China's Ivy League Universities

All high school students who want to attend university in China must complete the college entrance exam, the gāokǎo 高考. The top scorers by province of this exam can choose to attend the top schools in the university. Nine universities 大学 (dàxuě) in China belong to a government-created league called the C9 League, comprised of the top universities in the country, and informally considered as "China's Ivy League".

Some of these universities started as private schools and they have all changed location and names over the years, mainly as a result of World War II and other disruptive events in China's 20th century history. Since the establishment of the communist government in 1949, all universities in China are public.


 Fudan University in Shanghai

Fudan University in Shanghai

Fudan University 复旦大学
City: Shanghai
Founded: 1905
Enrollment: 32,000 students (14,000 undergraduate)
Academic Staff: 2,700
Most Popular Majors: education, history, literature

Harbin Institute of Technology 哈尔滨工业大学
City: Harbin
Founded: 1920
Enrollment: 37,000 students (25,000 undergraduate)
Academic Staff: 3,000
Most Popular Majors: engineering, science

Nanjing University 南京大学
City: Nanjing
Founded: 1902
Enrollment: 26,700 students (13,900 undergraduate)
Academic Staff: 2,100
Most Popular Majors: literature, history, social science

 Peking University in Beijing

Peking University in Beijing

Peking University 北京大学
City: Beijing
Founded: 1898
Enrollment: 42,600 students (15,600 undergraduate)
Academic Staff: 7,300
Most Popular Majors: history, literature, philosophy

Shanghai Jiao Tong University 上海交通大学
City: Shanghai
Founded: 1896
Enrollment: 42,000 students (17,000 undergraduate)
Academic Staff: 3,000
Most Popular Majors: engineering, mathematics, physics

 Tsinghua University in Beijing

Tsinghua University in Beijing

Tsinghua University 清华大学
City: Beijing
Founded: 1911
Enrollment: 36,000 students (15,500 undergraduate)
Academic Staff: 3,100
Most Popular Majors: mathematics, science, engineering

University of Science and Technology of China 中国科学技术大学
City: Hefei
Founded: 1958
Enrollment: 16,600 students (7,600 undergraduate)
Academic Staff: 1,800
Most Popular Majors: software engineering, technology, science

 Zhejing University in Hangzhou

Zhejing University in Hangzhou

Xi'an Jiaotong University 西安交通大学
City: Xi'an
Founded: 1896
Enrollment: 32,000
Academic Staff: 5,500
Most Popular Majors: engineering, technology, management

Zhejiang University 浙江大学
City: Hangzhou
Founded: 1897
Enrollment: 45,700 students (23,300 undergraduate)
Academic Staff: 3,300
Most Popular Majors: mathematics, physics


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