University of Stuttgart in numbers

Numbers, data, facts, and rankings

More than 150 degree programs, nearly 26,000 students, 190 million euro external funding: University of Stuttgart scores high by every measure. Peak performance in numbers and in charts.
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Over 185 years of history

Since its founding in 1829, the University of Stuttgart has developed into a major research university located in the heart of one of Europe's economically strongest and most innovative regions.

A fifth of the students at the University of Stuttgart come from abroad. (c)
A fifth of the students at the University of Stuttgart come from abroad.

Diverse student body

Nearly 26,000 students pursue their studies on two campuses in 10 colleges and 150 degree programs. About 8,500 or one-third of enrolled students are women and more than 17,000 are men. Nearly 5,600 or roughly 20 percent of our students come from abroad.

Our Students Statistics publications (only available in German) provide you with all the relevant numbers since 1996.

Solid finances

The University's budget underpins an ideal environment for research and teaching. Total revenues for fiscal year 2015 amounted to 491 million euro, of which 39 percent represent external funding (excluding borrowings). This equates to 744,000 euro per professor. See our Numbers Data Facts yearbook for a detailed breakdown.

Das Rektoramt (rechts) ist das Gebäude der ehemaligen Technischen Hochschule. Hier ist ein Teil der Zentralen Verwaltung untergebracht. Im Kollegiengebäude KI (links) haben viele Architektur-Institute ihren Sitz. (c)
The Rector's Office (right) now occupies the former Technical University. This is where a part of Central Administration does its work. The Collegium Building (left) houses many architectural institutes.

Family-friendly employer

As of 2017, the University of Stuttgart had 5,213 employees. Two-thirds (3,409) were academic staff, including 263 professors. The remainder looked after technology (916), administration and the library (888). The University of Stuttgart provides a balanced work-study-family environment for its employees and for that it has been certified as an Audit Family-friendly University.

Annual report

The current annual report is available for download. A printed version comes with the spring issue of FORSCHUNG LEBEN and is also available for inspection in the Central Administraion, at Keplerstraße 7. All previous issues since 2001 are stored in the Numbers Archive.

Successes and records


Five study programs at the University of Stuttgart have been named in the top group of the CHE-Hochschulranking 2018 in the category “support at the commencement of studies”. In terms of end qualifications, the University of Stuttgart also puts in a very convincing performance: three study programs also received an excellent ranking in the category “gaining a degree within a reasonable timeframe”. You can find more information about this in our press release from May 8, 2018. In the QS-Ranking 2018, the University of Stuttgart received an impressive rating for its engineering science study programs, ranked at 47th in the world. In THE World University Ranking 2019, the University of Stuttgart was placed 94th in the field of Engineering & Technology from more than 1100 top universities worldwide. In total, the university scored a rating between 251-300, placing it firmly in the top quarter overall.

In the U-Multirank 2018 international rankings, the University of Stuttgart as a whole received top grades in nine categories. The study is based on a worldwide student survey. In the 2014 Humboldt-Ranking of guest stays by international researchers, the University of Stuttgart took tenth place (absolute ranking) in Germany for the engineering science category.

The University of Stuttgart receives the largest amount of external funding (664,900 euros) per professor (according to the Federal Statistical Office, October 2017). The average amount at German universities with no medical facilities is 257,600 euros.
In terms of public funding, the German Research Foundation (DFG) awarded the University of Stuttgart a top position in its Förderatlas 2018 (136.7 DFG authorizations (Mio.€).

Auf dem Forschungscampus ARENA2036 entwickelt die Universität Stuttgart mit ihren Projektpartnern das Automobil der Zukunft. Foto: ARENA2036 (c) Uni Stuttgart
On the ARENA2036 research campus, the University of Stuttgart develops the automobile of the future with its project partners.

The pre-eminent position of the University of Stuttgart as a globally networked research university is reflected, among other things, by the two Clusters of Excellence “Data-integrated simulation sciences” and “Integrated computer-based planning and construction for architecture”, the research campus ARENA2036, its participation in the “Cybervalley” network as well as in numerous special research areas and graduate programs.

Der Großrechner Hazel Hen verteilt sich auf 41 Schränke. (c) HLRS
View of some of Hazel Hen's 41 cabinets.

Since 2005, the University of Stuttgart’s High Performance Computer Center (HLRS) has housed Europe’s fastest supercomputer. Named “Hazel Hen,” it is based on 185,088 compute cores, with processors and chips distributed over 41 cabinets and data stored in another 32 cabinets. It is also one of the world’s fastest high performance computing systems, ranking 8th in the Top500 worldwide (as of 11/2015).

Strengths in simulation technology and automobile development blend in Europe‘s largest motion driving simulator. It looks like half of a giant soccerball , but instead of sitting in an amusement park, it has its own annex in the University of Stuttgart’s Institute for Combustion Engines and Automotive Engineering (IVK). It is used to help develop intelligent driver assistance systems whose eventual aim is saving energy and increasing traffic safety.

Der Rennwagen F0711-10, „Weltmeister“ der Meisterschaften in Michigan 2016.  (c) Rennteam Stuttgart
The F0711-10 "World Champion" race car that won the 2016 championship race in Michigan, USA.

There is hardly any way to pass the University of Stuttgart racing team during student motor racing competitions. Driving self-built cars, the team regularly is among the top finishers in European and international Formula student championship racing. In 2016, it finished first at the unofficial world championship SAE Formula competition in Michigan, USA. With a total of 980.15 points, it also holds the world point record.

Statistical Review

The Central Administration distributes a yearly updated Statistical Review [de]. It makes comprehensive statistical data on students and employees of the University of Stuttgart readily and graphically accessible. You can also look up comparative numbers for previous years here.

Statistical Review archive

You can access all yearly Statistical Reviews beginning with the 2008 issue on the Archive website.

Figures Archive


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Hans-Herwig Geyer

Head of University Communications and Press Spokesperson