Universities in Saudi Arabia
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29 out of 36
  • Universities in Saudi Arabia
  • Ranked in at least one ranking
28
  • Different Rankings list
  • Universities in Saudi Arabia
  • (22 institution and 6 subject rankings)
24
  • 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
  • 19 Jan, 2022: THE World’s Most International Universities - Times Higher Education updated with King Abdulaziz University in position 44.
  • 15 Dec, 2021: Urap published most recent results of URAP World Ranking - University Ranking by Academic Performance. Includes 7 universities from Saudi Arabia.
  • 24 Nov, 2021: Publication of THE Global University Employability Ranking - Times Higher Education. King Abdulaziz University with highest ranking among universities in Saudi Arabia ranked #188.
  • 28 Oct, 2021: THE Times Higher Education, UK published most recent results of THE World Reputation Rankings - Times Higher Education. King Abdulaziz University achieves position 176.

Highest subject rankings of universities in Saudi Arabia

Mathematics
#1 
King Abdulaziz University
Robotics
#6 
King Abdulaziz University
Physical Sciences
#12 
King Abdulaziz University
Computer Science
#17 
King Abdulaziz University
Dentistry
#43 
King Saud University
Sports Related Subjects
#51 
King Saud University
Agricultural Sciences
#88 
King Saud University
Law
#101 
King Abdulaziz University
Education
#151 
King Saud University
Social Sciences
#151 
King Abdulaziz University

Rankings of universities in Saudi Arabia 2022

#1

King Abdulaziz University

Student satisfaction: 4.2 / 5.0 (5 reviews)
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  • #1 
  • #190 
THE World University Rankings - Times Higher Education
[Published 02 September, 2021]
  • #1 
  • #109 
QS World University Rankings
[Published 08 June, 2021]
  • #2 
  • #156 
Scimago Institutions Rankings - Universities
[Published 18 March, 2021]


#2

King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals

Student satisfaction: 4.6 / 5.0 (1342 reviews)
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  • #4 
  • #351 
THE World University Rankings - Times Higher Education
[Published 02 September, 2021]
  • #2 
  • #163 
QS World University Rankings
[Published 08 June, 2021]
  • #4 
  • #368 
Scimago Institutions Rankings - Universities
[Published 18 March, 2021]


#3

King Saud University

Student satisfaction: 4.4 / 5.0 (4252 reviews)
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  • #5 
  • #351 
THE World University Rankings - Times Higher Education
[Published 02 September, 2021]
  • #3 
  • #277 
QS World University Rankings
[Published 08 June, 2021]
  • #3 
  • #194 
Scimago Institutions Rankings - Universities
[Published 18 March, 2021]



#4

Umm Al-Qura University

Student satisfaction: 4.2 / 5.0 (1278 reviews)
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  • #7 
  • #601 
THE World University Rankings - Times Higher Education
[Published 02 September, 2021]
  • #4 
  • #447 
QS World University Rankings
[Published 08 June, 2021]
  • #9 
  • #541 
Scimago Institutions Rankings - Universities
[Published 18 March, 2021]


#5

King Khalid University

Student satisfaction: 3.7 / 5.0 (757 reviews)
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  • #9 
  • #801 
THE World University Rankings - Times Higher Education
[Published 02 September, 2021]
  • #6 
  • #651 
QS World University Rankings
[Published 08 June, 2021]
  • #14 
  • #567 
Scimago Institutions Rankings - Universities
[Published 18 March, 2021]


#6

Alfaisal University

Student satisfaction: 4.4 / 5.0 (493 reviews)
  • #2 
  • #201 
THE World University Rankings - Times Higher Education
[Published 02 September, 2021]
  • #5 
  • #485 
Scimago Institutions Rankings - Universities
[Published 18 March, 2021]
  • #5 
  • #1843 
Nature Index - Top Academic Institutions
[Published 10 June, 2021]

#7

Imam Abdulrahman Bin Faisal University

Student satisfaction: 4.2 / 5.0 (651 reviews)
  • #8 
  • #801 
THE World University Rankings - Times Higher Education
[Published 02 September, 2021]
  • #5 
  • #521 
QS World University Rankings
[Published 08 June, 2021]
  • #8 
  • #2331 
Nature Index - Top Academic Institutions
[Published 10 June, 2021]


#8

King Faisal University

Student satisfaction: 4.0 / 5.0 (959 reviews)
  • #11 
  • #1001 
THE World University Rankings - Times Higher Education
[Published 02 September, 2021]
  • #12 
  • #801 
QS World University Rankings
[Published 08 June, 2021]
  • #10 
  • #542 
Scimago Institutions Rankings - Universities
[Published 18 March, 2021]


#9

University of Tabuk

Student satisfaction: 3.8 / 5.0 (482 reviews)
  • #6 
  • #401 
THE World University Rankings - Times Higher Education
[Published 02 September, 2021]
  • #7 
  • #524 
Scimago Institutions Rankings - Universities
[Published 18 March, 2021]
  • #16 
  • #3700 
Nature Index - Top Academic Institutions
[Published 10 June, 2021]


#10

King Saud bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences

Student satisfaction: 4.4 / 5.0 (824 reviews)
  • #10 
  • #801 
THE World University Rankings - Times Higher Education
[Published 02 September, 2021]
  • #6 
  • #518 
Scimago Institutions Rankings - Universities
[Published 18 March, 2021]
  • #7 
  • #2141 
Nature Index - Top Academic Institutions
[Published 10 June, 2021]


#11

University of Ha'il

Student satisfaction: 3.7 / 5.0 (5 reviews)
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  • #3 
  • #351 
THE World University Rankings - Times Higher Education
[Published 02 September, 2021]
  • #13 
  • #2719 
Nature Index - Top Academic Institutions
[Published 10 June, 2021]
  • #5 
  • #68 
THE Emerging Economies University Ranking - Times Higher Education
[Published 19 October, 2021]


#12

King Abdullah University of Science and Technology

Student satisfaction: 4.6 / 5.0 (1132 reviews)
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  • #1 
  • #138 
Scimago Institutions Rankings - Universities
[Published 18 March, 2021]
  • #2 
  • #97 
US News: Best Global Universities
[Published 25 October, 2021]
  • #1 
  • #117 
Nature Index - Top Academic Institutions
[Published 10 June, 2021]


#13

Qassim University

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  • #13 
  • #1201 
THE World University Rankings - Times Higher Education
[Published 02 September, 2021]
  • #10 
  • #801 
QS World University Rankings
[Published 08 June, 2021]
  • #16 
  • #573 
Scimago Institutions Rankings - Universities
[Published 18 March, 2021]


#14

Prince Mohammad Bin Fahd University

Student satisfaction: 4.9 / 5.0 (18 reviews)
  • #8 
  • #701 
QS World University Rankings
[Published 08 June, 2021]
  • #21 
  • #616 
Scimago Institutions Rankings - Universities
[Published 18 March, 2021]
  • #10 
  • #2481 
Nature Index - Top Academic Institutions
[Published 10 June, 2021]

#15

Princess Nora bint Abdulrahman University

  • #9 
  • #751 
QS World University Rankings
[Published 08 June, 2021]
  • #17 
  • #579 
Scimago Institutions Rankings - Universities
[Published 18 March, 2021]
  • #14 
  • #2723 
Nature Index - Top Academic Institutions
[Published 10 June, 2021]

#16

Taif University

Student satisfaction: 3.7 / 5.0 (626 reviews)
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  • #12 
  • #1201 
THE World University Rankings - Times Higher Education
[Published 02 September, 2021]
  • #19 
  • #583 
Scimago Institutions Rankings - Universities
[Published 18 March, 2021]
  • #12 
  • #2644 
Nature Index - Top Academic Institutions
[Published 10 June, 2021]


#17

Islamic University of Madinah

Student satisfaction: 4.7 / 5.0 (2380 reviews)
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  • #11 
  • #801 
QS World University Rankings
[Published 08 June, 2021]
  • #22 
  • #622 
Scimago Institutions Rankings - Universities
[Published 18 March, 2021]
  • #18 
  • #81 
QS University Rankings: Arab Region
[Published 12 October, 2021]

#18

Taibah University

Student satisfaction: 3.8 / 5.0 (734 reviews)
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  • #14 
  • #1001 
QS World University Rankings
[Published 08 June, 2021]
  • #8 
  • #524 
Scimago Institutions Rankings - Universities
[Published 18 March, 2021]
  • #15 
  • #3586 
Nature Index - Top Academic Institutions
[Published 10 June, 2021]


#19

Al Jouf University

Student satisfaction: 4.2 / 5.0 (81 reviews)
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  • #7 
  • #701 
QS World University Rankings
[Published 08 June, 2021]
  • #9 
  • #2381 
Nature Index - Top Academic Institutions
[Published 10 June, 2021]
  • #19 
  • #81 
QS University Rankings: Arab Region
[Published 12 October, 2021]

#20

Al-Imam Muhammad Ibn Saud Islamic University

Student satisfaction: 4.5 / 5.0 (13 reviews)
  • #13 
  • #1001 
QS World University Rankings
[Published 08 June, 2021]
  • #20 
  • #613 
Scimago Institutions Rankings - Universities
[Published 18 March, 2021]
  • #17 
  • #3897 
Nature Index - Top Academic Institutions
[Published 10 June, 2021]

#21

Najran University

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  • #13 
  • #563 
Scimago Institutions Rankings - Universities
[Published 18 March, 2021]
  • #11 
  • #2613 
Nature Index - Top Academic Institutions
[Published 10 June, 2021]
  • #16 
  • #71 
QS University Rankings: Arab Region
[Published 12 October, 2021]

#22

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]
  • #13 
  • #61 
QS University Rankings: Arab Region
[Published 12 October, 2021]
  • #10 
  • #47 
THE Arab World Ranking - Times Higher Education
[Published 20 July, 2021]


#23

Jazan University

Student satisfaction: 4.0 / 5.0 (551 reviews)
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  • #11 
  • #558 
Scimago Institutions Rankings - Universities
[Published 18 March, 2021]
  • #19 
  • #3947 
Nature Index - Top Academic Institutions
[Published 10 June, 2021]
  • #23 
  • #121 
QS University Rankings: Arab Region
[Published 12 October, 2021]

#24

Effat University

Student satisfaction: 4.3 / 5.0 (180 reviews)
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  • #15 
  • #569 
Scimago Institutions Rankings - Universities
[Published 18 March, 2021]
  • #12 
  • #61 
QS University Rankings: Arab Region
[Published 12 October, 2021]
  • #14 
  • #71 
THE Arab World Ranking - Times Higher Education
[Published 20 July, 2021]

#25

Northern Borders University

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  • #11 
  • #51 
QS University Rankings: Arab Region
[Published 12 October, 2021]
  • #23 
  • #154 
UniRank 4icu - Top Arabic-Speaking Universities
[Published 30 January, 2021]
  • #25 
  • #3555 
Webometrics Ranking Web of Universities
[Published 01 January, 2021]

#26

Dar Al-Hekma College

Student satisfaction: 4.1 / 5.0 (211 reviews)
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  • #24 
  • #131 
QS University Rankings: Arab Region
[Published 12 October, 2021]

#27

Naif Arab University for Security Sciences

Student satisfaction: 4.5 / 5.0 (258 reviews)
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  • #26 
  • #6987 
Webometrics Ranking Web of Universities
[Published 01 January, 2021]

#28

Al Yamamah University

Student satisfaction: 4.0 / 5.0 (261 reviews)
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  • #25 
  • #179 
UniRank 4icu - Top Arabic-Speaking Universities
[Published 30 January, 2021]

#29

Riyadh College of Dentistry and Pharmacy

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  • #27 
  • #11434 
Webometrics Ranking Web of Universities
[Published 01 January, 2021]

#30

University of Business and Technology

Student satisfaction: 4.2 / 5.0 (25 reviews)

#31

College of Business & Entrepreneurship, Prince Mohammad Bin Salman College

Student satisfaction: 4.2 / 5.0 (1278 reviews)

#32

Ibn Sina National College for Medical Studies

Student satisfaction: 4.1 / 5.0 (211 reviews)
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#33

Dar Al Uloom University

Student satisfaction: 3.8 / 5.0 (205 reviews)
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#34

Al-Baha Private College of Science

Student satisfaction: 3.5 / 5.0 (47 reviews)
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#35

University of Jeddah


#36

Prince Sattam Bin Abdulaziz University


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King Abdulaziz University ranks #1 in Saudi Arabia in our meta ranking composed of 102 university rankings.

Among all universities in Saudi Arabia King Abdulaziz University is listed in the largest number of rankings. See all 30 rankings where King Abdulaziz University is listed.

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

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 (Physical Sciences). See all rankings for the King Abdulaziz University.

King Abdulaziz University is ranked best in Saudi Arabia for Computer Science (Computer Science). 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 Saud University is ranked best in Saudi Arabia for Sports Science (Sports Related Subjects). See all rankings for the King Saud University.

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

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

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

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

King Abdulaziz University is ranked best in Saudi Arabia for Languages & Literature (Modern Langugages). See all rankings for the King Abdulaziz University.

King Saud University is ranked best in Saudi Arabia for Arts Visual & Performing (Arts and Humanities). See all rankings for the King Saud 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 University Rankings: Arab Region:
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 Reputation Ranking:
Teaching Reputation 50%
Research Reputation 50%

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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 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 Global University Employability Ranking - Times Higher Education:
Employability (survey) 100%

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Criteria used in ranking -THE World Reputation Rankings - Times Higher Education:
Research Reputation 66,6%
Teaching Reputation 33,3%

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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 World’s Most International Universities - Times Higher Education:
Proportion of international students 25%
Proportion of international staff 25%
Proportion of journal publications with one or more international co-authors 25%
University’s international reputation 25%

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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 -THE Young 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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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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