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Singapore has been one of the most popular destinations for students who want to study abroad and was ranked 20th in the QS Rankings for Best Student Cities 2019. Its rich culture and prosperous surroundings and environment attract students from various countries to enjoy studying here. Once Singapore has been selected as the destination for studies, another unique confusion arises for students when they have to decide which university to choose for admission. So we have decided to help you out in choosing out of NTU VS NUS. Here is a curated comparison list for two of the best universities in Singapore – (NTU) Nanyang Technological University and (NUS) National University Singapore.


Nanyang Technological University
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The NTU or Nanyang Technological University is situated adjacent to the town of Jurong West in the west region of Singapore and covers about 200 hectares of land making it the largest university campus in the city. It is hailed as one of the best universities in the field of engineering and technology ranking at the #4 in the QS World subject-wise ranking 2021 for its top-notch faculty and research centers and #13 in the QS World University Rankings 2021. So if you are interested in engineering and related courses then this university would be a very good option for you.


The National University of Singapore
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Located in the southwest region of the city, NUS or the National University of Singapore lays adjacent to Kent Ridge on a campus of about 150 hectares. Both these universities have made a name of their own in the world, ranking in the top 20 Best Universities. NUS has however maintained its position above the NTU in almost every criterion except the engineering field. Being the #1 University in Asia and #11 in the World is no easy feat for any university but this reputed university made its name among the giants with its dedication towards the future of its students.

NTU VS NUS: Rankings

For your benefit we have made a list of all the possible features you might want to know to be able to choose between the two universities. Below is the curated information in the form of tables for your convenience –

Rankings NTU NUS
QS World University ranking 2021 13 11
Social sciences and management 17 9
Natural sciences 14 12
Life sciences and medicine 119 27
Engineering and technology 4 9
Arts and Humanities 41 15
QS Asia University Ranking 2021 3 1
QS Global MBA Ranking 2021 30 28
QS Graduate Employability Ranking 2020 24

NTU VS NUS: Student Profile

NTU and NUS are both public universities in Singapore with 2 and 3 campuses respectively. NTU’s main campus is sprawled over 200 hectares whereas NUS’s main campus is about 150 hectares.

The average student-faculty ratio in both the universities is about the same at 6:1 but NTU has about 5,738 international students whereas NUS has about 7,273 international students.

NTU VS NUS: Acceptance Rate

One could say that the acceptance rate of NTU and NUS differs a lot. NUS being a very sought-after university with quite high standards has an acceptance rate of only about 5 – 7% whereas NTU also being another university being hailed as one of the best universities has a slightly higher acceptance rate which is about 25 – 35%.

NTU VS NUS: Eligibility Criteria 

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NTU being a very prestigious university asks for about 90% in all subjects along with a score of 6+ in IELTS, 90+ in TOEFL, 1250+ in SAT, and about 55+ in PTE. Any of these English proficiency tests would do.

In NSU along with good grades in all subjects demands about a 90+ score in TOEFL, 6.5+ in IELTS, 600+ in SAT, and about 62+ in PTE at an average. The Indian students do not have to give the entrance exam for the NTU.

NTU VS NUS: Student Life

Since both the universities are in Singapore one thing that can be said for sure is that it provides a rich student life and the experience of the mixture of both Eastern and Western lives. The average tuition fees for NTU are about S$17,550 – S$38,300 whereas the average tuition fees for NUS are also around the same range with the upper limit a little higher than the other university with an average of S$17,550 – S$58,650.

The on-campus housing rates have also been provided so that it gets easier for the students to choose from.  The undergraduate housing rates of NTU are around S$265 – S$605 per month and the graduate rate are about S$400 – S$2,350 per month. NSU provides on-campus housing for undergraduate students at about s$83 – s$144 weekly and for graduate students at about S$315 – S$408 weekly. 

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Is NUS or NTU bigger?

NTU is probably bigger since it’s in 200 hectares whereas NUS is sprawled in 150 hectares of land. Although NUS is closer to the city than NTU which is to the west of Singapore.

Is NUS better than IIT?

Yes NUS definitely better than IIT and is ranked #1 in Asia in the QS Asia Rankings 2021. So if you desire to study in Singapore and can afford it then you should definitely go for NUS since it is the #11th in the world too.

Is it difficult to get into NTU?

Well, like any of the other top notch universities NTU is also a little hard to get into but nothing is hard for someone dedicated to get into the college and course one wants. So if you try a little hard and take help from our experts at Leverage Edu then you will be able to make your dream of studying in NTU come true.  

Is NTU Ivy League?

The engineering courses in NTU are definitely in the Ivy League and are ranked in top 10 in the world. In the QS Subject wise Rankings 2021 the Engineering and technology of NTU is ranked #4th in the world among the other Ivy League colleges.

Have you chosen which university you want to apply to? Still confused? You can get help from our experts at Leverage Edu for more information and details on these universities. Or you may also get a process walk-through and detailed guidance throughout your admission process as per your need from our dedicated experts. Or read and browse about more universities to choose from on Leverage Edu.

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