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Last Updated on December 27, 2022 by Omoyeni Adeniyi

Stockholm University in Sweden - US News Best Global Universities

Stockholm University, founded in 1878, is one of the largest and oldest universities in Scandinavia.

When the institution first opened, it held public lectures in mathematics, physics, chemistry and geology – a tradition that still continues to this day, covering a diverse range of subjects.

Now home to almost 70,000 students, with an intake of 1,400 foreign exchange students annually, the university prides itself on its multicultural environment. Over 80 of its degree programmes are taught in English and Swedish language courses are available to all international students.

Stockholm University is one of Sweden’s pre-eminent centres for research within science, humanities and the social sciences. It is organised across four faculties, comprising 64 academic departments between them, with its main campus located north of the city, in the Frescati area of Stockholm.

Set in the middle of a National City Park – the world’s first – the university describes itself as ‘a campus university in a park environment’. It is surrounded by extensive woodland, flora and fauna, including some 800 species of flowering plants and over 100 species of birds, with the Baltic Sea inlet of Brunnsviken and beaches to its north.  

The campus is also famed for its modernist architecture, with buildings designed by the renowned Swedish architects David Helldén, Ralph Erskine and Carl Nyrén. Alongside its notable architecture are many public works of art. A sculpture park on campus includes contributions from artists Marianne and Sivert Lindblom, and Olle Baertling.

Stockholm University boasts a longstanding tradition of openness and innovation. Four of its researchers have previously received Nobel Prizes, while a fifth was awarded the Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel.

With the city centre just a metro ride away from the campus, Stockholm students have easy access to all the city’s cultural and commercial amenities. The university’s international exchange arrangements mean study abroad opportunities are plentiful across Europe, as well as in America, at the University of Illinois.

Stockholm University Rankings

Stockholm University is ranked #114 in Best Global Universities. Schools are ranked according to their performance across a set of widely accepted indicators of excellence.

Stockholm University Rankings

  • #114inBest Global Universities (tie)
  • #43inBest Global Universities in Europe (tie)
  • #4inBest Global Universities in Sweden

Stockholm University Subject Rankings

  • #76inArts and Humanities
  • #105inBiology and Biochemistry (tie)
  • #147inChemistry
  • #422inClinical Medicine (tie)
  • #358inComputer Science (tie)
  • #126inEconomics and Business
  • #23inEnvironment/Ecology (tie)
  • #24inGeosciences
  • #214inMolecular Biology and Genetics (tie)
  • #177inNeuroscience and Behavior (tie)
  • #102inPhysics (tie)
  • #159inPlant and Animal Science
  • #153inPsychiatry/Psychology (tie)
  • #159inPublic, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • #53inSocial Sciences and Public Health (tie)
  • #42inSpace Science

Stockholm University in world ranking tables

Stockholm University is one of the 200 highest-ranked universities in the world and one of the top 100 universities in Europe according to several well-established university ranking tables.

Stockholm University is one of the 200 highest-ranked universities in the world and one of the top 100 universities in Europe according to several well-established university ranking tables.

The different rankings use different methods for measuring quality. Times Higher Education World University Rankings (THE), QS Rankings and the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) are considered the most influential university rankings in the world.

Stockholm University’s position in these rankings 2021/2022:

• ARWU (Shanghai): 74

• THE: 176

• QS World University Rankings: 148

Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU)

The Academic Ranking of World Universities – sometimes called the Shanghai Ranking – is conducted by researchers at the Center for World-Class Universities of Shanghai Jiao Tong University (CWCU). The indicators they use to rank the universities are:

  • The number of alumni and staff winning Nobel Prizes and Fields Medals.
  • The number of highly cited researchers (selected by Thomson Reuters).
  • The number of articles published in journals Nature and Science.
  • The number of articles indexed in Science Citation Index – Expanded and Social Sciences Citation Index, and the per capita performance of a university.

Times Higher Education World University Rankings (THE)

This ranking is published by the THE World Universities Insights Limited. The method involves sending out questionnaires to selected people and reviewing statistics on the basis of 13 indicators in these five areas:

  • Teaching (the learning environment)
  • Research (volume, income and reputation)
  • Citations (research influence)
  • International outlook (staff, students and research)
  • Industry income (knowledge transfer).

QS World University Rankings

This ranking is published by QS (Quacquarelli Symonds), a company specialising in information for the higher education sector.

Stockholm University is in the top 200 in the world and ranked fifth in Sweden. The ranking is based on the following criteria:

  • Academic Reputation from Global Survey 40%
  • Faculty Student Ratio 20%
  • Citations per Faculty from Scopus 20%
  • Employer Reputation from Global Survey 10%
  • Proportion of International Faculty Members 5%
  • Proportion of International Students 5%

Five disciplines ranked within the top 50

QS also ranks by subject. 51 disciplines are grouped into five broad subject areas. Stockholm University is ranked number one in Sweden in the area Arts & Humanities. Five disciplines at Stockholm University are ranked among the top 50 in the world:

  • Environmental Science (23)
  • Social Policy & Administration (40)
  • Sociology (37)
  • Geography (47)
  • Geophysics (50)

Leiden Ranking

The Leiden Ranking is carried out by the Centre for Science and Technology Studies (CWTS) of Leiden University; it is actually not one ranking but several. Different indicators are used which produces a range of different rankings.

The ranking is based on publication and citation data from the Web of Science database, but it does not take into account the size of the institution. The universities that have at least 800 publications in a variety of journals indexed by Web of Science during the past four years are included. The ranking does not include conference or book publications, a limitation affecting some of Stockholm University’s areas of strength such as computer science, social sciences and the humanities.

In 2021 Stockholm University is ranked 165 in the world according to indicator PP (top 10%), which shows the proportion of articles that belong to the world’s 10 percent most cited in their fields. In Sweden, Stockholm University is placed number two, after Karolinska Institutet.


Below is Stockholm University in a comparison with other European universities:

• THE: ranked the 81th best university in Europe (2022)

• QS: ranked 60th best university in Europe (2022)

• Shanghai: ranked the 25th best university in Europe (2021)

• Leiden ranking: ranked 68th best university in Europe, according to PP (top 10%) indicator (during 2016–2019)