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When a student is deciding on a foreign destination, his first search is about the top universities of that particular country. A country’s higher education system is judged by its top universities in Canada. Which universities are top and what are their ranks, this all information is analyzed and published by two major educational organizations. One is QS and the other is Times Higher Education.
These educational groups have a vast media group whose job is to search and analyze all the statistics of every university in the world. Every year they organize conclusions of all the top countries and their universities that are based on some particular academic factors.

Canada has the best universities in the world and it has always been ranked 5th best country for higher education. Following I have listed all the top universities of Canada, their domestic and international ranks.

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List of Top universities in Canada

University of Toronto:

The University of Toronto has always been one of the most prestigious and well-known educational institutes in Canada and all around the world. Founded by royal charter in 1827 as King’s College, it is the first institution of higher learning in the colony of Upper Canada and it is currently hailed as the most top-ranked University of Canada. Situated in the city of Toronto, Ontario; it was the 19th best university of 2016 and now ranked 22nd best in the world. It consists of twelve colleges with more than 68 thousand students of which about 16% are international. Some of the most notable alumni of Toronto are:

  • 2 Governors-General of Canada
  • 4 Prime Ministers of Canada
  • 4 Foreign Leaders
  • 14 Justices of the Supreme Court
  • 10 Nobel Laureates and many more.

This university has a very proud reputation for producing leaders. This is probably because they are not just limited to the syllabus but actually galvanizes critical thinking and confidence from within students. Here is the link to the official website of the University of Toronto.

University of British Columbia:

Second best ranked higher educational institute of Canada, the University of British Columbia, was founded in 1908 and is located in the city of British Columbia. It currently has more than 60 thousand students on two campuses. Scholars of UBC have received 7 Nobel Prizes, 69 Rhodes Scholarships, 65 Olympic medals, and 8 memberships in the American Academy of Arts & Sciences. It is currently ranked 36th best university in the world and because of its international fame, it is very popular among international students that comprise about 29% of their total students. The UBC Library, which has 7.8 million books, 2.1 million e-books, and over 300 thousand e-journals, is Canada’s second-largest academic library.  Here is the link to the official website of the University of British Columbia.

McGill University:

Canada’s 3rd best and world’s 42nd ranked higher educational institute, McGill University was founded in 1821 by royal charter and decreed by King George the fourth of Britain. It is located in the city of Montreal, Quebec. Its main campus is near Mount Royal and the second campus is situated in Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue, in the same city about 30km away. Its most notable alumni have been honored:

  • 12 Nobel laureates
  • 13 Justices of the Canadian Supreme Court
  • 141 Rhodes Scholars
  • 28 Foreign Ambassadors
  • 3 Astronauts
  • 3 Canadian Prime Ministers
  • 28 Olympic Medalists and many more.

It has a population of about 41 thousand students of which 24% are international. Here is a link to the official website of McGill University

University of Montreal:

Ranked top 103rd of the world, University of Montreal homes over homes and educates over 38 thousand students. It is located in the city of Montreal, Quebec and it was founded in 1878. It is ranked 4th best university in Canada. It teaches over 650 undergraduate and graduate programs, in addition, 71 doctoral programs are offered. It is a great place for foreigners since 24% of international students comprise their total population. Their list of most notable alumni includes:

  • Roger Guillemin Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine
  • Pierre Karl Péladeau, former president of Quebecor
  • Philippe de Gaspé Beaubien, founder of Telemedia
  • Louis R. Chênevert, chairman of the United Technologies Corporation

74% of their total students are enrolled in an undergraduate degree. Here is a link to the official website of the University of Montreal.

University of Alberta:

Founded in 1908, the University of Alberta is the 5th top university in Canada ranking 107th in THE world university ranking 2017. It is located in the city of Edmonton, Alberta. With over 15,000 employees, this university has become the fourth biggest employer in its country. It has four campuses in Edmonton. It has a student of over 33 thousand. Up to date, the University of Alberta has educated over 260,000 students, of which the following are the most well-known.

  • Nobel laureate Richard E. Taylor
  • Prime Minister Joe Clark
  • Governor-General Roland Michener
  • Chief Justice of Canada Beverley McLachlin

Alberta’s top-ranked subject is English and Literature that is 22nd in the world. The university comprises eighteen faculties; each with its own fields of education i.e. there is a Faculty of Law, Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry, Faculty of Public Health, etc. Other than these faculties, it has two affiliated colleges; St. Joseph’s College, St. Stephen’s College. Here is the link to the official website of the University of Alberta.

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25Top Universities of Canada and their Ranks

Canada Rank World Rank University
1 22 University of Toronto
2 =36 University of British Columbia
3 42 McGill University
4 103 University of Montreal
5 107 University of Alberta
6 =113 McMaster University
7 =173 University of Waterloo
8 =195 University of Calgary
=9 201-250 Queen’s University
=9 201-250 Simon Fraser University
=9 201-250 University of Western Ontario
=12 251-300 Dalhousie University
=12 251-300 Laval University
=12 251-300 University of Ottawa
=15 301-350 University of Victoria
=15 301-350 York University
17 351-400 University of Guelph
=18 401-500 University of Manitoba
=18 401-500 Université du Québec à Montréal
=18 401-500 University of Saskatchewan
=21 501-600 Carleton University
=21 501-600 Concordia University
=21 501-600 Memorial University of Newfoundland
=21 501-600 University of Regina
=21 501-600 Université de Sherbrooke