University of Seoul

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University of Seoul
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Motto진리·창조·봉사 (眞理·創造·奉仕)
Motto in English
Truth, Creation, Public Service
EstablishedMay 1, 1918; 104 years ago (1918-05-01)
PresidentSuh, Soon-Tak (서순탁)
Academic staff
448 (2022)[1]
Administrative staff
265 (2022)[1]
Students11,613 (2022)[1]
Undergraduates8,674 (2022)[1]
Postgraduates2,939 (2022)[1]
CampusUrban (66.87 acres)
NicknameSiripdae (시립대·市立大)
WebsiteOfficial website (in English)
Official website (in Korean)
University of Seoul.svg
University of Seoul
Revised RomanizationSeoul Sirip Daehakgyo
McCune–ReischauerSŏul Shirip Taehakkyo

The University of Seoul (UOS; Korean: 서울시립대학교, lit.'Municipal University of Seoul') is a municipal public university in Seoul, South Korea. UOS is famous in South Korea for a large number of alumni working as national or municipal government officials.[citation needed] UOS is specialized in urban science and has top-tier programs environmental engineering, taxation, transportation engineering, urban planning and design, landscape architecture, and urban administration.[citation needed]

UOS is a public university funded and supported by the Seoul Metropolitan Government. Academic programs of UOS have been set to support necessities of the Seoul Metropolitan Government. Hence, UOS functions as a think-tank in formulating and supporting the major policy goals of the Seoul Metropolitan Government, along with basic research and education. UOS has a goal of becoming an international center for the urban sciences.


The University of Seoul was founded as Kyung Sung Public Agricultural College in 1918 and renamed as University of Seoul in 1987. In 2012, the mayor of Seoul, Park Won-soon, implemented a campaign promise, "Half-priced tuition" as soon as he started his term. The half-priced tuition was initiated in UOS first so that it would drive other universities to decrease their tuition. In 2013, UOS tuition per semester ranged from $915 to $1,441 (two semesters a year, 1,117.3 won/$ in 2013).[2] Because of high quality of education and low tuition of UOS, admission process has been more competitive.[3]

  • 1918 Founded as Kyung Sung Public Agricultural College
  • 1956 Promoted to four-year college and renamed Seoul Agricultural College
  • 1974 Reorganized as Seoul Industrial University
  • 1981 Renamed Seoul City University
  • 1987 Renamed as University of Seoul and promoted to comprehensive university (4 colleges and 22 departments)

Faculty and students[edit]

Because the Seoul Metropolitan Government supported 70% of an annual budget, UOS is one of the best value public universities. UOS has the lowest student-faculty ratio, the highest financial investment per student, and the highest rate of scholarship recipients in South Korea. In addition, most administrative staff in UOS are affiliated in the Seoul Metropolitan Government.

Many UOS students think that they take a lot of financial and educational benefits from the Seoul government, so they feel obligated to participate in social works. Number of social work volunteers in 2012 was 3,105 and is expected to increase.[4][5]

Student satisfaction is relatively very high.[citation needed] In 2012, the registration rate of new students was very high (96%) and the withdrawal rate of students was extremely low (0.97%), compared with other universities in Seoul.[6]

Community outreach[edit]

UOS has long been providing services for Seoul and citizens of Seoul. In particular, UOS provides a diverse range of training programs for the municipal officials, national government officials, and experts in the public sector. From 1997, UOS provides Seoul citizens with lifelong education in UOS Open University located near the [[Gwanghwa Gate]] in central Seoul. UOS Open University provides a broad range of education programs including languages, technologies, Seoul Study[clarification needed], and various cultural activities. UOS has vocational and educational programs for more than 5,000 Seoulites annually in the Continuing Education Center. The Social Welfare Center located in the main campus provides a wide range of social services for more than 100,000 senior citizens and disabled citizens a year.



College of Public affairs and Economics[edit]

  • Department of Science in Taxation
  • Department of Public Administration
  • Department of International Relations
  • Department of Social Welfare
  • School of Economics

College of Business Administration[edit]

  • School of Business Administration

College of Engineering[edit]

  • School of Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Department of Chemical Engineering
  • Department of Mechanical and Information Engineering
  • Department of Materials Science and Engineering
  • Department of Civil Engineering
  • School of Computer Science

College of Humanities[edit]

  • Department of English Language and Literature
  • Department of Korea Language and Literature
  • Department of Korean History
  • Department of Philosophy
  • Department of Chinese Language and Culture

College of Natural Science[edit]

  • Department of Environmental Horticulture
  • Department of Statistics
  • Department of Mathematics
  • Department of Physics
  • Department of Life Science

College of Urban Science[edit]

  • School of Environmental Engineering
  • Department of Urban Administration
  • Department of Urban Sociology
  • Department of Geo-Informatics
  • Department of Architecture
  • Department of Architectural Engineering
  • Department of Urban Planning and Design
  • Department of Transportation Engineering
  • Department of Landscape Architecture

College of Arts and Physical Education[edit]

  • Department of Music
  • Department of Industrial and Visual Design
  • Department of Environmental Sculpture
  • Department of Sports Informatics

School of Liberal Studies[edit]

Students who take this course can choose a major freely when becoming sophomore.

Division of Liberal Arts and Teacher's Education[edit]

This division offers liberal arts courses, which contains writing, debating, mathematics, natural science, physical education and so on. It also offers courses needed to be a teacher.

Graduate school[edit]

The Graduate School has 35 courses for master's degrees and 25 courses for doctoral degrees. In addition, there's specialized graduate schools as follows.

  • Graduate School of Science in Taxation
  • Graduate School of Design
  • Graduate School of Urban Science
  • International School of Urban Sciences
  • Graduate School of Business Administration
  • Graduate School of Engineering
  • Graduate School of Education
  • Law School

University rankings[edit]

University rankings
Global – Overall
CWUR World[7]900
QS World[8]801–1000
THE World[9]1001+
USNWR Global[10]635
Regional – Overall
QS Asia[11]112
THE Asia[12]201–250

In 2012, UOS was ranked as one of top three among universities that do not have a medical school.[13] According to 2015 report from The Times Higher Education, UOS ranked 7th among all the Korean universities and 49th among all the Asian universities.[14][15] In another survey, UOS ranked 14th in the Asian midsize universities.[16] UOS was reported the best value public university in Korea,[17] with high financial investment and scholarship amount per student. Students' affinity to the school was ranked in the first place and students' satisfaction is in the second place according to a 2010 survey.[18]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e "숫자로보는 UOS". University of Seoul. Retrieved 19 November 2022.
  2. ^ '반값등록금' 서울시립대, 2013년도 등록금 동결
  3. ^ 서울시립대 수리논술 응시자 평균 31점 “논술 경쟁률 100대 1 … 어려워야 변별력"[Usurped!]
  4. ^ 서울시립대 반값 등록금 시행 1년… 학생 사회봉사 갑절로 늘었다
  5. ^ 해비타트/봉사동아리/서울시립대
  6. ^ 대학등록률 서울은 상승, 지방은 저조
  7. ^ "University of Seoul Ranking 2020-21 - Center for World University Rankings (CWUR)".
  8. ^ QS World University Rankings 2022
  9. ^ World University Rankings 2018
  10. ^[bare URL]
  11. ^ QS Asian University Rankings 2019
  12. ^ Asia University Rankings 2018
  13. ^ 2012 아시아 대학평가 의대없는 대학 醫大없는 대학, 서강대·한국외대·서울시립대 등 강세
  14. ^ 성균관대·서울시립대·이대…아시아 대학 순위 '껑충'
  15. ^ 아시아 100대 대학, 서울대 4위...14개 한국 대학 입성!
  16. ^ 2014 아시아 대학평가 醫大 없는 '强小大' 포스텍·서강대·한국외대 강세
  17. ^ 2010 대학지속가능지수 학업·소통·성장·교류’ 대학생활 만족도 평균 48.6점 그쳐
  18. ^ 2010 대학지속가능지수 서울대생은 외로워

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Coordinates: 37°35′00″N 127°03′30″E / 37.583324°N 127.058387°E / 37.583324; 127.058387