According to the latest edition of the Times Higher Education World University Rankings, there are six Canadian universities among the top 200 in the world. The University of Toronto ranks number 27, British Columbia ranks 34, McGill University ranks 38, McMaster University ranks 116, Université de Montréal ranks 176, and Université Laval ranks 195. The rankings are determined by several factors, including teaching quality, research output, and international reputation.
In recent years, Canada has seen a decline in its ranking position in these global rankings. This may be due to declining federal funding for higher education and research. However, Canada’s universities continue to rank highly overall quality despite this decline. And with tuition rates still relatively low compared to other countries’ universities, Canada remains an attractive destination for students worldwide.
The Best Universities in Canada 2017
1. University of Toronto
COUNTRY RANK: 1
WORLD RANK: 21
The University of Toronto is a world-renowned institution, consistently ranked as one of the best universities in the world. With over 60,000 students, it is also one of the largest universities in Canada. The university offers a wide range of arts, humanities, business, sciences, and engineering programs.
It has earned a reputation for being one of the most research-intensive universities in North America, with more than $1 billion spent on research each year. The University of Toronto also focuses on international students, with over 5,000 students from 150 different countries enrolled.
2. The University of British Columbia
COUNTRY RANK: 2
WORLD RANK: 31
The University of British Columbia is a public research university located in Vancouver, British Columbia. The university has two main campuses: one in Vancouver and one in Kelowna. UBC enrolls over 58,000 students annually and offers over 300 undergraduate and graduate programs. UBC consistently ranks among the top universities in the world.
In the 2017 QS World University Rankings, UBC was ranked 37th overall and 6th in Canada. The university was also ranked 2nd in Canada for employability. In addition, The School ranked UBC’s research intensity 26th globally, and its faculty/student ratio was ranked 5th best in Canada. UBC offers a wide range of academic programs, including arts, sciences, engineering, business, architecture, law and medicine.
3. McGill University
COUNTRY RANK: 3
WORLD RANK: 58
McGill University is a public research university in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. McGill is one of two Canadian universities listed among the Top 100 universities in the world. The University has 11 faculties and 12 professional schools, offering more than 300 programs of study. McGill attracts students from over 150 countries around the world. McGill has consistently been rated as one of Canada’s best universities. In 2017, it was ranked first in Canada and 10th internationally by QS World University Rankings.
4. Simon Fraser University
COUNTRY RANK: 4
WORLD RANK: 66
Simon Fraser University is a public research university in Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada. The university has campuses in Burnaby, Surrey, and Vancouver. It offers bachelor’s degrees, master’s degrees, and doctoral degrees in various disciplines. SFU is known for its research excellence, with many professors winning awards. The university has partnerships with businesses and organizations worldwide, which allows students to gain real-world experience. SFU also has one of Canada’s most robust athletic programs, with over 30 varsity teams
5. University of Waterloo
COUNTRY RANK: 5
WORLD RANK: 68
The University of Waterloo is a public research university located in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. The university enrolls over 36,000 undergraduate and graduate students with over 14,000 full-time faculty and staff. The University of Waterloo is consistently ranked one of Canada’s top universities.
6. University of Alberta
COUNTRY RANK: 6
WORLD RANK: 69
The University of Alberta is a public research university located in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. The university’s main campus covers approximately 885 hectares (2,200 acres), making it the largest in Canada by area. The University of Alberta is home to more than 39,000 students and 15,000 faculty and staff. The university has been recognized as one of Canada’s top universities and is consistently ranked among the world’s top 100 universities.
7. University of Calgary
COUNTRY RANK: 7
WORLD RANK: 97
The University of Calgary is a public research university located in Calgary, Alberta. It is the second-largest university in Alberta and one of the top universities in Canada. The University of Calgary has a strong focus on science and engineering and offers programs in various disciplines, including business, law, humanities, social sciences, health sciences, and sciences. The University of Calgary also has a well-developed campus life, with over 200 student clubs and organizations.
8. York University
COUNTRY RANK: 8
WORLD RANK: 113
York University is a public research university located in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. It is the third-largest university in Canada, with a student population of over 53,000 and a faculty population of over 2,700. The university has four Toronto and York downtown campuses and the Markham Centre Campus. York University ranks first nationally in graduate employability and has been named one of the most innovative universities in Canada.
9. University of Victoria
COUNTRY RANK: 9
WORLD RANK: 130
The University of Victoria is a public research university located in Victoria, British Columbia and one of the best universities in the world. UVic offers a variety of undergraduate and graduate programs, including law, business, engineering, medicine and sciences. The university also offers unique programs, such as the world’s first Indigenous Studies program. UVic has a diverse student population, with students from over 100 countries. The University of Victoria is consistently ranked among the top universities in Canada and the world.
10. University of Western
COUNTRY RANK: 10
WORLD RANK: 143
The University of Western is a public research university in London, Ontario. The University of Western Ontario has been named one of the best universities in Canada for 2017. The University of Western Ontario offers a wide range of programs and courses, from business to engineering to health sciences. Students can also choose from various extracurricular activities, including over 200 clubs and organizations. The university is also known for its strong alumni network, including leaders in business, politics, etc.