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Applications and Admissions

Domestic students applying to UTokyo take the common national university entrance examination, following which successful students can choose to take the University of Tokyo’s entrance examination.

Undergraduate and graduate admissions are accepted for start in April and in October. Undergraduate information is usually available roughly nine months in advance and applications are usually submitted roughly four months in advance. The dates for graduate admissions vary widely. Please check the website of each Faculty or Graduate School for further information.

On average, about one in four applicants to undergraduate programs is successful, and 47% to MA programs. Three-quarters of applicants to PhD programs are successful, but this includes many students who enroll in combined MA/PhD programs. Roughly one in two external applicants to PhD programs is successful.

(As of April 1, 2018)

Applicants to undergraduate programs
Division Applicants Successful applicants Other Total entrants
Humanities and Social Sciences I 1,323 414 9 423
Humanities and Social Sciences II 1,201 365 11 376
Humanities and Social Sciences III 1,535 485 23 508
Natural Sciences I 2,992 1,152 24 1,176
Natural Sciences II 2,174 555 17 572
Natural Sciences III 450 100 - 100
Admission by recommendation 179 - - -
Total 9,854 3,071 84 3,155

(Successful applicants in Admission by recommendation are included in Humanities and Social Sciences I to III and Natural Sciences I and II. "Other" includes entrants via government-sponsored and other special programs including PEAK.)

(As of May 1, 2018)

Applicants to graduate programs
Subject MA Professional PhD
Applicants Entrants Applicants Entrants Applicants Entrants
Humanities and Sociology 405 113 - - 115 68
Education 315 85 - - 116 50
Law and Politics 89 22 475 213 35 14
Economics 383 97 - - 42 22
Arts and Sciences 613 209 - - 189 108
Science 658 352 - - 173 156
Engineering 1,538 841 20 15 195 152

Agricultural and Life Sciences

429 296 - - 110 85
Medicine 156 62 104 31 298 255
Pharmaceutical Sciences 112 88 - - 49 43
Mathematical Sciences 113 34 - - 29 22
Frontier Sciences 896 417 - - 118 79
Information Science and Technology 506 234 - - 67 47
Interdisciplinary Information Studies 277 109 - - 41 20
Public Policy - - 292 71 8 5
Total 6,490 2,959 891 330 1,585 1,126
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