University of the Free State: Rankings

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The University of the Free State ranked 11th in South Africa and 1144th in the World 2021 overall rankings, plus got TOP 50% in 82 academic topics. EduRank's ranking for the University of the Free State is based on 3 factors: research performance (a proprietary algorithm evaluated 17,430 publications and 217,228 citations), non-academic reputation, and the impact of 22 notable alumni .

RankRanking
#1144 of 14,160In the World
#14 of 1,103In Africa
#11 of 26In South Africa
#1 of 2In Bloemfontein
#80 of 1,003For Theology / Divinity / Religious studies
#154 of 1,558For Agricultural Science
#183 of 1,029For Forestry
#1231 of 8,209For Alumni Impact
#2527 of 14,160For Non-academic Prominence
Top50%For 79 other topics

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Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

The University of the Free State ranked 10th for Liberal Arts & Social Sciences in South Africa and 533rd in the World with 4,725 publications made and 29,963 citations received. Main research topics: Sociology, Political Science, Demography, Theology / Divinity / Religious studies, Law.

RankRanking
#10 of 24In South Africa
#10 of 267In Africa
#533 of 5,152In the World

University of the Free State
Liberal Arts & Social Sciences Publications & Citations

YearPublicationsCitations
199088
199182
1992102
19931010
1994204
19951315
1996124
19971611
19983014
19992210
20002628
2001266
20024949
20035765
20047064
200576101
20066541
20075831
200882116
200910078
2010153116
2011278206
2012306345
2013366292
2014435297
2015344335
2016438300
2017296298
2018336336
2019361338
2020427729

Biology

The University of the Free State ranked 6th for Biology in South Africa and 738th in the World with 4,032 publications made and 86,257 citations received. Main research topics: Agricultural Science, Botany, Biochemistry, Zoology, Animal Science.

RankRanking
#6 of 24In South Africa
#10 of 264In Africa
#738 of 4,578In the World

University of the Free State
Biology Publications & Citations

YearPublicationsCitations
19905636
19915342
19926342
19936865
199479113
19956863
19964676
19977478
19985573
199962103
200060145
200158183
200269110
200372147
2004103186
200580218
200676139
2007104258
2008107265
2009103205
2010158239
2011131333
2012155653
2013147409
2014156433
2015173347
2016224510
2017231808
2018191428
2019202595
2020264982

Medicine

The University of the Free State ranked 7th for Medicine in South Africa and 880th in the World with 3,638 publications made and 45,616 citations received. Main research topics: Health Science, Surgery, Healthcare Management (MHA), Public Health, Pharmacy.

RankRanking
#7 of 24In South Africa
#23 of 262In Africa
#880 of 4,839In the World

University of the Free State
Medicine Publications & Citations

YearPublicationsCitations
19904616
19913514
19922811
1993269
19944523
19953821
19962510
19973731
19983525
19992631
20004152
20012821
20025666
20035467
20047364
20055885
20068553
200786132
200892209
2009135230
2010160264
2011142223
2012186659
2013174165
2014194311
2015195407
2016248361
2017197391
2018180237
2019226438
20203331310

Environmental Science

The University of the Free State ranked 7th for Environmental Science in South Africa and 551st in the World with 2,888 publications made and 48,056 citations received. Main research topics: Agricultural Science, Ecology, Geography and Cartography, Geology, Environmental Management.

RankRanking
#7 of 23In South Africa
#8 of 244In Africa
#551 of 4,129In the World

University of the Free State
Environmental Science Publications & Citations

YearPublicationsCitations
19902828
19912419
19922717
19933031
19942412
19953013
19962439
19973029
19981421
19992728
20003398
20013374
20024874
20033260
20045290
200559137
200661101
200775169
200865134
200969167
2010102193
2011116269
2012111233
2013142374
2014121268
2015160221
2016226390
2017190536
2018182473
2019173375
2020225615

Chemistry

The University of the Free State ranked 6th for Chemistry in South Africa and 922nd in the World with 2,697 publications made and 49,939 citations received. Main research topics: Materials Science, Biochemistry, Pharmacy, Nutrition and Food Science, Inorganic Chemistry.

RankRanking
#6 of 24In South Africa
#14 of 235In Africa
#922 of 4,409In the World

University of the Free State
Chemistry Publications & Citations

YearPublicationsCitations
19903925
19912825
19923527
19932727
19942974
19951619
19961827
19973026
19981932
19992958
20003256
200125101
20022130
20031967
20042940
20054392
200660101
200760117
200856124
200971206
201067157
201176125
2012121273
201395213
2014146466
2015131351
2016209462
2017183498
2018160390
2019176524
2020223723

Engineering

The University of the Free State ranked 8th for Engineering in South Africa and 1303rd in the World with 1,697 publications made and 26,258 citations received. Main research topics: Materials Science, Chemical Engineering, Biotechnology, Optical Engineering, Nanotechnology.

RankRanking
#8 of 23In South Africa
#23 of 235In Africa
#1303 of 4,716In the World

University of the Free State
Engineering Publications & Citations

YearPublicationsCitations
199061
199192
199220
199387
199499
199541
1996107
199710
199833
199976
2000915
20011578
2002109
20031343
20042022
20052526
20062762
20072641
20083050
200946139
201048114
20114771
201283208
201380149
2014119458
2015114392
2016182429
2017152506
2018130370
2019147424
2020173652

Physics

The University of the Free State ranked 7th for Physics in South Africa and 1216th in the World with 1,454 publications made and 23,773 citations received. Main research topics: Materials Science, Astrophysics and Astronomy, Optical Engineering, Nanotechnology, Medical Physics.

RankRanking
#7 of 22In South Africa
#18 of 183In Africa
#1216 of 4,160In the World

University of the Free State
Physics Publications & Citations

YearPublicationsCitations
199061
199130
199220
199366
199481
199551
199677
199724
199820
199947
2000916
200165
2002512
20031352
2004129
20052326
200619108
20072440
20081922
200939123
201043125
20113774
201274186
201355142
2014110418
201598309
2016156449
2017141563
2018109314
2019146473
2020158500
SpecialitySouth Africa rankAfrica rankWorld rank
Astrophysics and Astronomy78590
Medical Physics711701
Applied/Engineering Physics69721
Astrobiology7131039
Materials Science6171073
Nanotechnology7131230
Optical Engineering7251384

Psychology

The University of the Free State ranked 10th for Psychology in South Africa and 767th in the World with 1,334 publications made and 13,745 citations received. Main research topics: Education Majors, Social Psychology, Clinical Psychology, Psychiatry, Child Psychology.

RankRanking
#10 of 23In South Africa
#12 of 118In Africa
#767 of 3,753In the World

University of the Free State
Psychology Publications & Citations

YearPublicationsCitations
199000
199140
199230
199321
199451
199531
199620
199757
199852
199920
200073
200183
20021430
20031319
2004185
20052628
20062520
20072822
20083366
20093668
201047127
20118094
201298164
20139689
2014133207
201595261
2016131131
201796140
20185171
201981166
2020131159

Economics

The University of the Free State ranked 10th for Economics in South Africa and 520th in the World with 983 publications made and 10,038 citations received. Main research topics: Development Studies, Political Economy, Econometrics and Mathematical Economics, Agricultural Economics, Finance.

RankRanking
#10 of 22In South Africa
#12 of 156In Africa
#520 of 3,117In the World

University of the Free State
Economics Publications & Citations

YearPublicationsCitations
199010
199121
199210
199359
199451
199541
199684
199731
199864
1999146
200095
2001103
20021245
20031110
20041631
20052626
20062919
20071923
200820125
20092538
20103553
20114653
20126163
20135567
20149393
20156343
201690114
20175882
20185843
20196846
202073232

Mathematics

The University of the Free State ranked 7th for Mathematics in South Africa and 737th in the World with 758 publications made and 11,657 citations received. Main research topics: Applied Mathematics, Statistics, Math Teachers, Econometrics and Mathematical Economics.

RankRanking
#7 of 22In South Africa
#10 of 139In Africa
#737 of 3,475In the World

University of the Free State
Mathematics Publications & Citations

YearPublicationsCitations
199010
199151
199243
199378
199430
199544
199644
199752
199858
199934
200059
2001107
20021057
200395
20041148
20051213
20061412
200773
20081211
20091415
20101817
20113068
20123732
20133512
20145682
20153932
201656100
201748217
201868726
201971480
2020103885
SpecialitySouth Africa rankAfrica rankWorld rank
Applied Mathematics13459
Statistics56508
Math Teachers1114523
Econometrics and Mathematical Economics78721

Art & Design

The University of the Free State ranked 9th for Art & Design in South Africa and 716th in the World with 683 publications made and 1,033 citations received. Main research topics: Literature, Creative Writing, Art History, Aesthetics, Fashion Design.

Please note that our approach to topical rankings is based on scientific outputs and therefore prefers institutions researching arts through computer science.

RankRanking
#9 of 19In South Africa
#10 of 69In Africa
#716 of 2,801In the World

University of the Free State
Art & Design Publications & Citations

YearPublicationsCitations
199000
199110
199220
199310
199410
199521
199600
199730
199810
199950
200000
200140
200291
200330
2004141
2005101
2006122
200730
2008131
2009182
20102124
20115411
2012537
2013628
20146411
20156211
20166014
20174314
2018468
20194411
20205254
SpecialitySouth Africa rankAfrica rankWorld rank
Literature88246
Creative Writing1010395
Art History77424
Performing arts99433
Cinematography68486
Aesthetics1011497
Fashion Design1011505
Singing and Vocal Performance711570
Music811602
Entertainment Industry Business1228887
Photography12181023

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