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Rankings published in the press should be taken with care. Depending on the survey methods and criteria used, results differ greatly from one medium to another and from one year to the next. They do not always reflect the actual level of the schools. Surveys are often based on information provided by schools that is not easy to verify. Rankings also value some criteria more than others and often compare things that are not comparable. Journalists like Karine Darmon in Studyrama explain “In short, it's like comparing one sector of activity to another, some seeing more growth than others, some changing from one year to the next according to economic needs. The trend currently favours the IT, energy and construction sectors. Should niche sectors, and hence schools with more specialized education, which offer promising jobs and guarantee a professional career, be omitted?"

Below you will find some rankings in which ESTACA has been mentioned, for information purposes, but they are highly varied and reductive compared to the reality of the resources at ESTACA and the School's reputation among the industries in our sector.

FIGARO 2020 Ranking - ESTACA 3rd Among Transport Engineering Schools After SUPAERO and ENSTA Bretagne

Ranking 2020 Le Figaro ESTACA 3rd

Le Figaro ranked some 200 schools and universities authorised by the Commission des Titres d'Ingénieurs (CTI) to award engineering degrees. Some are generalist schools, others offer more specialized courses such as ESTACA, which offers training in the aeronautical, automotive, space and railway sectors. Le Figaro chose to publish several themed rankings according to schools’ specialities. Ten categories were created according to engineering specialties.
ESTACA among the top 3 engineering schools, in the Transport and Logistics category

In the Le Figaro 2020 ranking of engineering schools, ESTACA ranks 3rd in the Transport and Logistics category, after ISAE-SUPAERO and ENSTA Bretagne. To produce this ranking of engineering schools, the newspaper used three criteria: academic excellence, international openness and cooperation with companies. In particular, it is the quality of its corporate relations that has placed ESTACA in this new position, but the newspaper also recognized ESTACA's excellent international openness and its academic excellence, which takes into account recruitment quality, exposure of students to research and the proportion of double graduates.

Usine Nouvelle 2019: ESTACA among the ten top schools for graduate salary


ESTACA appears in the TOP 10 engineering schools offering the best starting salaries to young graduates, according to the Usine Nouvelle ranking.

All the indicators concerning the professional insertion of young ESTACA graduates, at the heart of the School’s commitment, are excellent: 95% of young engineers find a job within two months of graduating and of them, 92% have a full-time permanent contract.

Another figure which merits attention but is not included in the rankings: +90% of students find work even before they graduate! It says a lot about the ties fostered between the School and companies and its close links with the industrial transport sector. Furthermore, graduates’ salaries in their first job are significantly higher this year. This is a strong sign that the transport sector is doing well and also that the expertise of ESTACA is recognized and valued by professionals.

The School ranks 33rd in the general rankings out of 130 French engineering schools, compared to 8th by the same paper in 2018.

This drop needs to be put into perspective and care should be taken when looking at rankings that depend a lot on biases in the chosen indicators and coefficients that lead to considerable variations from one year to the next.

Over-valuing of the criterion of entrepreneurship this year penalized ESTACA, although its results were better than in 2018 (Usine Nouvelle doubled this coefficient in 2019, whereas the recruitment salary coefficient was reduced).

The coefficient given to the international dimension was increased. Obviously, final-year students are less involved internationally for their first career experience. This can be partly explained by the energy and health of the transport and new mobilities sector in France.

Finally, in order to enhance student management and innovation in teaching, in 2018 ESTACA recruited several additional teachers not necessarily involved in research, to focus on accompanying the students. For Usine Nouvelle, the number of teachers conducting research is a quality criterion for the School. The ratio of teachers to teacher-researchers at ESTACA remains excellent, but fell compared to 2018, which penalized the School in the rankings. This does not represent the dynamism of ESTACA'Lab and researchers working on projects that prefigure the mobility of the future.

The indicators concerning professional insertion of students remain remarkable. On this parameter, ESTACA ranks 6th overall.

L’Etudiant 2019 Rankings – ESTACA in 4th Position

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ESTACA is placed in the top ten best third-level schools for academic excellence in the L’Etudiant ranking of the best engineering schools. It ranks in joint 4th place in the group B post-bac schools in the general L’Etudiant ranking. It ranks joint 11th in the general ranking of 75 schools with a preparatory cycle recruiting at baccalaureate level.

Teaching excellence, meeting the expectations of the corporate world, and guaranteed jobs for graduates are all criteria that work in the school’s favor.

The website letudiant.fr also offers rankings with configurable criteria. Depending on the criteria selected, ESTACA ranks at the top of the list for many of them: Graduate salary, teachers from industry, school specializing in transport.

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ESTACA ranks 1st in group B post-bac schools

L’Etudiant 2018 Ranking

ESTACA confirms its leading position in the L’Etudiant ranking of the best engineering schools. It ranks in joint 1st place in the group B post-bac schools in the general L’Etudiant ranking. It ranks 7th in the general ranking of 75 schools with a preparatory cycle recruiting at baccalaureate level. In the classification that includes schools recruiting at BAC and BAC +2 level, ESTACA gains 4 places compared to last year and appears 35th out of 164 schools.

For several years, ESTACA has regularly ranked among the best post-bac engineering schools in various rankings published in the press.
Teaching excellence, meeting the expectations of the corporate world, guaranteed jobs for graduates rapidly and an international presence are all criteria that work in the school’s favor.

General ranking of post-bac schools: Estaca #7

This ranking of engineering schools published by L’Etudiant is based on data certified by the CTI (Commission des Titres d’Ingénieurs) and the CDEFI (Conférences des Directeurs d’Ecoles Française d’Ingénieurs). It takes into consideration teaching excellence, corporate relations and internationalization. Awaiting the opening of Parcoursup (a new admissions portal for higher education), this ranking is a tool to help students choose an engineering school.

The website letudiant.fr also offers ranking with customizable criteria. Depending on the criteria chosen, ESTACA ranks 1st in many criteria:

#1 for teaching excellence

According to 5 criteria:

  • Baccalaureate grade average
  • Teachers from the corporate world
  • Proportions of Baccalaureate S students
  • Duration of internships
  • Graduates working abroad

#1 for corporate relations

According to 4 criteria:

  • Industrial chairs policy
  • Diplomas abroad
  • Automobile, aeronautics, shipbuilding and rail industry
  • Teachers from the corporate world



The weekly magazine Challenge has published its “diploma rankings” which take account of selectivity, suitability and response to the jobs market, the length of foreign stays and the cost of tuition compared to career prospects.

According to the criteria used by Challenge,

ESTACA ranks 3rd in post-bac schools: ranking

ESTACA is also ranked in 12th position among the 15 best engineering schools, post-preparation and post-bac included

ESTACA ranks 8th out of the 130 French engineering schools

Usine Nouvelle February 2018 ranking


The Usine Nouvelle ranking is based on data published by the CTI and takes account of graduates in professional jobs, entrepreneurship, international presence and research.

It ranks ESTACA 8th out of all engineering schools and in 2nd place for post-bac schools.

This magazine for industrial players places great importance on the professional prospects criteria, historically one of ESTACA’s strengths.

For example, of the last batch of graduates, 90% of students were employed before graduating. One student in two found a job in the company where they did their internship. The rapidly changing transport sector is crying out for experts and the specialist training offered by ESTACA meets this demand perfectly.

In its 2014 survey of industrialists, ESTACA ranked first for the adaptability of its student engineers to the needs of industry.

Read the ranking and select the proposed criteria HERE