Top Universities In France

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In the QS World University Rankings 2021, France has 36 entrants, 10 of which are among the top 300 universities in the world.

The rankings are determined by a formula that evaluates each university's academic and employer reputations, research impact, and other factors.

Paris Sciences et Lettres Research University

The Paris Sciences et Lettres Research University (PSL), which was founded in 2010 and is made up of nine constituent colleges, including the extremely elite École normale supérieure, is ranked 52nd in the world and first among France's best universities (ENS Paris).

PSL ranks 20th in the world in the employer reputation indicator, with the highest score. The institution has strong ties to employers and strategic alliances with other top universities throughout the world.

Ecole Polytechnique (ParisTech)

École Polytechnique has risen five places to equal 68th in the world in 2021. It is a founding member of the ParisTech collegiate university, which offers scientific and business courses. It is ranked 15th in the world for employer reputation.

The campus, which is 30 kilometers outside of Paris, has 120 hectares of open area for its 4,600 students to enjoy.

Sorbonne University

Sorbonne University, a new institution founded by the merging of Paris-Sorbonne University and Pierre and Marie Curie University, is ranked 83rd in the globe in 2021 and ranks 42nd in the world in the academic reputation indicator.


École Centrale Paris and the Supélec graduate school of engineering merged in 2015 to form CentraleSupélec, which is ranked 138th in the world in 2021. It is a founding member of the Université Paris-Saclay, a group of French universities focused on research.

École Normale Supérieure de Lyon

The École Normale Supérieure de Lyon has slipped to 161st place in the world this year, but it remains the fifth best university in France.

The École Normale Supérieure de Lyon, another grande école, is a prestigious public institution that educates researchers and instructors in the humanities and sciences.

École des Ponts ParisTech

This year, École des Ponts ParisTech and Sciences Po Paris have moved up eight places to equal 242nd in the globe. It is one of France's smaller institutions, with just over 2,000 students enrolled. Another founding member of ParisTech is this university.

Sciences Po Paris

Sciences Po Paris is a university that focuses on law, economics, social science, politics, and history, among other subjects. In 2021, it is rated 242nd in the globe. It has over 14,000 students, nearly half of them are international, and over 150 countries are represented on campus.

Université de Paris

The University of Paris is now ranked joint 275th in the world, down 22 places from last year.

The university was founded in 2018 as a result of the merger of Université Paris Diderot (Paris 7) , Université Paris Descartes, and the Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris. It is located in the center of Paris (The Paris Institute of Earth Physics, IPGP).

Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne

In this year's international university rankings, the Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne climbs 18 places to equal 287th place. It achieves its greatest ranking in the academic reputation category, ranking 118th in the globe.

In 1971, two faculties of the Institution of Paris merged to become the university. The school now focuses on economic and management sciences, as well as humanities, legal, and political studies.

ENS Paris-Saclay

ENS Paris-Saclay, formerly known as ENS Cachan, has entered France's top ten this year. After climbing an incredible 21 places this year, the school now ranks joint 291st in the world. It achieves its best score in the faculty/student ratio metric, where it is ranked among the top 100 universities in the world.

The institution has relocated its campuses to Gif-sur-Yvette, France's 'Silicon Valley,' where it is conveniently located among other members of the Paris-Saclay research and commercial center. Its original campus in Cachan, however, preserves student housing and administrative offices.

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