Waseda university’s Acceptance Rate: English-based Undergraduate Programs

Try putting “top universities in Japan” on the search engine, I am pretty sure that you can find Waseda University, which Japanese name is 早稲田大学 (waseda daigaku) and sometimes being abbreviated to be 早大 (soudai), on the list. Or, those who have already done basic research on Waseda University must have put this charming university on their college list. In this article I’ll bring you information about school ranking, acceptance rate, and other information about Waseda University before you get started to send your application. 

Introduction to Waseda University

Situated in Shinjuku in Tokyo, known as a multicultural area, Waseda University is a private university. The history of Waseda University can be traced back to October 21, 1882, when it was named under “Tokyo Senmon Gakko”. This institution was founded by Shingenobu, a Japanese statesman who served as the prime minister. It was not until 1902 that this institution was renamed Waseda University. 

Basic information

  • Waseda University has nine campuses, eight of the campuses are in the Tokyo area, one of them is in Fukuoka. Waseda Campus (Main), Toyama Campus, Nishiwaseda Campus, Kikuicho Campus, Nihonbashi Campus, Higashifushimi Campus, Tokorozawa Campus, Honjō Campus and Kitakyūshū Campus.
  • Waseda University has approximately 50,000 students
  • 10 faculty, including 13 undergraduate and 21 graduate schools. 
FacultyUndergraduate school
Faculty of Political Science and EconomicsSchool of Political Science and Economics
Faculty of LawSchool of Law
Faculty of Letters, Arts and SciencesSchool of Culture, Media and Society
School of Humanities and Social Sciences
Faculty of Education and Integrated Arts and SciencesSchool of Education
Faculty of CommerceSchool of Commerce
Faculty of Science and EngineeringSchool of Fundamental Science and Engineering
School of Creative Science and Engineering
School of Advanced Science and Engineering
Faculty of Social SciencesSchool of Social Sciences
Faculty of Human SciencesSchool of Human Sciences
Faculty of Sport SciencesSchool of Sport Sciences
Faculty of International Research and EducationSchool of International Liberal Studies


The reason why Waseda University can have many notable alumni can be found on the three principles of the institution, which are independence of scholarship, practical application of scholarship and fostering of good citizenship.

Independence of scholarship means they encourage students to challenge what is being taught or to the current society.

Practical application of scholarship means they encourage students to practice the knowledge and even bring influence on the society.

Fostering of good citizenship means after students acquire skill or knowledge, they hope the student can bring those back and make a contribution to society.

There is also a part of  lyrics from Waseda University’s anthem, which has been translated to English as below.

Her students change from year to year,

Meet and part with youth’s delight,

Yet all alike we seek to share

These ideals and their light. 

In this lyrics, Waseda wished the students to be altruistic and provide assistance to those in need, while students step into the society.

Waseda University Alumni Association: 稲門会Toumonkai

One of reasons that makes Waseda charming is that the university has outstanding alumni active on the global stage across various fields. The famous actor Masato Sakai, founder of UNIQLO Tadashi Yanai, co-founder of SONY Masaru Ibuka and renowned novelist Haruki Murakami are all notable alumni from Waseda University. 

Until now, there are over 600,000 Waseda alumni playing important roles in various field.The association is not only located in Japan, it has spots all over the world.

The ranking and acceptance rate of Waseda University

World Ranking 

Although Waseda University is a private university in Japan, we can see that the university has earned its reputation with numerous accomplishments. According to QS Global World Ranking, Waseda University is ranked 203.  As to the information provided by Times Higher Education (2021), Waseda University is ranked as the 13th best university in Japan. 

Based on a survey released by TOKYO SHOKO RESEARCH on Oct.14, 2021, presenting the leading universities based on the number of alumni who are company presidents, Waseda University ranked number three among the top 20 universities with 10,441 company leaders nationwide. 

TOP 20 Universities by Number of Company Presidents Among Alumni

1Nihon University20,89011Kansai University3,861
2Keio University10,62512Aoyama Gakuin University3,620
3Waseda University10,44113Senshu University3,488
4Meiji University8.33914Rikkyo University3,465
5Chuo University7,65615Ritsumeikan University3,380
6Hosei University6,15716Fukuoka University3,149
7Kindai University5,88617Kwansei Gakuin University3,012
8Tokai University5,81818Aichi Gakuin University2,671
9Doshisha University4,93219Toyo University2,606
10University of Tokyo4.10420Kyoto University2,504

Created based on data from TOKYO SHOKO RESEARCH.


Acceptance rate and admission information: English-based Undergraduate Programs

As regards the official website of Waseda University, they offer English-based programs at seven undergraduate schools. Let me show you the acceptance rate of the English-based undergraduate programs in the statistics below.

Admission information 

  • Various types of standardized test scores are accepted (SAT, ACT, IB, A-Level, GAOKAO, GSAT, CSAT, HKDSE, AISSCE, O-NET, Baccalaureat, Abitur, Provincial Exams of Canada, etc)
  • The documents that required differ depending on the school
  • Japanese language ability is not required for application.
  • Application period: Jan 7, 2022 ~ 17:00, Feb 24, 2022 (JST)
Application Period for 2022 September Entry
School NameMajor / ProgramApplication PeriodAnnouncement  of  Results
School of Political Science and Economics1. Political Science
2. Economics
3. Global Political Economy
Jan 7, 2022  – 
Feb 24 (5 pm), 2022
Apr 28, 2022
School of Social SciencesTransnational and Interdisciplinary Studies in Social Innovation Program (TAISI)First round:
Jan 7 – 17, 2022
Mar 3, 2022
Jan 18, 2022  – 
Feb 24 (5 pm), 2022
Apr 15, 2022
School of International Liberal Studies (SILS)International Liberal StudiesEarly Admission: 
Jan 7, 2022 – Jan 17, 2022
Apr 15, 2022
Regular Admission: 
Jan 18, 2022  – Feb 24 (5 pm), 2022
Apr 15, 2022
School of Culture, Media and SocietyTranscultural Studies Global Studies in Japanese Cultures Program (JCulP)Jan 7, 2022  – 
Feb 24 (5 pm), 2022
Apr 21, 2022
School of Fundamental Science and Engineering1. Mathematical Sciences
2. Computer Science and Communications Engineering
Jan 7, 2022  –
Feb 24 (5 pm), 2022
Apr 28, 2022
School of Creative Science and Engineering1. Mechanical Engineering
2. Civil and Environmental Engineering
Jan 7, 2022  – 
Feb 24 (5 pm), 2022
Apr 28, 2022
School of Advanced Science and Engineering1. Physics
2. Chemistry
3. Bioscience
Jan 7, 2022  – 
Feb 24 (5 pm), 2022
Apr 28, 2022

The links go directly to the admission page of the school. More detailed admission information (requirements, application documents, academic fees) , please check the links.

Acceptance rate 

Below are the statistics derived from Statistics Data of English-based Undergraduate Programs, with acceptance rate calculated by the writer of this article.

School of Political Science and EconomicsApplicantsAcceptanceAcceptance Rate(approximately)
2019 entry39420251.2%
2020 entry3787620.1%
2021 entry44414632.8%
School of Social Sciences
2019 entry2736323%
2020 entry1947639.1%
2021 entry2925719.5%
School of International Liberal Studies
2019 entry67127941.5%
2020 entry60214624.2%
2021 entry86834439.6%
School of Culture, Media and Society
2019 entry883640.9%
2020 entry783443.5%
2021 entry993535.3%

Fundamental / Creative / Advanced Science and Engineering
2019 entry2677226.9%
2020 entry31513041.2%
2021 entry37716443.5%

Created based on data from Waseda University Official Website.

From the form above, it is easy to see that School of International Liberal Studies (SILS) is the school with the most applications, while School of Culture, Media and Society is the opposite. 

The schools that have the most significant increase in applicants within the three years are School of International Liberal Studies, with around 200 people increased, and Fundamental / Creative / Advanced Science and Engineering, with around 100 increased.

The School of Political Science and Economics has no large difference in the number of applicants, however, this school has an obvious decrease in the acceptance rate, dropping 18.4% compared to the percentage of 2021 to 2019.


Waseda University is not only a prestigious university in Japan, this institution is also a popular choice among international students. Being a university with so many outstanding alumni, Waseda University is for sure a great place that provides students with great resources. Hoping the information above about the history background, admission information, world ranking, and acceptance of Waseda University can fit your needs!

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