Keio University’s Acceptance Rate: Undergraduate Degree Programs Offered in English

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Not only famous for the high-quality education but Keio University is also well-known with those notable alumni who are active from domestic politics, singer to the global stage. Those who enjoy J-POP might know Sho Sakurai, who is a member of Arashi. Former prime minister Junichiro Koizumi, Ryutaro Hashimoto, and Inukai Tsuyoshi are all graduated from Keio University. 

Let’s take a look at the information of this prestigious university from aspects of its history, founder, world ranking, acceptance rate, and information about the admission. 

Introduction to Keio University 

Keio University, Japanese name 慶應義塾大学 (Keiō Gijuku Daigaku), is a private institution (Mita Campus) located in about 10 minutes walking distance away from Tokyo Tower. This university is part of a larger organization called Keio Gijuku, which is affiliated with elementary and secondary schools in the system as well.

Basic information

  • 6 major campuses in Kanto region: Mita Campus, Hiyoshi Campus, Yagami Campus, Shinanomachi Campus, Shonan Fujisawa Campus, and Shiba-Kyoritsu Campus)
  • Over 33,400 students, including undergraduate and graduate students.
  • 10 undergraduate faculties 
Faculty of LettersHumanities and Social Science
Faculty of EconomicsEconomics
Faculty of LawLaw
Political Science
Faculty of Business and CommerceBusiness and Commerce
School of MedicineMedicine
Faculty of Science and TechnologyMechanical Engineering
Electronics and Electrical Engineering
Applied Chemistry
Applied Physics and Physico-Informatics
Industrial and Systems Engineering
System Design Engineering
Information and Computer Science
Faculty of Policy ManagementPolicy Management
Faculty of Environment and Information StudiesEnvironment and Information Studies
Faculty of Nursing and Medical CareNursing
Faculty of PharmacyPharmacy
Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • 14 graduate schools
Graduate School of Letters
Graduate School of Economics
Graduate School of Law
Graduate School of Human Relations
Graduate School of Business and Commerce
Graduate School of Medicine
Graduate School of Science and Technology
Graduate School of Media and Governance
Graduate School of Health Management
Graduate School of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Graduate School of Business Administration (KBS)
Graduate School of System Design and Management (SDM)
Graduate School of Media Design (KMD)
Law School

Founder of Keio University: 福澤 諭吉 Yukichi Fukuzawa 

Check the ten-thousand yen note in your wallet! The portrait on the Japanese ten-thousand yen note is no one but the founder of Keio University. 

As an educator, Yukichi Fukuzawa is not only the founder of Keio but also a Japanese author, and publisher.

Yukichi Fukuzawa (1835–1901) and Okuma Shigenobu, who is the founder of Waseda University, were both born in Kyushu and made great dedication to modern Japan. 

Traced back to 1858, Fukuzawa established the school for promoting western education. In the early stages, the institution taught Dutch. Few years later, Fukuzawa’s school switched the focus to English studies in 1863. The institution changed its name to “Keio Gijuku” in 1868, which came from “Keio era” and “Gijuku” as the translation of Private school. 

The legacy of Yukichi Fukuzawa can’t be finished in just a few paragraphs. If you are interested in the history of Keio University or Yukichi Fukuzawa, I am sure you will find many fascinating facts on the official site of Keio. 

Keio logos

The symbol of a school or company most of the time implies the spirit, belief, and the mission possession all the time. Keio University has three logos which are the Pen Mark, Keio Emblem, and Sanshokuki (Keio’s school flag). The “Pen Mark” is the most seen mark you can find everywhere on the official website. It was said that Keio University started to use the mark from 1900. Tracing back to 1885, the students were inspired from a phrase in the textbook saying “the pen is mightier than the sword”. Since then, students started to put the pen mark on their cap. After the emblem earned more approvement from other students and faculties of Keio, the “Pen Mark” is used until now.

World Ranking 

As a university with legendary history and proud achievement, Keio University’s performance in world ranking is correspondingly stellar. According to QS Global World Ranking 2022, Keio University is ranked 201.  As to the information provided by Times Higher Education (2021), Keio University is ranked as the 12nd best university in Japan. 

Acceptance rate and admission information: all-English programs

The degree programs provided in Keio University are mainly Japanese-taught. It is necessary to be fluent in Japanese if you apply for those programs. If you want to take the courses in full English, Keio provides two programs presented below.

The Global Information and Governance Academic (GIGA) Program

GIGA program, which launched in 2011, is established under both the Faculty of Policy Management and the Faculty of Environment and Information Studies. The campus is located in Shonan Fujisawa Campus (SFC), a beautiful campus in Kanagawa. Focusing on education that integrates technology, science, design, and governance, GIGA promises students an environment with knowledge and skill that meet the needs of this rapid progress era. 

Admission information 

Recently, Keio made an adjustment on the application period, which Keio named the process AO (Self-Recommended Admissions)  Screening. There were four sets of application periods for the same entry, which are named Summer AO, Fall AO, Winter AO, and Spring AO. The modification was announced to combine Summer AO and  Fall AO into one application period. 

Enrollment periodRelease of Application GuidebookApplication periodAnnouncement of results
Summer / Fall AO 2021April or September 2021Mid-May 2021Early September 2021Late November or early December 2021
Winter AO 2021September 2022 or April 2023November 2021December 2021 to mid-February 2022Around late March 2022
Spring AO 2022September 2022 or April 2023Mid-January 2022Early June 2022Mid-July 2022

Created based on

  • Admission quota: approximately 150 each for the Faculty of Policy Management and the Faculty of Environment and Information Studies
  • Students cannot apply to both faculties in the same year

More detailed admission information (requirements, application documents, academic fees) , please check Winter AO 2021 (Global) [Admissions for the GIGA Program]  Application Guidebook for those seeking admission in September 2022 or April 2023:

Acceptance Rate

Below are the statistics derived from Application Guidebook for those seeking admission in September 2022 or April 2023, with acceptance rate calculated by the writer of this article.

Faculty of Policy Management ApplicantsAcceptanceAcceptance Rate(approximately)
2019 entry925155.4%
2020 entry1175345.2%
2021 entry1654326%
Faculty of Environment and Information Studies 
2019 entry1157161.7%
2020 entry1557649%
2021 entry2053818.5%

The number of applicants to both faculties have shown remarkable growth year after year, especially between 2020 entry and 2021 entry, about 50 more applicants increased. Since there is no large difference in the number of acceptance between the 2019 and 2020 entry, the acceptance rate seems to decrease. It is even more obvious in the 2021 entry, the acceptance rate comes to the lowest, at the same time with the most applicants within the three years .

Programme in Economics for Alliances, Research and Leadership (PEARL)

Established in 2016, the program belongs to the Faculty of Economics. The beautiful name of this program PEARL also carries the image of pearl that everybody wants. The program is designed to offer international students with courses specialized in economics. 

Admission information 

Blow is the latest application schedule for september 2022 enrollment:

The table refers to Japan Standard Time (JST) in this application timeline.

PEARLApplication PeriodAnnouncement  of  Results
first10:00 a.m.  on  October  22,  2021  –   
3:00  p.m. on  December  3,  2021
10:00 a.m.  on  January  28,  2022 
second10:00 a.m.  on  December  8,  2021  –   
3:00 p.m.  on  January  31,  2022
10:00 a.m.  on  February  25,  2022 
third10:00 a.m.  on  February 22, 2022  –  
3:00  p.m. on  April  5,  2022
10:00 a.m.  on  May  27,  2022
  • Admission is provided in three application periods 
  • Approximately 100 students will be accepted in total. 
  • Applications who do not succeed in one application period can apply for another subsequent period.

More detailed admission information (requirements, application documents, academic fees) , please check Admissions Procedures for the PEARL Programme :

Acceptance Rate

Below are the statistics derived fromApplication  Guidebook for  September 2022 Entry, with acceptance rate calculated by the writer of this article.

PEARLApplicantsAcceptanceAcceptance Rate(approximately)
2019 entry – first period24510141.2%
2019 entry – second period1885830.8%
2019 entry – third period1272318.1%
2019 entry total56018232.5%
2020 entry – first period2199643.8%
2020 entry – second period1866333.8%
2020 entry – third period1003232%
2020 entry total50519137.8%
2021 entry – first period2569938.6%
2021 entry – second period2005326.5%
2021 entry – third period1192218.4%
2021 entry total57517430.2%

In general, the acceptance rate does not have a significant difference within the 2019 to 2021 entry. There are around five to six hundred applicants per year with around thirty percent of them being accepted. Something worth notice is that within the three applicant period, the number of being accepted goes lower and lower. So, it would always be better for you to apply for the first period!


If you are still wondering which college to apply for, I suggest you had better check and write down the admission information of all the colleges you are considering in your note. Important information including the application period, document sending period, necessary documents and so on. In many universities in Japan, they consider those application rules above all. Sometimes they accept no incomplete  applications,  and late  applications. 

Lastly, hoping those information about the background information, world ranking, and acceptance rate of Keio university above helps you better understand the institution well.

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Representative Director of Reboot Japan Co., Ltd., which operates EDOPEN JAPAN. Founded the company in 2018, which provides Japanese language education and assistance for studying in Japan. Started the company after living with international students at a Japanese language school. He enjoys learning about new people and cultures and has lived in Australia and Malaysia. Graduated from the Faculty of Economics, Sophia University.