15 October 2018
Maclean’s University Rankings classify Canadian universities into three groups: Medical/Doctoral Schools, which have a strong emphasis on research; Comprehensive Schools, which do some research and provide a range of undergraduate, graduate and professional courses; Primarily Undergraduate Schools, which offer relatively few graduate programmes and cater mainly for undergraduates.
There was no change this year in the top six for Medical/Doctoral Schools and Simon Fraser University remained the leading Comprehensive School. Mount Allison University replaced the University of Northern British Columbia as the best Primarily Undergraduate School.
There are 14 indicators combined into five groups.
- Students (weighting 28%), including student achievement, faculty-student ratio, and student satisfaction
- Faculty (24%) including faculty achievements, research grants, research publications
- Resources (20%) including total income, research income, and library resources
- Student Support (13%) including student services and financial support
- Reputation (15%) based on a survey of faculty and senior university administrators, high school guidance counsellors and business people Respondents were asked to rate universities for Highest Quality, Most Innovative and Leaders of Tomorrow.
The top five medical /doctoral universities are:
- McGill University
- University of Toronto
- University of British Columbia
- Queen’s University
- University of Alberta.
The top five comprehensive schools are:
- Simon Fraser University
- University of Victoria
- University of Waterloo
- University of Guelph
- Carleton University.
The top five mainly undergraduate schools are:
- Mount Allison University
- University of Northern British Columbia
- Trent university
- University of Lethbridge
- Acadia University.