Top 8 Universities in Canada
Canada has the third-highest number of higher education students in the world, so you’re in good company when you choose to pursue your academic career at Canadian universities. But which one should you go to? To help with your decision, here are the top 8 universities in Canada!
University of Toronto
The University of Toronto is one of three founding members of U15, a group of research-intensive universities in Canada. It is regarded as one of the most prestigious universities both nationally and internationally. Famous alumni include Drake, Keanu Reeves, Rachel McAdams, and Steven Page. The campus boasts award-winning architecture by famous architect Frank Gehry. Its world-class reputation for research and teaching makes it one of Canada’s best universities. In 2014, it was ranked as one of the top 20 universities worldwide for computer science research.
University of British Columbia
UBC boasts more than 50,000 students and is consistently ranked as one of Canada’s top three research universities. The university specializes in business, arts and social sciences, education, engineering, health sciences, law, and more. UBC also has a large Okanagan campus located about an hour from Vancouver on beautiful Vancouver Island with a population of about 12,000.
The university’s main campus is located on Vancouver Island with satellite campuses throughout BC and one in Malaysia. UBC Okanagan, as it’s called, also has more than 800 students and offers a range of undergraduate and graduate programs to choose from. Students at UBC can choose from more than 150 undergraduate degree programs or opt for one of its many graduate degrees.
Located in Montreal, Quebec, McGill University is one of Canada’s oldest and most prestigious universities. McGill was ranked 7th nationally for its reputation among business students (by Corporate Knights’ 2012 Report). The Faculty of Law at McGill University is also highly ranked – it was named 1st in North America (for law) by QS World Rankings 2012/2013. Definitely a must-visit if you are thinking about studying abroad!
It is ranked among the top 200 institutions worldwide. McMaster University offers more than 400 undergraduate programs, degrees, and subjects. There are more than 300 programs, including 90 research specializations at the Masters level, with over 1000 part-time and more than 1500 full-time faculty members (read on)
Its campus is located on 120 hectares of land in Hamilton, Ontario, also known as silicon valley north, and home to more than 140 high-tech companies. More than 80% of students live on campus. McMaster operates on a semester system, with four regular academic terms followed by a reading week and a fifth term in May/June. Located in downtown Hamilton right next to
Simon Fraser University
This large, comprehensive research university is located just outside Vancouver. SFU has more than 30,000 students and over 11,000 faculty and staff. The campus is welcoming with lots of on-campus housing options that are available at an affordable price. The university was first founded as Fraser Valley College in 1965 to serve students who couldn’t afford higher education costs.
Today, SFU is known for its programs in science, business and computing, along with engineering and applied sciences. In addition to undergraduate and graduate degrees, Simon Fraser offers professional programs that lead to a Certificate or Diploma of Applied Studies. There are also more than 90 research centers on campus. Students can spend their summer break working as part of an experiential learning program called Co-op.
Université de Montréal
A public research university, Université de Montréal is ranked as one of Top 20 universities in all of North America by US News & World Report. UM’s Faculty of Medicine has consistently been ranked among Canadian medical schools with outstanding outcomes, and it’s one of four anglophone medical schools outside Ontario to be recognized by Maclean’s magazine as a Top Doctor-granting school.
Another reason to go to UM is its internationalization. The university has been pushing itself towards globalizing its entire curriculum, establishing more than 45 foreign campuses and alliances on all continents! This trend is powered by UM’s status as a member of Universitas 21, an association of elite research-intensive universities that enables global scholars to work together.
Founded by Jesuits in 1852, Laval has since become one of Canada’s leading universities for business and management studies. The school is home to five faculties: Humanities and Social Sciences; Law, Political Science, and Communications; Arts; Education, Youth, and Community Service; and Science. Its Faculty of Medicine operates Université-de-Québec-Laval Hospital Centre. In total, 20 research centers are spread across four campuses around Quebec City.
York is ranked as one of Canada’s top research universities. With a reputation for excellence in business, science, and humanities, York provides students with quality education and award-winning professors at an affordable price. Located only 25 minutes from downtown Toronto, York is home to more than 54,000 students.
Popular programs include bachelor’s degrees in Environmental Studies and Biology with an added specialization in Human Biology or Health Science; and MBA programs including Accounting & Finance, Health Care Management, and Computer Systems Information Management.