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Universities in Saudi Arabia

Higher Education in Saudi Arabia

2021 Ranking of Saudi Arabia Universities

What are Saudi Arabia’s most famous universities? Topuniversitieslist attempts to address this issue by releasing the Saudi Arabian University Ranking for 2021, which includes 38 Saudi Arabian higher-education institutions that fulfill the Topuniversitieslist selection criteria:

  • offering at least four-year undergraduate degrees (bachelor degrees) or postgraduate degrees (master or doctoral degrees) delivered primarily in a conventional, face-to-face, non-distance education format and being chartered, certified, or approved by the relevant Saudi Arabian higher education-related institution

View the Topuniversitieslist League Table and University Rankings for Saudi Arabia’s 38 universities.

2021 Sub-rankings by provinces and territories

Saudi Arabia is divided into 13 regions (Arabic: manatiq idariyya), which are subdivided further into governorates (Arabic: muhafazat) and the country capital. The Riyadh area, which includes Riyadh, Saudi Arabia’s capital and largest city, has the most higher education institutions that follow the Topuniversitieslist selection criterion. Both regions with at least two Saudi Arabian higher education institutions matching the Topuniversitieslist placement criterion are included in the following Topuniversitieslist sub-rankings or league tables.


Al Madinah (2)
Asir (2)
Eastern Province (8)
Makkah (8)
Riyadh (11)
Tabuk (2)