Welcome to the final entry in our three part series of educational themes. This time around, we’re all about the best WordPress university, college and school themes available for the platform.
Most of the themes on this list are fairly straight forward and easy to use, even for WordPress novices. At the minimum, you’ll want a theme that is responsive so that it will work properly on mobile devices, and you might even want a theme that gives you a least some customization options and control over the layout on the back-end. A few add-ons you might also want to consider are custom post types for courses, advanced search capabilities, event schedulers and WooCommerce support.
The WP themes on this list were hand selected by an experienced, brilliant, and very handsome designer. If it looks great, isn’t ancient, and offers some above average features, it makes the list. But it’s not unlike us to miss a few, and sometimes people disagree. If you’ve got any suggestions or additions by the end of the article, let us know in the comments.
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University – Education, Event and Course Theme
The University theme by cactusthemes is a user-friendly, flexible education theme that works as well for creating and selling online courses as it does for developing a more traditional college or school website. The theme is ultra responsive and retina-ready, with tons of options for customization on the backend and a selection of preset skins to choose from.
University additionally supports events and ticket selling via Event Calendar and WooConmerce, as well as course enrollment and payment.
The premium plugins Visual Composer and Revolution slider are included with the download.More Info/Download
The premium education theme Polytechnic combines a traditional university aesthetic with contemporary design trends and gets fantastic results. The theme is fast and responsive, providing an excellent user experience across a range of devices, and touches of modern visual flair via subtle CSS3 transitions and animations add even more class.
In terms of education-oriented features, the developers have hit out of the park – extended user profiles and pages allow faculty to members add, edit, and update their own profiles and course information. The theme provides an advanced course framework and support for the Sensi LMS plugin, along with WooCommerce bookstore support and an integrated events calendar.
Notable secondary features include Visual Composer, for front-end drag & drop page building (create and edit infinite layout variations), and the Revolution Slider plugin, bundled free. If you’ve got some time, have a look at the product details page for the full rundown of features. There’s just too many for us to cover here.More Info/Download
Buntington is a school and college theme built on the Twitter Bootstrap and Vafpress frameworks. It’s a responsive theme that will look just as good on a tablet as it will on a desktop.
Lightweight and plugin-less, Buntington is recommended for non-experienced WordPress users due to its simplicity and ease of use. Create courses and events easily and take advantage of the included page builder and shortcodes to customize your layout and elements.More Info/Download
The design of the Campus theme screams college/university/higher-learning, which is why it’s number three on our list. Built on the SuperSkeleton framework, Campus is a high-resolution, responsive theme that will look fantastic on retina iPads/iPhones and other mobile devices.
This one comes with a page builder (Visual Composer) for assembling your layout, and the premium Revolution slider. The SuperSkeleton framework offers you a ton of options on the back-end. It’s integrated with WooCommerce, too. Free lifetime support & updates. There’s a lot a packed into this one. A rock solid option.More Info/Download
The developers and designers behind the Invent theme researched and studied other university and college websites prior its development, and it shows. Aesthetically, it’s gorgeous, and there’s all sorts of excellect features bundled in that make this theme one of the most flexible on our list.
To name a few: you can choose between a single or multipage style site, and between a boxed or wide layout. 8 useful custom post types, portfolio and gallery support, easy to configure page sections and over 60 shortcodes will allow you to build the perfect website for your educational institution.
200+ options on the back-end, with 1500+ retina icons and 500+ Google fonts are included.More Info/Download
Universe is a responsive, easy to customize theme built on Bootstrap. It’s retina-ready and easy to use and customize. Integration with Google maps and Mailchimp comes in handy, and four preset schemes will help you to get the look you want. Unlimited sidebars, custom widgets, Google fonts and Font Awesome are also supported by this responsive, translation-ready theme.More Info/Download
Hey, would you like to know what the My University theme has to offer? You would? Well here goes! Like many other themes on this here list, it’s responsive and built with Bootstrap. It’s got advanced theme options that will hook you up with unlimited colors and plenty of fonts, and it’s translation ready. But that’s not all!
Visual Composer is included in case you want to get crazy with the layout (it’s a drag & drop page builder, if you’re unfamiliar), and the premium, fancy-pants Revolution slider plugin is bundled in.
There’s also custom post types for courses, and advanced searching capability. You can manage events, too.More Info/Download
Park College clean lookin’ responsive theme with a course manager built-in. Add, edit and remove detailed course listings easy, or search through them by name, ID, program or length.
This one supports video in both content and widgets and includes 13 PSDs (holy moly) so you can customize the header, the footer, the whole damned thing. There’s also an option panel where you can tweak the Google fonts and colors if you’re too lazy to edit the Photoshop files, or have better things to do.More Info/Download
Aside from looking absolutely fabulous, Statford packs a wallop when it comes to features and add-ons: course management, events management, gallery management, slider management, and a power theme options panel. And it comes with page builder to make your life that much easier.
There’s 10 pre-made color/skin variations, but you also have control over the fine tuning by using the options in the admin. It’s WPML ready and, shocker, responsive. Statford is also compatible with WooCommerce, so you can hawk your school-related wares!More Info/Download
Number nine on our list is WP Education, a simple to use responsive theme with unlimited colors, six preset color schemes, 10+ custom widgets and a schedule manager.
A courses page, calendary manager, gallery manager and an events custom post type are included, as well as an form builder for putting together application forms and more. Lots of sales and highly rated on ThemeForest.More Info/Download
A clean, modern and easy to use WordPress theme, My College is responsive and has touch & swipe enabled for mobile devices. Three preset color styles, extensive documentation and lifetime support & updates make this one a good value. SEO optimized and perfect for WP beginners.More Info/Download
Academia Pro, from WPZOOM, is built on their robust and feature-packed proprietary framework (HTML5/CSS3). It’s fully responsive, you bet, and it includes a dynamic homepage builder so you can structure your homepage using 12 included WPZOOM widgets. The developer claims Academia Pro would also work great for any business-oriented website, but that’s probably not what you have in mind, is it? Custom shortcodes, custom backgrounds and the ability to upload your own logo are also included.More Info/Download
Another selection from WPZOOM, also put together on top of the WPZOOM framework. It’s got all the features of Academia Pro, plus 12 built-in color styles and five widget areas in the footer. A responsive, sharp looking theme with fast performance and SEO optimization. Lots of control over the theme elements are available in the Theme Options. Easy to install and use.More Info/Download