About us

Overview


uniRank (formerly 4 International Colleges & Universities or 4icu.org) is an international higher education search engine and directory reviewing accredited Universities and Colleges in the world. uniRank includes 12,358 Colleges and Universities, ranked by web popularity, in 200 countries.

 

Institutions included


What we include

uniRank currently includes worldwide higher education institutions which satisfy the following requirements:

  • are officially recognized, licensed and/or accredited by national or regional bodies such as Ministries of Higher Education or recognized accrediting organizations depending on the country legislation.
  • are officialy entitled to grant at least four-year undergraduate degrees, such as Bachelor degrees, and/or postgraduate degrees.
  • provide higher education courses mainly in a traditional, face-to-face learning format through on-site facilities.
All University and College profiles are included and updated free of charge.

What we do not include

uniRank currently does not include:

  • two-year degree granting institutions such as Community Colleges, Vocational Colleges, Training Colleges etc.
  • distance learning institutions.
  • any other higher education organization that does not satisfy the above inclusion criteria and requirements.
For quality reasons, uniRank does not include affiliate links or resources within the directory.

 

Geographical classification


uniRank adopts the United Nations geographical classification as shown in the webpage "Composition of macro geographical (continental) regions" published by the United Nations Statistics Division. For this reason countries like Turkey and Cyprus are included in the Asian geographical area even if, politically speaking, they might better fit under the European one.

 

University Ranking Methodology


Universities and Colleges are ranked by our exclusive uniRank University Ranking. The web-based non-academic University ranking has been published since May 2005. Since then the ranking methodology has been periodically fine-tuned in order to provide better results.


Ranking components

The current uniRank University Ranking is based upon an algorithm including 5 unbiased and independent web metrics extracted from 4 different web intelligence sources:

  1. Moz Domain Authority
  2. Alexa Global Rank
  3. SimilarWeb Global Rank
  4. Majestic Referring Domains
  5. Majestic Trust Flow
uniRank University Ranking Since the public availability of Google PageRank has been discontinued in April 2016, the Moz Domain Authority has been introduced in July 2016 as the most similar web metric to replace it.
The SimilarWeb Global Rank has been introduced in January 2017 to verify, complement and enhance the data offered by the Alexa Global Rank.
In January 2017 we have also reversed from the Majestic total count of referring subnets to the Majestic number of referring domains which satisfy a minimum requirement of Trust Flow. This newly introduced filtering process of the Majestic referring domains based on their Trust Flow provides a better understanding of the number of quality referring domains each University root domain has; it also overcomes situations where the number of referring links and referring domains are artificially inflated and manipulated through unnatural or paid links schemes, which are strongly discouraged and a violation of our and Google's guidelines.

Ranking process

Web metrics data are collected on the same week to minimize temporal fluctuations and maximize comparibility. A pre-computational filter is adopted to detect outliers in the raw data. Further investigation and a review of both the Alexa Global Rank and SimilarWeb Global Rank data is carried out for universities adopting a subdomain (highly not recommended) as their official institutional home page.
Once outliers are detected and subdomains data reviewed and adjusted, web metrics data are normalised to a scale of 0 to 100 taking into consideration the logarithmic nature in which the Moz Domain Authority, the Alexa Global Rank and the SimilarWeb Global Rank are expressed. The normalised values are aggregated based on a weighted average algorithm which generates the final score and web ranking.

Ranking algorithm disclosure

The exact formula adopted to aggregate the 5 web metrics is not disclosed for copyright reasons and to minimise attempts of manipulation from University webmasters in order to achieve a better rank. The same philosophy is adopted by Google with regards to their search engine ranking algorithm. Being the uniRank University Ranking a web-based non-academic University ranking, the need for ranking methodology transparency and the ability of testing and reproducing the results, as suggested by the Berlin Principles on Ranking of Higher Education Institutions, is less stringent than for academic University rankings.

Ranking aim

The aim of the uniRank University Ranking is to provide an approximate popularity ranking of world Universities and Colleges based upon the popularity of their websites in terms of traffic, trust and quality link popularity. This is especially intended to help international students and academic staff to understand how popular a specific University or College is in a foreign country.
We do not claim - by any means - to rank higher education organisations or their programs, by the quality of education or level of academic services provided. The uniRank University Ranking is not an academic ranking and, therefore, should not be adopted as the main criteria for selecting a higher education organization where to enroll and study.

How to publish your University rank

To add your uniRank University Rank in your institutional website you can find some embed html code when clicking on the share link under your University Rank. By doing so y our rank will be automatically updated once we publish the new University rankings in January and July.

 

Information updates


Data and information are added or updated on a monthly basis. The uniRank University Ranking is updated every six months, in January and July. You can follow us on Facebook and Twitter to receive notifications on when the new University rankings are published.
All University and College profiles are included and updated at no cost. A special thanks goes to all Universities and Colleges that are participating in this project and help us maintain our database up-to-date.

 

How to add a University


To submit a missing accredited higher education institution which satisfies the criteria and requirements explained above, please find the appropriate country page in the directory and click on the plus icon at the end of the University table listing:
Add a University Please note that we only include accredited/recognised higher education institutions which offer at least some bachelor degrees and are not based mainly on a distance education system.

 

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