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Top Universities in Canada 2020

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The newly released QS World University Rankings® 2020 includes 26 top Canadian universities, ranked based on a methodology which assesses each university on its academic and employer reputations, research impact and more.

Read on as we count down the 10 highest-ranked universities in Canada, plus a look at how the other 16 institutions performed.

QS World University Rankings 2020 – Top 10 Universities in Canada

Canada Rank
Global Rank
University
1
=29 
University of Toronto
2
=35
McGill University
3
51
University of British Columbia
4
113
University of Alberta
5
137
Université de Montréal
6
=140
McMaster University
 
7
=173
University of Waterloo 
8
211
Western University

233
University of Calgary 
10
=239
Queen's University

10. Queen's University

 Queen's University

Retaining its position of joint 239th in the world and 10th in Canada, Queen’s University is located in Kingston, Ontario and is one of the oldest universities in Canada, with its 1841 establishment predating the foundation of Canada itself by 26 years.

9. University of Calgary

University of Calgary

The University of Calgary is down four spots to rank 233rd in the world in 2020. Originally founded as the Calgary branch of the University of Alberta in 1944, it now consists of five campuses, including a branch campus in Doha, Qatar which focuses on nursing. 

8. Western University

Western University

Up three places to rank 211th in the world in 2020, Western University, located in London, Ontario, achieves the highest score among the top universities in Canada for the citations per faculty member indicator, at 77th.

7. University of Waterloo

University of Waterloo

The University of Waterloo falls 10 places to rank joint 173rd in this year’s world rankings, but remains in the top 100 globally for the citations per faculty member indicator. It’s one of the younger universities in Canada, having been established in 1956.

6. McMaster University

McMaster University

Up six places to rank joint 140th in the world in 2020, McMaster University, located in Hamilton in Ontario, is well known in particular for its prestigious medical school.

5. Université de Montréal

University of Montreal

The French-speaking Université de Montréal climbs one place among the best universities in Canada and 12 places in the world this year to rank 137th. Originally founded as a satellite campus of the Université Laval in 1878, it now has around 66,768 students including those at affiliated schools.

4. University of Alberta

University of Alberta

The University of Alberta is down four places to rank 113th in the world this year but continues to be fourth among the top universities in Canada. The university is mostly based in Edmonton but is a huge economic driver for the entire province of Alberta, contributing five percent of its annual gross domestic product (GDP).

3. University of British Columbia

University of British Columbia

Also down four places to now rank 51st, the University of British Columbia has two main campuses in Vancouver and Kelowna in British Columbia, Canada’s westernmost province. It currently has around 65,000 students, including almost 16,200 international students.

2. McGill University

McGill University is ranked joint 35th this year alongside the US’ University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), achieving the best score out of all Canadian universities for the percentage of international students indicator (71st in the world), with international students accounting for roughly 25 percent of the student population of 40,000.

1. University of Toronto

University of Toronto

And finally, coming in first place among the best universities in Canada is the University of Toronto, down one place this year to rank joint 29th in the world alongside the Australian National University. As you might expect from the highest-placed institution in the country, it gets the highest scores in Canada for the academic and employer reputation indicators, at 17th and 27th respectively.

The other 16 top universities in Canada are:

  1. Dalhousie University – ranked 280th in the world
  2. University of Ottawa – ranked joint 281st
  3. Simon Fraser University – ranked joint 314th
  4. University of Victoria – ranked joint 364th
  5. Laval University – ranked 416th
  6. University of Saskatchewan – ranked joint 439th, up 22 places.
  7. Concordia University – ranked joint 462nd
  8. York University – ranked 511-520
  9. Université du Québec – ranked 561-570
  10. University of Guelph – ranked 571-580
  11. University of Manitoba – ranked 601-650

=22. Carleton University – ranked 651-700

=22. Université de Sherbrooke – ranked 651-700

=22. University of Windsor – ranked 651-700

  1. Memorial University of Newfoundland – ranked 701-750
  2. Ryerson University – ranked 801-1000

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Written by Sabrina Collier
The Assistant Editor of TopUniversities.com, Sabrina edits and publishes articles which 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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