General Information About SU



With science, technology, and social structures advancing day by day, the world needs more qualified individuals who possess the knowledge and skills required to pursue a career anywhere in the world. Aware of this pressing issue, in 1994 the Sabancı Group decided to establish a "world university" led by the Sabancı Foundation.

The seeds of Sabancı University, the Sabancı Group's most comprehensive social responsibility project in the field of education, were sown in the summer of 1995, at a search conference in which 50 academics from 22 countries as well as students and representatives from the private sector participated. The conference, however, was just the beginning, as it marked the start of an extensive process during which the leading educational institutions in Turkey and across the world were examined to find out how they work and identify the fundamentals that made them successful.

In the end, instead of choosing one university as a template or replicating existing examples and institutions, a new and unique university was designed.

Since 1999, when students began enrolling, Sabancı University itself has set an example for many universities.


Sabancı University will be a participatory institution that is financially and administratively self-sufficient and sustainable. Sabancı University will be sensitive to the needs of its students, their families, employees, administrators and the entire society.

We will strive to define and make visible all issues that concern us at large, and focus on applied techniques to meet the social and technological needs of the future.  We will adopt an interdisciplinary approach of “learning to learn” to cultivate knowledge, support education and facilitate social advancement.

The University will cultivate its existing local and regional comparative advantages to generate, articulate, uncover and develop leading-edge knowledge in order to create competitive competencies within an international and global context. The University will take active initiative to form and to select international and global educational and research networks.


Facts and Figures



: 1996

First academic year

: 1999-2000

Campus size

: 1.190.705 m²

Covered area

: 185.087 m²

Dormitory total capacity

: 2.617


Full time faculty members

: 275

Part time faculty members

: 115

Total faculty members

: 390

Administrative staff

: 347



: 4.109


: 1.102

Number of students per permanent faculty member

: 18.9


: 9.280

Scholarships awarded

: 59.4% of undergraduates

Information Center Collection


: 209.458


: 117.962


: 19.523

Journal subscriptions

: 54.543


Number of published articles per permanent faculty member

: 1,85*

Active research funding per permanent faculty member

: 510.645 TL**

(*) The number of published articles per full-time faculty members are determined based on the number of full-time faculty members in 2016.

(**) Active research funds per full-time faculty members are determined based on the total number of  current full-time faculty members by June 2016 (Including researchers and postdoctoral researchers who have active research projects).



: 3

Undergraduate programs

: 13

Graduate programs

: 32

Minor programs

: 11

Doctoral programs  

: 14

Double Major programs :10



These statistics are as of 2017-2018 Fall Term.

Last updated: October 2017