Waseda University (早稲田大学 Waseda Daigaku?), abbreviated as Sōdai (早大?), is a private university mainly located in Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan.
As the second private university to be founded in Japan, Waseda University is considered to be one of Japan’s most prestigious universities, consistently ranking amongst the top universities in Japanese university rankings. The University has many notable alumni in Japan, with seven Prime Ministers of Japan and many CEOs, including Tadashi Yanai, the CEO of UNIQLO and wealthiest man in Japan.
Established in 1882 as the Tōkyō Senmon Gakkō by Ōkuma Shigenobu, the school was renamed Waseda University in 1902 after the founder’s hometown village. The university consists of 13 undergraduate schools and 23 graduate schools, and is one of the 13 universities in the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology’s “Global 30” Project.