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Get a single institution

It's easy to get an institution from from the API with: /institutions/<entity_id>. Here's an example:
That will return an Institution object, describing everything OpenAlex knows about the institution with that ID:
"id": "",
"ror": "",
"display_name": "University of Michigan–Ann Arbor",
"country_code": "US",
"type": "education",
// other fields removed for brevity
You can make up to 50 of these queries at once by requesting a list of entities and filtering on IDs using OR syntax.

External IDs

You can look up institutions using external IDs such as a ROR ID:
Available external IDs for institutions are:
External ID
Microsoft Academic Graph (MAG)

Select fields

You can use select to limit the fields that are returned in an institution object. More details are here.