École Polytechnique

World Rankings

  • QS World University Ranking (2018–19) 65


  • In 1794 the École Centrale des Travaux Publics was founded, which took the name École Polytechnique a year later.
  • In 1970 the École became a public establishment overseen by the Ministry of Defence.
  • In 1972 women were admitted to the famously competitive entrance exam and in 1995 École opened its doors to international students.
  • It is renowned for only admitting top students.  Over the years many École graduates have had distinguished careers in science, industry, politics and economics.


École Polytechnique, Route de Saclay, 91120 Palaiseau, France