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Top Universities in Canada 2016/17

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This article is based on the 2016/17 edition of the QS World University Rankings. Click here to find out the top universities in Canada in 2020.

The launch of the latest QS World University Rankings® sees 26 Canadian universities feature among the world’s best. This includes three top universities in Canada in the worldwide top 50, with a further 10 in the top 300. Read on for more information on the top universities in Canada this year, starting with the top 10.

1. McGill University

McGill University

Holding on to the top spot among these top Canadian universities for the second consecutive year is McGill University, falling six places this year to rank 30th in the world. Located in Montréal, McGill has around 40,000 students enrolled, of which 25% are international. It has the highest number of Rhodes scholars and Nobel Prize winners among any Canadian university. 

2. University of Toronto

University of Toronto

The University of Toronto edges closer to its rival McGill, climbing two places this year to rank 32nd in the world. Located in Canada’s largest city, the university contributes CA$15.7 billion to the Canadian economy per year and is famed for its research innovations, including the discoveries of insulin and stem cells.

3. University of British Columbia

University of British Columbia

Up five places this year, the University of British Columbia now ranks 45th in the world and retains its position of third amongst the top universities in Canada. Located in Vancouver and Kelowna, the university’s student body of 61,100 includes 13,200 international students from 155 countries.

4. University of Alberta

University of Alberta

The University of Alberta is up two places this year to rank 94th in the world. Located mainly in Edmonton, the university currently enrolls 38,700 students from 147 countries and has a major impact on the economy of Alberta, being the province’s fourth-largest employer.

5. Université de Montréal

Université de Montréal

Consistently the highest-ranked francophone Canadian university, the Université de Montréal is placed 126th in the world this year. One of Canada’s major research centers, it has almost 67,000 students, including 9,300 internationals.

6. McMaster University

McMaster University

Retaining its position of joint 149th in the world this year (alongside the US’s Emory University), McMaster University is located in Hamilton, Ontario, on a scenic 300-acre campus, and is particularly renowned for its medical school.

7. University of Waterloo

University of Waterloo

Ranked joint 152nd this year with IIT Bangalore, the University of Waterloo is also located in Ontario. It’s a member of the U15 group of research-intensive Canadian universities, and is particularly famed for its cooperative education (co-op) programs.

8. University of Calgary

University of Calgary

Up one place in the top 10 and now ranking within the global top 200 at joint 196th (with Sweden’s Stockholm University), the University of Calgary is the birthplace of a range of important inventions, including the neurochip.

9. Western University

Western University

Previously called the University of Western Ontario, Western University is ranked 198th this year and is located in London (not the UK one!), Ontario. It has an enrolment of about 28,400 students, representing 117 countries around the world.

10. Queen's University

Queen's University

Ranked joint 223rd in the world, Queen’s University is located in Kingston, Ontario and is one of Canada’s oldest institutions, established in 1841 – 26 years before Canada itself was founded. The university holds more than 3,500 acres of land throughout Ontario.

Simon Fraser University

The remaining top universities in Canada…

11. Simon Fraser University – ranked 226th in the world.

12. Dalhousie University – ranked joint 283rd in the world.

13. University of Ottawa – ranked joint 291st in the world.

14. University of Victoria – ranked joint 325th in the world.

15. Laval University – ranked 372nd in the world.

16. York University – ranked 451-460 in the world.

17. Concordia University – ranked 461-470 in the world.

18. University of Saskatchewan – ranked 471-480 in the world.

University of Manitoba

The following three universities are ranked in the 501-550 range, and joint 19th in Canada (click here for more information):

=19. Université du Québec – ranked 501-550 in the world.

=19. University of Guelph – ranked 501-550 in the world.

=19. University of Manitoba – ranked 501-550 in the world.

22. Carleton University – ranked 551-600 in the world.

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

=24. Memorial University of Newfoundland – ranked 651-700 in the world.

=24. 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
The former Assistant Editor of TopUniversities.com, Sabrina wrote and edited articles to guide students from around the world on a wide range of topics. She has a bachelor's degree in English Literature and Creative Writing from Aberystwyth University and grew up in Staffordshire, UK. 

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