Lancaster University has again been named as the best in the North West.
The university also put in an impressive showing in the national Sunday Times Good University Guide league table, holding on to 12th place overall.
Edge Hill University in Ormskirk was ranked 69th overall – up four from last year – making it the fourth placed institution in the North West behind Manchester and Liverpool.
The University of Central Lancashire in Preston slid from 71st place in 2012 to 88 in the latest rankings.
A Guide spokesman said Lancaster University’s ambitions abroad had helped them put in a strong performance.
He said: “The top performing university in the North West, Lancaster, has maintained the number one spot for another year.
“The university has been expanding overseas in line with its ambition to be truly international.
“It hosts students from more than 100 countries, and there will soon be more graduating with the university’s degrees in India, Malaysia and Pakistan than in Lancaster.
“The university has the best percentage score (72.7 per cent) in the region for graduates moving on to professional jobs or further study.”
The University of Cumbria, which has a base in Lancaster, was rated in 95th place.
The league table is drawn up from criteria including student satisfaction, research quality, graduate prospects, entrance qualifications held by new students, degree results achieved, student/staff ratios, service and facilities spend, and university dropout rates.