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The all new 2019 fictional universities ranking

Paul Greatrix reveals 2019's definitive ranking of fictional universities.
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Paul Greatrix is Registrar at The University of Nottingham, author and creator of Registrarism and a Contributing Editor of Wonkhe.

Never let it be said that those compiling university league tables have anything other than the firmest grip on reality.

However, some rankings, sometimes, require a bit more in the way of creativity. A while back we proudly presented the first ever ranking of fictional universities and its now time to revisit that list, following all the (very real) representations made by many a critical ranker. So, we offer once again this welcome counterweight to the harsh realities of the real rankings with an entirely made up league table featuring fictional universities from movies, books and TV (or some other entertaining purpose).

Now with our new data partner we have the most accurate, precise, data rich and exciting ranking ever of fictional institutions. And there have been some major changes in those appearing in the upper reaches of the table. The algorithms here are simply too complex to explain so you’ll just have to take it from us, it’s all good.

Anyway, here are the all new top placings.

1. California University
2. University of Christminster
3. Winchester University
4. Monsters University
5. Wordsmith College
6. Wellington College
7. Hillman College
8. King’s College Dublin
9. Waindell College
10. Cow Eye Community College
11. Empire State University
12. Sweet Valley University
13. Miskatonic University
14. University of Southern North Dakota at Hoople
15. Wetherton University
16. University of Maximegalon
17. University of California, Sunnyvale
18. Gallifrey University
19. Rummidge University
20. DuPont University
21. Maguire University
22. Unseen University
23. Greendale Community College
24. Felpersham University
25. Starfleet Academy
26. University of Los Angeles
27. Mission College
28. Euphoric State University
29. Eastern Arkansas University
30. Wrottesley Polytechnic

It’s all change then in the top 30 with some really big made up colleges dropping out including Manchester Medlock University, Athena College, Hampden College, Jocelyn College and Winesburg College. No place either for the long established Lowlands University, Watermouth University or Burston Central University. 

The vice chancellors of Kirke University, Poppleton University, Sims University, and Faber College will also have some explaining to do to their governors about their no-show this year.

5 responses to “The all new 2019 fictional universities ranking

  1. I can’t help but feel that Unseen University should have ranked higher. Presumably the employability metrics fail to adequately reflect the high degree of successful self-employment in the wizarding community, not to mention the wizards’ outreach activities with their local catering providers.

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