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University Of Groningen World Ranking

Last Updated on November 13, 2022 by Fola Shade

The University of Groningen is proud to number among the world’s top universities. It has a ‘Top 100’ ranking in the ARWU Shanghai Ranking and the THE World University Rankings, among others. The following is a summary of the University of Groningen’s position in various international rankings. This summary, which is by no means exhaustive, is limited to a number of highly acclaimed international rankings. However, quality has many different aspects (teaching, research, societal impact, etc.), is highly dependent on geographic and disciplinary contexts and is not necessarily the same across all parts of the University (faculties, institutes and degree programmes).

About University of Groningen

The University of Groningen has a rich academic tradition dating back to 1614. From this tradition arose the first female student and the first female lecturer in the Netherlands, the first Dutch astronaut and the first president of the European Central Bank.

Geographically, the University is rooted in the Northern part of the Netherlands, a region very close to its heart. The University provides high quality education and research in a broad range of disciplines, focusing on three key elements: Energy, Healthy Ageing and Sustainable Society. Groningen’s researchers also collaborate with business partners, public institutions and the government. Collaborations between researchers on the frontiers of knowledge take place within extensive networks.In addition, the University of Groningen stimulates current debate on scientific, social and cultural issues by providing convincing perspectives and fresh ideas, based on the latest scientific findings. Education and research at are internationally oriented. Students from all over the world prepare themselves in Groningen for their international career paths. The University of Groningen has a strong international reputation and maintains a firm — rapidly increasing — position in the international rankings lists. 

Academic Ranking of World Universities (#64, 2021)

The Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU Shanghai Ranking) is a global ‘Top 500’ ranking that is published annually by ShanghaiRanking Consultancy. This ranking uses a weighting of 67% for Web of Science data (highly cited researchers [22%], publications in Nature and Science [22%], and citations [22%]), while the remaining 33% is based on prizes (Nobel Prizes and Field Medals). The University of Groningen is currently (August 2021) in 64th place in this ranking. Aside from this impressive score for the University as a whole, the University of Groningen also ranks among the global ‘Top 100’ in a number of specific academic fields: Automation & control (15), Education (25), Pharmacy & pharmaceutical sciences (34), Business administration (37), Public health (40), Communication (40), Psychology (41), Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Clinical Medicine, Dentistry & Oral Sciences, Ecology, Economics, Management, Nursing (51-75) en Geography, Physics en Sociology (76-100).

THE World University Rankings (#80, 2021)

The British magazine Times Higher Education publishes a ranking of universities throughout the world. In addition to its achievements in the areas of teaching and research, the University’s international reputation plays a part in determining its ranking. This ranking uses a weighting of 38.5% for Scopus data (citations [30%], productivity [6%] and international cooperation [2.5%]), 33% for reputation and 28.5% for self-reported figures (numbers of staff, students and PhDs awarded [17.5%] and income [11%]). The University of Groningen is currently in 80th place in this ranking. In the Subject rankings, the University of Groningen ranked in the ‘Top 100’ in the following academic fields featured here: Psychology (62), Law (72), Arts and Humanities (75), Business and Economics (83), Physical Sciences (76), Life Sciences (77) and Social sciences (68).
> THE World University Rankings

QS World University Rankings (#128, 2022)

The QS World University Rankings is another ranking of higher education institutions throughout the world. This ranking uses a weighting of 50% for reputation and 20% for Scopus data (citations), while the remaining 30% is based on self-reported figures (numbers of staff and students) [20%] and internationalization [10%]. The 2022 edition gives the University of Groningen a ranking of 128 in a list of over 900 universities throughout the world. The University of Groningen occupies 15 ‘Top 100’ positions in the Subject rankings. However, QS’s Subject rankings are of limited value, as they use a 50% to 80% weighting for the reputation scores of respondents who were not validated.

Why University of Groningen?

  • QS World University ranked it among top 113 Universities in the world
  • Ranked 80th in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings
  • University is ranked is ranked 59th in Academic Ranking of World Universities (also called the Shanghai Ranking List), 2017
  • The University of Groningen takes an overall 86th place in U.S. News ‘Best Global Universities Ranking’
  • It represents students from more than 120 Countries which makes it one of the most diverse University in Europe
  • From 2014 to 2016 University researchers have won 1 Noble Prize and 4 Spinoza Prize, which is the highest award in Dutch science

University of Groningen Tuition Fees

CoursesDurationTuition Fees
MBA (3 Courses)1 yearEUR 14200
Engineering (3 Courses)2 Year – 3 YearEUR 10800 – EUR 14200
Science (5 Courses)12 Month – 3 YearEUR 10800 – EUR 14200
Arts (2 Courses)1 Year – 3 YearEUR 8200 – EUR 11400
Management (4 Courses)1 Year – 3 YearEUR 8200 – EUR 14200

University of Groningen Entry Requirements

EngineeringIELTS , TOEFL
ManagementIELTS , TOEFL , GMAT

Groningen University Acceptance Rate

University of Groningen: Statistics best universities badge
#153 of 14,160In the World
#45 of 2,789In Europe
#4 of 58In the Netherlands
#1 of 2In Groningen
#76 of 1,007For Occupational Therapy
Top100For 16 other topics

Quick Review

partnershipHighest DegreeDoctorateWebsitewww.rug.nlLanguagesDutch;EnglishAcceptance rate50%*

* The University of Groningen is among the institutions that don’t provide data on acceptance rates. This might happen because a university has programs where an applicant only needs to meet admission requirements to enroll and doesn’t necessarily competes 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 in subjects appropriate to faculty requirements (diploma eindexamen Gymnasium A or B, Atheneum A or B) or foreign equivalent
Academic CalendarSeptember to July (September – December; December-March; March-July)
Full time employee4,750
Student:staff ratio7:1