Top Universities in Canada – Top 30 Results

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When student is deciding a foreign destination, his first search is about the top universities of that particular country. A country’s higher education system is judged by their top universities in Canada. Which universities are top and what are their ranks, this all information is analyzed and published by two major educational organizations. One is QS and the other is Times Higher Education.

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These educational groups have a vast media group whose job is to search and analyze all the statistics of every university in the world. Every year they organize conclusions of all the top countries and their universities that are based on some particular academic factors.

Canada has the best universities of the world and it has always been ranked 5th best country for higher education. Following I have listed all the top universities of Canada, their domestic and International ranks.

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List of Top universities in Canada

1 – University of Toronto:

University of Toronto has always been the one of the most prestigious and well known educational institute in Canada and all around the world. Founded by royal charter in 1827 as King’s College, it is the first institution of higher learning in the colony of Upper Canada and it is currently hailed as the most top ranked University of Canada. Situated in the city of Toronto, Ontario; it was 19th best university of 2016 and now ranked 22nd best of the world. It consists of twelve colleges with more than 68 thousand students of which about 16% are international. Some of the most notable alumni of Toronto are:

  • 2 Governors General of Canada
  • 4 Prime Ministers of Canada
  • 4 Foreign Leaders
  • 14 Justices of the Supreme Court
  • 10 Nobel Laureates and many more.

This university has a very proud reputation of producing leaders. This is probably because they are not just limited to syllabus but actually galvanizes critical thinking and confidence from within students. Here is link to official website of University of Toronto.

2 – University of British Columbia:
University of British ColumbiaSecond best ranked higher educational institute of Canada, University of British Columbia, was founded in 1908 and is located in the city of British Columbia. It currently has more than 60 thousand students in two campuses. Scholars of UBC have received 7 Nobel Prizes, 69 Rhodes Scholarships, 65 Olympic medals and 8 memberships in the American Academy of Arts & Sciences. It is currently ranked 36th best university of the world and because of its international fame it is very popular among international students that comprises about 29% of their total students. The UBC Library, which has 7.8 million books, 2.1 million e-books, and over 300 thousand e-journals, is Canada’s second largest academic library.  Here is link to official website of University of British Columbia.

3 – McGill University:

Canada’s 3rd best and world’s 42nd ranked higher educational institute, McGill University was founded in 1821 by royal charter and decreed by King George the fourth of Britain. It is located in the city of Montreal, Quebec. Its main campus is near Mount Royal and the second campus is situated in Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue, in the same city about 30km away. It most notable alumni have been honored:

  • 12 Nobel laureates
  • 13 Justices of the Canadian Supreme Court
  • 141 Rhodes Scholars
  • 28 Foreign Ambassadors
  • 3 Astronauts
  • 3 Canadian Prime Ministers
  • 28 Olympic Medalists and many more.

It has a population of about 41 thousand students of which 24% are international. Here is link to official website of McGill University

4 – University of Montreal:

Ranked top 103rd of world, University of Montreal homes over homes and educates over 38 thousand students. It is located in the city of Montreal, Quebec and it was founded in 1878. It is ranked 4th best university of Canada. It teaches over 650 undergraduate and graduate programs, in addition, 71 doctoral programs are offered. It is a great place for foreigners since 24% international students comprise their total population. Their list of most notable alumni includes:

  • Roger Guillemin Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine
  • Pierre Karl Péladeau, former president of Quebecor
  • Philippe de Gaspé Beaubien, founder of Telemedia
  • Louis R. Chênevert, chairman of the United Technologies Corporation

74% of their total students are enrolled in undergraduate degree. Here is link to official website of University of Montreal.

5 – University of Alberta:
University of Alberta

Founded in 1908, University of Alberta is 5th top university of Canada ranking 107th in THE world university ranking 2017. It is located in the city of Edmonton, Alberta. With over 15,000 employees, this university has become the fourth biggest employer of its country. It has four campuses in Edmonton. It has a student of over 33 thousand. Up till the date, University of Alberta has educated over 260,000 students, of which following are most well-known.

  • Nobel laureate Richard E. Taylor
  • Prime Minister Joe Clark
  • Governor General Roland Michener
  • Chief Justice of Canada Beverley McLachlin

Alberta’s top ranked subject is English and Literature that is 22nd in the world. The university comprises eighteen faculties; each with its own fields of education i.e. there is a Faculty of Law, Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry, Faculty of Public Health etc. Other than these faculties, it has two affiliated colleges; St. Joseph’s College, St. Stephen’s College. Here is the link to official website of University of Alberta.

25Top Universities of Canada and their Ranks

Canada Rank World Rank University
122University of Toronto
2=36University of British Columbia
342McGill University
4103University of Montreal
5107University of Alberta
6=113McMaster University
7=173University of Waterloo
8=195University of Calgary
=9201-250Queen’s University
=9201-250Simon Fraser University
=9201-250University of Western Ontario
=12251-300Dalhousie University
=12251-300Laval University
=12251-300University of Ottawa
=15301-350University of Victoria
=15301-350York University
17351-400University of Guelph
=18401-500University of Manitoba
=18401-500Université du Québec à Montréal
=18401-500University of Saskatchewan
=21501-600Carleton University
=21501-600Concordia University
=21501-600Memorial University of Newfoundland
=21501-600University of Regina
=21501-600Université de Sherbrooke


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