2014 University Rankings: Comprehensive results

Victoria passes Simon Fraser to take the top spot

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The Maclean’s University Rankings place schools into one of three categories to recognize differences in levels of research funding, diversity of offerings and breadth and depth of graduate and professional programs. Universities in the Comprehensive category, ranked here, have a significant amount of research activity and a wide range of programs at the undergraduate and graduate level, including professional degrees. Be sure to check out the other two ranking categories, Medical Doctoral and Primarily Undergraduate, and our methodology. For dozens of charts, our reputation survey, student satisfaction results and stories about what’s new on campuses, buy the 130-page Maclean’s University Rankings, on newsstands and iPads.

2014 Ranking School Last Year
1 Victoria (2)
2 Simon Fraser (1)
3 Waterloo (3)
4 New Brunswick (4)
*5 Guelph (5)
*5 Memorial (*6)
7 Carleton (*6)
8 Regina (9)
9 York (8)
*10 Ryerson (12)
*10 Wilfrid Laurier (11)
*10 Windsor (10)
13 Concordia (13)
14 UQAM (14)
15 Brock (15)

* Indicates a tie




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2014 University Rankings: Comprehensive results

  1. Where is Queens, Alberta, Calgary, Saskatchewan, Toronto, McGill, UBC?

    • they suck, there is your answer. the rich kids don’t alaways finish first

      • They are in the Medical/Doctoral category. So no, they definitely don’t suck. Did you really think Laurier and Windsor were above Western or U of T?

      • Wherever you went sounds like a great school though.

  2. As a UVic student, I can guarantee that this is not the case.

    UVic is a joke of a school and Geology or Psychology programs wont save it. Only reason UVic is on the map is becasue of its business program.

    • As an UVic Business Student, I can guarantee you that is not the case. The program itself is too different for its own good. Judging from traditional standards, it will never be a top Business School. Not to mention the blatant cash grab that is the mandatory Co-op Program. Without traditional majors, the school will never be able to grow properly. Everyone that grads out of UVic’s Business program will come out with a large set of generic skill sets. Without the proper specialization, we are generally unemployable. Go to UVic Business if you want to have fun and go on exchange, but compared to our counterparts at Sauder and Beedie, we don’t learn nearly as much.

    • Woah bro, I’m a UVic student, and I think the professors and TA’s are awesome.(Unless you’re talking about a certain TA in the phil department that hates giving out good grades)
      Yeah geology and psych classes are fun but UVic also has an awesome education and CYC programs.

      I’m thinking you just registered for the wrong courses

      I didn’t even know that UVic was well known for their business programs

  3. Totally agree with SepulaKack. Having done a long-drawn number of years at UVic, I can also confirm that UVic doesn’t deserve to be No. 1. Have a friend in Ontario who moved on to do graduate studies, and he says that the number of funding opportunities that are available, and the amount of active research programs going on is tremendous compared to that at UVic. Most UVic profs slack in both teaching and research, and they just don’t care about students once they get tenured. And the President of UVic keeps increasing fees and promotes the school in the media. Nobody talks about improving the quality of the courses or the hardships faced by the students.

    • When considering this list, remember that this does not include the ‘Medical Doctoral’ category. Those are schools that have equivalent offerings to UVic, but also a full-fledged Medical School. Really, the schools in that category are the top-tier in Canada. This ‘Comprehensive’ category is great to still have, but doesn’t stack UVic up against the recognized national greats like UofT, UBC, McGill, Alberta, etc. So make sure you understand the rankings (do your university education proud and read the full report) before you make assertions.

      That being said, I have attended 3 different universities, and have found UVic to offer some great quality (of course there are MANY challenges). I did a double major undergrad for 6 years in the 90s, and a graduate degree from 2009-2011 at UVic. There is a great experience to be had at UVic if you work for it, choosing your profs/supervisors well of course.

    • Rupert: Remember, UVic’s ranking not a real #1, so don’t fret. Look at the REAL world rankings (QS and THE). The Macleans ranking system is fashioned to create lots of winners by creating artificial categories. So this #1 thing means nothing except for PR.

      Your generalization about UVic profs is of course silly–how can they be any different than other places? You are just axe-grinding.

      The truth is, UVic has five departments that on the world scene hold their own; “UVic was ranked among the leading 200 institutions globally for scholarship and research in five subject areas: earth and marine sciences, geography, law, philosophy, and English literature.” UVic has slipped almost 30 places in the real world rankings in the last three years. Why? Ask the office of the Provost.

      But yes, UVIc Admin is greatly disliked by the professors; UVic profs are among the very worst paid in Canada (almost the bottom) in a very expensive city. A survey revealed that 40% of UVic profs would leave if they could. There is a policy at UVic that says UVic workers must have comparable and competitive salaries, but the policy only applies to administration! That is the truth.

      Over all, though, UVic has slipped considerably in the world rankings over the last three years

  4. Of all of this “comprehensive” category is nonsense, and no other ranking system does this. UVic has in fact slipped horribly in the last few years. The Comprehensive categories means that the number one here is really about #10 in the country.

  5. Man, UVic does not deserve to be anywhere on that list. I consider my time there to be the lowest point of my life. I had a two-year college diploma in a related field before entering the university, and I feel that I actually became more stupid when I attended. I’d never recommend enrolling there, and I’d never hire an undergraduate from there. In regards to AJ Renton, the graduate programs are much better than the undergraduate programs. That’s easy to accomplish when the undergraduate program is such shit.

  6. UVic is a great school for the humanities and law, but can’t quite compete with schools in the medical category in STEM subjects. Top spot in this category makes sense

  7. @karlos Your level of intelligence is shown as you don’t even understand that this category does not include the “doctoral” universities.

    @sepuka depends how much you put into the University. If you take it as a joke, your life will be a joke. Uvic has some amazing courses and profs, it’s up to you what path you take.

  8. How is Carleton any better than YorkU, we have one of the best law and business schools, and offer a great faculty that I would say provide a far higher list of qualifications than any at Carleton. Proof is in the research conducted at YorkU in comparison to Carleton. Cant speak on any other schools listed in this category though, as I have never personally experienced their educational institutions.

    • Sounds like you’d just answer your own question.

  9. UVic has a wonderful location and great research! Great school for Earth & Ocean studies, law, education , nursing and more…sorry to hear some grumpy comments in this dialogue, but everyone is entitled to their opinion. I love UVIC and am currently in a Master’s program there :)

    • Location matters? Huh? Ever try flying out of there to anywhere serious?

      UVic has 5 departments currently ranked in the top 200 in the world: Law, Earth and Ocean Sciences, Philosophy, English, Geology. Most of the rest are average, decent–not great.

      But the big thing to note is that UVic has gone WAY down in the world rankings–over 70 places in just three years. You have to ask why–the universal answer is that the relationship between profs and admin is poisonous at UVic.

  10. reposting …

    Hey guys, don’t get caught on the numbers. This ranking is based on a set of criteria set by the magazine. It is only relevant if you agree on the methods in which they used to rank schools. Like a beauty pageant, the first place winner selected by the judges may not be the one you want to spend the rest of your life with, but perhaps the 6th place winner is the one for you. Same with university, it is all about the environment they set up to cultivate you – the community, the students, the professors, and the supporters. If you like the 4 years you spent there, then it is THE best school for you regardless what the magazine says.

  11. Why is Memorial not in the Medical category then? They have a medical program. Granted, they would probably end up at the bottom of this category so placing them in the general pool allows them to come out looking a bit better.

  12. It’s surprising how many commenters here believe that their personal anecdotal experience validates or invalidates these rankings.

    Read the methodology, and understand these rankings in relation to the methodology. That is all there is to it.

  13. Its ridiculous to rank any university in its entirety. Every school has things they are better at and are unique compared to other universities. These rankings need to look at individual programs. Also all our schools in Canada are pretty good. Your experience as a student is what YOU make of it. All schools want you to succeed because if they keep you, they keep your funding. Don’t expect any university to hand things to you. You have to seek out services and opportunities and take responsibility for yourself. I went to a less than stellar post-secondary, according to rankings at the time. Graduated with honours, went on to upgrade and have done pretty well job-wise. I got those things on my own merit; not based on which school was on my resume. Honestly there rankings don’t matter that much in the big scheme of things. Its just a great way for McCleans to make some money on selling you a magazine and makes schools focused on getting up in the rankings instead of more important things.

  14. I doubt this ranking the most. QS ranking, TIMES ranking, and ARWU are three the most famous rankings in the world. However, you can not find Ryerson,NBU,Regina,Memorial, Laurier, Windsor’s ranking in QS ranking, TIMES ranking, and ARWU at all. The funny thing is that they are ranked higher than Concordia University, amazing!

  15. I am surprised that University of Waterloo is ranked that high.
    It is a horrible university, nothing more than a glorified professional training school.
    Waterloo’s claim to fame is Blackberry, and Blackberry is going down the drain.

  16. Woah, so much hate on UVic. UVic is a great school and UVic and Victoria in general is coming up with a lot of new research and ideas. People need to realize this is not top in Medical etc. but just comprehensive and is very deserving of it. As a student I know it has it’s faults (esp in some programs) but this is not to do with that only! Also they have some awesome programs that not everyone university offers like CYC!

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