University of the People uopeople.edu FAQ, also known as "University of the Scammers"

The Israeli ✡ diploma mill that claims to be an "American university"

UoPeople 2022 ranking

Being a hidden PO box, University of the People is not considered a university by any respected international rankings: Times Higher Education World University Rankings, QS World University Rankings, Shanghai ranking and others decided to remove UoPeople.

Webometrics.info is a Spanish website that evaluates universities starting from their website: since UoPeople is (only) a website, Webometrics decided to add University of the People to the ranking. The result is that UoPeople's 2021 "excellence" score, 6683, is the lowest/worst in the world. Similar results are confirmed in 2022. Don't let UoPeople reps fool you: its rank is not 6683 out of about 35,000, which could seem a great result, especially for a diploma mill. In fact, 6683 — or a similar number, which may change a little bit every six months — is the lowest score/position in the world (and therefore also in the US), shared with all the other diploma mills and shady schools.

UoPeople 2021 ranking
UoPeople's 2021/2022 ranking: the worst score in the world and in the US. Source: https://www.webometrics.info/en/detalles/uopeople.edu

What is more, Webometrics maintains another ranking: https://webometrics.info/en/transparent (Transparent ranking: Top universities by citations in top Google Scholar profiles). Since the University of the People has no professors and therefore no researchers or scholars, UoPeople.edu has been excluded from the ranking.

Some UoPeople reps, spammers and "ambassadors" are gung-ho about mentioning UoPeople's page in Webometrics.info, but those scores actually mean that UoPeople has zero professors and zero cited academic papers — source: Webometrics' author/maintainer — which is why UoPeople is not on Webometrics' comprehensive ranking of universities (transparent ranking). In other words, that's the worst possible score.

However, UoPeople pays some commercial websites and PR services to "repair its reputation", so you are likely to come across tons of invented promotional articles, webpages, reviews and newsletters claiming that UoPeople.edu's ranking is outstanding: an example is Niche.com.