The 25 Best School Websites

Social media may be free, but implementing a beautiful, easy-to-use, and helpful website for your school is not. Website design is a big expenditure for most schools. That’s probably why schools let several years go by before any major redesigns are done.

For example, Trinity College has had the same website for the last 7 years. While an extreme case, there comes a time when all schools should think about the message they’re sending to applicants, alumni, and students by having an outdated website.

Wonderful Design

Not every school let’s as much time pass between website refreshes. In fact, there are dozens of school sites that feature amazing Web 2.0 technology, social media integration, and overall wonderful design. So if you’re a designer looking for inspiration, a higher ed administrator looking for help, or just someone who loves looking at beautiful websites, please enjoy (and share!) this list of the 25 Best School Websites. You’ll notice there are plenty of Boston University websites on the list. We have no affiliation with the school and are simply amazed at the amount of creative and elegant designs coming out of that school.

Get On This List!

EduDemic acknowledges there are certainly hundreds of other wonderful websites out there. We invite you to let us know about the ones you like in the comment section below or to message us via Twitter with @EduDemic in the message. Here are the criteria we kept in mind for these sites:

  • Design
  • Ease of use
  • Copywriting
  • Interactivity
  • Use of technology
  • Innovation
  • Content

The 25 Best School Websites (In No Particular Order)

EduDemic acknowledges there are certainly hundreds of other wonderful websites out there. We invite you to let us know about the ones you like in the comment section below or to message us via Twitter with @EduDemic in the message.

22 Comments

  1. Lisa D.

    May 26, 2010 at 1:51 am

    I work at Coker College and I do have to say that our website is not easy to use. I have to be honest because we do not deserve to be on this list but I do hope it brings more students to the campus.

    • Edudemic

      May 26, 2010 at 2:14 am

      We were just noting that this particular site had great design really. Trust us, most schools have so much information that creating an easy-to-use-for-everybody navigation system is pretty much impossible. For instance, at Harvard Law the new website (launched about 10 months ago or so) is organized by department but students don't care about departments when searching for answers. Anyway, thanks for reading and let us know if Coker does any new or exciting updates!

    • Staff

      January 13, 2011 at 10:55 am

      I completely disagree with Lisa and I also work at Coker — I think the site is great — we get positive comments about it all the time!

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  3. Edudemic

    August 4, 2010 at 4:48 pm

    Fixed! Thanks Steve.

  4. Nicholas Hubbard

    August 5, 2010 at 5:46 pm

    Just wanted to say thanks for including us in your 25! Also, wanted to make a note, saying that we have had incredible success using Facebook to connect our Prospective/Current Students as well as our Alumni. It has created an awesome community that everyone can be a part of. Social Media has been really beneficial for us.

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  7. Michael Kieloch

    December 17, 2010 at 10:02 pm

    BU does have excellent websites, as a general rule. Most of the university's sites (including the Admissions one you posted above) is all based on highly-customized WordPress themes. Good stuff!

  8. Lshea

    December 21, 2010 at 7:59 pm

    Thanks for sharing websites that are doing it right! I love learning from the best. By the way, you still have a typo in the 3rd paragraph (should be lets, not let's).

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  10. Terence

    January 15, 2011 at 6:03 am

    A couple more good school websites for you from Australia. I'm a bit biased though because I designed them! The second one on the list still needs a tweak on the video for IE8 users but everything else is good. http://www.wcc.vic.edu.au http://www.standrews.vic.edu.au

  11. yeyestar

    January 22, 2011 at 2:58 pm

    i admire usd's website most. it's so inviting and it seems easy to explore. maybe it would be better if you use lighter colors and larger font. good job! :)

  12. Wess

    April 23, 2011 at 11:06 am

    Check out Eastern Kentucky University's redesigned site.
    Crisp and clean. http://www.eku.edu

  13. Teacher

    July 26, 2011 at 4:42 am

    visit our school website. SMPN 1 Telaga – Gorontalo – INDonesia ( State Junior High School )

  14. Lee

    September 14, 2011 at 7:28 am

  15. gbeisel

    March 20, 2012 at 3:39 pm

    I would love to see a post about k-12 websites.

    • kristink

      June 12, 2012 at 1:52 am

      this is the best elementary school site i’ve seen: http://stperpetua.org/stperpetuaschool; it looks like “schoolwires” developed it… i would talk to them!

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  18. karlo

    October 16, 2012 at 9:25 am

    Great round up. Helped me think of ideas for my next web project. I especially like Bourns :)

  19. webdesign

    November 12, 2012 at 2:06 am

    really good collection !