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Maclean’s Canadian University Rankings 2021 (Part 1)

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Maclean’s has just unveiled their Canadian University Rankings 2021!

Annually for the past 30-years, Canada’s premier current affairs magazine ranks the top universities across the country to help students make an informed decision about where to study. There are a number of lists comprising the University Rankings 2021, including:

  • Medical doctoral
  • Comprehensive
  • Primarily undergraduate
  • Top schools by reputation
  • Student satisfaction survey
  • Program rankings

This blog post will explore Canada’s top universities by reputation.

Maclean's University Rankings 2021

Best Universities by Reputation 2021

To determine the best Canadian universities by reputation, Maclean’s “surveyed university faculty and senior administrators, as well as a variety of business people across the country, asking for their views on quality and innovation at Canadian universities.” Maclean’s compiles the results of the primarily undergraduate, comprehensive, and medical doctoral lists.

This list ranks universities by:

  • Best Overall
  • Highest Quality
  • Most Innovative
  • Leaders of Tomorrow

ApplyBoard Partner Schools

Maclean’s Best Universities by Reputation 2021 list includes an impressive 29 Canadian ApplyBoard partner schools! We consider ourselves incredibly fortunate to work with each of our partner schools on our shared mission to educate the world.

Best Universities by Reputation 2021

The Results

Rank Best Overall Rank Highest Quality Rank Most Innovative Rank Leaders of Tomorrow
1 University of Toronto 1 University of Toronto 1 University of Toronto 1 University of Toronto
2 The University of British Columbia 2 McGill University 2 University of Waterloo 2 The University of British Columbia
3 University of Waterloo 3 The University of British Columbia 3 The University of British Columbia 3 McGill University
4 McGill University 4 University of Waterloo 4 McGill University 4 University of Waterloo
5 McMaster University 5 McMaster University 5 McMaster University 5 McMaster University
6 University of Alberta 6 Queen’s University 6 University of Alberta 6 University of Alberta
7 Queen’s University 7 Western University 7 Queen’s University 7 Université de Montréal
8 Western University 8 University of Alberta 8 Western University 8 University of Calgary
9 Université de Montréal 9 Dalhousie University 9 Simon Fraser University 9 Queen’s University
10 Simon Fraser University 10 Université de Montréal 10 University of Calgary 10 Simon Fraser University
11 University of Calgary 11 Simon Fraser University 11 Université de Montréal 11 Ryerson University
12 Dalhousie University 12 University of Calgary 12 University of Guelph 12 Western University
13 University of Guelph 13 University of Victoria 13 Dalhousie University 13 Laval University
14 University of Victoria 14 University of Guelph 14 Ryerson University 14 Concordia University
15 Ryerson University 15 University of Ottawa 15 University of Victoria 15 University of Victoria
16 Laval University 16 Laval University 16 Concordia University 16 York University
17 Concordia University 17 Concordia University 17 Laval University 17 Université de Sherbrooke
18 University of Ottawa 18 Memorial University of Newfoundland 18 Université de Sherbrooke 18 University of Guelph
19 Université de Sherbrooke 19 University of Saskatchewan 19 University of Ottawa 19 Dalhousie University
20 York University 20 Ryerson University 20 University of Saskatchewan 20 University of Saskatchewan
21 University of Saskatchewan 21 Wilfrid Laurier University 21 York University 21 Carleton University
22 Memorial University of Newfoundland 22 York University 22 Memorial University of Newfoundland 22 University of Ottawa
23 Carleton University 23 Université de Sherbrooke 23 Carleton University 23 Université du Québec à Montréal
24 Wilfrid Laurier University 24 Carleton University 24 Ontario Tech University 24 University of Manitoba
25 Université du Québec à Montréal 25 Mount Allison University 25 Wilfrid Laurier University 25 Wilfrid Laurier University
26 University of Manitoba 26 Université du Québec à Montréal 26 Université du Québec à Montréal 26 Brock University
27 St. Francis Xavier University 27 Acadia University 27 University of Manitoba 27 Ontario Tech University
28 Acadia University 28 University of Manitoba 28 St. Francis Xavier University 28 Memorial University of Newfoundland
29 Mount Allison University 29 St. Francis Xavier University 29 Brock University 29 University of Regina
30 University of New Brunswick 30 Saint Mary’s University 30 Acadia University 30 University of Lethbridge
31 Ontario Tech University 31 University of New Brunswick 31 University of New Brunswick 31 Acadia University
32 Brock University 32 University of Lethbridge 32 Saint Mary’s University 32 Trent University
33 Saint Mary’s University 33 Bishop’s University 33 University of Lethbridge 33 Lakehead University
34 University of Lethbridge 34 Brock University 34 University of Regina 34 University of New Brunswick
35 University of Regina 35 University of Regina 35 University of Windsor 35 St. Francis Xavier University
36 Trent University 36 Trent University 36 Mount Allison University 36 University of Northern British Columbia
37 Bishop’s University 37 University of Prince Edward Island 37 Lakehead University 37 Mount Allison University
38 University of Windsor 38 University of Windsor 38 Trent University 38 Saint Mary’s University
39 Lakehead University 39 University of Northern British Columbia 39 University of Northern British Columbia 39 University of Windsor
40 University of Northern British Columbia 40 Ontario Tech University 40 University of Prince Edward Island 40 Laurentian University
41 University of Prince Edward Island 41 Lakehead University 41 Bishop’s University 41 The University of Winnipeg
42 The University of Winnipeg 42 The University of Winnipeg 42 The University of Winnipeg 42 Bishop’s University
43 Université de Moncton 43 Université de Moncton 43 Laurentian University 43 Cape Breton University
44 Mount Saint Vincent University 44 Mount Saint Vincent University 44 Mount Saint Vincent University 44 Brandon University
45 Laurentian University 45 Laurentian University 45 Université de Moncton 45 University of Prince Edward Island
46 Cape Breton University 46 St. Thomas University 46 Cape Breton University 46 Université de Moncton
47 St. Thomas University 47 Cape Breton University 47 Brandon University 47 Nipissing University
48 Brandon University 48 Brandon University 48 St. Thomas University 48 Mount Saint Vincent University
49 Nipissing University 49 Nipissing University 49 Nipissing University 49 St. Thomas University

Stay tuned to the ApplyBoard blog this week as we take a look at the other lists that make up Maclean’s University Rankings 2021!

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