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Meiji University

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Meiji University
Meiji University logo.svg
Motto in English
Rights, Liberty, Independence and Self-governance
PresidentKeiichiro Tsuchiya
Tokyo and Kanagawa prefectures
ColoursShikon (Bluish purple)  
MascotMeijirō (official)
Meiji University School House (Liberty Tower)
Meiji University School House (Liberty Tower)

Meiji University (明治大学, Meiji daigaku) is a private university with campuses in Tokyo and Kawasaki, founded in 1881 by three Meiji-era lawyers, Kishimoto Tatsuo, Miyagi Kōzō, and Yashiro Misao. It is one of the oldest and most prestigious universities in Japan with famous alumni in various fields including world politics, sports, or the humanities.

The University has nine schools with a total of approximately 33,000 students on four campuses around the Greater Tokyo Area in three special wards of Tokyo (Chiyoda, Suginami, Nakano) and the Ikuta neighborhood of Tama-ku, Kawasaki.

Their most known schools are the school of law, the school of political science and economics, and the school of commerce. The school of political science and economics has sent many famous alumni to the Japanese political world. The three former world leaders, Miki Takeo, Murayama Tomiichi, and Zhou Enlai, previously studied at this university. The acceptance rate varies by school, but the average is usually around 15% throughout the university.

The University is one of the most prestigious Tokyo Six Universities (東京六大学 or Tokyo roku daigaku). The league of the Tokyo six universities is a Japanese collegiate athletic conference comprising baseball teams from the mix of one public and five private universities, similar to the Ivy League in the United States.

The university is also one of the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology's (MEXT) thirteen "Global 30" Project universities, which as of 2014 is called the Super Global Universities program.[1]


Meiji University Museum (Department of Archaeology).
Meiji University Museum (Department of Archaeology).

Undergraduate schools

  • School of Law
    • Department of Law
  • School of Commerce
    • Department of Commerce
  • School of Political Science and Economics
    • Department of Political Science
    • Department of Economics
    • Department of Regional Administration
  • School of Arts and Letters
    • Department of Literature
    • Department of History and Geography
    • Department of Social Psychology
  • School of Science and Technology
    • Department of Electrical Engineering
    • Department of Electronics and Communication Engineering
    • Department of Mechanical Engineering
    • Department of Precision Engineering
    • Department of Architecture
    • Department of Industrial Chemistry
    • Department of Information Science
    • Department of Mathematics
    • Department of Physics
  • School of Agriculture
    • Department of Agriculture
    • Department of Agricultural Economics
    • Department of Agricultural Chemistry
    • Department of Life Sciences
  • School of Business Administration
    • Department of Business Administration
    • Department of Accounting
    • Department of Public Management
  • School of Information and Communication
    • Department of Information and Communication
  • School of Global Japanese Studies
    • Department of Global Japanese Studies

Graduate schools

  • Graduate School of Law
  • Graduate School of Commerce
  • Graduate School of Political Science and Economics
  • Graduate School of Business Administration
  • Graduate School of Arts and Letters
  • Graduate School of Science and Technology
  • Graduate School of Agriculture
  • Graduate School of Governance Studies
  • Graduate School of Global Business
  • Graduate School of Professional Accountancy
  • Graduate School of Advanced Mathematical Sciences

Law school

  • Department of Law

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.[2]

The university announced on February 26, 2009, that it would open a museum dedicated to anime and manga.[3] 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
Toyo Keizai National[4] General 26
WE National[5] Employment 35
NBP Greater Tokyo[6][7] Reputation 8
Shimano National[8] Selectivity A1
Program rankings
Social Sciences & Humanities


BE Success National[9]Qualification 6
BE Pass rate National[10]Qualification 20


Eduni MBA National[11]General 13
Eduni MBA World[12]General 519
CPA Success National[13]Qualification 5
Natural Sciences & Technology


ARE Success National[14]Qualification 9

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.[4]

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.[15]

Meiji has filed the 62nd highest number of patents in the nation as its research outcomes.[16]

Graduate school rankings

Meiji Law School is considered as 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.[17] It is one of the strongest department in this university as the cumulative number of people qualified as lawyer and prosecutor has been historically 6th after WW2.[18]

Eduniversal ranked Meiji as 4th in the rankings of "Excellent Business Schools nationally strong and/or with continental links" in Japan.[19]

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[20]

The university is also ranked 6th 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.[21][22]

Meiji graduates have been ranked 5th in Japan in the number of successful national CPA exam applicants.[13] Its graduates have been also ranked 9th in Japan in the number of successful Architect Registration exam applicants.[14]

Furthermore, the number of Members of Parliament who graduated Meiji is 6th in Japan.[23]

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.[24][25] Its entrance difficulty is also very selective.[26][27]



Former (1974–1976) Japanese prime minister Takeo Miki
Former (1974–1976) Japanese prime minister Takeo Miki

World Leaders

Other politicians


Sister Universities


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