Discover the Top Universities in Canada and Around the World for 2025

By Tess Campbell Modified on June 12, 2024
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QS Top Universities has released its rankings for the top global universities for 2025! Check out where Canadian universities have landed on the list.

 Discover the Top Universities in Canada and Around the World for 2025

Summer is officially just around the corner, and what better way to celebrate than to find out which universities in Canada and abroad are the top ranked! QS Top Universities has released their rankings for 2025’s top universities in the world! QS Top Universities ranks schools based on their academic reputation, employment outcomes, international research network, and more! For a full list of what is considered when ranking schools, check out the methodology.

This year’s list of schools is the largest ever, with over 1,500 universities! So, let’s find out which schools made the top 10 and where Canadian universities stand in the rankings!

Top 10 Canadian universities

Check out which Canadian universities made the list and where they rank:

SchoolProvince World Ranking
University of Toronto Ontario 25
McGill University Quebec 29
University of British Columbia British Columbia 38
University of Alberta Alberta 96
University of Waterloo Ontario 115
Western University Ontario 120
Université de Montréal Quebec 159
McMaster University Ontario 176
University of Ottawa Ontario 189
Queen’s University Ontario 193

So, what’s different from last year? The University of Alberta has climbed 15 spots in the world ranking from last year, and Queen’s University has made its way into the top 10 in Canada!

Top 10 universities in the world

Now let’s find out which schools are ranked the top 10 in the world:

School Country World Ranking
Massachusetts Institute of Technology United States 1
Imperial College London United Kingdom 2
University of Oxford United Kingdom 3
Harvard University United States 4
University of Cambridge United Kingdom 5
Stanford University United States 6
ETH Zurich Switzerland 7
National University of Singapore Singapore 8
University College London United Kingdom 9
California Institute of Technology (Caltech) United States 10

This year marks the 13th year in a row where MIT has secured the top spot! Also, the California Institute of Technology makes its debut into the top 10 for 2025!

Rankings are helpful in determining which schools are doing great in certain areas, but these numbers shouldn’t fully influence your decision on where to go to school. Make sure you’re considering schools that excel in areas that aren’t ranked but are just as important to you. This could be the size of campus, location, program availability, co-ops, and more!

Check out the full QS World University Rankings for 2025

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