25 of the Best Websites for Educational Institutions

Educational institutions like schools, colleges, and universities can use an attractive and effective website in several different ways. Quality websites can be helpful for attracting applications from new students, and the websites can also be useful for communicating information to existing students, parents, and even donors.

In this post we’ll feature 25 well-designed educational websites. Many of them are from universities and institutes of higher education, but other types of schools are represented as well. Hopefully this collection will provide some inspiration that can be put to good use in your own work.

Biola Undergrad

Biola Undergrad

University of Texas Arlington

University of Texas Arlington

Trinity University

Trinity University

Denver Seminary

Denver Seminary

Asheville School

Ashville School

Be a Longhorn

Be a Longhorn

Washtenaw Community College

Washtenaw Community College

William and Mary

William and Mary

Queen Anne’s School

Queen Anne's School

Wilderness School

Wilderness School

Florida International University

Florida International University

St. John’s University

St. John's University

Chapel Hill Children’s School

Chapel Hill Children's School

Concordia College

Concordia College

Lipscomb University

Lipscomb University

Advertising Center – University of Hawai’i

Advertising Center - University of Hawai'i

Davidson College

Davidson College

University of Arkansas

University of Arkansas

Stanford University

Stanford University

Marquette College

Marquette College

Evangel University

Evangel University

Polk State College

Polk State College

Associated Students, Sacramento State

Associated Students, Sacramento State

AUC School of Medicine

AUC School of Medicine

Bridgewater State University

Bridgewater State University

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  • Lachlan Payne, May 19, 2009

    Byron Bay Schoolies is NOT an educational institution.

    It’s an accommodation directory for school leavers going on their post-graduation holiday [a.k.a. schoolies].

    Nothing educational about that!

  • Piquesel, May 19, 2009

    Very nice selection. Thanks a lot.

  • @maxbeatty, May 19, 2009

    Indiana University just launched a new homepage this week and it’s pretty sweet, too. http://www.iub.edu/

  • Samantha Norton, May 19, 2009

    Don’t forget http://www.fullsail.edu/ :D

  • karen, May 19, 2009

    I think you’re forgetting the coolest: http://www.assumption.edu

  • Bobert, May 20, 2009

    I’ll promote a few more BU designs:

    http://www.bu.edu
    http://www.bu.edu/ar
    http://www.bu.edu/admissions/

  • Anthony Proulx, May 20, 2009

    Great list! Very helpful in seeing some of the more reputable online educational sources. They are way too many out there that are a scam and not legit.

    Thanks!

  • Stewart Foss, May 21, 2009

    Great list. Many of these sites are nominated for Awards in the eduStyle Higher-Ed Web Awards. People’s Choice voting is open until June 1st
    http://www.edustyle.net/awards/2009/ballot.php

  • Cody, May 21, 2009

    If you really want to dig into higher-ed web design, http://www.edustyle.net is the place to start.

  • andol, May 21, 2009

    wonderful designs.

  • TJ Kelly, May 21, 2009

    UMass Amherst used to have a great all-CSS design until a few months ago. Not sure who designed the latest version of http://www.umass.edu but it definitely pales in comparison to the previous version: http://web.archive.org/web/20070202193903rn_1/umass.edu/umhome/index.php

  • Chanh, May 21, 2009

    If you liked ashville, there’s more here:
    http://www.silverpoint.net/design/portfolio.aspx

  • May, May 21, 2009

    Glad you have some VA schools :D
    Go Hookies!

    Heres another,

    http://www.nvcc.edu

    :P

  • michael, May 21, 2009

    just to reiterate what Lachlan Payne said… Byron Bay Schoolies is definitely not educational! Schoolies is just a massive piss up for school leavers most of which are below the legal drinking age.

  • timmah, May 21, 2009

    Whilst not an educational institute, its for educational purposes. Looks good too.

    http://www.studyadelaide.com/

  • Eric Rasch, May 22, 2009

    I’m honored to be on the list (especially @ #2) and in such great company!

  • Jay Fanelli, May 22, 2009

    As a designer of higher ed websites (I designed the Global College website on this list), it’s great to see the rising tide of EDU web work.

    P.S. We all need to bow down to the New Media team at BU. At this point, they’re lapping the field.

  • Carla, May 22, 2009

    They’re very well-designed Web sites, but what about the usability or compliance measures of the sites?

    Is that incorporated into a “best” .edu category?

    Just a thought.

  • llllllllllllllllllllllll, May 22, 2009

    I can’t believe no one has mentioned Kaplan University’s website:

    http://talent.kaplan.edu/home.aspx

    i mean it’s done in flash, not sure if that’s the criteria for this post…

  • Jamison Banham, May 23, 2009

    “Byron Bay Schoolies is NOT an educational institution.”

    the title is 25 of the Best Websites FOR Educational Institutions.

    As the owner of Byron Bay Schoolies I have done a few talks to schools students and find it is a good resource for educational institutions and their students.

  • Vandelay Design, May 23, 2009

    Maxbeatty,
    Thanks. IU’s site looks really good.

    Samsntha,
    That’s a pretty good site too. Thanks.

    Karen,
    That site’s not bad, but honestly I don’t like it as much as the others.

    Stewart and Cody,
    EduStyle is a great niche gallery.

    Carla,
    Usability is every bit as important as appearance. However, for the purposes of this post I was pretty much just going based on design and aesthetics. Honestly, I didn’t have the time to do much usability testing on sites to see how they did.

  • Regina, May 23, 2009

    Very nice, but check out

    http://www.iupui.edu

  • Graeme Smith, May 26, 2009

    Some nice sites…

    Heres the site from our College – http://webelieveyoucan.co.uk/

  • fensonism, May 27, 2009

    Thanks, nice site.
    Our college has a nice website too – http://limkokwing.edu.my

  • aledesign.it, May 28, 2009

    Nice, fantastic selection. Now I see all the site! :) Is a good post for the creativity…more idea here!

  • Website Design, June 5, 2009

    Undoubtedly fantastic sites..but are they easily navigable?

  • Their are some amazing designers put on this planet and they are all here with this fantastic list of well design websites. Well done thanks for this post!

  • Sabrina, June 16, 2009

    I thought you might be interested in another educational resource called Explore.org. Explore is a library of philanthropy that consists of short documentary films, stunning photography, and interviews with great minds from the non-profit world. Check out the website at http://explore.org. Enjoy!

  • rajesh, July 6, 2009

    i liked all the websites and it is a great effort.
    we at fomaxtech.com too do lot of educational websites and it was great ideas we learned out of the 25 designs.
    thanks
    rajesh

  • sunschild57, August 14, 2009

    Bennington College should be on this list. http://www.bennington.edu/

  • Free Xbox Live, August 15, 2009

    Wow Stone Laboratory has a very nice design.
    All of the others are elegant and beautiful, just the first one caught my eye.

  • coyo, September 1, 2009

    Our Sucktastic college site
    http://cob.edu.bs/

  • Kyle, September 18, 2009

    Check out my alma matter’s site. Great use of the hand made elements in web design

  • Kyle, September 18, 2009

    http://www.kutztown.edu/acad/commdes/

  • Todd, September 19, 2009

    This is very nice work – thanks for the inspiration. We just finished a site for an educational institution we’re proud of and thought we’d return the favor.
    http://www.stdavidscenter.org/
    All the best
    Todd

  • iMac, October 1, 2009

    Great list – wonderful designs.
    thanks…

  • nicko, November 17, 2009

    exellent!

  • John Rogers, November 30, 2009

    Byron Bay Schoolies is not an educational institution no matter how many talks you present. It doesn’t belong here. Just quietly, I live 45mins from there, and it seems to be more about drinking, money and sex than anything even remotely related to education. Otherwise, excellent list and some really great work there.

  • seo, December 23, 2009

    It is really amazing what kind of services they can now offer through a great design.
    thank very much.

  • Audio Engineering Courses, January 28, 2010

    Don’t forget our newly refurbed online site: http://www.pointblankonline.net

  • Download Photoshop, February 24, 2010

    And I did not know that many Educational Institutions have a professional design of their sites! Thank you for the article!

  • matt, March 6, 2010

    You have missed http://www.learnerstv.com the most amazing educational website which I have visited. They provide nearly 10, 000 of free video lecture courses and animations.

    What I like about it, is that it is not cluttered and is easy to navigate.

  • Denver Restaurant Equipment, April 27, 2010

    Excellent list. From a marketing standpoint – VCU seems to be the only one that focuses on the student and what they want. The rest look like b2b templates and something catering to the parents, well, they are paying the bills.

  • Stone Laboratory has a very good design.
    All of the others are beautiful.
    Nice, fantastic selection.

    Also, I have some more information about online courses.
    Thank You.

  • FreeSoft, June 25, 2010

    The most modern and beautiful seemed to me the site Stone Laboratory – it is really quality made and looks like most youth. Other designs are made in classic style. In general, looking at this post, you can clearly see for themselves: “What should be an educational site?” Thank you.

  • Well done.This is a very good list of educational websites althought Byron Bay Schoolies might seem to be a little off the list. Regarding the list, how about the navigation of pages? I’m not to keen on visiting not unless the site is very easy to “direct”.

  • Web Design Portfolio, August 6, 2010

    awesome collection here thanks.

  • QIP Download, September 16, 2010

    I consider that the design of a site which is devoted formation, should be executed in strict style, but as it students will look and use basically to add still interactivities! Very much it was pleasant as it is stylishly made «Washtenaw Community College». Thanks for a selection!

  • website design chicago, September 23, 2010

    As a designer of educational websites, it’s great to see some excellent designs.

    Website design is an art and therefore not all can be as creative as some of the excellent ones portrayed here. Great job guys!

  • eslwriter, October 5, 2010

    Thanks for this great collection of educational websites. Good content as well as inspired web design ideas.

    Cheers

  • michael, November 17, 2010

    Check out Stevens: http://www.stevens.edu

  • babala, November 19, 2010

    This is a very good list of educational websites althought Byron Bay Schoolies might seem to be a little off the list.

  • Pro Web Design Cyprus, November 19, 2010

    I have to admit that this is a very cool collection. We are in the process of developing such a website and it is always nice to get inspired. Keep up the good work you guys!

  • Frank Slater, CEO, November 22, 2010

    We are looking at improving our web site and this was a great collection to look at. Anyone with ideas for our current site http://www.bepaidtotravel.com is welcome to input to me at fmslater@hotmail.com

    Frank Slater, CEO
    International Guide Academy, Inc.

  • diseño paginas web, November 30, 2010

    The most modern and beautiful seemed to me the site Stone Laboratory – it is really quality made and looks like most youth. Other designs are made in classic style. In general, looking at this post, you can clearly see for themselves: “What should be an educational site?” Thank you.

  • Alexander Penykoviy, December 18, 2010

    I especially liked the third, fifth and sixth site!

  • seo tampa, January 15, 2011

    I agree with diseno – the most modern and beautiful seemed to me the site Stone Laboratory

  • Napoleon Suarez, March 3, 2011

    Respect to the love that Notre Dame got here!!!

  • Michelle, April 7, 2011

    Sessions College is really good also: http://www.sessions.edu
    Don’t get me wrong, the list above is great but it could be expanded upon ;)

    • Vandelay Website Design, April 8, 2011

      Michelle,
      I’m sure there are plenty of other good sites out there. It wasn’t intended to be an exhaustive list, so thanks for the suggestion.

  • Shriya, June 10, 2011

    Excellent Collection and inspirational. I would like to recommend one http://www.educatenepal.com from my country

  • Ishaan Chawla, July 18, 2011

    Hi this is a really nice website of an educational institute http://www.vritam.in

    Really different from what we usually get to see.

  • Michael Corder, August 13, 2011

    Being technically proficient, but artistically challenged, I enjoy coming across these evaluations. It at least helps me refine my sense of aesthetics, if not my ability to do proper design.

    Thank you. I have bookmarked your blog.

    mcc

  • teabag, November 23, 2011

    we just recently completed a school website for a catholic school in Auckland, New Zealand – http://stfrancis.school.nz/

  • janet, December 13, 2011

    inspirational- school sites can sometimes be stuffy but none of these are

  • sal, April 17, 2012

    You should also look at design penetration. A lot of these sites have pretty lousy penetration. For instance, the Texas’ College of Education looks pretty meh compared to the home page for the entire school. Georgia Tech and Virginia Tech are examples of excellent penetration. Even some faculty personal sites are developed by the designers of the school’s website.

  • Chronos Media, May 22, 2012

    University of Virginia and American University have pretty cool designs, the simple and effective designs are always the best.