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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 5,5 million.
  • There are more than 40,000 Bilkent alumni.
  • Currently, there are approximately 13,000 students enrolled at the University.
  • 65% of the student body is on scholarship.
  • Bilkent University has 29 bachelor’s and 58 graduate programs in a variety of fields.
  • There are approximately 800 faculty members; international faculty members from 34 countries comprise one-fourth of this number.
  • Faculty members were supported with a budget of approximately $135,000,000 between 2005 and 2017 in the frame of the European Union (99), The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (513), public and private company (301) projects.
  • Bilkent University has student exchange program agreements with 293 universities around the world.
  • The Bilkent University Library is the most extensive academic library in the country with an annual budget nearing $3,000,000.
  • There are 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 4,200 students.
  • The Health Center offers health services to all students along with academic and administrative staff 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
  • The Bilkent Symphony Orchestra performs more than 50 concerts each year at the Bilkent Concert Hall, with a seating capacity of 700, 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 serving with 223 technology-based companies, 6 research centers, and 3,500 personnel.
  • In QS World University Rankings, Bilkent is placed in the group of universities ranked 421-430. Bilkent is Turkey’s highest-ranked university among the other Turkish universities listed in the ranking.