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Maclean’s Canadian University Rankings 2021 (Part 2)

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For many years, students looking to pursue a post-secondary education in Canada have relied on Maclean’s University Rankings to help make their decision about where to study a little easier.

Earlier this week we took a look at the top schools by reputation. Today we’ll explore:

  • Top medical doctoral schools
  • Top comprehensive schools
  • Top primarily undergraduate schools
  • Top universities by student satisfaction

Maclean’s Canadian University Rankings 2021

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Maclean's University Rankings 2021

Canada’s Top Medical Doctoral Schools 2021

Maclean’s defines a medical doctoral school as a university with “a broad range of Ph.D. programs and research, as well as medical schools.”

Overall Ranking University Last Year Student Satisfaction
Reputational Survey
1 McGill University 1 8* 3
2 University of Toronto 2 13 1
3 University of British Columbia 3 7 2
4 McMaster University 4 5 4
5 Queen’s University 5* 3 6
6 University of Alberta 5* 11 5
7 Dalhousie University 8 8* 10
8* University of Calgary 9 14 9
8* University of Ottawa 11 15 12
8* Western University 7 10 7
11* Laval University 12 2 11
11* Université de Montréal 10 4 8
13 Université de Sherbrooke 13 1 13
14* University of Manitoba 14 12 15
14* University of Saskatchewan 15 6 14

Canada’s Top Comprehensive Schools 2021

A comprehensive school is a university with a “significant amount of research activity and a wide range of programs at the undergraduate and graduate level, including professional degrees.”

Overall Ranking University Last Year Student Satisfaction
Reputational Survey
1 Simon Fraser University 1 12 2
2* University of Victoria 2 8 4
2* University of Waterloo 3 6 1
4 University of Guelph 4 1 3
5 Carleton University 5 3 9
6* University of New Brunswick *8 7 12
6* York University 7 13 7
8 Wilfrid Laurier University 6 5 10
9 Memorial University of Newfoundland 8* 14 8
10* Concordia University 10 11 6
10* Université du Québec à Montréal 11* 4 11
12 Ryerson University 11* 10 5
13 Brock University 14* 2 13
14 University of Windsor 13 9 15
15 University of Regina 14* 15 14

Canada’s Top Primarily Undergraduate Schools 2021

The third type of institution, primarily undergraduate, is a university “largely focused on undergraduate education, with relatively fewer graduate programs and graduate students.”

Overall Ranking University Last Year Student Satisfaction
Reputational Survey
1 Mount Allison University 1 2 3
2 University of Lethbridge 5 8 6
3 Acadia University 4 5 2
4 Saint Mary’s University 6* 16* 5
5 University of Northern British Columbia 2 9 10
6 St. Francis Xavier University 6* 4 1
7 Bishop’s University 8* 1 8
8* Lakehead University 8* 16* 9
8* Trent University 3 7 7
10 University of Prince Edward Island 11 12 11
11 Ontario Tech University 10 10 4
12 Laurentian University 12 19 15
13 Université de Moncton 14 13 13
14 St. Thomas University 13 11 17
15 Nipissing University 16 3 19
16 The University of Winnipeg 15 15 12
17 Brandon University 18* 18 18
18 Mount Saint Vincent University 17 14 14
19 Cape Breton University 18* 6 16

Canada’s Top Universities by Student Satisfaction 2021

Canada’s Top Universities by Student Satisfaction 2021

To determine the Top Universities by Student Satisfaction, Maclean’s surveyed nearly 14,000 students across Canada on a variety of questions, including:

  • Professors and staff
  • Residence life
  • Extracurricular activities
  • Experiential education, e.g., Co-Op
  • Mental health services
  • On-campus sexual assault prevention
  • Indigenous histories, cultures, and languages visibility

Maclean’s ranks the best universities by student satisfaction across the three categories of institutions previously defined: medical doctoral, comprehensive, and primarily undergraduate.

Medical Doctoral

Ranking University
1 Université de Sherbrooke
2 Laval University
3 Queen’s University
4 Université de Montréal
5 McMaster University
6 University of Saskatchewan
7 The University of British Columbia
8* Dalhousie University
8* McGill University
10 Western University
11 University of Alberta
12 University of Manitoba
13 University of Toronto
14 University of Calgary
15 University of Ottawa

Comprehensive

Ranking University
1 University of Guelph
2 Brock University
3 Carleton University
4 Université du Québec à Montréal
5 Wilfrid Laurier University
6 University of Waterloo
7 University of New Brunswick
8 University of Victoria
9 University of Windsor
10 Ryerson University
11 Concordia University
12 Simon Fraser University
13 York University
14 Memorial University of Newfoundland
15 University of Regina

Primarily Undergraduate

Ranking University
1 Bishop’s University
2 Mount Allison University
3 Nipissing University
4 St. Francis Xavier University
5 Acadia University
6 Cape Breton University
7 Trent University
8 University of Lethbridge
9 University of Northern British Columbia
10 Ontario Tech University
11 St. Thomas University
12 University of Prince Edward Island
13 Université de Moncton
14 Mount Saint Vincent University
15 The University of Winnipeg
16* Lakehead University
16* Saint Mary’s University
18 Brandon University
19 Laurentian University

Join us tomorrow for the final installment of the Maclean’s University Rankings 2021, as we explore top schools by program, including biology, business, computer science, education, engineering, environmental science, mathematics, nursing, and psychology!

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