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Eötvös Loránd University

Eötvös Loránd University
Eötvös Loránd Tudományegyetem[1]
Latin: Universitas Budapestinensis de Rolando Eötvös nominata
Established 1635 (1635)
Type Public
Chancellor Gyula Scheuer
Rector Barna Mezey, Prof. Dr.
Administrative staff
Students 30,000[2]
Location Budapest, Hungary
Campus Urban
Website .hu.eltewww

Eötvös Loránd University or ELTE, founded in 1635, is the largest university in Hungary. It is located in Budapest.


  • History 1
  • Campus 2
    • Lágymányosi campus 2.1
  • Academic profile 3
    • Reputation and rankings 3.1
  • Notable alumni 4
  • See also 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7


Seal of the University from 1880

The university was founded in 1635 in Nagyszombat, Kingdom of Hungary, (today Trnava, Slovakia) by the archbishop and theologian Péter Pázmány. Leadership was given over to the Jesuits. Initially the university only had two colleges (College of Arts and College of Theology). The College of Law was added in 1667 and the College of Medicine was started in 1769. After the dissolution of the Jesuit order, the university was moved to Buda (today part of Budapest) in 1777 in accordance with the intention of the founder. The university moved to its final location in Pest (now also part of Budapest) in 1784. The language of education was Latin until 1844, when Hungarian was introduced as an official language. Women have been allowed to enroll since 1895.

It was named Royal University of Pest until 1873, then University of Budapest (Hungarian: Budapesti Tudományegyetem) until 1921, when it was renamed Pázmány Péter University after its founder Péter Pázmány. The Faculty of Science started its separate life in 1949 when The Faculty of Theology was separated which eventually became the current Pázmány Péter Catholic University. The university received its current name, Eötvös Loránd University, after the physicist Loránd Eötvös in 1950.


Lágymányosi Campus of the University, home of the Faculty of Science and the Faculty of Informatics
Eclectic University Library of Eötvös Loránd University (3rd prize photo on Wiki Loves Monuments 2013)

Lágymányosi campus

The Lágymányosi campus is home to the Faculty of Science, the Faculty of Informatics and the Faculty of Social Sciences. The campus is located in the 11th district of Budapest near the Danube.

Academic profile

The eight faculties are:

  • Faculty of Law and Political Sciences (ÁJK)
  • Bárczi Gusztáv Faculty of Special Education (BGGyK)
  • Faculty of Humanities (BTK)
  • Faculty of Informatics (IK)
  • Faculty of Education and Psychology (PPK)
  • Faculty of Social Sciences (TáTK)
  • Faculty of Elementary and Nursery School Teachers' Training (TÓK)
  • Faculty of Science (TTK)

Reputation and rankings

University rankings
ARWU[3] 301-400
Times[4] 401-
QS[5] 551-600

In the 2013-14 QS World University Rankings, Eötvös Loránd University was ranked 551-600th, while the Times Higher Education World University Rankings did not include the university among the best 400 universities. Academic Ranking of World Universities ranked the university among the best 301-400. 4International Colleges and Universities ranked the university as the 158th globally.

Notable alumni

Nobel prize winners:

  • Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (1961)
  • Albert Szent-Györgyi, Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (1937), discoverer of Vitamin C
  • John Harsanyi, Nobel Prize in Economics (1994)

Other notable alumni:

See also


  1. ^ Study in Hungary: ELTE
  2. ^
  3. ^ "Academic Ranking of World Universities: Global". Institute of Higher Education, Shanghai Jiao Tong University. 2015. Retrieved August 18, 2015. 
  4. ^ "World University Rankings 2015-2016".  
  5. ^ "QS World University Rankings® 2015/16". Quacquarelli Symonds Limited. 2015. Retrieved September 18, 2015. 

External links

  • Official website
  • Eötvös Loránd University (list of faculties)
  • ELTE Faculty of Science (description in English)
  • ELTE Faculty of Humanities with information on admissions
  • Its full history in Hungarian
  • World University Rankings 2013
  • Pictures, sorted by faculties
  • Site of Faculty of law
  • Site of Faculty of Informatics
  • [2]
  • Illustrated History of the Eötvös Loránd University
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