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UNIVERSITY FACTS

  • Bilkent University was established in 1984 as the first foundation university in Turkey, and admitted its first students in 1986.

  • The campus, 12 kilometers from the city center, is located in the country's capital city Ankara, a vibrant metropolis of 4.5 million.

  • There are more than 35,000 Bilkent alumni.

  • Currently, there are approximately 13,000 students enrolled at the University; 40% of the student body is on scholarship.

  • Bilkent University has 34 bachelor's, 6 associate's, and 47 graduate programs in a variety of fields.

  • Over 2,000 courses are given in the University's nine faculties, two applied schools and three vocational schools.

  • There are approximately 1,000 faculty members; international faculty members from 36 countries comprise one-fourth of this number.

  • Faculty members were supported with a budget of approximately $320.000.000 between 2005 and 2013 in the frame of the European Union (83), The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (289), public and private company (224) projects.

  • There are over 2,000 computers in laboratories around the campus that are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

  • Bilkent University has student exchange program agreements with over 240 universities around the world.

  • Bilkent Library, visited by 860,000 researchers and students each year, is open for 362 days a year.

  • There are more than 100 student clubs at Bilkent, enabling students to come together to participate in favorite activities or develop new interests.

  • Since 1999, students have been taking part in numerous community projects organized by the Social Responsibility Center, Bilkent's umbrella organization for volunteer activities.

  • Radio Bilkent, established and staffed by students, broadcasts in the FM band at the 96.6 MHz frequency.

  • Bilkent dormitories can accommodate a total of 4,000 students.

  • The Health Center offers health services to all students along with academic and administrative staff 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Bilkent University covers 80% of students' medicine expenses.

  • The Bilkent Symphony Orchestra performs more than 70 concerts each year at the Bilkent Concert Hall, with a seating capacity of 730, and in various other cities in Turkey. Its 100 musicians come from 12 different countries.

  • Each year, around 700 well-known companies and organizations visit Bilkent University to inform students about career opportunities.

  • Bilkent Cyberpark, founded in 2002, is the fastest growing techno park in Turkey. It serves in a 100,000 m2 indoor area with 195 technology-based companies, 9 research centers and 3.000 personnel.

  • Based on the report of the Quacquarelli Symonds, one of the world's leading networks for careers and education, Bilkent University is the only Turkish university ranked in the 400 world's top universities in 2009 (360th) and 2010 (332nd).

  • In the Times Higher Education World University Rankings for 2011 Bilkent University has been ranked among the top 400 and is the highest-ranked university in Turkey. The list places Bilkent in the group of universities ranked 201-225.

  • Bilkent University ranks 32nd in the inaugural Times Higher Education 100 Under 50 league table of the world's best young universities in 2012.