Meiji University
Former names
Meiji Law School
Motto in English
Rights, Liberty, Independence and Self-governance
TypePrivate research university
Established1881; 143 years ago (1881)
PresidentKosaku Dairokuno
Academic staff
2,897 (Spring 2020)
Undergraduates30,010 (Spring 2020)
Location, ,
Colours  Shikon (bluish purple)

Meiji University (明治大学, Meiji Daigaku) is a private research university in Chiyoda City, the heart of Tokyo, Japan. Established in 1881 as Meiji Law School (明治法律学校, Meiji Hōritsu Gakkō) by three Meiji-era lawyers.[a]

The university has a total of approximately 33,000 students on all four campuses around the Greater Tokyo Area: Surugadai, Izumi, Ikuta, and Nakano. Meiji is organized into 10 undergraduate, 12 graduate, 4 professional graduate schools; and operates 15 world-class research centers and a museum. It began its first partner agreement in 1986 with York University in Canada, and currently partners with 363 universities and institutions in 56 countries. Some of the university's partners include: Stanford University, Columbia University, the University of Oxford, the University of Cambridge, the National University of Singapore, and the University of Hong Kong.[1]

Meiji University is one of Japan's leading private universities. It has highly selective admissions, with an acceptance rate averaging around 15%. It is known to be Japan's most popular university with applications exceeding 100,000 annually, and in 2020, was named the top institution for attractive courses and subjects of study.[2][3] Meiji is a part of the Top Global University Project of Japan's Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology.[4] The university is a sporting powerhouse with memberships in top-tier intercollegiate athletic associations in Japan, consistently winning national competitions. As of 2021, 270 Meiji alumni have competed in the olympics and garnered 40 medals, 14 gold, 13 silver and 13 bronze.

From its founding, it has sent out 570,000 graduates around the world, with alumni in diverse fields such as world politics, business, culture, entertainment, sports, and mass media. Meiji University's alumni have included: Japan's first female lawyer, 2 Japanese prime ministers, 48 national politicians, 380 professional athletes, 115 company presidents, and 264 artists.[5]


Undergraduate schools

Meiji University School House (Liberty Tower)
Meiji University Museum (Department of Archaeology)

Graduate schools

Professional Graduate Schools

Campus life

Meiji University's baseball team belongs to the Tokyo Big6 Baseball League. Every year, rugby union and baseball matches Meisōsen (明早戦) against Waseda University attract support among its students. It also has a successful judo team.[6]

The university announced on February 26, 2009, that it would open a museum dedicated to anime and manga.[7] It will include international research centers hosting Japanese and international scholars as well as a large quality of artifacts on the subject.

Academic rankings

University rankings
WE [ja] National[8] Employment 35
NBP Greater Tokyo[9][10] Reputation 8
Shimano National[11] Selectivity A1
QS Asia
(Asian Ranking version)[12]
General 301-350
QS World[13] General 1201-1400
Program rankings
Social Sciences & Humanities
Natural Sciences & Technology

Meiji University is one of the leading universities in Japan.

General rankings

The university has been ranked 19th and 26th in 2009 and 2010 respectively in the ranking "Truly Strong Universities" (本当に強い大学) by Toyo Keizai.[20]

Research performance

The Nikkei Shimbun on 16 February 2004 surveyed about the research standards in engineering studies based on Thomson Reuters, Grants in Aid for Scientific Research and questionnaires to heads of 93 leading Japanese Research Centers, and Meiji was placed 37th in this ranking.[21]

Meiji has filed the 62nd highest number of patents in the nation as its research outcomes.[22]

Graduate school rankings

Meiji Law School is considered one of the top Japanese law schools, as Meiji's number of successful candidates for Japanese bar examination has been 14th and 20th in 2009 and 2010 respectively.[23] It is one of the strongest department in this university as the cumulative number of people qualified as lawyer and prosecutor has been historically sixth after WW2.[24]

Eduniversal ranked Meiji as fourth in the rankings of "Excellent Business Schools nationally strong and/or with continental links" in Japan.[25]

Meiji University is one of the top 10 private universities in Japan.[26]

Alumni rankings

Graduates from Meiji enjoy good success in the Japanese industries.

According to the Weekly Economist's 2010 rankings, graduates from Meiji University have the 35th best employment rate in 400 major companies[27]

The university is also ranked sixth in Japan for the number of alumni holding the position of executive in the listed companies of Japan, and this number per student (probability of becoming an executive) is 25th.[28][29]

Meiji graduates have been ranked fifth in Japan in the number of successful national CPA exam applicants.[30] Its graduates have been also ranked ninth in Japan in the number of successful Architect Registration exam applicants.[31]

Furthermore, the number of Members of Parliament who graduated Meiji is sixth in Japan.[32]

Popularity and selectivity

Meiji is a popular university in Japan. The number of applicants per place was 24.9 (113,905/4,582) in the 2011 undergraduate admissions, this number of applicants (113,905) was largest in 2011.[33][34] Its entrance difficulty is also very selective.[35][36]

Meiji university is regarded as comparable with the Tokyo-area private universities Aoyama Gakuin, Rikkyo, Chuo, and Hosei, collectively called "MARCH".

It has an entrance examination difficulty level that is in the top 10 for a private university in Japan.



Former (1974–1976) Japanese prime minister Takeo Miki
Former (1949-1976) Premier of China Zhou Enlai

World leaders

US Senator Ben Nighthorse Campbell

Other politicians


Masao Koga
Takeshi Kitano
Yuto Nagatomo
Keiko Kitagawa

Sister Universities


  1. ^ The three lawyers were Kishimoto Tatsuo, Miyagi Kōzō, and Yashiro Misao.


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