Choosing the Best University

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Whether you're looking to stay close to home after graduating high school or want to move across the country, Canada has some excellent post-secondary institutions.  How do you choose the University that best suits your needs?

The Times Higher Education list is one of the most influential rankings of global universities. It ranks universities according to their learning environment and their research reputation. Some outstanding Canadian Universities on the Times Higher Education last are: The University of Toronto (#20), University of British Columbia (#31), McGill University (#35), McMaster University (#92), University of Montreal (#106), University of Alberta (#109), and the University of Ottawa (#185).

Quacquarelli Symonds Limited, more commonly known as QS, ranks global universities on criteria similar to the Times list, but with a slightly higher emphasis on research. It ranks University of Toronto at #17, McGill University at #21, University of British Columbia at #49, Montreal at #92 and the University of Alberta at #96. 

QS also ranks universities by subject, which is notable if you want to choose a university that excels in your subject of choice. Since the overall rankings are derived from universities' performance in individual subjects, the above-mentioned universities tend to rank high in most of the subject fields as well. Toronto, McGill and British Columbia head Canadian universities in most subjects. 

The University of Waterloo does well in some subject areas. For example, in Computer Science it ranks at #24 worldwide. It also does well in Mathematics.  The University of Alberta takes high marks for English Language and Literature at #22.  The University of Guelph ranks at #24 worldwide in Agriculture & Forestry.