Jilin University is a national key comprehensive university directly under the Ministry of Education. It is located in Changchun City, Jilin Province. The school was founded in 1946 and was listed as a national key university in 1960. In 1984, it became one of the first batches of 22 universities to establish a graduate school. In 1995, it passed the approval of the State Education Commission’s "211 Project" and was listed in the "Project 211" in 2001. The 985 Project" national key construction university was approved as a school directly managed by the central government in 2004 and was selected as a national first-class university construction university in 2017.
In 2000, the former Jilin University, Jilin University of Technology, Bethune Medical University, Changchun University of Science and Technology, and Changchun University of Posts and Telecommunications merged to form the New Jilin University. In 2004, the former Military Supplies University of the Chinese People's Liberation Army was transferred and merged.
The school has a complete range of disciplines, with 50 colleges covering 12 disciplines including philosophy, economics, law, education, literature, history, science, engineering, agriculture, medicine, management, and art; there are 141 undergraduate majors There are 63 first-level master’s degree authorization points, 49 first-level discipline doctorate authorization points, 2 interdisciplinary doctorate authorization points; 44 post-doctoral research stations; 4 first-level discipline national key disciplines (covering 17 second Level Disciplines),15 second-level national key disciplines, and 4 national key (cultivation) disciplines. The ESI rankings of 17 disciplines (fields) are among the top 1% in the world, and 2 of them are ranked in the top 1‰ of the world.