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In this evaluation, internationalization, teaching, employability and inclusion of CEU Universities received 5 stars, the maximum punctuation. In academic development, social responsibility and installations, the University was graded with 4 stars.

QS Stars is an evaluation system in which many universities from all over the world participate in voluntarily to accredit the compliance of the demanding standards of quality stated by QS.

Quacquarelli Symonds (QS)

CEU Universities has been awarded its presence for the first time in the international ranking prepared by the British firm Quacquarelli Symonds (QS), which specialises in the analysis of higher education institutions. The three universities in the group have made their first appearance in this ranking by placing themselves among the top 25 universities in Spain. 

To do so, they have been evaluated according to a series of factors: academic level, reputation among employees, student-school ratio, number of citations received by the publications of their researchers and the proportions of foreign students and professors. 

This positioning is a recognition of the firm commitment of CEU Universities in the process of internationalisation of their classrooms, which already manages to attract 30 % of foreign students to their studies. This percentage has led CEU to occupy 4th place among Spanish universities in the QS World University Ranking. 

Young University Rankings 2022 - Timer Higher Education (THE)

CEU Universities, which is an ensemble of Universities from CEU that brings together Universidad CEU San Pablo (Madrid), Universidad CEU Cardenal Herrera (Valencia, Elche and Castellón) and Universidad Abat Oliba CEU (Barcelona), was ranked 4th in the Young University Rankings 2022, out of a total number of 32 Spanish Universities, at an international scale, CEU Universities is number 136 out of 790 universities from 68 different countries.

Furthermore, CEU Universities is the second one in terms of citations in scientific journals within the national territory; and it leads in terms of the number of women among students (64 %). In terms of its internationalisation, it ranks 4, with 20 % international students on average.

The ranking elaborated by Times Higher Education (THE) analyses Universities under 50 years old. For their classification, 13 indicators linked to their fundamental mission are used: teaching, research, citations, industry income, and international outlook, among others. This ranking provides an overview of those Universities opened to innovation; a feature particularly necessary to come out stronger after Covid.  


This ranking assesses the quality of university institutions at an international level in five areas: teaching, research, number of citations in publications written by researchers, internationalisation of staff, students and researchers, and knowledge transfer to the business field.

CEU San Pablo (Madrid), CEU Cardenal Herrera (Valencia, Elche and Castellón) and Abat Oliba CEU (Barcelona), under the name of CEU Universities, ranked 6th among Spanish universities and among the top 500 universities worldwide in the 2021 Ranking, where 1,527 university institutions from 93 countries participated.

We excel in research and internationalisation. In the field of research, we are positioned first among Spanish universities in terms of the quality of citations on scientific publications written by our research staff. In terms of internationalisation of staff, students and researchers, we are placed fourth at national level, with an average of 19% international students, which exceeds 30% at CEU UCH in the Region of Valencia. We also rank among the top ten Spanish universities for the ratio of students per lecturer (11.5) and for the ratio of female to male students (63:37).

THE Impact Ranking

At Times Higher Education Impact Rankings (2022) our Universities (CEU USP, CEU UCH and UAO CEU) have ranked 101-200 in “health and wellbeing”. This result is based among other aspects, on the existence of researches and publications of impact on the scope of healthcare sciences, on the implementation of healthcare programs directed not only to the university community but also to general population and on the support offered to mental health by universities, consistent with the social doctrine of the Catholic Church with respect to health, life and family. CEU Universities have been listed among the 200 best universities worldwide over a total of 1,101 institutions assessed and rank fourth in Spain being the best Spanish private university. Also our Universities rank 478 over 1,180 universities worldwide in “quality education”. This achievement certifies our commitment to quality education which does not only focus on our students but rather reaches the general public.

First in Spain in 'Health and Wellness' in the THE 2023 ranking

Impact Ranking 2023

First in Spain in 'Health and Wellness' in the THE 2023 ranking

CEU has achieved an important recognition in the Times Higher Education 2023 ranking by being positioned as the first Spanish university in the area of 'Health and Well-being'.

This award is the result of the efforts made by the different CEU universities in the area of 'Good health and Well-being', which is reflected in the improved results compared to the previous year, as it has moved from fourth to first position among the 37 Spanish universities that have been evaluated. Similarly, the indicator has also improved globally, occupying 88th place among the 1218 institutions from more than one hundred countries. 

To carry out the analysis of the universities, criteria such as: research in health and wellness, the proportion of graduates in studies related to the health professions, and health or wellness services to their own students and employees have been taken into account.


Universidad CEU San Pablo has placed 2nd in the ranking published by El Economista for the most innovative centres in the Ibero-American world. This ranking analyses more than 100 educational institutions in Ibero-America. Out of these, 40 universities and business schools have ranked. CEU rose one position in 2021 compared to the 2020 ranking.

El Economista has taken into account aspects such as innovation, which universities have applied to their methodology, the use of the latest learning tools, a 4th Industrial Revolution focused curriculum, a teaching staff that comprises both, scholars and experts who are familiar with the business world, the internationalisation of the institution, the importance of the educational expertise and the students´ networking potential.


It is an international ranking which, since 2009, includes all universities and research institutions worldwide and takes into account research performance, innovation results and social impact-based indicators measured by website visibility.

Universidad San Pablo-CEU is the best rated private university in Madrid and the 2nd best rated private Spanish university in this ranking in 2020. It is the leader among more than 70 universities, public R&D centres, and private and public hospitals.



Universidad CEU San Pablo has once again had its educational model recognised, ranking 5 in the 2022 ranking of the best private universities in Spain, according to FORBES. The Institution the institution has improved by one position compared to last year. Its academic model, focused on the comprehensive and practical information, some cutting-edge facilities and the latest technologies can be highlighted. Currently, it can be found among the three best private universities in our country.


Universidad CEU San Pablo has been recognized by Forbes magazine as one of the 25 best private universities in Spain. The Forbes University supplement highlights that our institution is one of the most prestigious in the country, offering a wide range of degrees, master's, and doctorates, and committed to the internationalization and employability of all its students.

In addition, Universidad CEU San Pablo appears in the Forbes Ranking of the '10 best private universities valued by companies', occupying the fifth position.

El Mundo

The 21st edition of the 50 degrees ranking prepared by the newspaper El Mundo, a publication that analyses the most demanded university degrees, has placed the Bachelor's Degree in Journalism of Universidad CEU San Pablo as the second best in Spain. Furthermore, the Bachelor's Degree in Human Nutrition and Dietetics remains in fourth place for another consecutive year and the Bachelor's Degree in Nursing has entered the ranking for the first time and is now in the top five.   

El Mundo newspaper stresses aspects of Universidad CEU San Pablo, such as its commitment to innovation, research, internationalisation and digitalisation as tools to adapt to the new reality. Similarly, it also highlights the launch of the Exploria project, an innovative programme in the transmission and acquisition of knowledge between students and Professors. 

CEU San Pablo in the TOP 3 of El Mundo ranking

El Mundo

CEU San Pablo in the TOP 3 of El Mundo ranking

Universidad CEU San Pablo is once again in the top 3 of the Ranking of 50 careers of the prestigious supplement of the newspaper El Mundo, which analyzes the most sought-after degrees and aims to guide future students in their choice of university.

Specifically, in this 22nd edition where 35 public and 11 private universities appear, two of our degrees occupy prominent positions, such as Journalism and Human Nutrition and Dietetics.

The newspaper El Mundo also highlights the 90th anniversary of Universidad CEU San Pablo and how the educational institution is firmly committed to the employability of its graduates, internationalization, digitization and innovation.

CEU San Pablo en el ranking de 50 mejores carreras de El Mundo 

Universidad CEU San Pablo Ranking El Mundo

CEU San Pablo en el ranking de 50 mejores carreras de El Mundo 

Otro año más, la Universidad CEU San Pablo se sitúa en el ranking de las 50 mejores carreras que publica el periódico El Mundo. En esta ocasión, lo hace con tres de sus grados: Periodismo, Nutrición Humana y Dietética y Fisioterapia. 

  • El Grado en Periodismo logra pasar de la tercera a la segunda posición, convirtiendo a la Universidad CEU San Pablo en un referente. De hecho, la Universidad es heredera de El Debate, la primera escuela de Periodismo de España
  • La Universidad CEU San Pablo fue pionera en impartir estudios sobre Nutrición Humana y Dietética. El suplemento la sitúa como la tercera mejor de España y destaca que el Grado ofrece más de 1.100 horas prácticas de España.  
  • El Grado en Fisioterapia está en el TOP 5 y no es para menos, pues el especial señala que el Grado ofrece la oportunidad de trabajar en EE. UU., gracias a su reconocimiento por la Foreign Credentialing Comission on Physical Therapy. 

El periódico El Mundo también destaca que la Universidad CEU San Pablo apuesta por la empleabilidad, la internacionalización, la innovación y la digitalización como herramientas para la formación de nuestros estudiantes.  


Compare information offered by our students with the rest of Universities in Spain. We are the fifth best university in Spain with the most satisfied students, and one of the best universities which best prepares students to face the labour market by bestowing them with practical skills.   
We score very high in prestige, student counselling, international environment and high employability rate.

CYD 2023

Universidad CEU San Pablo ranks among the top universities in Spain in undergraduate and graduate studies in Law, according to the CYD 2023 Ranking. In particular, it stands out for the excellent employability of students. To this end, it assesses aspects such as the rate of affiliation to the Social Security, the rate of permanent contracts among recent graduates or the employment rate (after 4 years). 

In addition, the University has once again renewed its leadership in the international dimension, standing out in indicators such as degrees in foreign languages, student mobility and internships abroad, among other aspects. 

The CYD Foundation has released the results of the tenth edition of the CYD Ranking. This ranking classifies universities based on six dimensions: teaching and learning, research, knowledge transfer, international orientation, contribution to regional development and labor market insertion. It is the ranking in which the largest number of Spanish universities participate, in fact, this year it has evaluated 80 universities, 29 fields of knowledge and 3,266 degrees.

CEU San Pablo University Law School ranks in the Top 10 of El Confidencial's "Universities and Law Firms" Ranking.

Our graduates are among the most highly valued by the most prestigious law firms in Spain. This mention is a further recognition of the innovative work carried out by the Law School and its involvement in the training of future lawyers.