Universities in Saudi Arabia
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29 out of 34
  • Universities in Saudi Arabia
  • Ranked in at least one ranking
24
  • Different Rankings list
  • Universities in Saudi Arabia
  • (18 institution and 6 subject rankings)
19
  • Global Rankings rank
  • Universities in Saudi Arabia
  • Among TOP 200

For business studies see our separate ranking of business schools in Saudi Arabia

Latest ranking updates related to universities in Saudi Arabia
  • 18 Mar, 2021: Publication of Scimago Institutions Rankings - Universities. King Abdullah University of Science and Technology with highest ranking among universities in Saudi Arabia ranked #138.
  • 04 Mar, 2021: Publication of QS World University Rankings By Subject (Mathematics). King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals with highest ranking among universities in Saudi Arabia ranked #7.
  • 01 Mar, 2021: Publication of THE Emerging Economies University Ranking - Times Higher Education. King Abdulaziz University with highest ranking among universities in Saudi Arabia ranked #16.
  • 30 Jan, 2021: UniRank 4icu - World Ranking updated with King Saud University in position 122.

Highest subject rankings of universities in Saudi Arabia

Robotics
#6 
King Abdulaziz University
Civil Engineering
#21 
King Abdulaziz University
Dentistry
#43 
King Saud University
Statistics
#51 
King Abdullah University of Science and Technology
Agriculture
#135 
King Abdulaziz University
Psychology
#251 
King Abdulaziz University

Rankings of universities in Saudi Arabia 2021

#1

King Abdulaziz University

Student satisfaction: 4.2 / 5.0 (5 reviews)
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  • #1 
  • #201 
THE World University Rankings - Times Higher Education
[Published 24 August, 2020]
  • #1 
  • #143 
QS World University Rankings
[Published 10 June, 2020]
  • #2 
  • #156 
Scimago Institutions Rankings - Universities
[Published 18 March, 2021]


#2

King Saud University

Student satisfaction: 4.2 / 5.0 (1784 reviews)
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  • #3 
  • #401 
THE World University Rankings - Times Higher Education
[Published 24 August, 2020]
  • #3 
  • #287 
QS World University Rankings
[Published 10 June, 2020]
  • #3 
  • #194 
Scimago Institutions Rankings - Universities
[Published 18 March, 2021]


#3

King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals

Student satisfaction: 4.6 / 5.0 (721 reviews)
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  • #4 
  • #501 
THE World University Rankings - Times Higher Education
[Published 24 August, 2020]
  • #2 
  • #186 
QS World University Rankings
[Published 10 June, 2020]
  • #4 
  • #368 
Scimago Institutions Rankings - Universities
[Published 18 March, 2021]


#4

King Khalid University

Student satisfaction: 3.9 / 5.0 (235 reviews)
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  • #5 
  • #501 
THE World University Rankings - Times Higher Education
[Published 24 August, 2020]
  • #6 
  • #601 
QS World University Rankings
[Published 10 June, 2020]
  • #14 
  • #567 
Scimago Institutions Rankings - Universities
[Published 18 March, 2021]


#5

Alfaisal University

Student satisfaction: 4.4 / 5.0 (5 reviews)
  • #2 
  • #251 
THE World University Rankings - Times Higher Education
[Published 24 August, 2020]
  • #5 
  • #485 
Scimago Institutions Rankings - Universities
[Published 18 March, 2021]
  • #8 
  • #2559 
Nature Index - Top Academic Institutions
[Published 04 May, 2020]


#6

Umm Al-Qura University

Student satisfaction: 4.3 / 5.0 (343 reviews)
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  • #7 
  • #1001 
THE World University Rankings - Times Higher Education
[Published 24 August, 2020]
  • #4 
  • #474 
QS World University Rankings
[Published 10 June, 2020]
  • #9 
  • #541 
Scimago Institutions Rankings - Universities
[Published 18 March, 2021]


#7

King Saud bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences

Student satisfaction: 4.3 / 5.0 (208 reviews)
  • #6 
  • #801 
THE World University Rankings - Times Higher Education
[Published 24 August, 2020]
  • #6 
  • #518 
Scimago Institutions Rankings - Universities
[Published 18 March, 2021]
  • #5 
  • #1156 
US News: Best Global Universities
[Published 19 October, 2020]


#8

King Faisal University

Student satisfaction: 4.1 / 5.0 (309 reviews)
  • #8 
  • #1001 
THE World University Rankings - Times Higher Education
[Published 24 August, 2020]
  • #9 
  • #801 
QS World University Rankings
[Published 10 June, 2020]
  • #10 
  • #542 
Scimago Institutions Rankings - Universities
[Published 18 March, 2021]


#9

King Abdullah University of Science and Technology

Student satisfaction: 4.6 / 5.0 (784 reviews)
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  • #12 
  • #1001 
QS World University Rankings
[Published 10 June, 2020]
  • #1 
  • #138 
Scimago Institutions Rankings - Universities
[Published 18 March, 2021]
  • #2 
  • #121 
US News: Best Global Universities
[Published 19 October, 2020]


#10

Qassim University

  • #9 
  • #1001 
THE World University Rankings - Times Higher Education
[Published 24 August, 2020]
  • #16 
  • #573 
Scimago Institutions Rankings - Universities
[Published 18 March, 2021]
  • #9 
  • #401 
THE Emerging Economies University Ranking - Times Higher Education
[Published 01 March, 2021]

#11

Prince Mohammad Bin Fahd University

Student satisfaction: 4.9 / 5.0 (18 reviews)
  • #7 
  • #751 
QS World University Rankings
[Published 10 June, 2020]
  • #21 
  • #616 
Scimago Institutions Rankings - Universities
[Published 18 March, 2021]
  • #10 
  • #2677 
Nature Index - Top Academic Institutions
[Published 04 May, 2020]

#12

Islamic University of Madinah

Student satisfaction: 4.6 / 5.0 (1318 reviews)
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  • #8 
  • #801 
QS World University Rankings
[Published 10 June, 2020]
  • #22 
  • #622 
Scimago Institutions Rankings - Universities
[Published 18 March, 2021]
  • #12 
  • #3571 
Nature Index - Top Academic Institutions
[Published 04 May, 2020]

#13

Princess Nora bint Abdulrahman University

  • #10 
  • #801 
QS World University Rankings
[Published 10 June, 2020]
  • #17 
  • #579 
Scimago Institutions Rankings - Universities
[Published 18 March, 2021]
  • #13 
  • #3687 
Nature Index - Top Academic Institutions
[Published 04 May, 2020]

#14

Imam Abdulrahman Bin Faisal University

Student satisfaction: 4.1 / 5.0 (281 reviews)
  • #5 
  • #521 
QS World University Rankings
[Published 10 June, 2020]
  • #9 
  • #43 
QS Arab Region University Rankings 2021
[Published 28 October, 2020]
  • #1 
  • #81 
QS 50 under 50
[Published 24 June, 2020]


#15

Al-Imam Muhammad Ibn Saud Islamic University

  • #11 
  • #1001 
QS World University Rankings
[Published 10 June, 2020]
  • #20 
  • #613 
Scimago Institutions Rankings - Universities
[Published 18 March, 2021]
  • #14 
  • #3786 
Nature Index - Top Academic Institutions
[Published 04 May, 2020]

#16

Taibah University

Student satisfaction: 3.9 / 5.0 (5 reviews)
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  • #8 
  • #524 
Scimago Institutions Rankings - Universities
[Published 18 March, 2021]
  • #6 
  • #1221 
US News: Best Global Universities
[Published 19 October, 2020]
  • #11 
  • #2753 
Nature Index - Top Academic Institutions
[Published 04 May, 2020]

#17

Najran University

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  • #13 
  • #563 
Scimago Institutions Rankings - Universities
[Published 18 March, 2021]
  • #5 
  • #2020 
Nature Index - Top Academic Institutions
[Published 04 May, 2020]
  • #16 
  • #1939 
URAP World Ranking - University Ranking by Academic Performance
[Published 03 December, 2020]

#18

Taif University

Student satisfaction: 3.5 / 5.0 (217 reviews)
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  • #19 
  • #583 
Scimago Institutions Rankings - Universities
[Published 18 March, 2021]
  • #8 
  • #1476 
US News: Best Global Universities
[Published 19 October, 2020]
  • #9 
  • #2644 
Nature Index - Top Academic Institutions
[Published 04 May, 2020]

#19

University of Tabuk

Student satisfaction: 3.8 / 5.0 (134 reviews)
  • #7 
  • #524 
Scimago Institutions Rankings - Universities
[Published 18 March, 2021]
  • #9 
  • #1458 
URAP World Ranking - University Ranking by Academic Performance
[Published 03 December, 2020]
  • #18 
  • #91 
QS Arab Region University Rankings 2021
[Published 28 October, 2020]

#20

Jazan University

Student satisfaction: 4.0 / 5.0 (165 reviews)
  • #11 
  • #558 
Scimago Institutions Rankings - Universities
[Published 18 March, 2021]
  • #17 
  • #4126 
Nature Index - Top Academic Institutions
[Published 04 May, 2020]
  • #15 
  • #1719 
URAP World Ranking - University Ranking by Academic Performance
[Published 03 December, 2020]

#21

Prince Sultan University

Student satisfaction: 4.7 / 5.0 (59 reviews)
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  • #12 
  • #560 
Scimago Institutions Rankings - Universities
[Published 18 March, 2021]
  • #11 
  • #51 
QS Arab Region University Rankings 2021
[Published 28 October, 2020]
  • #16 
  • #97 
UniRank 4icu - Top Arabic-Speaking Universities
[Published 30 January, 2021]

#22

Effat University

Student satisfaction: 4.3 / 5.0 (180 reviews)
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  • #15 
  • #569 
Scimago Institutions Rankings - Universities
[Published 18 March, 2021]
  • #16 
  • #81 
QS Arab Region University Rankings 2021
[Published 28 October, 2020]
  • #21 
  • #142 
UniRank 4icu - Top Arabic-Speaking Universities
[Published 30 January, 2021]

#23

Al Jouf University

Student satisfaction: 4.2 / 5.0 (81 reviews)
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  • #16 
  • #3894 
Nature Index - Top Academic Institutions
[Published 04 May, 2020]
  • #17 
  • #2127 
URAP World Ranking - University Ranking by Academic Performance
[Published 03 December, 2020]
  • #24 
  • #131 
QS Arab Region University Rankings 2021
[Published 28 October, 2020]

#24

Northern Borders University

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  • #19 
  • #2690 
URAP World Ranking - University Ranking by Academic Performance
[Published 03 December, 2020]
  • #23 
  • #154 
UniRank 4icu - Top Arabic-Speaking Universities
[Published 30 January, 2021]
  • #27 
  • #3555 
Webometrics Ranking Web of Universities
[Published 01 January, 2021]

#25

University of Ha'il

Student satisfaction: 3.7 / 5.0 (5 reviews)
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  • #22 
  • #131 
QS Arab Region University Rankings 2021
[Published 28 October, 2020]
  • #20 
  • #121 
UniRank 4icu - Top Arabic-Speaking Universities
[Published 30 January, 2021]
  • #20 
  • #2544 
Webometrics Ranking Web of Universities
[Published 01 January, 2021]

#26

Naif Arab University for Security Sciences

Student satisfaction: 4.4 / 5.0 (115 reviews)
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  • #28 
  • #6987 
Webometrics Ranking Web of Universities
[Published 01 January, 2021]

#27

Al Yamamah University

Student satisfaction: 3.8 / 5.0 (5 reviews)
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  • #23 
  • #131 
QS Arab Region University Rankings 2021
[Published 28 October, 2020]
  • #25 
  • #179 
UniRank 4icu - Top Arabic-Speaking Universities
[Published 30 January, 2021]

#28

Riyadh College of Dentistry and Pharmacy

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  • #29 
  • #11434 
Webometrics Ranking Web of Universities
[Published 01 January, 2021]

#29

Dar Al-Hekma College

Student satisfaction: 4.1 / 5.0 (60 reviews)
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  • #21 
  • #131 
QS Arab Region University Rankings 2021
[Published 28 October, 2020]

#30

University of Business and Technology

Student satisfaction: 4.2 / 5.0 (25 reviews)

#31

Al-Baha Private College of Science

Student satisfaction: 4.0 / 5.0 (20 reviews)

#32

Dar Al Uloom University

Student satisfaction: 3.7 / 5.0 (95 reviews)
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#33

MBSC College of Business & Entrepreneurship


#34

Ibn Sina National College for Medical Studies

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FAQ

King Abdulaziz University ranks #1 in Saudi Arabia in our meta ranking composed of 96 university rankings.

Among all universities in Saudi Arabia King Abdulaziz University is listed in the largest number of rankings. See all 26 rankings where King Abdulaziz University is listed.

King Abdulaziz University is ranked best in Saudi Arabia for Engineering (Robotics). See all rankings for the King Abdulaziz University.

King Abdulaziz University is ranked best in Saudi Arabia for Natural Sciences (Civil Engineering). See all rankings for the King Abdulaziz University.

King Saud University is ranked best in Saudi Arabia for Medicine & Health (Dentistry). See all rankings for the King Saud University.

King Abdullah University of Science and Technology is ranked best in Saudi Arabia for Mathematics (Statistics). See all rankings for the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology.

King Abdulaziz University is ranked best in Saudi Arabia for Agriculture (Agriculture). See all rankings for the King Abdulaziz University.

King Abdulaziz University is ranked best in Saudi Arabia for Social Studies & Humanities (Psychology). See all rankings for the King Abdulaziz University.

Ranking publishers

4icu

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British Quacquarelli Symonds, UK

Criteria used in ranking -QS World University Rankings:
Academic Reputation 40%
Employer Reputation 10%
Faculty/Student Ratio 20%
Citations per faculty 20%
International Faculty Ratio 5%
International Student Ratio 5%

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Criteria used in ranking -QS Employability Rankings:
Employer reputation 30%
Alumni outcomes 25%
Partnerships with Employers per Faculty 25%
Employer/Student Connections 10%
Graduate employment rate 10%

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Criteria used in ranking -QS 50 under 50:
Based on the QS World University rankings methodology, the top 50 universities that are under 50 years old.

Academic Reputation 40%
Employer Reputation 10%
Faculty/Student Ratio 20%
Citations per faculty 20%
International Faculty Ratio 5%
International Student Ratio 5%

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Criteria used in ranking -QS Arab Region University Rankings 2021:
Academic reputation 30%
Employer reputation 20%
Faculty/student ratio 15%
International research network 10%

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CWUR Center for World University Rankings

Criteria used in ranking -CWUR Center for World University Rankings:
Research Performance 40%
Quality of Education 25%
Alumni Employment 25%
Quality of Faculty 10%

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Centre for Science and Technology Studies, Leiden University, Netherlands

Criteria used in ranking -CWTS Leiden Ranking:
Academic research publication

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NTU ranking

Criteria used in ranking -NTU Performance Ranking of Scientific Papers:
Research excellence 40%
Research impact 35%
Research productivity 25%

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Criteria used in ranking -NTU Asia:
Research productivity 25%
Research impact 35%
Research Excellence 40%

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Nature Index

Criteria used in ranking -Nature Index - Top Academic Institutions:
Article count (AC)
Fractional count (FC)
Weighted fractional count (WFC)

RUR Ranking Agency (Moscow, Russia)

Criteria used in ranking -RUR World University Rankings:
Teaching 40%
Research 40%
International Diversity 10%
Financial Sustainability 10%

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Criteria used in ranking -RUR Reputation Ranking:
Teaching Reputation 50%
Research Reputation 50%

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Criteria used in ranking -RUR Research Performance Ranking:
Normalized citation impact (Citations of research publications from all university authors compared with world averages) 20%
Citation per papers 20%
Papers per academic and research staff 20%
International research reputation 20%
Share of research publications written in international co-authorship 20%

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Scimago Institutions

Criteria used in ranking -Scimago Institutions Rankings - Universities:
Research 50%
Innovation 30%
Societal 20%

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ShanghaiRanking Consultancy

Criteria used in ranking -ARWU Academic Ranking of World Universities - ShanghaiRanking:
Alumni winning research prizes 10%
Staff winning research prizes 20%
Research paper publications 20%
Papers published in Nature and Science 20%
Papers indexed in Science Citation Index-Expanded and Social Science Citation Index 20%
Per capita academic performance 10%

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THE Times Higher Education, UK

Criteria used in ranking -THE World University Rankings - Times Higher Education:
Teaching 30%
Research (volume, income and reputation) 30%
Citations 30%
International outlook (staff, students, research) 7.5%
Industry income (knowledge transfer) 2.5%

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Criteria used in ranking -THE Emerging Economies University Ranking - Times Higher Education:
Teaching 30%
Research (volume, income and reputation) 30%
Citations 20%
International outlook (staff, students, research) 10%
Industry income (knowledge transfer) 10%

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Criteria used in ranking -THE Asia University Ranking:
Research (volume, income and reputation) 30%
Citations 30%
Teaching 25%
International outlook (staff, students, research) 7.5%
Industry income (knowledge transfer) 7.5%

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Criteria used in ranking -Young University Rankings:
Teaching 30%
Research (volume, income and reputation) 30%
Citations 30%
International outlook (staff, students, research) 7.5%
Industry income (knowledge transfer) 2.5%

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Urap

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Us News

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Webometrics

Criteria used in ranking -Webometrics Ranking Web of Universities:
Visibility 50%
Excellence 35%
Transparency 10%
Presence 5%

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