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70+ Colleges & Universities Using WordPress

WordPress has entrenched itself as one of the most widely used CMS’s today. As open-source software, WordPress is extremely customizable and easy to manage. You can also leverage WordPress as a multisite tool, which only makes it that much more appropriate for a higher education website.

Although the fear-mongering around WordPress has finally seemed to subside, for a long time it was viewed as a subpar solution for a college or university website. Many people were wary about speed, security, and scalability. However, as WordPress has grown and demonstrated success on these fronts, more people are realizing what a capable CMS WordPress can be in the education sector. Now with Gutenberg allowing a block-centric approach to page building, we will probably see more universities using WordPress in the future.

Here are over 70 colleges and universities that are using WordPress to power their main websites and microsites.

Main (Marketing) Websites:

1. Stanford University

Stanford University website homepage

2. Boston University

Screenshot of the Boston University website

3. University of Southern California

USC website, built on WordPress

4. Syracuse University

Syracuse University website

5. University of Alabama

6. Clemson University

Clemson University homepage

7. Vanderbilt University

8. University of North Carolina

UNC website homepage

9. Northeastern University

Northeastern website admissions page

10. Boise State University

Boise State University website

11. University of Central Florida

UCF website homepage

12. Georgia State University

Georgia State University website

13. Georgia Southern University

Georgia Southern University website

14. University of Washington

University of Washington homepage

15. Clark University

Clark University website homepage

16. University of Rhode Island

University of Rhode Island website

17. NC State University

North Carolina State University website

18. City University of New York

CUNY website homepage

19. Wheaton College

Wheaton College website

20. Des Moine University

Des Moines University website

21. University of Tennessee

University of Tennessee website

22. University of Arkansas Little Rock

University of Arkansas Little Rock website

23. Lafayette College

Lafayette College website

24. Endicott College

Endicott College website built on WordPress

25. Maine College of Art

Maine College of Art website – made on WordPress

26. Bates College

Bates College website

27. University of Maine

University of Maine website

28. Colby College

Colby College website

29. Washington University in St. Louis

Washington University in St. Louis website

30. Sierra Nevada College

Sierra Nevada College website

31. Colorado School of Mines

Colorado School of Mines website

32. Roseman University

Roseman University website

33. Pacific States University

Pacific States University website

34. Williams College

Williams College website homepage

35. Cairn University

Cairn University website

36. Kentucky State University

37. Elon University

Elon University website

38. Averett University

Averett University website

39. Saint Mary’s College of Maryland

St. Mary's College of Maryland website

40. The College of New Jersey

The College of New Jersey website

41. University of Lynchburg

University of Lynchburg website

42. Campbell University

Campbell University website

43. University of South Florida – St. Petersburg

University of South Florida at St. Petersburg website

44. Faulkner University

Faulkner University website

45. The King’s University

46. Scarborough College

Scarborough University website

47. Spring Arbor University

Spring Arbor University website

48. Scripps College

Scripps College website

49. Harvey Mudd College

50. University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee website

51. Bushnell University

Bushnell University Website

52. Washington State University

Washington State University website

53. Skagit Valley College

Skagit Valley College website


While some schools utilize WordPress as their main marketing tool, others leverage its functionality as a news site. A few other schools have also used WordPress to build complete microsites for specific departments or schools.

1. Harvard University – Blog

Harvard University blog microsite

2. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) – Museum Exhibition

MIT Museum microsite

3. Texas A&M – Mays Business School

Texas A&M Mays Business School microsite

4. Texas A&M – News

Texas A&M Today – news microsite

5. University of California Berkeley – Blog

UC Berkeley blog microsite

6. University of Alabama – News Center

University of Alabama news microsite

7. University of Central Florida – College of Medicine

UCF College of Medicine microsite

8. University of Florida – Office of Research

University of Florida Office of Research microsite

9. Northeastern University – Information Technology Services

Northeastern IT Services microsite

10. Vanderbilt University – News

Vanderbilt news microsite

11. Indiana University – School of Medicine

Indiana University School of Medicine microsite

12. Worcester State University – News

Worcester State University news microsite

13. Oregon State University – Blog

Oregon State University blog microsite

14. Adams State University – Blog

Adams State University blog microsite

15. University of Iowa – The Loop (Medical Blog)

University of Iowa medcom microsite

16. Wayne State University – Library System

Wayne State University library system microsite

17. Florida International University – College of Engineering and Computing

Florida International CEC microsite

18. University of Missouri – College of Engineering

University of Missouri College of Engineering microsite

Lots of colleges and universities are starting to adopt WordPress, and it shows. UX Design Collective performed a case study that showed that for most small to medium-sized schools, WordPress was their CMS of choice. And as evidenced by this list, many use WordPress for their front-facing marketing website as opposed to a microsite or blog index.  We wrote a blog about why WordPress is so perfect for most college websites if this topic interests you further.

WordPress and higher education are two niches that we specialize in. If your college or university is looking to redesign their website, check out our higher education work, and get in touch with us.


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