19th Annual University Rankings - Macleans.ca

19th Annual University Rankings

Canada’s Best Schools


Selected articles:

The Winners — Schools in Quebec, British Columbia and New Brunswick top our evaluation of university excellence
So you want to be a doctor — Brutal requirements, years of school, long hours—and a guaranteed job
Can high school grades be trusted? — If you need better marks, some private high schools are happy to oblige—for a fee
The first 30 — Our on-the-ground undergrad reports on his debut month
No campus like it — Tough. Challenging. Rewarding. That’s student life at the Royal Military College

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19th Annual University Rankings

  1. Not too sure rankings hold any significance anymore. A recent report on CBC Radio in part stated that Canadians Universities are so cash strapped that full tuition fees are essential to their survival. Should students fail and be sent home the cash losses can never be recovered, so they progress just like in high school. Sounds good to me because only he best and brightest are selected in the end.

  2. Anyone who thinks their job prospects and employer-university networks are better going to Sackville, Wolfville, Thunder Bay or Antigonish (or St. John's or Saint John) than in Toronto needs their head examined. This ranking is a sad joke.

    • Really, I seem to recall that Brian Mulrooney attended St. Francis Xavier University.

      • Then he went and failed out of Dalhousie. Luckily they passed him at Laval after that!

        • Just saying Joe that some Eastern Universities had produced people who went on to achieve. I'm not a fan of Brian, by any stretch of the imagination. I'm sure if I did a net search of people who graduated from Maritime (Atlantic) universities I could find many who achieved in their field. I just detest the snobbism that, unless one goes to an 'upper Canada' university' one won't achieve. It all depends on the person,IMHO.

        • I blieve Joe Who? went to Dal and didn't complete.

    • It might not be better for job prospects (although I seriously disagree with that comment seeing as the "X Ring" is the second most recognized ring in the world, next to the popes) although it is fantastic for pursuing a graduate level education. If you follow any reviews in the states, notably the Princeton Review it quite literally quotes that the "better" schools in the states strongly recommend a school that resembles a "Liberal Arts College" if you are considering a graduate program within an Ivy League institution. The schools that ranked highest in this review fall under that Liberal Arts category, not to mention they are primarily undergraduate so all the funding they have goes toward undergraduates. Not to say that Toronto is a bad choice, just that its not the best.

  3. True, but I'm not sure if job prospects & employer-university networks have much correlation with academic achievement & educational excellence.

    • Take a quick look at your favorite university's faculty and see how many went to Mount Allison, Acadia, Lakehead, StFX, UNB or Memorial. I am not sure what you mean by "academic achievement" if these schools place so few in graduate programs.

      For "educational excellence," maybe these places are better. Students seem to like them, certainly. Students, though, tend to like easy tasks over difficult ones (see the appeal of so-called "bird" courses) and if you can't get a job or go to grad school, how can we tell if the education is better?

      • Most university faculty in Canada received phD's from outside Canada, actually. If you want a job in a Canadian university, as a professor anyways, best to go to U of T, the States or overseas for a graduate degree. Also, you have to keep in mind that smaller schools graduate fewer students, obviously. So, necessarily, the number of students who grow up to be professors will be fewer, since there are fewer students.

        Besides, these rankings are pretty much useless anyways. If students use these rankings to determine which school to go to, they will most likely be disappointed.

    • Take a look at the education backgrounds of the faculty at your favorite university and you will not see many from Mount A, Acadia, Lakehead, StFX, UNB, or Memorial (or Lethbridge!). Most would come from the unis at the bottom of these lists. Academic achievement?

      As for educational excellence, it may well be that these places are better. Hard to say. Students certainly like them. Still, students tend to like easy tasks (see the popularity of "bird" courses at any school) rather than difficult ones. If you can't get a good job or go on to grad school, how do we know your education is excellent?

  4. University of Lethbridge sucks!

  5. Just wondering, can anyone tell me when was the last time Macleans used a male student on the cover to promote the University rankings issue? (and not a group shot or some guy in the background)

    • No.

      Who really cares? I think that falls under the 'protest too much' category.

    • 2002! I just checked the Maclean's Cover gallery part of the site.

  6. These rankings are silly, especially in the way that the universities are separated into categories. The world rankings of the best universities do no such thing, and SIZE or "type" DOES NOT MATTER. The very best universities in the world, like Harvard and Princeton (both in the top ten in the world, with Harvard of course clearly the best university in the world), are much smaller than, say, SFU or UVic. The smartest faculty teach at the best students go to the best universities in the world. And that is that.

  7. I have to laugh at the rankings. As a B Math from Waterloo who has worked all over the world, both on my co-op terms and since graduation, I find the rankings very amusing. Most places I go (and I have worked in 7 countries now) the only school most have heard of is Waterloo. I can go anywhere in Japan or China (and I have 5 yrs work exp just between those 2 countries) say I am a Math grad from Waterloo and immediately eyes light up, and in any conversation or work environment what I contribute is given the most serious consideration or set as the benchmark. I had yr long stints at SAP in Germany, and Nestle's in Switzerland, and for both jobs a big factor in the initial part of the hiring process was Waterloo's superb reputation – it put me on the inside track immediately. I can't speak for the arts, but if you are interested in Math, Engineering, Physics or Environmental disciplines, don't bother considering any other school, you would definitely be settling for 2nd best to Waterloo.

    • that's just stupid

    • Big surprise! The Waterloo student is bias towards Waterloo. Nobody cares.

  8. Thomas J…you are a moron. Many excellent programs are found at other Canadian schools.

    • Agreed. I think you guys are all too caught up in trying to figure out which schools are objectively the best. The fact is that there are many great schools in Canada. The quality of the school really depends on what the individual can gain from it. University is an experience and whether or not an individual makes anything out of that experience is up to them. You will find amazing scholars from every school in Canada. This is only in part thanks to the wonderful education we have access to. I am from the University of Toronto and I don't necessarily think that my degree holds any higher value than someone from a smaller university. The fact is that my degree is only a part of my entire life of experiences…

      • Then why would anyone attend the University of Toronto especially for Math or Science? These programs are so intensely difficult — I tip my hat to anyone who has survived them.

    • Many excellent prorgams ARE found at other universities in Canada . Thomas J. may be proud of the school he attended but he is hardly a moron.

  9. University days are the best days of your life.

  10. the best three universities in canada are queen's, mcgill and western.
    2nd best 3 are u of t, ubc and waterloo.