Rankings and surveys

The University of Tartu is known for its high-quality studies and research. The university is featured in many local and international top university rankings lists. As of 2023, the University of Tartu belongs to the top 1% of the world's universities.

Rankings

The QS World University Rankings portfolio, inaugurated in 2004, has become the world’s most popular source of comparative data about university performance. 

The QS World University Rankings 2024 implemented the largest-ever methodological enhancement, introducing three new metrics: Sustainability, Employment Outcomes and International Research Network

2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023 2024
347 314 321 301 285 300 296 358


 

QS World University Rankings by Subject

The QS World University Rankings by Subject are compiled annually to help prospective students identify the leading universities in a particular subject. 

  2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
ARTS & HUMANITIES 299 288 287 310 289
English Language & Literature 251-300 201-250 201-250 201-250 251-300
Linguistics 151-200 201-250 201-250 201-250 151-200
Modern Languages 251-300 251-300 251-300 301-330 301-340
Philosophy 151-200 151-200 151-200    
ENGINEERING & TECHNOLOGY     501-520 451-500 451-500
Computer Science & Information Systems 351-400 351-400 351-400 301-350 301-350
LIFE SCIENCES & MEDICINE 373 352 304 293 321
Biological Sciences 251-300 251-300 201-250 151-200 201-250
Medicine 351-400 351-400 301-350 251-300 251-300
Agriculture and Forestry 151-200 151-200 201-250 201-250 201-250
Pharmacy and Pharmacology         301-350
NATURAL SCIENCES 451-500 451-500 451-500 401-450 378
Chemistry 451-500 501-550 451-500 451-500 401-450
Geography 151-200 151-200 151-200 151-200 151-200
Physics and Astronomy 551-600 451-500 401-450 451-500 401-450
SOCIAL SCIENCES & MANAGEMENT 336 357 357 383 401-450
Business & Management Studies 401-450   501-550    
Communication & Media Studies 151-200 151-200 201-250   201-250
Economics & Econometrics     451-500 501-520  
Education & Training 251-300 201-250 151-200 201-250 251-300
Politics 101-150 151-200 151-200 201-220 201-230
Sociology   201-250 201-250 201-250 201-250
Law       301-340 251-300



QS Emerging Europe & Central Asia (EECA) Rankings

QS World University Rankings by Region focuses on the fastest-growing regions in the world, ranking separately universities in Latin America, Asia, the Arab Region, BRICS and Emerging Europe & Central Asia (EECA). The University of Tartu and Estonia belong to the latter one.

2019 2020 2021 2022
5 4 2 4


QS Sustainability University Rankings 2023

Featuring 700 universities, this first edition of the rankings uses a methodology comprised of indicators designed to measure an institution's ability to tackle the world’s greatest Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) challenges.

2023: 501-550

THE (Times Higher Education) has been providing trusted performance data on universities for students and their families, academics, university leaders, governments and industry since 2004. 

2018 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
301-350 301-350 301-350 251-300 251-300 201-250


THE Global Subject Rankings

Subject 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
Arts & humanities 251-300 251-300 301-400 251-300 251-300 251-300
Business & economics 251-300 201-250 201-250 251-300 251-300 201-250
Clinical & health 301-400 301-400 251-300 251-300 251-300 176-200
Computer science 251-300 201-250 176-200 201-250 201-250 176-200
Education 301-400 301-400 301-400 401-500 401-500 251-300
Life sciences 126-150 176-200 151-175 151-175 151-175 151-175
Physical sciences 401-500 301-400 301-400 301-400 301-400 251-300
Psychology 301-400 201-250 201-250 201-250 201-250 251-300
Social sciences 251-300 301-400 301-400 301-400 301-400 301-400

 

The Academic Ranking of World Universities, also known as the Shanghai Ranking, is one of the annual publications of world university rankings. It was first published in 2003 by the Center for World-Class Universities at Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China. Since 2009, the ARWU has been published annually and copyrighted by ShanghaiRanking Consultancy. 

2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
401-500 301-400 301-400 301-400 401-500 401-500 501-600 701-800

ARWU also publishes subject-based rankings.

U.S. News ranks institutions from the U.S. and more than 90 other countries based on 13 indicators measuring their academic research performance and global and regional reputations. 

2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
491 384 331 322 289 256


There are also rankings by subject available. Further data on the University of Tartu is available here.

The "Performance Ranking of Scientific Papers for World Universities" is released by National Taiwan University and is also known as NTU Rankings. 

2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
456 423 459 446 387 404 377


Further data on UT is available here.

The "Webometrics Ranking of World Universities" is an initiative of the Cybermetrics Lab, a research group belonging to the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC), the largest public research body in Spain. The Ranking Web is not a ranking of universities' websites; it is a ranking of universities. It uses webometric (all missions) and bibliometric (research mission) indicators.

2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
447 445 428 440 426 433 461 450

 

The CWTS Leiden Ranking offers important insights into the scientific performance of over 1200 major universities worldwide. Compared with other university rankings, the Leiden Ranking offers more advanced bibliometric indicators.

2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
602 622 595 614 719 658 745 770

 

Surveys and research

According to the universities’ reputation survey conducted by Kantar Emor in spring 2023 among Estonian residents aged 15–60, people of all age groups consider the University of Tartu as Estonia’s most reputable higher education institution.

When asked about higher education institutions, 86% of the respondents spontaneously mentioned the University of Tartu first; the percentage was even higher, 97%, among young people aged 15-24. The reputation of the University of Tartu was considered excellent or very good by 84% of the nearly 1,400 respondents.

According to the survey, the university’s reputation is based on first-class education, credibility, high-level research and successful alumni. The university’s diploma is highly valued in the labour market. The internationalisation of the university is also seen as an advantage.

Statistics Estonia analysed the economic contribution of working international students and international graduates. The analysis, commissioned by the Education and Youth Board, shows that, in the academic year 2021/22, international degree students contributed 14 million euros and international graduates over 8 million euros in taxes. Read more here.

Studyportals, in collaboration with IELTS, Shorelight Education and US News Global Education, launched the first ever Global Student Satisfaction Awards in 2019. Entirely based on student reviews, the awards recognise the best educators globally and are the first of their kind to review universities based solely on student voices and experiences. The University of Tartu was awarded for outstanding achievements in student satisfaction and brought home the award for Best Admission Process.

In 2019, a total of 183 higher education institutions from around the globe, including 48 from Europe and eight from Estonia, participated in the International Student Barometer (ISB) survey – a leading, large-scale survey of student attitudes. The results show that the highest scores for learning and living experience and support services among international students studying at Estonian higher education institutions were awarded to the University of Tartu. Among European higher education institutions, the University of Tartu ranked 2nd-6th, while the world rankings placed it in 10th-60th place. Read more here.

Sügisesel orienteerumisel saab avastada lugusid Toomemäe minevikust.

Autumn orienteering course invites everyone to discover the tales from Toome Hill

Rahvusülikooli 104. aastapäev

Estonia's national university 104

Tartu Ülikooli üliõpilaskonna esimees Renar Kihho kõnet pidamas

President of the University of Tartu Student Union Renar Kihho: let us work together for the best higher education