Facts and Figures

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How many students has RWTH had over so many years? How many employees at the university make sure that everything goes smoothly from enrollment to research proposals? Here, on this page, the university has put together the key facts and figures, current statistics, trends, and developments for you. 

 

Key Figures of RWTH Aachen University

Academics in Winter Semester 2021/22

  • 47,269 students in the winter semester of 2021/22
  • 6,145 students in the first core semester for a Bachelor's degree, Bachelor's Teacher Training Programs or Medicine/Dentistry Staatsexamen
  • 2,814 students in the first core semester for a Master's degree or Master's Teacher Training
  • 170 courses of study – of which 16 are private courses of study
  • 13,354 international students from 138 countries
  • 7,344 graduates in the 2021 academic year –  winter semester 2020/21 and summer semester 2021 combined

Staff in 2021

  • 553 professors as of December 31, 2021
  • 6,240 other academic staff (including externally funded staff)
  • 2,961 non-faculty staff (including externally funded staff)
  • 496 trainees

Institutions in 2021

  • 9 faculties
  • 260 institutes
  • 22 Collaborative Research Centers and transregional CRCs
  • 39 Research Training Programs (including 15 DFG Research Training Groups)

“Excellence Strategy" Competition of the German Federal and State Governments

  • 3 Clusters of Excellence:
    • The Fuel Science Center – FSC
    • Internet of Production – IoP
    • Matter and Light for Quantum Computing – ML4Q. A joint project between the University of Cologne (coordinating university), RWTH, the University of Bonn, and Forschungszentrum Jülich.
  • Excellence University RWTH: "The Integrated Interdisciplinary University of Science and Technology – Knowledge. Impact. Networks."

Annual Budget in 2021

  • 1,108 million euros total annual budget, including
  • 422 million euros in external funding

 

RWTH Aachen University publishes several statistical documents to show key information about the University in a transparent and engaging way to both interested community members and people outside RWTH. The reference publications described below provide the basis for the University’s differentiated management accounting and control tools, which are essential building blocks of modern university management.

The information compiled in the reports is intended to support the Rectorate, the faculties, and the University committees in their decision-making processes. Information from the Table of Figures and other reference publications is increasingly needed for external university matters, such as the accreditation of degree programs or the compilation of rankings, for instance. The reference publications thus make a valuable contribution to quality assurance and excellence enhancement at RWTH Aachen University.

Table of Figures

In the Table of Figures, RWTH Aachen University has compiled key data for the previous academic year and financial year. The publication thus provides a comprehensive overview of the University’s overall situation, including the number of students, new enrollments, graduates, and staff, as well as financial figures.

The key figures and information listed are determined based on the reporting date. Older versions of the Table of Figures are available in the download area of this page.

Slide Sets

A good overview of general RWTH data is provided by the “RWTH Aachen University in Figures” slide set. In this slide presentation, we give details on RWTH’s development throughout the years, its current structure, and meaningful information on teaching and research. You will find key figures on students, new enrollments, graduates, university capacity, staff, and annual budget depicted in various diagrams.

The slide set “The Big Picture in Figures” focuses on the graphic illustration of various key figures. It provides information on students, new enrollments, graduates, doctorates, professors, employees, the annual budget, scholars’ published articles, and various rankings.

Both formats are available in German and English in the download area of this page.

Student Fact Sheet

In the Student Fact Sheet, we have condensed the information on student numbers at RWTH as of December 1 of each year using diagrams and tables.

Members of the University and external affiliates can thus obtain detailed information on the number of students even before the table of figures is published. We have also gathered data about the development of student numbers over time and give you a breakdown by academic disciplines and types of degrees.

New Enrollments Fact Sheet

The New Enrollments Fact Sheet shows the enrollment numbers of students in the first semester of their studies according to subjects at different dates over time.

Later in the document, we also show final enrollment numbers per course of study as of December 1 of a given year.

 

Ranking Report

University comparisons through rankings have long been established and accepted in the English-speaking world. In Germany, the first university rankings appeared at the end of the 1980s and have since been published by various journals, magazines, and public opinion research institutes in increasing numbers and spending more time and effort. University rankings are also gaining acceptance in Germany, and prospective students increasingly use them to decide where to study.

The Rankingreport, a German-language document, provides an overview of RWTH Aachen University's performance in the university rankings in recent years. It shows the ranking results according to the ranking organization.

 

Downloads

Ranking Report