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University of Washington plays the most Warcraft - Wednesday, May 24, 2006


Which Universities have the most gamers? University of Washington tops the list for
visitors to MapWoW. Washington is known for its computer software and game development programs, so it's not too much of a surprise. Several other tech-heavy schools make the list including RIT, Purdue, Virginia Tech (Hokies rule) and Georgia Tech. A few big name schools win out on sheer number of students, such as University of Michigan, The Ohio State University, and The University of Texas (hook'em horns!). The state of California has the most universities in the top 25.

Forget academic or pre-season football rankings, here are the Top 25 Schools ranked according to number of visitors to MapWoW.

1. University of Washington
2. University of Michigan
3. Rochester Institute of Technology
4. Stanford University
5. University of Minnesota
6. Purdue University
7. Georgia Tech
8. University of California, Santa Cruz
9. The University of Texas
10. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
11. Virginia Tech
12. University of Maryland
13. Texas A&M University
14. University of Wisconsin
15. University of California, Los Angeles
16. University of California, Irvine
17. the Ohio State University
18. Iowa State University
19. University of Florida
20. Harvard University
21. University of California, Berkeley
22. Cornell University
23. North Carolina State University
24. University of California, Davis
25. Arizona State University

To find your school in the complete ordered list of 1109 universities, it is available here.

64 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Only problem with this is that some domains repeat, like UMich.Edu and umich.edu -- numbers 2 and 819.

Does this effect the results?

9:37 PM  
Blogger Drew said...

It does slightly effect the results. However in the case of UMich.Edu and umich.edu, the University of Michigan is still ranked #2. Thanks for pointig that out. :)

9:43 PM  
Blogger Kiltak said...

Yeah, there are a LOT of them that repeats.. 61:arizona.edu and 252: arizona.EDU.. and the list goes on and on..

Could be fixed in a simple sql query if you got all of this in a database.

Kiltak
[Geeks Are Sexy] Tech. News

9:54 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Washington is known for its computer software and game development programs, so it's not too much of a surprise."

-and the fact that it rains 300 days out of the year :P

go huskies!

10:03 AM  
Blogger Ravuya said...

This doesn't include Canadian universities, like utoronto.ca and ucalgary.ca, for obvious reasons.

10:04 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

this might not be possible, since it looks like you might doing this from the percentage of the overall visitors to wow, but i'd like to see this as a ranking of percentage of the student body that plays wow. that way, huge schools would drop off, and smaller schools might shoot way up if they have something like 20% of the student body playing wow but only have a total of 3,000 students.

10:08 AM  
Blogger Drew said...

We couldn't find an easy way to tell which domains were from Canadian universities. Do they follow any sort of pattern?

10:08 AM  
Blogger Drew said...

but i'd like to see this as a ranking of percentage of the student body that plays wow.

We'll probably run the numbers again once we build up a database of approximate school sizes. Thanks for the suggestion!

10:09 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Do those rankings take into account the size of the student populations?

10:10 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Canadian universities don't follow any pattern (other than .ca) Some start with U, but some don't. The list isn't that big, I think that there are something like 30, but I'm not too sure. If my school had a large WoW following, I'd consider picking it up.

10:15 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

oregon state university is migrating *very slowly* between orst.edu and oregonstate.edu, so they are really the same.

10:16 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

oregon state university is migrating *very slowly* between orst.edu and oregonstate.edu, so they are really the same.

10:17 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

GO BLUE!!

10:38 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah, Oregon State University is changing over since their old web address has worst in it (wwW.ORST.edu), lol.

10:44 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

uottawa.ca, represent!

10:53 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The University of Minnesota (umn.edu) is made up of 5 different campuses, one of which (Twin Cities) has the second highest enrollment in the country, so no surprise there I guess (and we have long, very cold winters :p)

10:56 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

In other words, big huge schools have more people playing WoW than small schools. Not really surprising results. I'd be more interested to see what percentage of the student body plays WoW at each school.

11:01 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Like someone said earlier, a percentage rank might be better. My school only has about 1600 undergraduate students, but we actually have a class dedicated to WoW. Like, their assignments include getting into battles together, spending a certain amount of time online, and then writing a paper about their experiences. I mean, c'mon. Sure, some schools play a lot of WoW, but we get credit for it! (BTW, I'm at Rice University, which most of you have probably never heard of, though we did make #85 on the list).

11:04 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'd love to see the same thing ... but by company. :)

11:09 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Also a little off... as a large majority of OSU students don't live in a place where their domains register www.osu.edu.

Go Bucks!

11:27 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

also gotta take in account that this will only measure those actually playing on the campus network which won't catch those living off campus with their own dsl/cable connections.

11:51 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

...And Michigan State University doesn't even show up at all? yeah, I am suspect at these results. I am beginning to think that maybe the makers of this survey thought that msu.edu = umich.edu or something. It is inconceivable that MSU doesn't even MAKE the list. Not possible.

11:52 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's official. IU sucks. Go Purdue!

12:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How about hits to # of students ratio. My school is ranked in the 500's but has a small student population.

1:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This apparently picked up anything with 'edu' in it, hence "yankeedugout.com"

1:23 PM  
Anonymous Mark said...

It is unfortunate that it doesn't count Canadian universities...

I'm sure that Uni of Waterloo (uwaterloo.ca) could take a serious run for the top position.

Way too many people play WoW here.

2:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Woot! Go Aggies! We're top 25!!

2:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So large schools might make it onto the list just because they have more students, but this doesn't explain how UC Santa Cruz made the top 10. UCSC is the second smallest of all the UC campuses; the onyl UC that is smaller is UC Merced which opened this academic year.

3:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Other problems include students living off campus (which constitutes a huge chunk for a lot of schools). So I'd suggest using some type of geographic locator, rather than plainly based on domains.

3:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Darn, no Canadian support? I'm sure we'd have a few contenders

3:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

well then seeing how UofM has soo many gamers they should def. bring some sonferences here. and not make me travel to cali for E3

6:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

HA, UofM is full of fairies that play this gayme. Go Blow. SPARTY ON.

7:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

yeah i would agree that university of waterloo would take the gold in canada.

8:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

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8:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

HAHA University of Michigan ... dorks, glad to see their rival MSU is actually out being social instead of lurking in front of their computers...

9:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

just makes my opinion of Michigan State University so much higher. GO GREEN!

9:36 PM  
Anonymous Trent Arms said...

I wonder why you have ohio-state.edu...the actual site is www.osu.edu and ohio-state.edu redirects to it. Of course, since these OIT/Resnet bastards suck at DNS, the www is actually necessary. Would that affect the results at all though?

PS: For the record, World or Warcraft is a worthless and truly horrible representation of a genre that I feel perfectly justified in calling "loot-engine"

9:40 PM  
Blogger Ktzero3 said...

This is a great idea... however it isn't without its flaws.

Doing a ratio between the number of players and the number of total students would definitely increase the accuracy of these statistics.

It should also be noted that these only count the ON-CAMPUS connections from the University students, thus those schools which offer 4 year dorm housing are likely to get more WoW players in comparison to schools that only guarentee dorm housing to freshmen.

10:20 PM  
Anonymous Dom said...

Canadian universities might not have a standard domain suffix, but UK universities do. Anything with ".ac.uk" should be a UK academic facility, which is more often than not a university. It might be worth looking for those too.

Just a thought.

3:23 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

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6:37 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

New Mexico Tech (nmt.edu) actually had an anti-WoW movement this past year, with posters up around campus. We are another really small school, but a lot of people move off campus as soon as they can find an opening. I think the undergraduate population last semester was 1350ish. Possibly less.

11:56 AM  
Anonymous Splinter said...

Also, remember, this is based off of who visits mapWoW the most, not who plays. For example, I'd never heard of mapWoW, but I imagine that most of my friends would use it over thottbot if they knew about it.

So, it's possible that Washington U. just has a religous devotion to MapWow. =P

Btw, RIT player here. (#3 wewt) ^_^

12:11 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Where do I find MSU (Michigan State University). Looked the whole list they seem to be missing.

3:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hahaha iowa states a buncha nerds.... go hawkeyes

4:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

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4:23 PM  
Blogger Drew said...

FYI, any vulgar or racist comments will be removed. We would like to keep not only a PG-13 rating, but also our sponsorship that pays the bandwidth bills. Thanks for the understanding. :)

4:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

University of Kentucky @ #49. Well, we're better than everyone in basketball ,anyway. Go Big Blue!

4:43 PM  
Blogger The Lost Ranger said...

Curious to see if you've got numbers for the UK Universities ( ac.uk ) just so we Brits can sneer at each other for our relative geekiness/lack thereof.

3:40 AM  
Blogger Huy Dang said...

What a bunch of pathetic dorks.

6:52 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

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1:39 PM  
Blogger Drew said...

Curious to see if you've got numbers for the UK Universities ( ac.uk ) just so we Brits can sneer at each other for our relative geekiness/lack thereof.

Sure thing. I'll post some stats tonight.

4:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

MSU isn't on on the list because their students don't know how to turn on a computer. Check out a few of MSU's "academic" programs like: Horse Management, Packaging, and Turfgrass management. Is this a university or a community college?!!?

5:55 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

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12:39 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

haha, MSU's inferiority 'complex' is acting up again. When will you guys just give up and realize you are in fact inferior. Go Blue!!

6:46 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well this is def. a first, can't say that I have seen anyone do this before. I guess it isn't much different than the number of college students that are already playing games online at school. ;) Like myself.

12:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You're about to get a whole lotta his from UW, since an article just ran in the school newspaper today about us being #1. its raining really hard too,lol.

2:52 PM  
Blogger Drew said...

You're about to get a whole lotta his from UW, since an article just ran in the school newspaper today about us being #1. its raining really hard too,lol.

That's awesome. If they have any questions, they can always email us at web@mapwow.com or give us a call.

Is there anyone out there at UW that wouldn't mind snipping the article and sending it to us? It'd be neat to see it in print. :)

6:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Valiently helping the cause to get RIT to #1.

Cirus
Thunderlord

1:47 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

koreans :(

2:12 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Imagine going to Harvard and flunking out because you're playing too much WoW. How do you explain that one do your parents?

12:16 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Next year's WCG will be held in Seattle...

6:44 PM  
Anonymous 紅音ほたる said...

Good Mapping! I believe Canadian universities don't follow any pattern (other than .ca) Some start with U, but some don't. The list isn't that big, I think that there are something like 30, but I'm not too sure. If my school had a large WoW following, I'd consider picking it up.

10:54 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

is there site or a group or a realm that most university of washington players meet? im trying to start WOW and i'd like some ppl to play with.

10:59 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

WooHoo WoW rules!!!

4:40 PM  

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