Andhra University (AU), Visakhapatnam Overview

  Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh   AICTE, UGC, NAAC-A   ESTD
  Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh   AICTE, UGC, NAAC-A   ESTD

About College

Founded under the Madras University Act by Sir C.R. Reddy, the University Grants Commission (UGC) approved Andhra University is a private university located in Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh, India.

The university was started to provide service to the entire linguistic population of Andhra Pradesh as a residential teaching-cum-affiliating University. Andhra University has a rank of 16 among universities and an overall rank of 29 under the NIRF rankings of 2019.

The university offers a total of 488 courses in branches of Accounting & Commerce, Animation, Architecture & Planning, Arts ( Fine / Visual / Performing ), Banking, Finance & Insurance, Beauty & Fitness, Business & Management Studies, Engineering, Hospitality & Travel, Humanities & Social Sciences, IT & Software, Law, Mass Communication & Media, Medicine & Health Sciences, Science, Teaching & Education etc.

The faculty at Andhra Pradesh University is considered to be highly qualified with a maximum of them holding a PhD as well as experience in their respective field of study. The teachers are knowledgeable, experienced and friendly.

Establishment Year 1926
Accredited by NAAC (National Assessment and Accreditation Council) with ‘A++’ Grade
Affiliations UGC
Total number of students enrolled 86923
The geographical area of the campus  423 Acres 

Courses offered and Fee Structure

Undergraduate courses

Andhra University, Visakhapatnam offers a variety of courses in several disciplines. The Undergraduate courses include B.A, B.A. LL.B, B.Arch, B.Com, B.E. / B.Tech, B.Ed, B.Pharm, B.Sc, BBA, BCA, BFA, BHM, BHMCT and LL.B.

The Bachelor of Engineering full-time course provides degrees in Mechanical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Electronics & Communication Engineering, Metallurgical Engineering, Civil Environmental Engineering, Electrical and Electronics Engineering, Marine Engineering, Aircraft Maintenance Engineering, Naval Architecture and Offshore Engineering etc over a period of four years.

The Bachelor of Technology full-time course provides degrees in Instrumentation Engineering, Biotechnology, Chemical Engineering, Geo-informatics Engineering, Computer Science and Systems Engineering, Ceramic Technology etc.

The three-year-long Bachelor of Science programme provides degrees in Geology, Food Science and Nutrition with Dietetics, Human Genetics, Biotechnology, Biochemistry, Maths, Electronics, Computer Science, Food Technology, Hotel Management, Catering Technology and Tourism, Microbiology, Physics, Chemistry, Statistics, Zoology etc.

The Bachelor of Arts degree provides specializations in Urdu, Economics, Social Work & Psychology, History etc. The duration of the UG courses under Andhra University is generally three to four years.

Postgraduate courses

The Postgraduate courses offered by the university include Executive MBA/PGDM, LL.M, M.A, M.Com, M.E./M.Tech, M.Ed, M.J.M.C, M.Lib.I.Sc, M.Lib.Sc, M.Phil, M.Plan, M.Sc, MBA/PGDM, MCA, MFA, PhD and Pharm.D. The Master of Technology degree provides specializations in Chemical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Computer Science & Technology, VLSI Design, Information Technology, Nanotechnology, Communication Systems, Biotechnology etc.

The two-year-long Master of Science programme provides degrees in Statistics, Biotechnology, Microbiology, Food Nutrition and Dietetics, Organic Chemistry, Zoology, Applied Chemistry, Mathematics, Botany, Geology, Biochemistry, Environmental Science, Physics, Analytical Chemistry etc.

The Master of Arts programme provides specializations in Economics, Psychology, Philosophy, Politics, Applied Economics, Social Work, History, Sanskrit, English, Sociology Anthropology, Hindi, Mathematics, Music, Public Administration, Quantitative Economics and many more. The duration of the PG courses under Andhra University is generally two years. 

PhD courses

The university offers a three-year-long PhD programme on specializations like Electrical Engineering, Instrumentation, Law etc. Apart from these courses, Andhra University also conducts some programmes in distance-learning mode. To know more about distance education programs, visit the school of distance education Andhra University website. 

Admission Process

All the applicants are admitted to the university courses based on the marks scored in their qualifying degree, entrance examinations, which are sometimes conducted at the university level or state-level or national-level. Candidates need to score above a specified mark in these exams to get admitted to a particular course or discipline.

The entrance exams include AUEET (Andhra University Engineering Entrance Test), AUCET (Andhra University Common Entrance Test), AP LAWCET (Andhra Pradesh Law Common Entrance Test), APICET (Andhra Pradesh Integrated Common Entrance Test), AURCET (Andhra University Research Common Entrance Test) etc. 

  • For the Integrated B.Tech + M.Tech and other B.Tech programmes, admission is based on performance in AUEET.
  • Andhra university admissions to a majority of the postgraduate programmes are done based on the marks obtained in AUCET exam.
  • For the LAW courses, students are shortlisted on the basis of the marks obtained in AP LAWCET.
  • For the MBA and MCA courses, admission is based on performance in APICET exam.
  • For the research courses admissions, candidates are selected on the basis of their performance in AURCET.


The median packages offered to the students at Andhra University of all the UG and PG courses for the years 2017 and 2018 are as follows:

  • Engineering and Architecture (B.Arch): 2.50 Lakhs
  • Engineering and Architecture (M.E /M.Tech): 6.55 Lakhs
  • Engineering and Architecture (B.E /B.Tech): 4 Lakhs
  • Pharmacy (B.Pharma): 2 Lakhs
  • Pharmacy (M.Pharma): 3 Lakhs
  • Pharmacy (Pharm.D): 2.50 Lakhs
  • Law (LLB): 19.60 Lakhs
  • Law (LLM): 9.60 Lakhs
  • Management and Business Administration (MBA): 4.80 Lakhs

The companies recruiting B.Tech students through the Andhra University placements drive include Aurobindo Pharma, Dr Reddy's Laboratories Ltd, GVK, Hospira Injectable, Lares Softech, Macleods, Mahindra and Mahindra, Mylan, Natco Pharmaceuticals, RNK Agro Chemicals, SATYAM COMPUTERS, TCS, Vimta Labs, Vishnu Chemicals, WIPRO, INFOTECH etc.

Results and Cut-off

Andhra University declares the cut-off list for its several courses and degrees once the results of their respective entrance examinations are calculated. The candidates need to obtain a score which is equal to or more than the cut-off mark specified by the university to get admitted to their desired courses.

For example, M.Tech and B.Tech aspirants need to clear the AUEET Cut Off, Postgraduate candidates need to cross the AUCET cut-offs, Research line aspirants need to clear the AURCET cut off, MBA and MCA candidates need to reach the APICET Exam Cut Off and LAW candidates need to clear the AP LAWCET cut-offs.

The cut-offs are relaxed for reserved candidates like SCs, STs and OBCs. The courses offered under the Andhra University School of Education is solely managed by Andhra University SDE. The results for these courses are declared by the SDE at its own portal.

Alumni Network

Andhra University has an Alumni Association that maintains an online student directory of the alumni members of the institute. It allows students to create their alumni profiles, explore other students and get information regarding whereabouts of their batchmates.


The scholarship and assistantship programmes offered by Andhra University to its students include the following:

  • Gyana Bhumi is a scholarship scheme which is provided to the backward classes, SC and ST candidates allowing them to continue their education completely free of cost.
  • Class toppers are offered a certain amount of scholarship money.
  • GATE qualified candidates are given a stipend of INR 12,000 while studying M.Tech in Andhra University.
  • Candidates belonging to poor economic backgrounds are offered a sum of INR 5,000 to 10,000. Students can visit the Andhra University official website for more scholarship information. 

Campus Facilities 

The library at Andhra University keeps a rich collection of more than 505000 books, 120 Indian journals (print), 62 foreign journals (print), 35 general magazines, 8500+ e-journals, 50,000 back volumes, 15 newspapers and 880 CD-ROMs.

With the help of the UGC INFONET programme e-journals are made accessible to the campus academic community.  The university provides hostel or lodging provisions for both boys and girls. It has a total of 33 hostels, 23 for boys with 3,200 beds and 10 for girls with 2,000 beds.

There are also separate hostels for foreign students. Andhra University has an Arts and Commerce Hostel consisting of 414 single rooms, six three-seater rooms, 48 double rooms, 30 four-seater rooms and a dormitory as well.

The other hostels in the campus include Engineering Hostel, Science and Technology Hostel, Maharanipeta, Ladies Hostel, Law Hostel and Research Hostel.

All the rooms in the hostels are equipped with basic amenities like a reading room, TV room facility etc. Andhra university address is in Waltair Junction, AU North Campus in Visakhapatnam and it is well-connected with all the parts of the state.