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The University of Bayreuth in numbers

Starting out relatively small in 1975 with 632 students, 22 endowed chairs, and three departments, the University of Bayreuth is now firmly anchored in the national and international university landscape. These days, every semester, more than 13,000 students are enrolled in one or more of the 160 degree programmes offered by our seven faculties. And academics also seem to feel right at home at our university, which is guided by the principle of interdisciplinarity. In fact, two thirds of our employees are academic staff, including over 200 professors.

Data and facts at a glance

Students & graduates

students in their 1st semester


€ 218.8 million
in total income
€ 56.7 Mio million
in third-party funding


full-time employees
scientific employees


Doctoral Candidates
Completed doctorates

In the 2020/21 winter semester, a total of 13,333 students were enrolled at the University of Bayreuth, 3,380 of them in their 1st semester. Moreover, there were 2,417 new graduates of bachelor's, master's, teaching, and law degree programmes in 2019.

The next generation of academics is equally impressive: 1,390 people were working on their doctoral thesis in Bayreuth in 2020, 196 of whom completed their doctorate.

In the field of research, the University of Bayreuth was in a good position: about one quarter of its total income, i.e. € 56.7 million, came from third-party funding.

Meanwhile, 2,672 full-time employees  – including 1,651 academic employees, including 257 professors - contributed to the success of the University of Bayreuth.

You need to know more?

University members can find the figures for previous years on the intranet. Statistics and graphs are also available for your use. If you cannot find the key figure you need, please contact our Strategy & Reporting Unit.