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Rank of German universities—The best German universities

You want to study in Germany and are wondering which is the best university in Germany? Here you can find out which national and international ranks of German universities exist and which are the best public and private universities in Germany.

There are various international and German university rankings that evaluate German universities according to different criteria. Here you will find an overview of the most popular university rankings:


German university rankings

CHE University Ranking

The CHE University Ranking is developed in cooperation with ZEIT Campus Online and is the largest university ranking in Germany. It is based on criteria such as study organisation, degrees awarded in a reasonable time, IT infrastructure, proportion of professors with professional experience, internationality and support for studying abroad.

University ranking of the Wirtschaftswoche

For this German university ranking, about 500 HR managers from companies with ten to several thousand employees are asked which German university they prefer to recruit their staff from and what they look for when doing so.

UniRank University Ranking

Unirank's German university ranking is not based on data provided by the universities themselves, but on various metrics provided by independent sources. These include, among others, the accreditation of the universities.

Studycheck is the leading evaluation and comparison portal for universities and study programmes throughout Germany. The German university ranking is based on the rating of former students, the recommendation rate and the number of ratings combined.


Worldwide university rankings:

QS World University Rankings

This global university ranking, which has been carried out by the company QS Quacquarelli Symonds since 2004, takes into account, among other things, academic reputation, reputation as an employer and the proportion of international students.

Times Higher Education (THE)

The THE university ranking is based on 13 different metrics, each broken down into five areas, which include, amongst others, teaching (the learning environment), research (scope, income and reputation) and internationality (staff, students and research).


The U-Multirank ranking compares universities' performance in the different areas in which they operate. For this purpose, more than 30 criteria in the areas of research, teaching and learning, knowledge transfer, international orientation and regional engagement are taken into account.

Best private universities in Germany

In the entire UniRank ranking, the following universities are among the best private universities in Germany:


80.     Jacobs University Bremen

102.     Universität Witten/Herdecke

105.     ESMT Berlin

110.     Hochschule für Philosophie München

114.     Frankfurt School of FInance and Management

117.     Hertie School of Governance

120.     WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management

123.  FOM Hochschule für Ökonomie und Management

137.  University of Applied Sciences Europe

139. HHL Leipzig Graduate School of Management

The complete UniRank ranking of German private universities is available here.

Compounder universities and the German university ranking

Our partner universities, which you can easily apply to with your Compounder profile, have also achieved top positions in various German university rankings in recent years:


Best Universities of Applied Sciences

CBS International Business School

CBS International Business School was once again awarded the title of "Germany's best private university of applied sciences in the field of business administration" in the 2019 university ranking of "Wirtschaftswoche".

IU International University

In the CHE university ranking, IU achieved first place in six out of 25 categories in both the business studies programme and the dual programme in social work. These categories include "Examinations", "Practical Relevance", "General Study Situation", "Supervision by Teachers", "Teaching Offerings" and "Study Organisation". This means that it received the highest number of top ratings of all the German universities across all the areas examined.

NBS Northern Business School

NBS was voted the third best university in Studycheck's annual ranking of all Hamburg universities.


Best distance learning universities

Allensbach University

Allensbach Hochschule was named "Top Provider of Continuing Education 2020" by the business magazine "Focus Business".

IST University of Management

IST University of Management was among the most popular distance learning universities and distance learning schools in Germany according to the FernstudiumCheck Report 2015/2016 of the evaluation portal


Wilhelm-Büchner-Hochschule was once again named top distance learning university in the FernstudiumCheck Report 2020.


Best dual universities

FHDW University of Applied Sciences

The FHDW University of Applied Sciences was named "Top Digital Education Provider" in the "Business Schools" category by Wirtschaftswoche magazine.

Study at one of the best private German universities.

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