Today we will be looking at 40 examples of website footer designs as seen on education websites from all around the world, mainly universities and colleges.

When visitors get lost on a website, they often skip right to the footer for a last attempt to find what they are looking for. The same is done by visitors that have limited time to accomplish a task, such as finding the address, a telephone number or the refund policy.

So today we are looking at university websites chosen at random, with the purpose of understanding what they think are the most important pieces of information to include in the footer.

Quick stats at a glance:

1. Almost all of these websites have multiple columns of content and navigation in the footer, with 4 columns of navigation menus to be a common design pattern.

2. The majority of websites, 31 out of 40, have a distinctly dark background color in the footer, to better signal the end of the page. Many websites use a dark shade of their brand color, while others rely on dark shades of gray. Total black (HEX #000000) is found on just one website out of these 40.

3. Links to social media accounts are present in the footer of 35 out of 40 of these websites.

4. The logo of the organization is present in the footer of 27 out of 40 websites.

And now without any further ado, let’s get to our inspiration gallery.

Note: these websites were chosen at random and are not sorted in any particular order.


1. Philipps-Universität Marburg

2. Universidad Internacional en Valencia, Elche y Castellón | CEU UCH

3. Cardiff University

4. Bishop’s University

5. Penn State Extension

6. University of South Alabama

7. Hope College

8. EAD Laureate

9. Imperial College London

10. RWTH Aachen University

11. Royal College of Psychiatrists

12. California State University, Chico

13. Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

14. MIREA – Russian Technological University

15. Griffith College

16. Southern Utah University

17. London Business School

18. Des Moines University

19. University of Nottingham

20. Ekonomihögskolan vid Lunds universitet

21. Moravian College

22. University of Bristol

23. University of Tasmania, Australia

24. The University of St. Gallen

25. The First Academy of Fine Arts in Friuli

26. The University of Adelaide

27. Adrian College

28. Bay Path University

29. Biola University

30. Chapman University

31. Concordia University

32. Fernfachhochschule Schweiz

33. St. George’s University

34. Arcadia University

35. Baker University

36. Old Dominion University

37. Waukesha County Technical College

38. Alfred State College

39. Die Universität zu Köln

40. University of Pennsylvania


Have your say

What are your favorite (or least favorite) footer design examples from our list? Please feel free to comment below.

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