StuDocu Releases Second Annual World University Ranking

StuDocu Releases Second Annual World University Ranking

September 6th, 2021

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Unveils student perspectives on everything from Academic Reputation to Dating Life to Campus Safety

AMSTERDAM – September 6, 2021 – StuDocu, the higher education EdTech platform for knowledge sharing, today launched its second annual StuDocu World University Ranking. Conducted by surveying 100,000 students and recent graduates from 1,800 universities across 30 countries, the rankings are the only survey of its kind that emphasize current student experiences and opinions.

Based on 16 categories that directly impact students and how they experience life on campus, the StuDocu World University Ranking 2021 highlights what current students can expect from their universities as they return to campus full-time. The rankings also allow prospective students the opportunity to understand what each university offers. Unlike other lists, the StuDocu World University Ranking focuses not just on academic reputation, but also on campus life, such as quality of food, housing options, sports culture and even the dating scene from current students and recent grads.

The final question in the StuDocu World University Ranking asks each student to rate their likelihood to recommend their school to family and friends, providing each university with a Net Promoter Score that contributes to its overall score. This year, three schools – University of St Andrew, Staffordshire University and Plymouth University – earned Net Promoter Scores of 9.8 or better, making them extremely likely to be recommended by current students.

“As students return to campus, many are evaluating their on-campus experiences following a year of hardship, with most participating in remote learning off-campus. Students are seemingly putting an increased emphasis on their social experiences this year in addition to their academic experiences, understandably so,” said Marnix Broer, CEO and co-founder of StuDocu. “StuDocu’s World University Ranking 2021 is one of the only rankings that highlights the student experience from the inside, with rankings as a result of current student sentiment. By highlighting unique categories not found in other surveys, our goal is to provide a holistic view of the overall educational experience at each of these universities, empowering students to choose the best experience to fit their individual needs.”

Based on the average scores in all categories, an overall score and rank was determined. The top universities in the U.K. for the StuDocu World University Ranking 2021 are:

1. Staffordshire University

2. Plymouth University

3. The University of Hull

4. University of Aberdeen

5. Leeds Beckett University

6. Edge Hill University

7. University of St Andrews

8. Aberystwyth University

9. University of Sunderland

10. Aston University

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StuDocu World University Ranking is based on the opinion and experience of 100,000 students and recent graduates from nearly 1,800 universities from 30 countries around the globe collected from July 21 to August 10, 2021. Each university is ranked by current or recently graduated students on a variety of categories, utilizing a scale of 1-10, as well as their likelihood to recommend their school to family and friends. Results are analyzed utilizing the Synthetic Minority Oversampling Technique.

About StuDocu

StuDocu’s mission is to empower everyone to excel in their studies by providing the best tools to students who want to share and gain knowledge to help with their studies and future careers. The EdTech platform was founded in 2013 by four students to exchange study documents with each other and together strive for better grades. Since then, millions of study documents have been shared by students and are accessible to everyone in the world. Currently, almost 15 million students from 2,000 universities across 60 countries are using StuDocu to access high-quality materials every month.

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