The University of Northampton has risen 40 places to 59th in the annual Good University Guide, published by The Times newspaper.
The league table is drawn up from criteria including student satisfaction, graduate prospects, degree results achieved, spending on facilities and dropout rates.
The 2014 guide sees Northampton ranked 17th nationally for facilities spend per student, and for the first time it has made the top 30 overall for student satisfaction.
University of Northampton vice-chancellor, Nick Petford, said: “When I joined the university back in 2010, I was clear in my intention to develop it into a leading institution committed to delivering life-changing opportunities in education.
“The academic and professional services staff have been teaching excellent courses and inspiring our students, and we now have the Good University Guide league table success to support this.
“Looking to the future, we have ambitious plans to continue developing our offering to students, staff and the community through the development of a brand new campus in the heart of Northampton town.
“The Waterside Campus, located next to the River Nene, will set the tone for the future of the university as a leading higher education institution, not only in the UK, but internationally, really putting Northampton on the map.”
Looking at individual subjects, the university is 21st in the country for art and design.
It is in the top 10 for student satisfaction for art and design; drama; dance and cinematics, and hospitality, leisure, recreation and tourism.
It is in the top 20 for satisfaction for English and geography and environmental sciences.