Maclean's names 2 BC schools the top comprehensive universities in Canada

Oct 8 2019, 9:45 am

Two BC schools took the top two spots in this year’s Maclean’s Magazine Canadian university rankings in the comprehensive category.

In second place was Vancouver Island’s University of Victoria. and coming in at number one was Simon Fraser University.

It was the second year in a row that both schools took the top two spots in the comprehensive category.

Schools were ranked based on the following categories:

  • Student awards
  • Student/ faculty ratio
  • Faculty awards
  • Social sciences and humanities grants
  • Medical/ science grants
  • Citations
  • Total research dollars
  • Operating budget
  • Library expenses
  • Library acquisitions
  • Scholarships and bursaries
  • Student services

According to Maclean’s, universities in the Comprehensive category have a “significant amount of research activity and a wide range of programs at the undergraduate and graduate level, including professional degrees.”

Maclean’s top 15 universities in Canada

1 Simon Fraser University – BC
2 Victoria – BC
3 Waterloo – Ontario
4 Guelph – Ontario
5 Carleton – Ontario
6 Wilfrid Laurier – Ontario
7 York – Ontario
*8 Memorial – Newfoundland
*8 New Brunswick – New Brunswick
10 Concordia – Quebec
*11 UQAM – Quebec
*11 Ryerson – Ontario
13 Windsor – Ontario
*14 Brock – Ontario

* Indicates a tie

Earlier this month, the provincial government announced it will be opening the Quantum Algorithms Institute (QAI) at Simon Fraser University’s (SFU) satellite campus in Surrey.

Officials said SFU Surrey was chosen as affordability and access to industrial land are two of the largest obstacles constraining the growth of the province’s tech sector. It has been deemed a “key investment” to grow the Surrey Innovation Corridor, with the new hub working with the established quantum research of universities across BC.