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Top Universities in Canada 2015/16

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This year’s QS World University Rankings® features a total of 26 Canadian universities within the top 800 universities worldwide. Of these, three top universities in Canada are ranked within the global top 50, and a further 10 in the top 300. Read on to find out more about the top universities in Canada this year, starting with the top 10.

1. McGill University 

Ranked 24th in the world, McGill University has once again overtaken the University of Toronto to return to its earlier position as the highest ranking university in Canada. Founded in 1821, the university has international students from 150 countries and has been voted first in Canada among medical-doctoral universities for 10 consecutive years.

2. University of Toronto McGill University

Ranked 34th in the world, the University of Toronto is located in Canada’s largest city. Its areas of acclaim include literary criticism, communication and theory, and a range of research innovations, including being the birthplace of insulin and stem cell research.

3. University of British Columbia

Over on the west coast, the University of British Columbia ranks 50th in the world and is home to almost 60,000 students (almost 12,000 of whom are international students) at its campuses in Vancouver and Kelowna.

4. University of Alberta 

Ranked joint 96th in the world in the QS World University Rankings this year alongside the University of Helsinki, the University of Alberta is a major economic driver in Alberta and has been particularly well-respected for its arts and humanities courses.

5. Université de Montréal University of Alberta

The Université de Montréal is one of Canada’s major research centers, allocating nearly $524 million to research conducted in more than 150 research centers as of 2011. It ranks 115th in the world this year and has an international community of over 7,000 students.

6. McMaster University

This year McMaster University ranks joint 149th in the world alongside the Université Catholique De Louvain. It’s is located on a 300 acre campus in the city of Hamilton, Ontario, which in recent years has attracted attention for its growing arts scene.

7. University of Waterloo 

Ranked 152nd in the world this year, the University of Waterloo has climbed 17 places compared to the previous year’s rankings. The university is a member of the U15, a group of research-intensive universities in Canada, and claims to have the number one psychology department in Canada, based on research citations.

8. Western University Western University

Otherwise known as the University of Western Ontario, Western University is ranked 192nd in the world this year and is especially known for its medicine, science and business courses – with its largest faculty being the social sciences.

9. University of Calgary

Ranked joint 204th in the world alongside the Università Di Bologna, the University of Calgary is the birthplace of significant inventions such as the neurochip, and counts the current Prime Minister of Canada, Stephen Harper, among its alumni.

10. Queen’s University

Based in Kingston, Ontario, Queen’s University, is ranked 206th in the world this year, and has campuses spanning more than 1,400 hectares (3,500 acres) of land throughout Ontario. Queen's was the first university west of the maritime provinces to admit women, and to form a student government.

The remaining top universities in Canada are…

11. Simon Fraser University – ranked 225th in the world. Simon Fraser University

12. Dalhousie University – ranked joint 277th in the world.

13. University of Ottawa – ranked joint 284th in the world.

14. University of Victoria – ranked joint 319th in the world.

15. Laval University – ranked joint 324th in the world.

16. Concordia University – ranked 411-420 in the world.

17. Université du Québec – ranked 431-440 in the world (a good leap from its ranking of 501-550 last year).

18. York University – ranked 441-450 in the world.

19. University of Saskatchewan – ranked 451-460 in the world. University Of Saskatchewan

20. University of Guelph – ranked 471-480 in the world.

21. Carleton University – ranked 501-550 in the world.

22. University of Manitoba – ranked 551-600 in the world.

23. Memorial University Of Newfoundland – ranked 601-650 in the world.

24. Université de Sherbrooke – ranked 601-650 in the world.

25. University of Windsor – ranked 651-700 in the world.

26. Ryerson University – ranked 701+ in the world.

 

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Written by Sabrina Collier

Sabrina is a content writer for TopUniversities.com, providing guidance on a wide range of topics. A graduate of Aberystwyth University, Sabrina is originally from the West Midlands but now lives in London. 

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Hello,
I got admission for Bachelors at university of Waerloo as an international student.
I would love to go there and study,but before that i want to know about the facts and rules of part time jobs to meet living expenses!

Hi Kalyana, you can qualify to work for up to 20 hours a week during university semesters and full time during semester breaks without the need for a work permit - you can read more here (bottom paragraph). However, relying on part-time work to fund living expenses is not recommended, so you may like to browse the University of Waterloo's official website to see what funding opportunities they have available to international students. Hope this helps! 

Hi
I have done computer science engineering and done masters in Internet system engineering and working as telecommunications engineer
Kindly advice me the best university in Canada for phd
Regards

Hi Syed. You may want to take a look at our recently updated ranking of the world's top universities for electrical & electronics engineering, and also our computer science & information systems ranking. You can filter the lists by location, to identify Canada's leading institutions in these fields. Hope this helps you get some ideas!

hello sabrina....for doing masters in mechanical engineering which one is better, Queens or Western university?

Hi Jagmeet, please take a look at our rankings by subject for mechanical engineering, with the results narrowed down to see only Canadian universities. 

Hi,
Among the following universities, which one is better for Bsc. Computer Science; Wilfrid Laurier, Ryerson University and York Univerisity

Hi Isaac, you can compare how Canadian universities rank in computer science using our rankings by subject. Hope this helps.

Hi!
I am pursuing my bachelors degree in English (hons.)(Last semester) from DU, India. I am interested in Mass Communication & Media Studies for post graduate/diploma level in Canada. Can you suggest me the Univ./Colleges and their criteria of admission ?
Thanks!

Hi Sanchit, I can't recommend any particular universities, but I can link you to our rankings by subject for Communication and Media studies, so you can see the highest ranked Canadian universities in this field. To find out the general requirements for studying in Canada, please take a look at this article. Hope this helps!

Hi Sabrina, Im interested in pursuing Masters in mechanical engineering.
I kinda have a low cgpa but Im a good student, please tell me if I can get selected to good universities and please list them for me.
I wanna study in canada as it has best engineering education system in the world.

Hi Gaurava, please take a look at our article on studying at postgraduate level in Canada. Hope this helps!

Hello, I am a Zimbabwean. I'm looking for a Full scholarship to study Information technology or computer sciences in Canada. I have Good High school grades. Please Advise Thanks.

Hi Derek, please take a look at our list of scholarships to study in Canada and our list of computer science scholarships. :)

Hi.I am a Malaysian who has just graduated from secondary high school.Do you know which Canada university provide computer forensic and security course?

Hello! I want to ask you a question because I can't quite get a clear answer from websites of Canadian universities. Can I apply to Bachelor of Science as an international student after graduating from International Relations in my country? For example can I apply for Physics, Chemistry or Biology? It's easy to figure out that I can choose anything that is considered "Art" and the main requirement in this case would be language proficiency, because I already finished a university in my country (they usually need you to finish at least a couple of years in a university in your country if you don't have A levels or something similar). But how about science? How can I prove that I will be good enough to study? Do I need to take some international tests? Because applying for Bachelor of Science in my country and studying for a couple of years is not the best option... What can I do? And I would like to know if Quebec has it's own rules in cases like this. Thank you very much!

I am Bangladeshi. How i will get scholarship for Master's course complete in USA University ?

Hello, please take a look at our list of scholarships to study in the US. :)

Hi Sabrina I am looking for a Masters level Degree or Diploma in digital Marketing from Canada Can you help me recommend a few universities that conduct a course in Digital Marketing I am looking for a college/university where Tution is comparatively less

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