Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich: Statistics



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#59 of 14,131 In the World
#7 of 2,785 In Europe
#1 of 23 In Switzerland
#1 of 4 In Zurich
#3 of 1,017 For Biochemical Engineering
Top100 For 111 other topics
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Acceptance rate
Highest Degree

Acceptance rate & Admissions

Acceptance Rate27%
Admissions RequirementsSecondary school certificate (Maturitätszeugnis) or recognized equivalent, or entrance examination
Academic CalendarSeptember to May (September - December; February-May)
Full time employee6,600
Student:staff ratio4:1

We've calculated the 27% acceptance rate for Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich 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

Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich is a world-class research university with 130,033 scientific papers published and 4,679,395 citations received. The research profile covers a range of fields, including Engineering, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Quantum and Particle physics, Environmental Science, Computer Science, Materials Science, Organic Chemistry, and Liberal Arts & Social Sciences.


Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich majors

by publication & citation count

80,984 / 2,850,723
79,639 / 2,950,896
76,126 / 3,009,806
69,486 / 2,850,043
Quantum and Particle physics
58,307 / 2,129,120
Environmental Science
56,942 / 2,164,352
Computer Science
52,115 / 1,848,155
Materials Science
43,750 / 1,589,049
Organic Chemistry
41,242 / 1,692,632
Liberal Arts & Social Sciences
39,254 / 1,267,561
36,297 / 1,438,656
33,116 / 1,515,495
31,272 / 1,171,460
Geography and Cartography
28,957 / 1,056,986
27,863 / 1,278,125
24,919 / 1,056,508
24,140 / 801,963
Optical Engineering
23,829 / 790,945
Artificial Intelligence (AI)
22,849 / 775,714
20,501 / 821,890
18,462 / 565,435
18,381 / 622,680
Electrical Engineering
18,203 / 590,208
16,776 / 606,310
16,591 / 465,555
Metallurgical Engineering
15,289 / 613,380
Astrophysics and Astronomy
13,780 / 516,683
Political Science
13,046 / 349,375
Mechanical Engineering
12,820 / 388,824
12,598 / 447,033
Meteorology and Atmospheric Science
12,338 / 500,288
12,061 / 524,196
11,896 / 423,397
11,893 / 339,869
Chemical Engineering
11,839 / 502,069
11,672 / 356,728
11,473 / 494,749
Nuclear Physics
11,465 / 418,768
11,303 / 338,194
Computer Vision
11,147 / 432,384

Annual publication & citation counts

Year Publications Citations
1990 601 6727
1991 640 7355
1992 691 7559
1993 872 8661
1994 843 10059
1995 832 10680
1996 869 12210
1997 1046 13590
1998 1153 14452
1999 1275 16290
2000 1369 19006
2001 1431 21619
2002 1426 24610
2003 1632 28573
2004 1863 34200
2005 2032 44489
2006 2738 52884
2007 3632 63894
2008 3583 75510
2009 4046 94208
2010 4441 110692
2011 4519 134213
2012 5163 159355
2013 5651 185714
2014 6023 211656
2015 6249 235963
2016 6484 257400
2017 7030 290837
2018 7126 319369
2019 7624 378700
2020 8512 453875
2021 10434 578825
2022 8577 525305
Academic rankings


The tuition table for Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich 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)
Bachelor's Degree CHF 580
Master's Degree CHF 580
Doctoral Degree Free

Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich 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 Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich.

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 No No
Biology Yes Yes Yes
Business No Yes Yes
Chemistry Yes Yes Yes
Computer Science Yes Yes Yes
Economics No Yes Yes
Engineering Yes Yes Yes
Environmental Science Yes Yes Yes
Liberal Arts & Social Sciences No Yes Yes
Mathematics Yes Yes Yes
Medicine No No No
Physics Yes Yes Yes
Psychology No Yes Yes
Bachelor Agriculture, Architecture, Biology, Biotechnology, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Civil Engineering, Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Earth Sciences, Electrical Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Environmental Studies, Food Science, Information Sciences, Information Technology, Materials Engineering, Mathematics, Mechanical Engineering, Medicine, Natural Sciences, Pharmacy, Physics, Surveying and Mapping
Master Agriculture, Applied Mathematics, Architecture and Planning, Bioengineering, Biological and Life Sciences, Biotechnology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Earth Sciences, Engineering, Food Science, Geological Engineering, Health Sciences, Mathematics, Mathematics and Computer Science, Mechanical Engineering, Natural Sciences, Pharmacy, Physics, Robotics, Sports, Teacher Training
Doktorat/ Doctorat/ Dottorato Mathematics, Natural Sciences, Technology

Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich alumni

  1. Albert Einstein

    Albert Einstein
    Born in
    Germany Flag Germany
    1879-1955 (aged 76)
    Enrolled in Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich
    1896-1900 graduated with Bachelor of Science in mathematics education

    Albert Einstein was a German-born theoretical physicist, widely acknowledged to be one of the greatest and most influential physicists of all time. Best known for developing the theory of relativity, he also made important contributions to the development of the theory of quantum mechanics. Relativity and quantum mechanics are the two pillars of modern physics. His mass–energy equivalence formula E = mc, which arises from relativity theory, has been dubbed "the world's most famous equation". His work is also known for its influence on the philosophy of science. He received the 1921 Nobel Prize in Physics "for his services to theoretical physics, and especially for his discovery of the law of the photoelectric effect", a pivotal step in the development of quantum theory. His intellectual achievements and originality resulted in "Einstein" becoming synonymous with "genius". Einsteinium, one of the synthetic elements in the periodic table, was named in his honor.

  2. Mileva Marić

    Mileva Marić
    Born in
    Serbia Flag Serbia
    1875-1948 (aged 73)

    Mileva Marić, sometimes called Mileva Marić-Einstein (Serbian Cyrillic: Милева Марић-Ајнштајн, romanized: Mileva Marić-Ajnštajn), was a Serbian physicist and mathematician and the first wife of Albert Einstein from 1903 to 1919. She was the only woman among Einstein's fellow students at Zürich Polytechnic and was the second woman to finish a full program of study at the Department of Mathematics and Physics. Marić and Einstein were collaborators and lovers and had a daughter Lieserl in 1902, who died of Scarlet Fever at one and a half years old. They later had two sons, Hans Albert and Eduard.

  3. Wilhelm Röntgen

    Wilhelm Röntgen
    Born in
    Germany Flag Germany
    1845-1923 (aged 78)
    Enrolled in Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich
    1865-1868 studied mechanical engineering

    Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen was a German mechanical engineer and physicist, who, on 8 November 1895, produced and detected electromagnetic radiation in a wavelength range known as X-rays or Röntgen rays, an achievement that earned him the inaugural Nobel Prize in Physics in 1901. In honour of Röntgen's accomplishments, in 2004 the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) named element 111, roentgenium, a radioactive element with multiple unstable isotopes, after him. The unit of measurement roentgen was also named after him.

  4. Fritz Haber

    Fritz Haber
    Born in
    Poland Flag Poland
    1868-1934 (aged 66)
    engineerchemistacademicuniversity teacherphysicist

    Fritz Haber was a German chemist who received the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1918 for his invention of the Haber–Bosch process, a method used in industry to synthesize ammonia from nitrogen gas and hydrogen gas. This invention is important for the large-scale synthesis of fertilisers and explosives. It is estimated that one-third of annual global food production uses ammonia from the Haber–Bosch process, and that this supports nearly half of the world's population. Haber, along with Max Born, proposed the Born–Haber cycle as a method for evaluating the lattice energy of an ionic solid.

All 100 notable alumni

Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich faculties and divisions

Department/Division : Architecture and Civil Engineering Architecture, Civil Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Regional Planning, Town Planning
Department/Division : Engineering Biomedical Engineering, Biotechnology, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Electronics and Automation, Energy Engineering, Engineering, Engineering Management, Information Technology, Materials Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Microelectronics, Nanotechnology, Nuclear Engineering, Robotics
Department/Division : Management and Social Sciences Economics, History, International Studies, Management, Philosophy, Police Studies, Technology
Department/Division : Natural Sciences and Mathematics Applied Mathematics, Artificial Intelligence, Bioengineering, Biology, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Health Sciences, Mathematics, Medical Technology, Operations Research, Pharmacy, Physics, Statistics
Department/Division : System-Oriented Natural Sciences Agriculture, Earth Sciences, Environmental Studies, Food Science, Geophysics, Meteorology
Research Division : Agriculture and Food Science Agricultural Economics, Agriculture, Agronomy, Food Science
Research Division : Architecture Architecture
Research Division : Biological and Life Sciences Biology
Research Division : Chemistry and Applied Biosciences Chemistry, Demography and Population, Pharmacy
Research Division : Civil, Environmental and Geomatics Engineering Civil Engineering, Environmental Engineering
Research Division : Computer Science Computer Science
Research Division : Earth Sciences Earth Sciences
Research Division : Environmental Sciences Environmental Studies, Forestry
Research Division : Humanities, Social and Political Sciences Arts and Humanities, Economics, Law, Social Sciences
Research Division : Management, Technology and Economics Economics, Management, Technology
Research Division : Materials Materials Engineering
Research Division : Mathematics Mathematics
Research Division : Mechanical and Process Engineering Engineering Management, Mechanical Engineering
Research Division : Physics Physics

General information

Alternative names ETH Zurich
Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich
École Polytechnique Fédérale de Zurich

Location and contacts

Address ETH Zürich HG Rämistrasse 101
Zürich, 8092
City population 436,000

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