University of Cologne: Statistics

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#178 of 14,131 In the World
#55 of 2,785 In Europe
#11 of 369 In Germany
#3 of 64 In North Rhine-Westphalia
#1 of 8 In Cologne
#37 of 2,092 For Obstetrics and Gynecology (OB-GYN)
Top100 For 9 other topics
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Acceptance rate
Male:Female Ratio
Highest Degree

Acceptance rate & Admissions

Acceptance Rate20%
Admissions RequirementsSecondary school certificate (Reifezeugnis) or equivalent
Academic CalendarOctober to September (October - March; April-September)

We've calculated the 20% acceptance rate for University of Cologne 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

University of Cologne is a world-class research university with 82,374 scientific papers published and 2,118,515 citations received. The research profile covers a range of fields, including Biology, Medicine, Chemistry, Physics, Liberal Arts & Social Sciences, Genetics, Engineering, Biochemistry, Computer Science, and Environmental Science.


University of Cologne majors

by publication & citation count

46,610 / 1,596,308
38,758 / 1,205,294
38,662 / 1,341,429
29,631 / 785,718
Liberal Arts & Social Sciences
29,026 / 528,485
27,235 / 1,085,533
26,730 / 694,148
24,933 / 1,003,474
Computer Science
24,567 / 720,784
Environmental Science
23,359 / 626,229
Quantum and Particle physics
19,489 / 511,388
17,876 / 521,310
Organic Chemistry
16,790 / 504,818
16,614 / 621,741
16,400 / 238,632
13,865 / 387,096
Political Science
12,497 / 185,246
Materials Science
12,455 / 321,878
11,875 / 376,776
Geography and Cartography
11,207 / 241,395
10,681 / 279,288
10,367 / 319,610
9,956 / 296,477
9,866 / 430,628
9,104 / 283,527
8,866 / 177,093
8,519 / 246,197
8,474 / 256,559
Optical Engineering
8,415 / 213,355
8,150 / 174,453
7,995 / 151,178
Radiology and Nuclear medicine
7,279 / 194,913
7,109 / 147,383
7,005 / 143,940
6,924 / 138,168
Oncology and Cancer research
6,838 / 283,101
Astrophysics and Astronomy
6,755 / 167,222
6,623 / 129,554
Artificial Intelligence (AI)
5,731 / 120,413
Anatomy and Physiology
5,683 / 158,497

Annual publication & citation counts

Year Publications Citations
1990 727 7270
1991 731 7973
1992 771 8501
1993 750 8730
1994 927 9283
1995 929 10498
1996 1019 11182
1997 1454 12687
1998 1448 15114
1999 1163 15704
2000 1257 18506
2001 1306 20437
2002 1474 22515
2003 1438 25865
2004 1608 28897
2005 1628 34313
2006 1870 38463
2007 1905 43717
2008 2041 48470
2009 2089 56137
2010 2270 62154
2011 2241 69170
2012 2459 77755
2013 2522 84951
2014 2841 91183
2015 2914 98620
2016 3163 104320
2017 3336 112930
2018 3407 116153
2019 3878 132777
2020 4439 158686
2021 5221 201201
2022 4543 191242
Academic rankings


The tuition table for University of Cologne 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 €290
Master's Degree €290
Doctoral Degree €290

All costs are in Euros (€).

The University of Cologne 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 University of Cologne.

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 No No No
Environmental Science Yes Yes TBD
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 African Languages, African Studies, Ancient Civilizations, Ancient Languages, Applied Mathematics, Arabic, Archaeology, Art Education, Art History, Asian Studies, Biochemistry, Biology, Business Administration, Catholic Theology, Central European Studies, Chemistry, Child Care and Development, Communication Studies, Cultural Studies, Dutch, Earth Sciences, East Asian Studies, Eastern European Studies, Economics, Education, Educational Sciences, English, English Studies, Ethnology, Fine Arts, Foreign Languages Education, French, Geography, Geography (Human), Geophysics, German, Greek (Classical), Health Administration, Health Sciences, History, Humanities and Social Science Education, Information Management, Islamic Studies, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Latin American Studies, Law, Linguistics, Literature, Mathematics, Mathematics Education, Media Studies, Meteorology, Modern Languages, Music, Music Education, Musicology, Natural Sciences, Neurosciences, Pedagogy, Philosophy, Phonetics, Physics, Political Sciences, Primary Education, Psychology, Religious Education, Religious Studies, Romance Languages, Russian, Scandinavian Languages, Science Education, Slavic Languages, Social Sciences, Spanish, Speech Therapy and Audiology, Translation and Interpretation
Master African Languages, African Studies, American Studies, Ancient Languages, Arabic, Archaeology, Art Education, Art History, Arts and Humanities, Asian Studies, Biological and Life Sciences, Biology, Business Administration, Catholic Theology, Chemistry, Chinese, Classical Languages, Commercial Law, Communication Studies, Cultural Studies, Dutch, Earth Sciences, East Asian Studies, Eastern European Studies, Economics, Education, Educational Sciences, English, English Studies, Environmental Studies, Ethnology, European Union Law, Fine Arts, French, German, Greek, Greek (Classical), Hindi, History, Humanities and Social Science Education, Information Technology, Islamic Studies, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Latin American Studies, Law, Linguistics, Literature, Management, Mathematics, Mathematics Education, Media Studies, Medieval Studies, Music, Musicology, Neurosciences, Pedagogy, Philosophy, Phonetics, Physics, Political Sciences, Protestant Theology, Psychology, Regional Studies, Rehabilitation and Therapy, Religion, Religious Education, Russian, Scandinavian Languages, Science Education, Slavic Languages, Sociology, Spanish, Western European Studies
PhD Arts and Humanities, Dentistry, Economics, Educational Sciences, Health Education, Health Sciences, Law, Mathematics, Media Studies, Medicine, Natural Sciences, Philosophy, Psychology, Public Health, Rehabilitation and Therapy, Social Sciences
Habilitation Arts and Humanities, Business Administration, Law, Medicine, Natural Sciences, Social Sciences

University of Cologne alumni

  1. Lena Meyer-Landrut

    Lena Meyer-Landrut
    Born in
    Germany Flag Germany
    1991-.. (age 32)
    television actorrecording artistmusiciansingervoice actor

    Lena Johanna Therese Meyer-Landrut, also known by the mononym Lena, is a German singer. She rose to fame after representing Germany in the Eurovision Song Contest 2010 in Oslo, winning the event with her song "Satellite". Both "Satellite" and her debut album My Cassette Player (2010) debuted at number one in Germany and became platinum sellers. With her three entries from the German national final Unser Star für Oslo, Meyer-Landrut set an all-time chart record in her home country by debuting with three songs in the top five of the German Singles Chart. She represented Germany for the second consecutive time in the Eurovision Song Contest 2011 in Düsseldorf with the song "Taken by a Stranger", finishing in tenth place.

  2. Stefan Raab

    Stefan Raab
    Born in
    Germany Flag Germany
    1966-.. (age 57)
    Enrolled in the University of Cologne
    Studied legal science
    record producerradio personalityconductortelevision presentersinger-songwriter

    Stefan Konrad Raab is a German television producer, businessman, and former entertainer and television host. From 1999 to 2015, he hosted the late-night comedy talk show TV total and has also created a number of other television shows, such as Schlag den Raab and Bundesvision Song Contest.

  3. Uwe Boll

    Uwe Boll
    Born in
    Germany Flag Germany
    1965-.. (age 58)
    film directorfilm produceractorscreenwriter

    Uwe Boll is a German filmmaker. He came to prominence during the 2000s for his adaptations of video game franchises. Released theatrically, the films were critical and commercial failures; his 2005 Alone in the Dark adaptation is considered one of the worst films ever made. Boll's films during the 2010s, comprising mostly original projects and independent movies, received home media releases to better, although still mostly negative reviews. After retiring in 2016 to become a restaurateur, Boll announced his return to filmmaking in 2020 and eventually returned to filmmaking in 2023. His films are financed through his production companies Boll KG and Event Film Productions.

  4. Anke Engelke

    Anke Engelke
    Born in
    Canada Flag Canada
    1965-.. (age 58)
    Enrolled in the University of Cologne
    Studied Romance studies, pedagogy, and English studies
    voice actorfilm actorsingercomedianradio personality

    Anke Christina Fischer is a German comedian, actress, voice actress and television presenter.

All 100 notable alumni

University of Cologne faculties and divisions

Faculty : Arts and Humanities Art History, Classical Languages, Ethnology, History, Media Studies, Modern Languages, Philosophy, Psychology, Theology
Faculty : Human Sciences Educational Sciences, Special Education, Teacher Training
Faculty : Law Criminal Law, International Law, Law, Private Law, Public Law
Faculty : Management, Economics, and Social Sciences Business Administration, Economics, Management, Social Sciences
Faculty : Mathematics and Natural Sciences Mathematics, Natural Sciences
Faculty : Medicine Dentistry, Medicine, Neurosciences

General information

Alternative names UzK
Universität zu Köln
Founded 1388
Accreditation CEMS; EQUIS; AQAS
Colors blue

Location and contacts

Address Albertus-Magnus-Platz
Köln, Nordrhein-Westfalen, 50923
City population 1,073,000

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