Liberal Arts & Social Sciences
29,296 / 518,202
24,185 / 761,204
20,842 / 642,301
18,657 / 387,048
17,292 / 348,273
16,819 / 403,668
Artificial Intelligence (AI)
16,331 / 329,595
Geography and Cartography
16,223 / 293,069
15,957 / 267,549
Metallurgical Engineering
15,376 / 355,902
Electrical Engineering
14,522 / 265,555
Optical Engineering
14,476 / 324,817
Mechanical Engineering
13,216 / 193,410
13,091 / 288,564
13,010 / 225,448
12,742 / 362,525
11,007 / 251,125
10,761 / 230,012
Political Science
10,180 / 144,223
9,671 / 216,122
9,025 / 257,445
8,875 / 251,425
8,842 / 149,368
Radiology and Nuclear medicine
8,466 / 216,412
Chemical Engineering
8,347 / 234,911
8,323 / 152,571
Physical chemistry
8,236 / 217,469
8,040 / 139,608
7,986 / 148,007
7,917 / 219,345

Annual publication & citation counts

Year Publications Citations
1990 706 3408
1991 697 3786
1992 757 4333
1993 754 4607
1994 791 5154
1995 906 5906
1996 954 6541
1997 1048 7341
1998 1135 8281
1999 1143 8876
2000 1086 10521
2001 1266 11921
2002 1247 13774
2003 1288 17034
2004 1516 19144
2005 1726 23613
2006 2117 27965
2007 2249 32863
2008 2567 39393
2009 3050 45930
2010 3477 53395
2011 3762 64158
2012 4127 74844
2013 4245 86723
2014 4608 97871
2015 4840 109275
2016 5262 119097
2017 5377 133735
2018 5576 141876
2019 5997 166813
2020 6249 199310
2021 7480 259451
2022 6217 247341
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 engineer and politician who was 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. His presidency was seen as a landmark and transition to the Reformation era. Upon becoming president, he liberalized Indonesia's press and political party laws, and held an early democratic election three years sooner than scheduled, which resulted in the end of his presidency. His 517-day presidency and 71-day vice presidency were the shortest in the country's history.

  2. Karl Lauterbach

    Karl Lauterbach
    Born in
    Germany Flag Germany
    1963-.. (age 60)
    health economistuniversity teacherphysicianpoliticianepidemiologist

    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 federal elections, he has been a Member of the Bundestag (the federal parliament of Germany). During the COVID-19 pandemic, his name became well known in Germany, through his frequent appearances on television talk shows as an invited guest expert, along with his frequent use of Twitter to provide commentary about the ongoing pandemic.

  3. Necmettin Erbakan

    Necmettin Erbakan
    Born in
    Turkey Flag Turkey
    1926-2011 (aged 85)
    engineerpoliticianuniversity teacher

    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 36)
    Enrolled in RWTH Aachen University
    Studied in 2012
    television producerscience communicatortelevision presenterchemistscience journalist

    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 65 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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