Steps in Leuphana's Evolution since 2007


A university for civil society


  • Humanist
  • Sustainable
  • Application-oriented


  • Four faculties: Education, Humanities and Social Sciences, Sustainability, Economics
  • Three schools: College, Graduate School, Professional School
  • 7 Academic institutions: Media and Information Centre, Methods Centre, Writing Centre, Language Centre, Art Space, University Music Ensembles, University Sports
  • 8 research centres

Students (as of winter semester 2020/2021)

9823 students

  • thereof 5866 College
  • thereof 2494 Graduate School
  • thereof 1463 Professional School

Employees (as of 31.12.2020)

1095 full-time employees

  • thereof 120 full professorships
  • thereof   22 assistant professorships
  • thereof   19 administrative professorships
  • thereof   17 full-time visiting professorships
  • thereof 410 research assistants
  • thereof 503 non-scientific employees

And furthermore:

  • 37 part-time visiting professorships
  • 876 student assistants and research assistants
  • 591 lecturers

Range of Courses

  • College: 13 majors, 17 minors, of which more than 100 combinations are possible; 11 subjects can be combined to form a polyvalent two-subject bachelor's degree, which provides access to the Master of Education for teacher training at primary, secondary and grammar schools as well as teaching at vocational schools.
  • Graduate School: 6 master's programmes with a total of 19 majors (master's programmes), 23 doctoral programmes
  • Professional School: 18 master's programmes, 3 Bachelor's programmes, 23 certificate programmes
  • About 30 institutional university partnerships and about 65 Erasmus partner universities.

Finances (as of December 2020)

EUR 112,8 million overall budget for 2021

  • thereof EUR 65.0 million in financial assistance from the federal state
  • thereof EUR 15,3 million in special funds from the federal state
  • thereof EUR 21,7 million in third-party funding
  • thereof EUR 10,8 million in other funds

Campus (as of October 2019)

Certified climate neutral, environmentally friendly campus at three locations

  • Central Campus: 1 central building, 27 other buildings
    95,949 sqm total area
    94,793 sqm of which is used by the university
  • Campus Rotes Feld: 2 buildings
    10,885 sqm total area
    10,885 sqm of which used by university
  • Campus Volgershall: 3 buildings
    16,780 sqm total area
    2,927 sqm of which used by the university


  • Ranked at 901-1000 worldwide in the Shanghai Ranking 2020 (Academic Ranking of World Universities), thus among the best 1000 universities worldwide for the first time. Ranked at 201-300 worldwide in Environmental Science and Engineering (10th in Germany), 201-300 worldwide in Ecology (18th in Germany), 301-400 worldwide in Business Administration (15th in Germany), 301-400 worldwide in Education (17th in Germany), 401-500 worldwide in Management (21st in Germany) and ranked at 401-500 worldwide in Psychology (30th in Germany).
  • Ranked at 741 worldwide in the Best Global University Ranking 2021 (U.S. News and World Report). Ranked 5th in the state of Lower Saxony after the University of Göttingen, Hanover Medical School, the University of Hanover and the Technical University of Braunschweig.
  • Among the top 10% worldwide and in Germany in the Journal of World Business 2017 ranking of the most research-intensive business schools.
  • Among the top 25 universities with the strongest research in business administration in the German-speaking region in the ranking of Wirtschaftswoche (ranked at 24 out of 200 universities examined).
  • 9th place in the German National Academic Foundation's ranking of public universities in Germany (or 2nd place among universities without medicine, according to scholarship holder quota 2019).
  • 4th place in the ranking of the most start-up-friendly universities in Germany by the Donors' Association for the Promotion of Sciences and Humanities in Germany (2019, after 1st place in 2017, 2015, 2013)


  • 2022: Leuphana takes 3rd place among medium-sized universities in the university ranking "Most Popular Universities in Germany 2022"
  • 2021: Ranked 19th among the world's most sustainable universities in the UI GreenMetric World University Ranking
  • 2021: Award of the University President Prof. (HSG) Dr. Sascha Spoun as University Manager of the Year 2021 by the weekly newspaper DIE ZEIT and the CHE Centre for Higher Education Development in recognition of the development of Leuphana University Lüneburg since 2006 as one of "the most impressive 'change cases' in the German academic landscape"
  • 2018: Award in the competition "Data Literacy Education" by the Stifterverband für die deutsche Wissenschaft and the Heinz Nixdorf Foundation
  • 2018: repeated award as Fair Trade University
  • 2018: Award of the Utopia Conference as University Pearl of the Month November by the Stifterverband für die deutsche Wissenschaft
  • 2017: Award in the "Campus and Community" competition by the Stifterverband für die deutsche Wissenschaft
  • 2017: renewed award as most founder-friendly university in the 2016 Founders' Radar of the Stifterverband für die deutsche Wissenschaft
  • 2015: Leuphana Professor Christian Welzel is honoured by acceptance as a member of the National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina
  • 2014: renewed award as the most founder-friendly university in the 2013 Founders' Radar of the Stifterverband für die deutsche Wissenschaft
  • 2013: Award of Leuphana Professor Michael Frese by acceptance as a member of the National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina
  • 2013: Award in the "Exist-Gründungskultur" competition by the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology as one of the best German universities for start-ups
  • 2013: Award as most founder-friendly university in the 2012 Founders' Radar of the Stifterverband für die deutsche Wissenschaft
  • 2010: Awarded the International Sustainable Campus Excellence Award by the International Sustainable Campus Network (ISCN)
  • 2010: Award in the competition "Bologna - Future of Teaching" by the Mercator Foundation and the Volkswagen Foundation
  • 2007: Award in the competition "Profile and Cooperation" by the Stifterverband für die deutsche Wissenschaft and the Heinz Nixdorf Foundation