Do you know how I would go about getting an ‘.edu’ domain name registered? I’m not finding the answer readily, if you can help that would be great!
Most domains seem to have long since gone beyond specific categories of companies or organizations, where anyone can go to a registrar – or their current Web hosting provider or Internet Service Provider – and register a “.com”, “.net”, “.org” or almost any other domain.
Actually, the insider jargon is that “.com”, “.net” etc are “top level domains” or TLDs, something you might encounter if you’ve been digging around looking for an answer.
There are, however, some TLDs that are still constrained to specific organizations or institutions. Two that come to mind are “.edu” and “.gov”…
Domains ending in “.edu” are actually managed by a non-profit company called EduCause. Go to their site and you’ll learn that:
“Only U.S. postsecondary institutions that are institutionally accredited by an agency on the U.S. Department of Education’s list of Nationally Recognized Accrediting Agencies may obtain an Internet name in the .edu domain. These include both “Regional Institutional Accrediting Agencies” and “National Institutional and Specialized Accrediting Bodies” recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.”
Your first step, therefore, is to check the List of Nationally Recognized Accrediting Agencies and make sure that your own institution has an institutional affiliation before you start the process.
You can even search “.edu” domains for availability of the domain you seek:
When you’re ready, pop over to EduCause and apply, and good luck to you!
Oh, and applying for a “.mil” domain? Turns out the .mil domain is managed by the Department of Defense Network Information Center (DOD NIC). The official registry is the DISA (Defense Information Systems Agency). Currently, none of the dispute policies are available. The administrative as well as technical contact is DoD NIC Registry Services based in Ohio.
Don’t give up if you don’t qualify for either. Instead, use this handy search box from register.com to see if your desired domain is available in a non-EDU, non-MIL top level domain?
Hope that’s helpful.