HostGator University Partners Program

As of October 2013, the University Partners program is no longer accepting new enrollments. If you are currently active in the program, you will remain so for the remainder of the Fall 2013 semester.

What is University Partners?

University Partners is a HostGator initiative that provides free Linux "Business" accounts or Windows "Personal" accounts,along with a free domain name to college students for the duration of the academic semester.

Who can participate in University Partners?

Individual students cannot enroll in the program. Only classes and officially recognized student organizations can participate. For classes, faculty members enroll their classes, and students are provided with Activation Keys, which makes their hosting during the semester and their domain registration free. For student organizations, an officer of the group enrolls the group, and member students receive their Activation Keys.

How to enroll:

Classes and student organizations are enrolled by their instructor, department chair or officers by filling out a simple online sign up form, currently located at the University Partners Enrollment Form, which asks for contact information, class or organization description, the number of students in the class or organization, and an option to provide us with a list of student emails to send the Activation Keys and Set Up Instructions to. If they prefer not to send us the student emails, the instructor or officer of the organization will have to forward the Activation Keys and Set Up Instructions to the students. The Activation Keys are only good for the number of students stated in the sign up form.

How to request enrollment if you are a student:

If you are a student and you would like your class or student organization to participate in University Partners, there are 3 avenues you can take.

  1. Inform your instructor or an officer of your organization about the program, 1. and ask them visit or email or call 1.866.96.GATOR and ask for Robert Taylor in the Houston office.

  2. Send an email to with your information, along with your school name and the contact information of your instructor or an officer of your student organization.

  3. You may also send an email to your instructor or an officer of your student organization with the following text, or a personalized variation of it: has launched an initiative through which they are provided college students with free access to commercial-grade web hosting accounts, along with a free domain name, which can be used in context of our classes and for personal projects. This program will give us valuable hands on experience with a wide range of online technologies prevalent in the industry today. As students, our participation must come through a class or student organization. Therefore, I am respectfully asking if you would inquire into this program and consider enrolling our class to participate. For more details, or to enroll our class, you can visit or email or call 1.866.96.GATOR and ask for Robert Taylor in the Houston office.

What to do if you have any issues with your University Partners account:

If you need technical support, you can contact any one of our web hosting professionals 24 hours per day by phone at 1.866.96.GATOR or by live chat, which you access at Our team will do all we can to resolve your issue as quickly as possible.

If you need to reach Robert Taylor directly, you may do so by email at: