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University of Toronto Rankings : Global Rankings, National Rankings, Subject-Specific Rankings

Vaishnavi Agrawal Vaishnavi Agrawal
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The University of Toronto has made groundbreaking achievements in global and national rankings, despite all the transformational successes accomplished in artificial intelligence, innovation & entrepreneurship and promotion of sustainability through its operations.

The University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management is the only Canadian school celebrated by the biannual Thinkers50 ranking for a breakthrough management idea, the second time in a row. Three U of T faculty members Don Tapscott, Roger Martin, and Richard Florida are ranked among the world’s top management thinkers for valuable insights in their areas of expertise.

The university’s vision to prepare its students dexterously is evident from the fact that the University of Toronto’s ranking in the world for employability is among the top twenty. Reputation (based on recruiters’ own experience with graduates), international exposure and expertise are the key drivers that attract employers, and who better to offer these than U of T!

Getting a degree isn’t sufficient. Employers recognize the value of a University because it is the University that promises skills and experience students need to succeed in an ever-changing and competitive global job market.

The University of Toronto ranking was number one among universities in Canada, first among North American public universities for producing work-ready graduates through quality programs, according to the Global University Employability Ranking 2019.

Worldwide Rankings

The University of Toronto has been recognized as one of the world's top research-intensive universities. Since its establishment, the University is creation-driven and prides itself on knowledge creation. Many agencies have ranked the University on several parameters owing to its distinctive quality education. The University of Toronto world rankings provide a clear picture of how this university compares to other universities.

U of T Global Ranking

1. NTU Ranking

National Taiwan University releases the “Performance Ranking of Scientific Papers for World Universities”, also known as NTU Ranking. Its ranking system is based on the indicators that compare the performance of various scientific papers, their quality, and quantity in each university.

Criteria2019 Overall Performance IndicatorsWeighting

Research Productivity
Number of articles in the last 11 years (2008-2018)10%
Number of articles in the current year (2018)15%

Research Impact
Number of citations in the last 11 years (2008-2018)15%
Number of citations in the last 2 years (2017-2018)10%
The average number of citations in the last 11 years (2008-2018)10%

Research Excellence
H-index of the last 2 years (2017-2018)10%
Number of Highly Cited Papers (2008-2018)15%
Number of articles in the current year in high-impact journals (2017-2018)15%

The indicators used in this research emphasize the quality of research, neutralize biases caused by university size or faculty number, and take into account a university’s short-term research performance.

2. The U.S. News & World Report

This opinion based ranking system is based on 13 indicators that assess the global and regional reputation of the University along with its academic performance. Indicators like these help students to explore higher education options beyond their own country’s boundaries.

Jumping two positions higher from 2018 rankings, U of T world ranking 2019 is 18th in Best Global University by the U.S. News and World Report.

Following is a breakdown of how the University of Toronto performs on these indicators by World University Rankings U.S News & World Report.

Ranking IndicatorsUniversity Of TorontoWeight
Global score83.1-
Global research reputation#2112.5%
Regional research reputation#1812.5%
Normalized citation impact#14810%
Total citations#37.5%
Number of publications that are among the 10 percent most cited#312.5%
Percentage of total publications that are among the 10 percent most cited#14310%
International collaboration - relative to the country#4135%
International collaboration#2985%
Number of highly cited papers that are among the top 1 percent most cited#45%
Percentage of highly cited papers that are among the top 1 percent most cited#1345%

3. The Times Higher Education Rankings

The University of Toronto is ranked 18th in THE World University Rankings 2020, with an overall score of 85.5. The university was ranked 21st in the year 2019. The score breakdown for the University of Toronto after the analysis in the year 2020 is given below:

  • Overall: 85.5
  • Teaching: 76.6
  • Research: 89.5
  • Citations: 93.6
  • Industry Income: 50.5
  • International Outlook: 84.7

The university has been ranked 19th in World Reputation Rankings 2019, with an overall score of 17.0 this university boasts a dynamic reputation for teaching and research. Over the years, many factors have influenced the Times Higher Education Ranking system and henceforth have brought a change in the World University Ranking and World Reputation Ranking, U of T.

World Ranking by THE

4. Shanghai Rankings 

Shanghai Ranking, also known as Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) is a China-based ranking institute that publishes global rankings every year since 2009. Shanghai Ranking Consultancy is a fully independent organization dedicated to research and consultancy in education which publishes the rankings.

The global rank of the University of Toronto is 24th in the Academic Ranking of World Universities 2019.

ARWU takes 6 overall factors into consideration which are described below:

AlumniNumber of alumni who have won the Nobel Prize of Field Medals10%
Awards Number of staff who has won the Nobel Prize or Field Medals20%
Highly Cited ResearchersNumber of highly cited researchers from the institutions20%
Papers in Nature and ScienceThe number of articles published in 4 years. This does not apply for Social Sciences and Humanities20%
Papers IndexedThe number of papers indexed in the Science Citation Index-Expanded and Social Science Citation Index in the previous year. Double weight for papers indexed in Social Science Citation20%
Per capita PerformanceWeighted scores of all indicators divided by the number of full time equivalent academic staff10%

Score Breakdown of University of Toronto:

  • Alumni 17.7
  • Awards 17
  • Highly Cited Researchers 38.8
  • Papers in Nature & Science 37.5
  • Papers Indexed 84.6
  • Per Capita Performance 31.6

The overall score of the University of Toronto is 41.4 on a scale of 100, as published by the Shanghai Rankings.

5. QS - World University Rankings 

World University Rankings QS is believed to have adopted a consistent method in its analysis of world universities. Their framework is compiled of six metrics that effectively outline a university’s performance.

Metric PointsWeightScore
Academic Reputation 40%98.9
Employer Reputation 10%96.3
Faculty/Student Ratio20%71.5
Citations Per Faculty20%43.9
International Faculty Ratio5%97.7
International Student Ratio 5%93

The University of Toronto has been granted an overall score of 82.1 by QS World University Ranking.

QS World Ranking

The University of Toronto is ranked 16th in global Graduate Employability. A good Employer Reputation and Partnership with Employers give this University, remarkable graduate employability ranking in the world.

National Ranking

The University of Toronto continues to be the highest-ranked Canadian university and one of the top public universities. The focus on research output and innovation by the university has made this rank consistent. U.S. News & World Report’s ranking has placed U of T No. 1 in Canada.

ARWU or Shanghai Rankings also ranked it No.1 in Canada. In fact, the University of Toronto has repeatedly topped this list since 2005.

Maclean’s is a Canadian News Magazine founded in 1905 to give a Canadian perspective to the recent happenings in the American Continent. U of T tops the list in the region as “Canada’s Best Comprehensive Universities by reputation 2020”. These rankings are based on quality and innovation as viewed by a variety of business people across the country.

The following chart displays the result of the top 5 reputational rankings under 4 categories given by the Maclean’s Magazine.

RankBest OverallRankHighest QualityRankMost InnovativeRankLeaders of Tomorrow
1University of Toronto1University of Toronto1University of Waterloo1University of Toronto
2University of Waterloo2McGill University 2University of Toronto2University of British Columbia
3University of British Columbia3University of Waterloo3McMaster University3McGill University 
4McGill University 4University of British Columbia4University of British Columbia4University of Waterloo
5McMaster University5McMaster University5McGill University 5University of Alberta

Subject-Specific Rankings

  1. QS - World University Rankings by Subject

It identifies the world’s strongest universities covering a total of 48 subjects. The top 20 Subject-Specific Rankings 2019 by QS World University Rankings are given below:

  • #3 in Library & Information Management
  • #4 in Pharmacy & Pharmacology
  • #5 in Sports-Related Subjects
  • #7 in Education & Training
  • #7 in Nursing
  • #8 in Anatomy and Physiology
  • #11 in Computer Science and Information Systems
  • #11 in Geography
  • #11 in Life Sciences and Medicine
  • #12 in Anthropology
  • #12 in Biological Sciences
  • #12 inEnglish Language and Literature
  • #13 in Medicine
  • #13 in Philosophy
  • #13 in Classics and Ancient History
  • #14 in Development Studies
  • #15 in Mathematics
  • #17 in Chemistry
  • #18 in Psychology
  • #19 in Arts & Humanities
  • #20 in Law and Legal Studies

2.U.S. News & World Report

This university’s Global Subject Rankings are as follows:

  • Oncology #3
  • Clinical Medicine #4
  • Surgery #4
  • Arts and Humanities #6
  • Psychology #9
  • Social Sciences and Public Health #10
  • Molecular Biology and Genetics #11
  • Space Science #11

Trivial Rankings

  1. Ranked #31 in University Impact Ranking 2019 by the Times Higher Education World University Rankings.
  2. Ranked #16 in Graduate Employability Rankings 2020 by QS Rankings.
  3. The University of Toronto has also been ranked #2 among Canada’s Doctoral Schools by Maclean’s.

The plethora of academic resources, quality faculty and world-class research programs at the University of Toronto has improved its world university rankings.

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