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University of Colombo

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Established in 1921, the University of Colombo is a non-profit public higher education institution located in the urban setting of the large city of Colombo (population range of 500,000-1,000,000 inhabitants), Western Province. This institution also has a branch campus in Horana. Officially recognized by the University Grants Commission of Sri Lanka, University of Colombo (UoC) is a very large-sized (uniRank enrollment range: 30,000-34,999 students) coeducational Sri Lankan higher education institution. University of Colombo (UoC) offers courses and programs leading to officially recognized higher education degrees such as pre-bachelor's degrees (i.e. certificates, diplomas, associate or foundation), bachelor's degrees, master's degrees and doctorate degrees in several areas of study. See the uniRank degree levels and areas of study table below for further details. This 103-year-old Sri Lankan higher-education institution has a selective admission policy based on entrance examinations and students' past academic records and grades. International applicants are eligible to apply for enrollment. UoC also provides several academic and non-academic facilities and services to students including a library, housing, sports facilities, financial aids and/or scholarships, study abroad and exchange programs, online courses and distance learning opportunities, as well as administrative services.

University Snapshot


University of Colombo's Control Typepublic


University of Colombo's Entity Typenon-profit


University of Colombo' Size by Total Enrollmentvery large-sized


University of Colombo's Selectivity by Acceptance Ratenot reported

University Identity

Name (Non Latin) කොළඹ විශ්ව විද්‍යාලය
Acronym UoC
Founded 1921
Motto Wisdom Enlightens
Video Presentation

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University Location

Address 94, Cumaratunga Munidasa Mawatha
00700 Western Province
Sri Lanka
University of Colombo's location map and satellite view Location Map and Satellite View
University of Colombo Phone Number +94 (11) 258 1835
University of Colombo Fax Number +94 (11) 258 3810
Other locations Horana

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Fields of Study / Degree Levels


What is the difference between comprehensive/generalist and specialized universities in terms of the range of fields of study they offer, degree levels available and academic and carreer paths pros and cons? Read our guide article about generalist and specialized universities to learn more.

Fields of Study and Degree Levels Matrix

The following University of Colombo's Fields of Study/Degree Levels Matrix is divided into 6 main fields of study and 4 levels of degrees, from the lowest undergraduate degree to the highest postgraduate degree. This matrix aims to help quickly identify University of Colombo's academic range and degree level offering.

Programs and Courses

Courses and Programs

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You can also explore our new A-Z Guide to 8,100 University Programs, Courses and Degrees to learn more about study outlines and typical duration, tuition ranges, career prospects, salary expectations of each course/program/degree.

Tuition Fees


Yearly tuition fees refers to the amount of money that a student is charged by a University for one academic year of full-time study. Read our guide article about tuition fees and financial aid options to learn more.

Yearly Tuition Fees Range Matrix

This University of Colombo's Tuition Fees Range Matrix is divided into 2 types of students, local and international students, and 2 degree levels, undergraduate and postgraduate degrees, and aims to help students to have an approximate idea of the yearly tuition range they might expect to pay at University of Colombo.

University of Colombo: Tuition Fees Range Matrix

Undergraduate Postgraduate
0-999 US$
(0-910 Euro)
0-999 US$
(0-910 Euro)
0-999 US$
(0-910 Euro)
0-999 US$
(0-910 Euro)

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Applying for admission is the first step towards achieving students' academic and career goals and accessing the many opportunities and resources that a university has to offer. Read our "Introduction to University Admissions" article to learn more.

Admission Information

uniRank publishes below some basic University of Colombo's admission information.

University of Colombo's Gender Admission Policy Gender Admission

This institution admits Men and Women (coed).

University of Colombo's Admission Selection Admission Selection

Has University of Colombo a selective admission policy? Yes, based on entrance examinations and students' past academic records and grades.

Acceptance Rate Admission Rate

University of Colombo's acceptance rate range is not reported.

University of Colombo's International Students Admission International Students Admission

International students are welcome to apply for admission at this institution.

University of Colombo's Admission Office Admission Office

College House, 94, Cumaratunga Munidasa Mawatha

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Size and Profile


University size and profile can be important factors to consider when choosing a university. Here are some potential reasons why University size and profile can affect students when choosing a university.

Size and Profile

uniRank publishes below some major size and profile indicators for University of Colombo.

University of Colombo's Total Student Enrollment Student Enrollment

University of Colombo has an enrollment range of 30,000-34,999 students making it a very large-sized institution.

University of Colombo's Total Faculty/Academic staff Academic Staff

This institution has a range of 900-999 academic employees (Faculty).

University of Colombo's Control Type Control Type

University of Colombo is a public higher education institution.

University of Colombo's Entity Type Entity Type

University of Colombo is a non-profit higher education institution.

University of Colombo's Campus Setting Campus Setting

This institution's main campus is located in a Urban setting.

University of Colombo's Academic Calendar Academic Calendar

This institution adopts a Continuous type of academic calendar.

Religious Affiliation

University of Colombo does not have any religious affiliation.

Facilities and Services


What are the most common University facilities and services? Read our two guide articles about University Facilities and University Services to learn more.

University Facilities

uniRank provides below an overview of University of Colombo's main facilities:

University of Colombo's Library University Library

This institution has a physical Library. Visit University of Colombo's Library

University of Colombo's Housing University Housing

This institution provides housing services such as on-campus residences or dormitories.

University of Colombo's Sport Facilities/Activities Sport Facilities/Activities

This institution features sporting facilities and organizes sports activities for its students.

University Services

uniRank provides below an overview of University of Colombo's main services:

University of Colombo's Financial Aid Financial Aid

This institution offers one or more of the following financial aid for eligible students: scholarships, grants, loans, tuition waivers, emergency financial aid etc.

University of Colombo's Study Abroad Study Abroad

This institution offers study abroad and exchange program opportunities for its students.

University of Colombo's Distance Learning Distance Learning

This institution provides a distance learning mode for certain programs or courses.

University of Colombo's Academic Counseling Academic Counseling

Not reported

University of Colombo's Career Services Career Services

Not reported

Recognition and Accreditation


There are different types of legal recognition and quality assessment of higher education institutions around the world, depending on the country and its legal and higher education system... read our article about university accreditation and recognition to learn more.

University of Colombo's Recognition or Accreditation Institutional Recognition or Accreditation

University of Colombo is legally recognized and/or institutionally accredited by: University Grants Commission of Sri Lanka

Specialized or Programmatic Accreditations

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Memberships and Affiliations


University memberships and affiliations to external organizations can be important for several reasons... read our article about university affiliations and memberships to learn more.

Affiliations and Memberships

uniRank publishes the following list of the most important University of Colombo's affiliations and memberships; feel free to submit any relevant missing higher education-related organizations this university is affiliated with.

  • Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU)

Academic Structure


Academic divisions can provide valuable insights into the range of fields of study and disciplines a University focuses on and the institution's level of specialization. Comprehensive or Generalist Universities typically offer a wide range of academic programs and have many academic divisions and subdivisions across different disciplines, while Specialized Universities tend to focus on a narrower range of programs within a specific field or industry and have fewer academic divisions and a simplified organizational structure. Read our guide article "Understanding Academic Divisions in Universities - Colleges, Faculties, Schools" to learn more about academic divisions and typical university organizational structures.

Academic Structure

uniRank shows a structural diagram of the first-level academic divisions of the University of Colombo 's organizational structure; feel free to submit any relevant missing division.


Social Media


Social media can be a powerful tool for Universities to communicate with current students, alumni, faculty, staff and the wider community. But how can social media be important for prospective students? Read our article about the importance of Social Media for universities and prospective students to learn more.

Social Media

uniRank publishes brief reviews, rankings and metrics of some University of Colombo's social media channels as a starting point for comparison and an additional selection tool for potential applicants.

Facebook Facebook

University of Colombo's Facebook page University of Colombo's official Facebook page

Twitter X (Twitter)

University of Colombo's X (formerly Twitter) page University of Colombo's official Twitter page

YouTube YouTube

University of Colombo's YouTube channel University of Colombo's official YouTube channel

Instagram Instagram

University of Colombo's Instagram page University of Colombo's official Instagram channel

LinkedIn LinkedIn

University of Colombo's main LinkedIn profile

TikTok TikTok


Free Online Courses

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This higher education institution is not a member of the Open Education Global (OEGlobal) organization that is developing, implementing and supporting free open education and free online courses. View a list of Open Education Global members by country.


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