University of Cologne: Statistics



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Position Category
#177 of 14,131 In the World
#59 of 2,785 In Europe
#12 of 369 In Germany
#3 of 64 In North Rhine-Westphalia
#1 of 8 In Cologne
#26 of 2,294 For Obstetrics and Gynecology (OB-GYN)
Top50% For 211 other topics
Subject rankings

Quick Review

Male:Female Ratio
Highest Degree
Acceptance rate

* The University of Cologne 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)

Research profile

University of Cologne is a world-class research university with 96,785 scientific papers published and 2,435,426 citations received. The research profile covers a range of fields, including Biology, Medicine, Chemistry, Liberal Arts & Social Sciences, Physics, Genetics, Engineering, Computer Science, Biochemistry, and Environmental Science.


University of Cologne majors

by publication & citation count

53,085 / 1,830,925
45,361 / 1,388,568
43,789 / 1,535,419
Liberal Arts & Social Sciences
36,007 / 634,754
33,880 / 914,470
30,732 / 1,224,217
30,676 / 821,140
Computer Science
28,903 / 851,106
28,152 / 1,135,845
Environmental Science
26,994 / 738,723
Quantum and Particle physics
22,662 / 613,071
20,968 / 285,540
20,630 / 606,774
Organic Chemistry
19,236 / 598,979
19,149 / 716,668
16,183 / 460,599
Political Science
15,789 / 225,082
Materials Science
14,052 / 370,092
13,572 / 433,057
Geography and Cartography
13,208 / 297,305
12,479 / 339,391
12,014 / 373,941
11,745 / 353,908
11,081 / 482,034
10,725 / 214,183
10,563 / 335,029
10,045 / 295,281
9,985 / 309,389
Optical Engineering
9,942 / 259,563
9,611 / 209,454
9,611 / 190,298
8,381 / 181,041
Radiology and Nuclear medicine
8,356 / 224,480
8,170 / 180,540
8,112 / 160,224
Astrophysics and Astronomy
7,917 / 202,741
Oncology and Cancer research
7,648 / 311,438
7,595 / 162,301
Artificial Intelligence (AI)
6,737 / 146,510
Anatomy and Physiology
6,470 / 184,799

Annual publication & citation counts

Year Publications Citations
1991 829 9025
1992 862 9454
1993 851 9799
1994 1052 10286
1995 1016 11641
1996 1133 12532
1997 1736 14156
1998 1762 16382
1999 1320 17312
2000 1404 20313
2001 1455 22340
2002 1661 24492
2003 1625 28590
2004 1910 32035
2005 1887 37935
2006 2208 42697
2007 2228 49125
2008 2420 53755
2009 2316 62168
2010 2640 69493
2011 2614 77432
2012 2737 85874
2013 2758 93246
2014 3188 100417
2015 3286 107000
2016 3645 113420
2017 3656 118015
2018 3934 131287
2019 4441 144040
2020 5072 170975
2021 5148 194499
2022 5079 201280
2023 4857 202078
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 33)
    television actoractorpianistmodelcomposer

    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 the 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 58)
    Enrolled in the University of Cologne
    Studied legal science
    television presenterconductorradio personalityrecord producerentertainer

    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 59)
    film producerfilm directorscreenwriter

    Uwe Boll is a German filmmaker. He came to prominence during the 2000s for his adaptations of popular video game franchises. Released theatrically, the films were critical and commercial failures; his 2005 Alone in the Dark adaptation is considered by many critics to be 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 reviews. After retiring in 2016 to become a restaurateur, Boll eventually returned to filmmaking in 2022. 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 59)
    Enrolled in the University of Cologne
    Studied English studies, pedagogy, and Romance studies
    voice actoractortelevision presenterfilm directorradio 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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