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Canadian Universities Ranking: University of Toronto, McGill, British Columbia in Top 50 Globally

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Canada has gained popularity as compared to USA, since many students opt to study in Canada. As per the official statistics, there is an increase in the number of international students studying in Canada- 119% (approximately), between 2010- 2017. Hence, Canada is one of the most preferred destinations for education.

Among the top 200 universities in the world, Canada has its fair share. As per the rankings given by QS World Ranking, Times Higher Education and Shanghai Ranking the number of universities from Canada among top 200 universities counts up to 7, 6 and 8 respectively. 

Ranking Methodology

The ranks have been given on the basis of some metrics as defined below-

  • Academic Reputation
  • Employer Reputation
  • Student/ Faculty Ratio
  • Citations per faculty
  • International Faculty Ratio
  • International Student Ratio
  • Research Output

University of Toronto

University of Toronto is the premier globally recognized university from Canada. It has more than 88,000 students in its three campuses. With over 700 undergraduate courses and 14000 faculty, U of T provides some standout programs-

  • City Studies
  • Engineering Science
  • Computer Science
  • Forensic Engineering
  • Foods that changed the world

Ranking around the Globe

QS World28
Shanghai Ranking (ARWU)23

The overall acceptance rate of University of Toronto is 30%. To apply to University of Toronto as an international student, fill OUAC 105 Application and choose University of Toronto as top preference.

McGill University

Popular for producing Rhodes Scholars and Nobel Laureates, McGill University is among the best universities across the globe and Canada. The university has garnered 12 Nobel Prizes for their work in areas such as Economics, Radioactivity and Fission, Peace Prize. Interested students can go for any program offered at McGill, however, some noteworthy programs are-

  • Bioengineering
  • Liberal Arts
  • Innovation and Entrepreneurship
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Geography of Nunavut

Ranking around the Globe

QS World33
Shanghai Ranking (ARWU)67

The overall acceptance rate of McGill University is 53%. Interested applicants must apply via MINERVA, the application portal of the university.

University of British Columbia

UBC as is popularly called, has an international reputation for research and graduate programs. The university hosts approximately 17000 international students from 156 countries. UBC has gained popularity majorly for the following programs:

  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Urban Forestry
  • United States Studies
  • The modern Olympics: Power, Politics and Performance
  • The UBC Innocence Project

Ranking around the Globe

QS World47
Shanghai Ranking (ARWU)31

International students have a better chance at getting into UBC as the acceptance rate is 69%. Simply visit the official website of University of British Columbia and navigate to admission tab for Undergraduate or Graduate Application Forms.

University of Alberta

With more than 380 undergraduate and 500 graduate programs, University of Alberta is another favorite destination for students across the globe coming for studies in Canada. Among the most popular programs offered by University of Alberta, these are the go-to programs for unique experience-

  • Petroleum engineering
  • Paleontology
  • Nanotechnology
  • Modern languages and Cultural Studies for Comedy Across Cultures
  • Pedagogy of Technology: Teachers and Students as Cyborgs

Ranking around the Globe

QS World109
Shanghai Ranking (ARWU)101-150

The acceptance rate of University of Alberta is 66%. Interested applicants can visit the official website of University of Alberta. Navigate to the link specified for your level of education.

McMaster University

McMaster University is renowned medical-doctoral, research intensive university. It welcomes students from across 107 countries. The university has more than 70 research centers and institutes. For interested students, some of the standout programs are:

  • Bachelor of Commerce in Integrated Business and Humanities
  • Bachelor of Health, Engineering Science and Entrepreneurship and Bachelor of Engineering and Biomedical Engineering
  • Justice, political philosophy and law
  • Master of Arts in Health and Aging

Ranking around the Globe

QS World146
Shanghai Ranking (ARWU)66

McMaster University has an acceptance rate of 15%. To get admission in McMaster, either apply via OUAC 105 Application or go to the university website and apply directly.

University of Montreal

Known for its health science disciplines, University of Montreal has also gained reputation among well-known business and engineering schools. The standout programs offered at University of Montreal are:

  • Landscape Architecture
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Digital Music
  • Cyber Justice
  • Disciplines and Patient- Partner Concept

Ranking around the Globe

QS World149
Shanghai Ranking (ARWU)151-200

University of Montreal’s acceptance rate is 19%. To apply for the Quebec based university, go to the official website and navigate to application section.

University of Waterloo

University of Waterloo is well-known for research area. The university stands at the second place for providing largest post secondary co-op programs. The standouts in University of Waterloo are:

  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Global Business and Digital Arts
  • Kinesiology

Ranking around the Globe

QS World163
Shanghai Ranking (ARWU)201-300

The overall acceptance rate for this university is 53%. International applicants may apply by visiting the official website under relevant level of education.

Special Mentions

Education in Canada is the primary focus of the Government and it is clearly reflected in the Canadian Universities. There has been an acceleration in the global rankings. Apart from the above-mentioned Universities, some of the special mentions in the list are:

As per the rankings given by QS world, Times Higher Education and ARWU, these universities have been performing phenomenally.

University of CalgaryQS World229
University of OttawaQS World201-250
Western UniversityQS World214
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