The .university domain name is an open, generic-category Top Level Domain that serves three main purposes.
First, institutions of higher education in the United States and Canada may register their own ".university" names to establish a web presence in this namespace.
Second, for students who are currently enrolled in academic institutions within the United States or Canada, this TLD can help connect users to information and services at their institution or to other campuses and alumni worldwide.
Lastly, the .university domain name will allow individuals outside of educational institutions – such as professors and researchers – to establish a professional online identity with a unique web address ending in ".university".
Why choose the .university domain name?
You've worked hard to develop a strong identity at your school. The .university domain name will provide an easy way for you, your fellow students, faculty members, staff, and alumni to create uniquely identifiable web addresses that are shorter in length than ".edu" domains and more distinctive than "com" websites.
The .university domain name may help prospective students find information about enrollment and financial aid; connect with other students who share similar interests; find course materials, and interact with faculty members and administrators.
The .university domain name is a compelling choice for institutions and individuals seeking to highlight their affiliation with an academic institution.
Internet users are relying on domain names to create a unique identity for themselves across the Internet.
With the .university domain name, you will be able to show current and prospective students that their alma mater or another educational institution is actively engaged in providing them with original content relevant to students worldwide.
Also, unlike other top-level domains (other than "edu"), this space is open to individuals who may not be affiliated with an institution of higher education.
Are there any restrictions for universities wishing to register .university domain names?
Yes, there are some eligibility requirements for individuals and organizations.
The following rules apply:
• The registered entity must be located in the United States or Canada.
• Registrants must be either an accredited institution of higher education, a campus within that institution, or an organization providing services to the institution or its campuses.
• Only registered institutions are eligible for .university second-level domains.
It's a great way for students and other individuals to build their online presence and connect with others around the world.
What does .university do?
The .university Registry will provide a platform for networks of educational institutions by giving them the ability to create sub-domains that are legally connected to the university, such as alumni.org or studentclubs.university and no other entity could register it.
Registrants must be either an accredited institution of higher education, a campus within that institution, or an organization providing services to the institution or its campuses.
Only registered institutions are eligible for .university second-level domains - students and faculty members would not be able to purchase second-level domains under their schools’ names.
The .university domain name helps users own an exclusive address that is linked directly with their affiliation with your school.