Canada’s best universities by student satisfaction: Rankings 2020 - Macleans.ca

Canada’s best universities by student satisfaction: Rankings 2020

More than 18,000 university students responded to Maclean’s online survey, giving their opinions on professors and staff, residence life, and opportunities for extracurricular activities and experiential education, such as co-op programs

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The student voice plays a crucial role in assessing campus life. More than 18,000 university students responded to Maclean’s online survey, giving their opinions on professors and staff, residence life, and opportunities for extracurricular activities and experiential education, such as co-op programs. Students also weighed in on such topical issues as mental health services and whether they think their university is doing enough to prevent sexual assault on campus. In recognition of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action, which include several related to educational issues, Maclean’s included a question asking students to rate how well their university is making Indigenous histories, cultures and languages visible on campus.

Medical/Doctoral

Rank School Course Instructors Student Life Staff Administrative Staff Academic Advising Staff Mental Health Services Extracurricular Activities Experiential Learning Residence Living Promoting Indigenous Visibility Steps to Prevent Sexual Assault
1 Sherbrooke 2 1 1 1 1 3 1 6 15 1
2 Laval** 1 3 2 2 2 4 *4 13 14 2
3 Queen's 5 4 3 3 11 1 3 2 3 4
4 Western 4 2 *5 8 5 2 9 1 9 5
5 Montreal** 8 5 *5 5 3 8 7 11 11 3
6 McMaster 3 6 4 4 6 6 8 5 7 14
7 UBC 7 8 7 9 10 7 2 4 1 9
8 McGill 6 7 9 6 14 5 14 3 8 11
9 Saskatchewan 11 10 8 7 4 13 11 9 2 10
*10 Alberta 9 13 10 14 13 9 10 15 6 13
*10 Dalhousie 13 11 11 10 9 10 6 10 5 8
12 Manitoba 12 9 13 *11 7 15 13 7 4 7
13 Ottawa 14 14 15 15 12 14 *4 8 12 12
14 Calgary 15 12 12 *11 8 12 12 14 10 6
15 Toronto 10 15 14 13 15 11 15 12 13 15

Comprehensive

Rank School Course Instructors Student Life Staff Administrative Staff Academic Advising Staff Mental Health Services Extracurricular Activities Experiential Learning Residence Living Promoting Indigenous Visibility Steps to Prevent Sexual Assault
1 Wilfrid Laurier 1 1 1 2 *4 1 2 1 3 3
2 Guelph 3 2 2 1 6 2 7 2 8 2
3 Carleton 4 4 3 3 7 3 4 3 12 5
4 Brock 6 5 5 4 1 5 6 4 7 8
5 UQAM** 2 3 4 5 3 4 8 13 14 4
6 Victoria 8 9 7 7 14 6 3 8 1 6
7 Windsor 9 10 14 8 2 8 10 5 10 1
8 New Brunswick 7 6 6 12 *4 7 5 10 4 14
9 Ryerson *10 7 8 9 9 9 *11 12 6 7
10 Waterloo 5 13 11 11 15 11 1 6 15 12
11 Concordia *10 8 13 14 8 10 *11 9 9 10
12 Regina 15 12 12 6 10 13 13 11 2 9
13 Memorial 12 11 9 13 12 15 14 7 11 11
14 Simon Fraser 14 15 10 10 13 14 9 15 5 15
15 York 13 14 15 15 11 12 15 14 13 13

Primarily Undergraduate

Rank School Course Instructors Student Life Staff Administrative Staff Academic Advising Staff Mental Health Services Extracurricular Activities Experiential Learning Residence Living Promoting Indigenous Visibility Steps to Prevent Sexual Assault
1 Mount Allison 1 1 1 2 3 1 1 2 6 5
2 Bishop's 4 2 2 1 5 2 3 4 10 2
3 Nipissing 5 3 3 7 1 5 6 1 3 1
4 Acadia 3 4 5 3 10 4 2 3 14 9
5 UNBC 8 6 4 10 2 7 *13 *13 1 4
6 St. Thomas 2 13 8 16 16 8 4 *13 13 10
7 St. Francis Xavier 6 8 7 6 13 3 5 5 18 19
8 Trent 13 5 11 4 8 6 16 7 2 12
9 Mount Saint Vincent** 9 9 9 5 4 15 9 12 8 16
10 Lethbridge 12 10 10 14 12 9 7 10 11 7
11 Cape Breton** 11 12 12 11 18 17 8 9 7 3
12 UPEI** 7 7 14 9 11 11 11 8 16 6
13 Winnipeg 10 18 15 17 9 *18 17 17 9 14
14 Ontario Tech 18 14 17 12 6 14 15 11 17 8
15 Saint Mary's 17 16 16 15 14 10 10 18 15 18
16 Moncton 19 11 6 8 7 12 12 16 19 13
*17 Brandon 14 17 13 13 15 *18 19 19 12 11
*17 Lakehead 15 15 18 18 17 16 *13 15 5 17
19 Laurentian 16 19 19 19 19 13 18 6 4 15

*Indicates a tie
**Due to a low response rate this year, results from last year’s survey were used

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