The 2023-24 academic year in figures


Institutional Communication Service

18 December 2023

The growth in the student population continues: the 2023-24 academic year sees, among Bachelor, Master, PhD and continuing education students, more than 4300 students, a hundred more than the last academic year. USI's commitment to competitive research is also affirmed, with around 27 million francs of funding obtained by researchers working on the Lugano, Mendrisio and Bellinzona campuses.


4309 students

A total of 4309 students are enrolled at USI: 1794 in Bachelor's programmes and 1912 in Master's programmes, while there are 530 PhD students and 73 in Continuing Education (for at least 60 ECTS).

The faculties with the most students are Communication, Culture and Society (24% of the total) and Economics (23%), followed by the Academy of Architecture (19%), Informatics (15%), Theology (10%) and Biomedical Sciences (9%).

There were 641 new entrants to Bachelor's programmes; 31% came from the Canton of Ticino, 9% from the rest of Switzerland, 48% from Italy and 12% from elsewhere.


Success in securing competitive research funds

USI's profile as a research-intensive university was reaffirmed once again this year. It is worth remembering that competitive research means research financed by funds allocated on a competitive basis by bodies such as the European Union, the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF), which this year also financed European replacement schemes, the Swiss Agency for the Promotion of Innovation - Innosuisse (formerly CTI), swissuniversities and private foundations.

The total funding obtained by USI in 2023 amounts to approximately CHF 27 million, of which approximately CHF 20.8 million from the SNSF, CHF 2.8 million from the SEFRI (State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation) for participation in European collaborative projects, CHF 181,000 from swissuniversities, CHF 15,000 from Innosuisse and CHF 2.6 million from other institutions.