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  • Bilkent University was established in 1984 as the first foundation university in Turkey, and admitted its first students in 1986.
  • The campus, 12 kilometers from the city center, is located in the country’s capital city Ankara, a vibrant metropolis of 4.5 million.
  • There are more than 37,000 Bilkent alumni.
  • Currently, there are approximately 13,000 students enrolled at the University.
  • 47% of the student body is on scholarship.
  • Bilkent University has 29 bachelor’s and 51 graduate programs in a variety of fields.
  • There are approximately 1,000 faculty members; international faculty members from 40 countries comprise one-fourth of this number.
  • Faculty members were supported with a budget of approximately $150.000.000 between 2005 and 2015 in the frame of the European Union (93), The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (424), public and private company (260) projects.
  • Bilkent University has student exchange program agreements with over 250 universities around the world.
  • The Bilkent University Library is the most extensive academic library in the country. It is visited by 800,000 researchers and students each year.
  • There are more than 100 student clubs at Bilkent, enabling students to come together to participate in favorite activities or develop new interests.
  • Since 1999, students have been taking part in numerous community projects organized by the Social Responsibility Center, Bilkent’s umbrella organization for volunteer activities.
  • Radio Bilkent, established and staffed by students, broadcasts in the FM band at the 96.6 MHz frequency.
  • Bilkent dormitories can accommodate a total of 4,000 students.
  • The Health Center offers health services to all students along with academic and administrative staff 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Bilkent University covers 80% of students’ medicine expenses.
  • The Bilkent Symphony Orchestra performs more than 50 concerts each year at the Bilkent Concert Hall, with a seating capacity of 800, and in various other cities in Turkey.
  • Each year, around 100 well-known companies and organizations visit Bilkent University to inform students about career opportunities.
  • Bilkent Cyberpark, founded in 2002, is the fastest growing techno park in Turkey. It serves in a 102,117 m2 indoor area with 213 technology-based companies and 7 research centers and 3.500 personnel.
  • Bilkent University ranks 28th in Times Higher Education’s 100 Under 50 league table of the world’s best young universities.