Two BC schools ranked among top 10 comprehensive universities in Canada

Oct 9 2020, 1:36 pm

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 third year in a row that both schools took the top two spots in the comprehensive category.

“SFU is proud to be named top comprehensive university by Maclean’s, a distinction that reflects our commitment to innovative education, world class research, and deep engagement with our communities, locally and internationally,” says SFU President Joy Johnson. “With our ongoing work to advance key priorities such as enhancing students’ experiences and addressing equity, diversity and inclusion, it’s an exciting time to be a part of SFU.”

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.”



* Indicates a tie