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.
Diverse student body
Nearly 28,000 students pursue their studies on two campuses in 10 colleges and 150 degree programs. About 9,000 or one-third of enrolled students are women and more than 18,000 are men. Nearly 6,000 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.
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.
As of 2015, the University of Stuttgart had 5,190 employees. Two-thirds (3,438) were academic staff, including 262 professors. The remainder looked after technology (938), administration and the library (819). 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.
Successes and records
The University of Stuttgart received “outstanding“ evaluations in more than five categories of the fields information technology and physics in the German CHE-Hochschulranking. With rank 79 in the global QS-Ranking 2017/18 the University of Stuttgart among the top 100 universities for engineering sciences in Germany. In the THE World University Ranking 2017/18 the University of Stuttgart ranks among the best universities in the fields Computer Science (rank 62) and Technology & Engineering (rank 87). More than 1100 top universities worldwide are part of this ranking; hence the University of Stuttgart is part of the upper quarter (rank group positions 201-250) of all international universities.
In the U-Multirank 2015 international rankings, the University of Stuttgart as a whole received top grades in eleven 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 seventh place (absolute ranking) in Germany for the engineering science category.
According to the Federal Statistics Office (November 2015), in Germany the University of Stuttgart with 744,000 euro raised the most external funding per professor. The average amount for German universities without medical institutes is 255,400 euro
With regard to public funding programs, the German Research Foundation in its Funding Atlas 2015 also puts us in the top ranks. University of Stuttgart research centers consistently rank among the top 10 grant recipients.
The University of Stuttgarte is participating in the Excellence Initiative with two projects: Stuttgart Research Center for Simulation Technology (SimTech) and the Graduate School of Excellence Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (GSaME). The University is also participating in two of the 15 Technology Clusters of Excellence at the Federal level: microTEC Suedwest and Elektromobilität Sued-West. In addition, we are one of ten Federal research campuses under ARENA2036, the public-private partnership for developing next-generation automobile technology .
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.
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.
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.
The current annual report is available for download (as a 740kb PDF file, 16 pages). The content reflects the above photo gallery. 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.